Yellow dock is a fabulous herb for modern life. Not only does it support stage-2 detoxification of the liver – which most of us need because it’s not practical to live in a bubble – it also promotes healthy digestion, a diverse microbiome, and more.
Dock root is considered to be one of the best herbs for the entire digestive system. The taproot is rich in anthraquinone, which has a laxative action. It contains bioccelate iron, which can be readily absorbed. It is helpful for anemia, fatigue, and for folks with PMS or other hormonal imbalances.
The herb contains a unique combination of constituents such as anthraquinones, tannins, minerals, and inulin that together synergistically to support overall health.
The plant also has a long history of being included as an ingredient in healing salves. English sources report “the poultice made from narrow-leaved dock ‘has been known to cure a growth on a man’s hand.” 23 Scottish healers also made a healing ointment by boiling the root until it was soft and mixing it with fresh butter.24 Grieves recommends boiling the root in vinegar and then mixing the pulp in lard.
Yellow dock constipation remedy:
This herb is helpful for constipation and doesn’t create any dependency issues. Combine 2 parts yellow dock root, 1 part dandelion root, and 1 part licorice root. Prepare as a decoction and drink 3 cups a day.
Alkalizing Herb Blend for Vascular Headaches
Vascular headaches are generally the result of too much cold food in the diet and an overly acidic condition of the body. To get rid of a vascular headache, alkalize the diet with salty, contractive foods like brine-cured olives, a cup of miso soup, or a strong alkalizing tea blend.
Combine 1 part yellow dock root, 3 parts dandelion root and 2 parts burdock root. Prepare as a decoction and drink 1/4 cup of tea with 1/4 teaspoon of skullcup or valerian tincture every 30 minutes until symptoms subside.
Yellow Dock Syrup:
Take a couple of tablespoons of this syrup with meals, once or twice a day, to ensure good iron levels. Because of it’s abilities to regulate bowel function, this is a beloved tonic for pregnancy, it helps keep energy levels up and corrects any mild constipation.
Take about 250g of minced, dried yellow dock root and simmer it in a quart of spring water, over low heat, until there is only about a pint of fluid left. Strain the liquid, which should be dark brown and rich-smelling, and mix it with an equal part by volume of raw honey (e.g. two cups of fluid, mix with two cups of honey). The syrup will keep indefinitely if refrigerated.