Iron Tonic from Herbwifery

most women who have investigated supplements for a healthy pregnancy have come across a lovely (and expensive) concoction known as floradix.  pregnant women need to consume nearly twice as much iron as their non-gravid sisters, and this sends many women after this lovely and mysterious elixir.  floradix liquid differs from typical iron pills in that it is plant-derived iron and therefore much more easily assimilated into the body.  anyone who has taken regular iron pills can tell you (as can their sore behinds) that floradix is well worth the cost since it bypasses the nasty constipation associated with the pills.

the good news?  you can make your own floradix-esque concoction!  for very little money!  below, you’ll find a recipe for what i (rather selfishly) call “lucadix”…..feel free to tweak the recipe to your liking, and please share it with others.  also, anemic women will benefit from a daily dose of this yummy syrup!


2 parts yellow dock root 2 parts nettle leaf 2 parts red raspberry leaf 1 part dandelion leaf 1 part dandelion root

(this is a very complete syrup when it comes to vitamins and minerals, but if you really just need the iron and want to save the $$, you can just make it with yellow dock root and the ingredients below)

water molasses honey a jar

step 1.  measure out 2oz by weight of your herb mixture (in a pinch, two big handfuls) per quart of water that you’re using.

step 2.  bring your water to a boil, add your herbs, and turn down to a medium-low simmer.

step 3.  simmer uncovered until the liquid is reduced by half (different stoves/pans vary, but 2 quarts boiled down to 1 quart for me in about 50 minutes–make sure not to burn it!)

step 4.  fill your jar halfway full with 3 parts molasses to 1 part honey (ish—experiment with taste here, but there should always be more molasses than honey because it is a very good source of iron)

step 5.  strain the decocted (boiled and reduced) mixture, and fill the other half of the jar.  (So it’s one part sweet, one part liquid)

step 6.  if you aren’t pregnant and are just taking this for the iron, you can add a dash of brandy to preserve it.

step 7.  stir or shake to mix the molasses, honey, and decoction, and then pop it in the fridge.

you can take up to 6 tablespoons a day, and feel free to get adventurous with it.  while you can’t add fruit juice to it (it will spoil), you can add fruit syrups as part of the sweet half.  for instance, i used the last of my elderberry syrup (another lesson forthcoming) in addition to my honey and molasses.  get creative eating it too.  you can put it on biscuits or pancakes or ice cream, or you can take it straight out of the spoon!  in the fridge, this should keep for a few weeks.

get your ingredients here.  shipping is expensive, so buy in bulk or go in with other herbies you know :)



yellow dock root–see all the yellow, iron-y goodness?


How a Human Animal Births

Kate Evans has written incredible books! Check her out here.

This is a preview from her new birth book, “Bump: How to Make, Grow, and Birth a Baby.”

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Baby Girl Charlie

After month of rib pain, and a week of back pain, Mama H needed an epidural to get relief.

After the initial pain meds left her system, Mama was able to move her legs and push like a champ.

Pushing so well, baby crowned before the doctor was there!

Here she is 9 days old at our postpartum meeting. Look at all that hair!!


Natural Cures for Jaundice

Jaundice is the most common of all liver disorders. It is a condition in which yellow discoloration of the skin and mucous membranes occurs due to an increase in the bile pigment, bilirubin, in the blood. If the bile is prevented from entering the intestines there is an increase in gases and other products.


1- Breastfeeding!! If you are having difficulty breastfeeding, see a lactation consultant. It can be hard, it is important to find support.

2- Sunlight, take baby out outside, naked, for a few minutes each day. Or let baby lie undressed in front of a sunlit window if the weather is cold. Sunlight breaks down bilirubin. Do this every day until the baby’s color is normal.

3- Sour Green Apples! For mom, blend in a high end blender (team vitamin) and drink, baby will get the detoxifying benefits through breast milk.

For infants, use a syringe to put a bit of the juice into babies mouth.



Sources: (Lots of ideas)

Lucie’s List of what baby REALLY needs

Banner lucies list


This is Meg. She has two daughters, Lucie and Alice. (and she hates balloons, just like me!!)



When Lucie was born, she didn’t have a CLUE what she needed or what to expect in the first year, so she created her site so others could learn from my mistakes — and maybe have a laugh or two along the way.

In short, I tried to make the kind of site that I would have found useful as a new mom. You know — all the sh*! that nobody told me?? I’m telling YOU.

Check out her site and her blog:

My Birth Journal

I did my postpartum visit today to see Baby C, who is growing and healthy and happy, and Mama A gave me the most precious gift!!!

Jane Austen 5 Year Journal


This journal has a page a day, so I can log each birth I attend!!!

jane austen journal inside


I love it sooo much!!!