Have you ever gotten busy, and let your yard go just a little long too without working on it? Or walked through an unmaintained, empty lot of field? If you looked at the plants growing under your feet, really looked, you probably saw several weeds that heal. Broadleaf plantain, yellow dock, burdock, feverfew, selfheal…. These weeds, and many more grow readily across large areas of the United States.
In this blog post we will be looking at yellow dock. Yellow dock grows wild in many areas of the country, and gets its name from its yellow roots. It is made up collectively of two separate species, curly dock and bitter dock. Curly dock (Rumex crispus) has narrow leaves with curly edges, while bitter dock (Rumex obtusifolius) has wider leaves, with more smoother edges. Yellow dock is a perennial plant that is in the buckwheat family. This weed grows readily across large areas of the United States, especially on disturbed land in USDA zones 4-7.
Yellow Dock Uses
Today, most people in this country consider yellow dock to be a weed, but it has been used for its nutritional value and medicinal value for hundreds of years. Yellow dock looks very distinctive at all stages of maturity. By the time it is fully mature, it is hard to confuse with anything else. Its distinctive look, makes it easy to harvest in the wild.
Parts of the plant can be used as a food such as the leaves and stems can be eaten, raw or cooked. Once matured and dried, the seeds are sometimes ground and used as a coffee substitute; and in Romania, it is used as a spice. Like other plants high in oxalic acid (beets and chard are examples) dock leaves and stems should be consumed moderately, especially if you have a problem with oxalic acid. This plant can also have a mild laxative effect due to the presence of anthraquinones in the plant. So again, consumption in moderation is best.
The fruits and roots have been used as a medicine for hundreds of years.
Medicinally, people have used yellow dock for many purposes; as already indicated, yellow dock can be used as a laxative. There is also evidence indicating that may be useful against parasites. Inflammation, and microbes (bacteria, and fungi).
Historically, Yellow dock has been used for pain and swelling of nasal passages and the respiratory tract. It has also been used to treat various infections (bacterial and fungal). It is used as as a toothpaste by some people, and has been be used for bleeding and hemorrhoids when applied to the skin. And finally, its has been used to treat arthritis.
Historically, yellow dock has been used for skin diseases, skin inflammation (dermatitis), rashes, a vitamin deficiency called scurvy, obstructive jaundice, and psoriasis with constipation. Because of its usefulness with skin conditions, we incorporate finely ground yellow dock root, in our Yellow Dock and Oats Soap.
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As stated before; we are no doctors, but we do our best to be informed to help others find what works for them and their individual issues. So; if the external application of yellow dock sounds helpful to you or is what you have been looking for in your journey of skin care- stop on by. We are sure our Yellow Dock and Oat Soap will not only clean but help with any pain, swelling, and discomfort you may feel in your hands our other parts of your body.
Perhaps this article might have also made you consider that some of those “pesky” weeds in your garden aren’t so bad in the event they could be useful. Maybe you’ll let them stick around or even plant some of your own to help with the little hiccups of life when they arise. So, we hope you enjoyed learning of the awesome medicinal properties of yellow dock and that you will like this new series we are doing. Take care and stick around!