How to Make Yellow Dock Tea for Anemia

How to Make Yellow Dock Tea: Iron Wine~ For Anemia

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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.

Recently diagnosed with anemia, my super-doc put me on 3 cups of yellow dock root tea a day. I was impressed with his knowing of an iron-rich food source that I hadn't heard of or utilized in the past. I like the side benefits of yellow dock: it aids those with low stomach acid (me!) and improves digestion.

YELLOW DOCK TEA RECIPE

Yellow Dock Tea
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Yellow dock is synergistic with several other herbs, including burdock root. I like to add ground burdock, when I have it on hand, for a more delicious brew. The vanilla extract is added to the decoction because the alcohol in it helps pull the healing properties from the yellow dock root. The vanilla flavor makes the drink more palatable.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
15 minutes 1 hour
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
15 minutes 1 hour
Yellow Dock Tea
Yum
Print Recipe
Yellow dock is synergistic with several other herbs, including burdock root. I like to add ground burdock, when I have it on hand, for a more delicious brew. The vanilla extract is added to the decoction because the alcohol in it helps pull the healing properties from the yellow dock root. The vanilla flavor makes the drink more palatable.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
15 minutes 1 hour
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
15 minutes 1 hour
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Boil water, yellow dock and vanilla for 15 minutes.
  2. Turn off the heat, stir in burdock and cover.
  3. Allow the brew to steep for 30-60 minutes.
  4. Add 2 cups water and reheat to serve.
  5. Pour through a strainer. Sweeten to taste with honey or stevia.
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VARIATIONS

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.

You can buy yellow dock root and hibiscus here.