Get healthy the natural way. If you suffer from iron deficiency there is no need to look further than your own pasture or grassland for relief and boundless energy. All from a little plant called by the latin name Rumex crispus, or by the common names of curled dock, curly dock, yellow dock, sour dock or alas, narrow dock. Here in Hungary we call it horse or sheep sorrel and it is good for more than just adding a little iron to your bloodstream. The boiled seeds are wonderful as a tea when diarrhea hits unexpectedly, not just for humans – dogs, cats, sheep and goats find them useful too and you will often find them grazing on the dry brown seeds in late summer.
It is easy to identify by the narrow leaves and forked taproot, harvest in early spring or late in fall for the best impact.
To make a tincture we first clean the roots, either with knife or peeler, then rinse them to expose the beautiful yellow you see below.
Chop the yellow dock roots up, put them in a jar and cover with a bottle of vodka.
Wait 2 -3 weeks and you will end up with a liquid so brown as this –
and the remnants that were once yellow, now brown, are headed for the compost.
Store your tincture in a dark jar – in the best possible place, not too hot, not too cold, and somewhere without a lot of light. Ours goes in the pantry.
To give this old beer bottle a little glory, Roland handcarved a wooden plug from a dry mulberry branch, right from our own backyard. From pasture to pantry this bottle will keep me going all summer long.
The best part, unlike iron supplements, there are no side effects! After receiving many a migraine from some certain iron pills the conclusion came that I was having a reaction to the (multiple!) red food dyes that they often contain.
Never again my friend. This “weed” has become my friend.
To quote from a wise woman, Susun Weed:
“Yellow dock (Rumex crispus) also offers an abundance of food and medicine. We add her leaves to salads, make a vinegar of her red seeds, and dig the root early in the spring or late in the fall to tincture. A dose of a dropperful of the tincture (or a teaspoon of a vinegar of the roots), taken two or three times a day, is one of the best ways to increase the amount of iron in the blood. Yellow dock tincture is considered to be the very best agent for helping those who need an aid to maintain regularity. Since it is not a laxative, it’s safe to use daily, if you wish.”
I would trust her, she knows.
If the alcohol bothers you, a fresh syrup can also be made that stores for up to a month in the fridge, sweeten it with honey, it is something very unique!
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