Dock: High in minerals and vitamins such as magnesium, iron, calcium, vitamins A and C. The leaves contain a relatively high amount of oxalic acid which can irritate the urinary tract and may cause kidney stones if eaten in large amounts on a regular basis. Nibbling on small amounts of leaves when they first come up in the spring will help us to spring into action after a long restful winter. We will be rooting for the roots here in the fall and staying away from the leaves.
Dock is used to help remove heavy metals such as arsenic and lead from the body via bile function of the liver. It would behoove those who live in older buildings or work in around such metals to use dock roots as a tonic, meaning small amounts over long term. It will enhance urine production.
A decoction and/or syrup made from the dock roots is beneficial as a laxative when we’ve eaten too many slices of cheese-heavy pizza or for those who are constipated due to pharmaceuticals. It also helps to calm an overly active intestinal tract and works as an intestinal anti inflammatory. It nourishes the liver, promotes good digestion and enhances the appetite. This is very helpful for those who are dealing with appetite depressors such as chemotherapy.
Sounds like a plant we need to add to our apothecary, doesn’t it?
In addition, dock will soothe upper respiratory issues stemming from colds, bronchitis, asthma, pneumonia and emphysema.
The tea is very bitter and is much easier taken in as a syrup or oxymel.
One thing I so appreciate about dock is how it paired being high in iron with its laxative effect. A common side affect of taking iron in high amounts is constipation. Dock naturally takes care of this by stimulating the intestines and promoting smooth and easy bowel movements.
How do you use this important herb??