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?
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