Herb Walk: Yellow Dock & Dandelion Root Iron Syrup

It’s the time of year for digging up roots.  And that’s what I have been doing this week. Mostly yellow dock and dandelion. I was planning to make an iron tincture, but my friend recommended this Iron Syrup recipe from herbalist Aviva Jill Romm:

1/2 ounce each dried dandelion root and dried yellow dock root
1/2 cup blackstrap molasses

1/8 cup brandy (I used rum, because I like it and it’s what I had)

 First I gently cleaned them, then chopped them up finely.
I put the chopped roots into a quart jar.

Then I poured very hot water over them and left them sit over night.

 Next, I strained them into a pot and simmered until I was left with 1 cup of liquid infusion. This is called a decoction.

To this I added  the blackstrap molasses while still heating.
As soon as it was mixed, I removed it from the heat. Then I added rum.
 It tastes good! I am keeping it in the refrigerator where I hope it will last 3 or 4 months.
I’ve been taking a spoonfull every day, along with a Vitamin C chewable. I love it!
What herbs are you gathering? What have you been creating?

Author: thewitchmama

Melanie Elizabeth Hexen is a midwife, regionally famous bellydancer, homeschooling mother and matriarch of the Many Hands House. She has been a witch for 25 years, and her belief system is currently based on the writings of Terry Pratchett and the teachings of Steven Posch. With her coven, the Prärie Hexen, she is creating the Hexen Tradition of Witchcraft.

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