Herbal remedies for Anemia may be what you need if you have been diagnosed as being anemic, a condition often caused by poor diet, absorption of iron and other medical conditions. However, increasing your intake of iron-rich foods, including plants that are high in iron, is a great way to deal with “iron-poor, tired blood”. Learning ways to incorporate these high iron plants and vegetables can be tasty while being effective.
High iron foods include:
- Spinach eaten raw contains about 5% of the daily requirement of Iron
- Cooked Spinach has almost 36% of the daily requirement of Iron
- Collards boiled without salt contain 12% of the daily requirement of Iron
- Broccoli eaten raw contains only 4% while cooked Broccoli contains 6% of the daily Iron requirement
- Brussels sprouts only contain 1% of the daily Iron required
- Sweet Green Bell Pepper contain 3% of the Iron required daily if eaten raw or cooked
Other foods high in Iron include prunes, raisins, egg yolks and shellfish including oysters, clams and scallops. Herbal remedies for anemia are often made into teas that contain less fats and sugars than do some of these high iron foods.
Herbs and Fruits for Anemia
Teas are a great way to include herbal remedies for anemia into your daily life. Not only are most very flavorful, and other helpful plant leaves can be added to make them even more enjoyable. Dried fruits high in iron added to herbal teas will enrich the tea providing flavor and additional nutrients. Currants contain 4.6 milligrams of iron, dried prunes about 9% of the daily requirement and berries like strawberry and raspberry contain about 3%.
- Fresh Parsley contains about 20% of the recommended daily amount of Iron
- Fresh Dandelion leaves contain about 3 milligrams of Iron
- Fresh Fennel leaves provide about 4% of the daily Iron requirements
- One tablespoon of Celery Seed contains 16% of the total Iron requirement
- One tablespoon of dried Rosemary contains 5% of the daily Iron requirement while the same amount of fresh leaves contains only 1%
- One tablespoon of dried Dill leaves or seed contains about 6% of the daily Iron requirement
- Blackstrap Molasses contains almost 6% Iron per tablespoon
- A quarter cup of chopped fresh Garlic cloves contains over 12% of the daily iron requirements
Delicious Iron-Rich Teas
It is easy to create flavorful herbal remedies for anemia using honey, stevia or blackstrap molasses as sweeteners, then adding Lemon Balm, Lemon Verbena and citrus juice for tartness. To that mix, combine one of two iron-rich herbs, such as Catnip and Fennel.
Making the Tea
Place one tablespoon of dried, or two tablespoons of fresh herbs, in an eight-ounce cup of very hot water. Cover the cup with a small plate, cloth or covering to keep the essence of the steeping herbs in the fluid. Steep the herbal tea for five to ten minutes, strain or add sweetener if desired. Some people prefer to leave the tea unstrained and consume the soft herbs after drinking the tea.
Adding fresh herbs to iron rich foods is also a great way to improve the amount of iron you get daily. Rosemary is great to use for seasoning fish and chicken. Dill provides a tart flavor to pork, fish and seafood, and garlic goes well in meat and vegetable dishes, sauces and even gravies. Dried garlic powder does not contain much iron. However, using fresh whole garlic cloves provides additional flavoring and nutrition to soups, stews and sauces.
Herbal tonics were often used in the spring to help restore the nutrients that were not provided by the limited winter diet. Burdock, Dandelion, Plantain, Catnip, Mullein, Stinging Nettle, and Yellow Dock were common ingredients. Spring tonics were often made from the same plant that provided the first wild greens that were eaten raw or sauted with wild onions, garlic and edible spring flowers.
If your iron levels are particularly low or if you’ve got increased iron needs (due to pregnancy or dietary changes), you may also want to consider OTC Feosol iron supplements. Consult with your doctor or healthcare practitioner to determine the appropriate formulation and/or dosage.
Using one of these herbal remedies for anemia should help and in conjunction with a change in diet and iron rich herbal teas it will soon put the spring back into your step!