about taproot medicine...
Taproot Medicine began with clinical herbalist, frieda kipar bay, formulating an herbal syrup to support a dear friend with anemia through her first pregnancy. She concocted a (mighty) tasty herbal syrup packed with nutrients and watched how tiny sips off the bottle fortified her thru pregnancy and even labor. Word spread and more bottles were made to support mothers and menstruating women alike. She called it Strong Woman Syrup, in honor of that deepest friend.
As orders grew and more formulas were realized, she decided being a one woman show was overrated. With the help of herbalist and entrepreneur Charlotte Conners taking the reigns, Taproot Medicine has become a collectively owned offering that employs three hardworking women committed to sustainable living and making medicine within our means. There are no big investors tugging on the reigns, no poorly sourced ingredients, and no good intentions swept under the rug for the sake of making more money. Taproot Medicine is made with the hope of supporting each of you in doing your deepest work in the world, be it parenting or passing legislation. We are all needed here to re-envision our world.
We make medicine from the heart, with specific people in mind, and gratitude for the plants. This is our religion: Pay attention and give respect to earth body, human body…when we are close to the earth, we are close to our selves. This medicine is real, made by our hands, made for this community. We are doing an alchemical dance in the kitchen when we make this medicine, watching plants yield into liquid to be sweetened with bee nectar and transformed into delicious food/medicine that has a hint of magic about it. When you take it, make space in your body for the plants to enter, one deep breath usually does the trick. In honor of the plants who are the ultimate teachers of generosity, we offer this medicine to you.
in good medicine,
Charlotte Connors and Frieda Kipar Bay, RH
what is an herbal syrup?
A simple herbal syrup is a preparation of herbs decocted in water, with a sweetener added. Most commercial syrups out there tend towards using refined sugars for this process, so always look on the label and check out what’s in there. We use local honey, molasses (thank you for that iron) and spirulina (thank you ocean). Because we aren’t making a simple syrup here (which has a shelf life of 1-2 years), we like to keep it refrigerated after opening.
How is it made?
Taproot medicine is made with care and attention, in small batches (and we mean small), by the hands of mothers, herbalists, and artists.
Enter the kitchen.
Put on your favorite apron.
Wash your hands, slow and steady, preparing for alchemy.
Pots, herbs, scales, shiny bowls, and filtered water all come out to play.
Dancing with the grinder helps the seeds break down, spooning out the raspberry leaf leaves a sweet floral smell behind.
Herbs go into bowls to be weighed, then into sturdy pots that leave the arms feeling strong.
Filtered water and a stir with the “witches wand”, and we’re ready for a flame.
Waiting. Herbs releasing their essence takes time.
Finally, press out the water—a deep deep chocolate color, smelling astringent and root-y. Squeeze every last drop out, it all wants to be medicine.
Add honey, gently, while thanking the bees for their miracle.
Mix in the final touches that change the color from deep earthy red to dark green to brown, and bottle with gratitude.
Gratitude for the willingness of water, the wisdom of the plants, the opportunity to make something beautiful.
Bottle in dark glass, label every one.
Where do you get your ingredients?
We believe that transparency should be the first priority in making any product for someone else. Here is the list of suppliers we support, that you support in buying these syrups.
Oshala Farm * Pacific Botanicals * Sonoma County Herb Exchange * Wholesome Organic Molasses. * Gipson’s Golden Honey * E.D. Luce (bottles and caps) * E.D. Kundsen * Sadaf
questions that come up…
Where can I get your medicine?
Please visit the stockist page for that info.
Are these syrups appropriate for people with food sensitivities?
That depends. Please read the ingredients, and figure out what’s right for you. It is gluten free, dairy-free, vegetarian, and organic (where applicable). If you are still unsure, please contact us. It is full of goodness, plants, bee nectar, and love.
do you ship?
No, we do not ship! Please visit this page for links of other businesses that ship.
I have _______ health issue. Should I take this medicine?
Good news! Frieda has a thriving clinical practice, come see her to discuss your health concerns in a holistic way.
Is it a tincture?
No. This is a *sweet* medicine, with honey as the base. There is a small amount of brandy in the adult syrups, but not enough to taste.
Does it need to be refrigerated?
Yes. Honey can ferment if it heats up. If you don’t have a fridge, keep it somewhere consistently cool. If it ferments, it changes the medicine, but it’s still ‘safe’ to drink, if you are interested in experimenting…
Why is it SO sweet?
To extract constituents from plants, herbalists traditionally either use alcohol, vinegar, honey, or water. This medicine is as sweet as it is to both extract and preserve without additives or chemicals, using honey and water extraction. The result is a traditional herbal syrup.
What’s the sludge at the bottom of the bottle?
That’s the spirulina that doesn’t dissolve in water. If you shake your bottle before you use it each time, there won’t be any sludge left at the end. If you forget, add water and pour the sludge into your tea or something. Don’t let that goodness go to waste!
Is this medicine safe?
Yes. And, we are trusting you to be tuned into your body enough to know if this is the right medicine for you. We are also trusting that if you have specific conditions, you will be educated about what’s okay for you to have and what’s not. Essentially, this medicine is made with many people in mind. It is effective, yet gentle. It is formulated to bring more harmony and balance to most bodies…but cannot be for every body. We suggest you think of it as food, try it, and trust that you will know if it’s not good for you. Kind of like onions. For most, it’s a healthy and powerful food, but not all.
We like to use this question often: “would your mother’s mother’s mother take it?” If most of us go 3 generations back, we find ancestors that embodied a more natural and holistic way of living.
Is it good for kids?
The Wellness Syrup is formulated with kids specifically in mind. Strong Lung Syrup is also safe and effective for children.
Strong Woman Syrup is formulated for menstruating women, but if you have a child with iron-deficiency, you can offer them this medicine at a child dose. Many children have had positive results.
Stabilizing Syrup is not appropriate for young children.
do you re-use old bottles?
We are working on having a set up to receive used bottles, but in the meantime please keep them for your oils, small seeds, and concoctions. The dark glass is very protective to whatever goes in.
Do you diagnose or see people clinically?
Yes, please visit www.friedakiparbay.net to find out more about Frieda’s clinical practice.