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Herb Basics

A Place to Start

| March/April 2005

  • Karen Bergeron,


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.

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