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Saturday, April 28, 2012
Yellowdock (not my picture)
Latin: Rumex crispus
Other Names: Amla vetasa (Sanskrit name), Chin-ch'iao-mai, Curled dock, Curly dock, Garden patience, Narrow Dock, Parell, Rumex, Sour dock
Magickal Attributes: Business, Fertility to conceive, Healing, Luck, Money, Prosperity
Medicinal & Other Uses: Anemia, Anti-inflammatory, Anti-spasmodic, Anti-tumor, Astringent, Blood purifier, Boils, Detoxifier, Diuretic, Hepatitis, Immune stimulant, Increases platelets, Itching, Jaundice, Liver, Lymphatic system enhancer, Spleen re-builder, Ulcers
Autumn after the seeds turn brown
Plant Feed Recipe:
Cook the leaves as a pot herb side dish. Seeds can be ground to make a flour, boiled to make coffee, or infused to make tea.
Parts & Their Uses
Apply crushed leaves to boils, itches & rashes.
Combine with Burdock & Dandelion to make a healing tea.
Macerate root into a pulp and apply to cuts, wounds & swellings.
Dried, crushed and made into a tea, especially in combination with Burdock & Dandelion.
Fill a jar with Yellowdock root and cover with grain alcohol. Keep stored in the dark for several weeks before using.
To make a very strong preparation is to take a quantity of root to fill a crock pot and cover it with olive oil. Put this on the low heat and leave for 12 hours and then strain. Then put more root in the same oil again until you have used three batches of root. This causes the oil to be a very strong representative of yellow dock. It can be used in any type of itch. You can also add other astringents and soothing agents such as oak bark or comfrey root to this for various purposes, but yellow dock can be used alone. I usually add poke leaves with the root in order to help with eczema, etc. Enough beeswax is added to make the oil a salve consistency.
To make a Yellowdock syrup:
Take a pint of distilled water and boil down half pound of yellow dock root to about a cupful. Strain the liquid in a sieve and throw away the boiled root. Add half a cup dark honey, half a cup blackstrap molasses (thick, dark, heavy sweet syrup) and one teaspoon of pure maple syrup to the strained liquid. You may also add a pinch of vanilla. Blend everything by hand to a smooth, thick, sweet, sticky liquid or syrup. This syrup may be taken one teaspoon at a time to help bronchitis, asthma as well as stop a tickling or scratching in the throat or lungs.
Decoction: use 1 tsp. root in 1 cup boiling water, cover with a saucer, and let stand for 1/2 hour, strain and reheat. Sweeten with honey, if desired. Take hot, 1 to 2 cups a day.
Powder: for skin problems the dose is 12 grains.
Syrup: boil 1/2 lb. of crushed root in 1 pint of syrup; taken in tsp. doses 3-4 times a day.