taproot medicine

honoring the connection between people and plants

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mullein, all dressed up with rosehips, milk thistle seed, rosemary, nettle, reishi, licorice, and thyme

mullein, all dressed up with rosehips, milk thistle seed, rosemary, nettle, reishi, licorice, and thyme

This latest syrup came out of a strong desire to support the health of those of us living in the fire zones of California, as we see more and more hot dry weather and watch our hillsides burn and the smoke pour in.  To get donations of this medicine to firefighters, evacuee sites, or effected communities, please inquire here.  This syrup is formulated to heal damaged tissue, ease breathing, protect the nervous system and process toxins through the liver.  It tastes like the garden on a warm summer day in the late afternoon - complex and layered, and yet simple and whole.  The label was made using Rae Diamond's incredible art that reminds me of the fire resilient majestic oaks whom we have so much to learn from.

 Strong Lung Syrup


Here’s what’s in it, with a little explanation of how each herb helps:

mullein - heal damaged tissue, process grief    thyme - clear cough, aromatic.    rosemary - antioxidant, warming, digestive, energetically empowering.      elacampane/inula - ease breathing and expectorate nettle - nourish and remove toxins
reishi - remove toxins, support immune, calm heart stress   rosehips - vit. c, astringing, harmonizing licorice - harmonize, clear and moisten   rhodiola - bronchio-dialator, adaptogen  anise seed - open and expectorate   marshmallow - moisten and heal tissue   milk thistle seed - liver protective, clears brain fog orange peel - bitter, process toxins, liver support.  also:  honey, filtered water, a touch o' brandy, and a wellness wish.

all herbs certified organic

label art by artist  Rae Diamond

label art by artist Rae Diamond


Strong Woman Syrup

an iron-rich, nutrient dense herbal tonic made for women of all ages to support the body in building blood and assimilating iron.  It is safe and effective in providing the body with vitamins and minerals, especially iron. Iron is essential in transporting oxygen around the body, and iron deficiency can be very common, affecting 20% of the world’s population.  In addition to iron, this syrup is formulated to help regulate cycles, calm the nervous system, and soften painful cycles and pre-menopausal symtoms.  Safe for pregnancy and nursing women.

Starring:  dandelion root and leaf (Taraxacum off.), nettle leaf (Urtica dioica), raspberry leaf (Rubus idaeus), milk thistle (Silybum marianus), yellow dock root (Rumex crispus), milky oat tops (Avena sativa), alfalfa leaf (Medicago sativa), hawthorn berry (Crataegus monogyna), marshmallow root (Althea off.), rosehips (Rosa spp.), and raisins, goji berries, orange peel, spirulina, molasses, honey, pomegranate concentrate, filtered water, a touch o’ brandy (as a preservative), and a wellness wish.

Stabilizing Syrup

a honey-based tonic made with adaptogenic herbs. An adaptogen is a plant that increases the body’s resistance to damaging long-term and environmental stress.  When the body goes through a stress response (stress can be good, bad, exciting, exhilarating), blood sugar levels peak, help us through the stressful moment, and then taper off.  Adaptogens help to ‘smooth out’ these changes in blood sugar, which in turn helps us feel less frantic and more flexible.This syrup is made with nourishing adaptogens also known for their immune and adrenal support, warming spices, and nutritive berries. This shit tastes good, and makes you feel like a rockstar.  **if you have a hard time falling asleep, don't take this syrup right before bed.  Eleuthero can be slightly energizing to some.

Starring:  reishi (Ganaderma lucidum), schizandra (Schizandra chinensis), eleuthero (Eleutherococcus senticoccus), wild oats (Avena sativa), nettles (Urtica dioica), licorice root (Glycyrrhiza glabra), ashwagandha (Withania somnifera), and clove, star anise, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, goji berries, honey, a touch o’ brandy, and a wellness wish.

Wellness Syrup

The herbs are formulated to stimulate surface immune for respiratory health, give a strong dose of vitamin C, calm the nervous system, and help the lymphatic system move out wastes efficiently.   Meant to be taken during seasonal shifts, as a preventative for seasonal illness, and for people with compromised immune systems (sleep-deprived, very stressed, elderly, coming off antibiotics).   It’s alcohol free, honey-based, and safe for children, pregnant, and lactating women. I hope it tastes as alive and full of soil and sky as it is for you and your family.  

Starring: rosehip (Rosa spp.), elderberry (Sambucus nigra), milky oat tops (Avena sativa), jujube fruit (Ziziphus jujuba), reishi (Ganaderma lucidum), nettle leaf (Urtica dioica), orange peel, ginger, spirulina, pomegranate concentrate, honey, molasses, a touch o’ vinegar (as a preservative), and a wellness wish. 

