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a cup of ironweed tea

Ironweed Tea Recipe


  • pot
  • strainer


  • 2 parts ironweed leaves or roots dried
  • 8 parts water


  • Combine eight parts water to 2 parts dried and crushed ironweed leaves or roots.
    ironweed root and leaves in pot full of water
  • Boil the water and ironweed plant matter together, stirring constantly until only one-fourth of the water has not boiled away.
  • Remove the ironweed tea from the stove, strain it, and allow to cool enough to sip.



  • You can use fresh leaves and roots instead of dried to make the medicinal tea, but they tend to get soggy and take longer to brew.
  • Some folks mix both the root and the leaves together to make the tea to garner the benefits of both parts of the plant at the same time.
  • To improve on the taste of the tea and to garner more natural healing power, some folks add in up to 1 teaspoon of either honey, ginger, or a combination of both.
  • The common dosage of ironweed tea for adults is up to two standard coffee cups per day for up to three days.
  • You can also use these same brewing steps to make an ironweed tincture; simply pour the mixture in a Mason jar and place it in a cool, dark place. Shake the jar daily for four to six weeks, then strain away all of the natural matter. Store the tincture in a cool dark place in an airtight container.