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Recently diagnosed with anemia, my super-doc put me on 3 cups of yellow dock root tea a day.
I like the side benefits of yellow dock: it aids those with low stomach acid (me!), heals the liver and improves digestion. It can also be used topically to help with acne and psoriasis and is excellent for arthritis and issues of inflammation.
The tea is STRONG, like what black coffee must taste like to a young child, bitter and dry. Getting the right ratio of root to water takes some figuring.
Sweetened it becomes palatable.
I’d like to share my recipe and teach you how to make a decoction: healing tea from a woodsy root.
YELLOW DOCK TEA RECIPE
Yellow dock goes by many names, including Garden Patience and Sheep Sorrel. If you prefer an alternative to tea here’s how to make a tincture from it.
I have also learned to add hibiscus. High in Vitamin C, hibiscus adds a lovely, rich, fruity note and helps the iron to assimilate. To this recipe, add 2 T. of loose hibiscus petals during the last 10 minutes of steeping.
One cautionary word- yellow dock is moderately high in oxalates. Some sources warn it should not be consumed long term.
I am not a doctor, nor do I pretend to be one. Please consult your healthcare practitioner before beginning any new herb or healing protocol.