Herb Basics

A Place to Start

| March/April 2005

  • Karen Bergeron, www.AltNature.com


Looking for a natural, inexpensive way to increase your iron intake? Try this recipe, recommended by Aviva and Tracy Romm in their book ADHD Alternatives.

Yellow dock (Rumex crispus) works quickly — taken as a syrup, the herb can raise iron levels in a matter of weeks. Blackstrap molasses is high in iron, and dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) enhances iron absorption and assimilation.


1/2 ounce dried yellow dock root
1/2 ounce dried dandelion root
1 quart water
1/2 cup blackstrap molasses

Combine yellow dock and dandelion roots in water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer, covered, for 4 hours. Strain liquid into a saucepan. Simmer, uncovered, until liquid is reduced to 1 cup. Add molasses and stir well. Pour into a clean glass jar, cool to room temperature, and seal jar. The syrup will keep for 2 weeks in the refrigerator.

Take 1 to 2 tablespoons daily, along with 250 mg vitamin C to enhance iron absorption.

Subscribe today and save 58%

Subscribe to Mother Earth Living !

Mother Earth LivingWelcome to Mother Earth Living, the authority on green lifestyle and design. Each issue of Mother Earth Living features advice to create naturally healthy and nontoxic homes for yourself and your loved ones. With Mother Earth Living by your side, you’ll discover all the best and latest information you want on choosing natural remedies and practicing preventive medicine; cooking with a nutritious and whole-food focus; creating a nontoxic home; and gardening for food, wellness and enjoyment. Subscribe to Mother Earth Living today to get inspired on the art of living wisely and living well.

Save Money & a Few Trees!

Pay now with a credit card and take advantage of our earth-friendly automatic renewal savings plan. You’ll save an additional $5 and get six issues of Mother Earth Living for just $19.95! (Offer valid only in the U.S.)

Or, choose Bill Me and pay just $24.95.

Facebook Pinterest Instagram YouTube Twitter

Free Product Information Classifieds