Overnight Decoction of Dandelion and Nettles, for detoxification~ This tea can be made ahead of time and kept in the fridge. Drink 1-2 glasses daily for so many health benefits. #nettles #detox #herbaltea #dandelion #burdock #redclover #detoxtea #detoxherbs #livercleanse #immuneboostingfoods #immuneboosters

Overnight Decoction of Dandelion and Nettles {iced healing tea, for detox}

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Up to four herbs can be put into this tea. They each have amazing health benefits, not the least of which is detoxification. One to two glasses of this iced (or hot) tea is beneficial to drink daily each spring. Let’s look at dandelion and nettles’ properties, as well as burdock’s and red clover’s. You’ll love the way they cleanse the liver and stimulate the other organs for improved health and even immune boosting. I’ll show you, too, how to make a large batch of tea, an overnight decoction, so you have enough in your fridge to last you for a week at a time.

What is a decoction? Decoction means we boil the roots to get out their healing properties. You’ll see this tea is both a decoction and an infusion: Two of the herbs are boiled, and then continue to steep overnight. The other two herbs, which are leaves (not roots), steep only.


Dandelion fights inflammation. It lowers cholesterol, blood sugar levels and blood pressure, and improves digestive function. The root cleanses the liver, and the leaf aids the urinary tract. Dandelion can be used for PMS. Dandelion boosts energy levels and boosts the immune system for better overall health.

Iconic herbalist Susan Weed says of dandelion’s affects on the immune system, “The immune system is a network of cells and cell products that defends the body against disease-causing organisms such as bacteria, viruses, parasites, and cancer cells… Dandelion root tincture (20 drops, 2-3 times a day) actually increases the production of interferon, a protein that inhibits viral multiplication and activates T-cells.”(source) Tea is the most ancient way of harnessing an herb’s constituents and a more economical way of enjoying its benefits. (You can find the tincture here.)


I keep nettles in our herbal brew year round. In the winter, my boys sip on a hot blend of nettles, peppermint, alfalfa and hibiscus. (In the spring I brew this blend, with hibiscus added for flavor, color and vitamin C.) Nettles hydrate the body with a rich mineral profile. The herb helps to decrease mucosal secretions, joint pain, and hay fever. It treats eczema, gout, anemia, urinary tract problems and chronic illnesses like cancer, diabetes and AIDS. Nettles improves circulation, flushes out toxins and helps to boost the metabolism and energy levels.


One of my favorite herbs, burdock cleanses the blood and liver. It stimulates the kidneys, the lymphatic system and the immune system, gently. It helps with eczema, acne and has anti-aging properties for the skin. Burdock is used to treat gout, cancer, AIDS and diabetes.

Red Clover

Red clover is rich in nutrients and a strong blood purifier. Red clover treats stubborn spasmodic coughs (often left over from winter), skin issues, menopause, bone density, ulcers, tumors and improves cardiovascular health. Red clover tea can be used as a cold remedy.

Amazingly, each of the herbs listed above has anti-cancer properties! There are more reasons than one to use a daily brew of powerful, detoxing herbs!


If you’d like your tea to be bright, rosy red and with strong notes of citrus and berry, I highly recommend that you add hibiscus, too! Hibiscus is by far my favorite herbal tea to drink iced. My boys drink lots more healing herbal teas when I add the fruitiness of hibiscus to the blend; and so do most adults! Both the flavor and the appearance makes us remember (because we like it!) to drink our daily dose. Lightly sweeten for a special treat. As you may know, hibiscus is VERY high in vitamin C, and an excellent addition to one’s daily diet, aiding the immune system and gut health. (Find hibiscus here.)

Overnight Decoction of Dandelion and Nettles, for detoxification~ This tea can be made ahead of time and kept in the fridge. Drink 1-2 glasses daily for so many health benefits. #nettles #detox #herbaltea #dandelion #burdock #redclover #detoxtea #detoxherbs #livercleanse #immuneboostingfoods #immuneboosters


Overnight Decoction of Dandelion and Nettles
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
35 mins
You'll need two 1/2-gallon mason jars for the tea.
Servings: 16 servings
Author: Megan
  • 2 Tablespoons dandelion root
  • 2 Tablespoons burdock root
  • 2 Tablespoons dandelion leaf
  • 2 Tablespoons nettles leaf
  • 2 Tablespoons red clover
  • 1 gallon filtered water
  1. Place 1/2 gallon water, dandelion root and burdock root into large saucepan. Bring water to boil.
  2. Simmer 20 minutes, then remove from heat.
  3. Add remaining herbs. Cover. Let sit overnight.
  4. In the morning, strain equal amounts into 1/2 gallon mason jars. (Each jar will be only half full.) Add remaining filtered water to each jar, to fill. Refrigerate, drinking 1-2 glasses daily.
Recipe Notes

Find dandelion root here.

Find burdock root here.

Find dandelion leaf here.

Find nettles leaf here.

Find red clover here.

Find hibiscus here.


Overnight Decoction of Dandelion and Nettles, for detoxification~ This tea can be made ahead of time and kept in the fridge. Drink 1-2 glasses daily for so many health benefits. #nettles #detox #herbaltea #dandelion #burdock #redclover #detoxtea #detoxherbs #livercleanse #immuneboostingfoods #immuneboosters

Have you used herbs to detox before? Have you made an overnight decoction?

Comments 15

  1. I have gotten away from doing this and feeling like I have been missing something! I tend to drink less in the winter – it is easier to get this stuff down in the spring and summer! I’ll work on it this week!

  2. What a nutritious tea! Definitely need to drink something like this since I’ve been feeling so run down. Love that you can make a big batch ahead of time too.

  3. This looks like a version of sun tea i would totally love to partake in!! While I have not used the herbs dried like this, I have definitely used them in capsule form…just have to get some!! Maybe this time I’ll know better than to order a whole pound like the chamomile, LOL!

  4. First, I have everything to make this! Second, love all the benefits of the herbs, especially dandelion and nettle. Third, I love that this is more than one serving!

  5. Your children must be the healthiest kids around! I have never tried a nettle tea. Time to expand my horizons!

  6. Well this was a total education for me! I love all the awesome info you provided for each herb! Perfect for me!

  7. Oh this tea sounds wonderful – I haven’t ventured too far from mint tea or just simple lemon water, but I am excited to give this a try. Especially with hibiscus now that it is spring!

  8. I made this without the Hibiscus and enjoyed it immensely! It is a gentle, somewhat woodsy, flavor and I found it a comforting-tasting tea. I didn’t add the extra water, before refrigerating, which means I can keep it in a smaller container in my fridge (which is packed!) and just add equal water (hot or cold) before drinking. Question: if I add the Hibiscus, do I do so after boiling the roots? Or, do I boil the Hibiscus with the roots?

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      Hi Heather, sorry to respond late! I’m still getting used to my new commenting system and missed some! I love what you’re doing, making a tea concentrate. Perfect. Add the hibiscus after boiling the roots. Thanks for the great comment and question.

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