All herbs are organic or mindfully hand harvested.


adults: 1-2 tablespoons daily
2-4 years: ½-1 teaspoons daily as needed
4-6 years: 1-2 teaspoons daily as needed
6-12 years: 1 tablespoon daily as needed

For the Client

Frieda Kipar Bay, RH, formulator of Taproot Medicine Syrups, has a private practice based in Sebastopol Ca.  

For more info on what she offers, please visit



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“where rosemary flourished, the woman ruled.” –Mrs. Grieve


how to eat your medicine

Taproot medicine is tonic medicine.  It is meant to be “eaten” rather than “taken”.  It tastes amazing, so why not use it in your recipes…and oats and yogurt and tea?  Here’s some ways that I’ve used it, and please feel free to experiment and let me know what winning recipes I should add to my list.

Sourdough Pancakes with Stabilizing Syrup

Make your favorite batch of pancakes, then mix equal parts maple syrup and SS (I usually use a Tablespoon or two of each).  Drizzle on pancakes, with tahini or yogurt.  A well-rounded desert for breakfast, with adaptogens to help you through your day…

Sesame Strong-Oat Bars

2 large, ripe bananas
1 teaspoon vanilla (optional)
2 cups rolled oats
1/2 teaspoon salt (optional)
about 1/8 cup SWS (8 T)
at least 1/4 cup chopped or lightly ground seeds—pumpkin, flax and sesame are my favorites (you can also use nuts)
pinch of cinnamon

Heat the oven to 350°F and lightly grease a 9×9-inch square baking dish with olive oil, coconut oil, or butter.

Peel the bananas and mash them in a mixing bowl.  Mash completely until no large chunks remain; the bananas should be essentially liquid. (You will have about 1 cup).  Shake the SWS wildly before adding, then stir it into the mixture with vanilla, if using. Add the oats and stir them in. Stir in the salt and seeds.  To grind seeds, use a coffee grinder (minus the coffee!).  Sesame seeds don’t need to be ground.

Pat the thick mixture evenly into the baking pan. Sprinkle the top lightly with cinnamon (ginger can be nice too). Bake for 30 minutes or until the edges are just brown.

Place the baking pan on a rack to cool. When the pan is mostly cool, cut into bars.

Wonder Woman Tea

Bring water to a boil, pour over your favorite herbal tea bag (chamomile, mint, ginger, nettle, roasted dandelion root, just to name a few).  Add 1-2T SWS, depending on how sweet you like it and more importantly how much you need the iron.  Enjoy with deep breaths.

 Sick Drink 

In my house, “sick drinks” have a special place in the healing process. As soon as somebody says, “I don’t feel so hot”, a sick drink is passed in their direction, along with a firm yet loving order of “BED!”

To a cup of boiling water, add:
1 T lemon juice
2 (or more!) cloves of garlic, crushed
1-2T wellness syrup
and if your really sick, as much apple cider vinegar as you can handle (usually 1-2T)


what people are saying about taproot medicine....

“I had been dealing with a cough on and off for several months, then I got the flu and the cough was unbearable. I found your strong lung medicine while I was at 'The Well' in Oakland. I honestly couldn't believe that in just one day, I finally finally felt it ease up and as I took it every day 2/3 times a day, the cough got progressively better. I'm so grateful you have no idea :}”. ~Vanessa

About a year ago my sister brought my son some Taproot wellness syrup. When he gets any kind of cold he ends up either in the Hosptial with an asthma attack or on a steroid. She was living in a different area of California at the time and thought it would be a good present. We live out in Maryland. The moment he started using it on a regular basis he has not needed any steroids and any cold he got was just wiped away. It was amazing and so helpful. ~Sara

"I just wanted to tell you that I got my hemoglobin up to 12.1 (from10.5) with prenatal vitamins and your syrup! woohoo!" -Vanessa

"I have to tell you, I've been spreading the word about the Strong Woman's Syrup. It actually works. I can't tell you what a new lease on life it is. At a very active and healthy 69 and 1/2 I'm going strong...except for my absolutely aversion to sex. Aaaarrrrgggg, not to mention no libido. After one bottle of the syrup, I'm a new woman. How wonderful." -L

"Thank you again for such a nurturing and sweet experience yesterday. Every time I take a class I think "that was my favorite!" but this one spoke to me in ways that are much closer to my heart than others." -Amy

"Your tonic is my favorite health treat. My friends come over & we have tiny shots of it after meditation & before bed dream space. Thank You!" -Seymour

"Hello! I love your syrups. I've been taking your Strong Woman Syrup daily for over a year and it has been extremely supportive of my health and well-being (and your Wellness Syrup got me through last flu season without a sniffle!)." --Laura

"I had a hemorrhage with the birth of my girl, and one of the midwives brought me your Strong Woman Syrup, which was my introduction to Taproot Medicine." –Ana

"your stabilizing syrup is the big fat bomb." –Rachel

"I have been anemic all of my life but had forgotten this part of my health and ended up in a hospital for five days. I'm sixty and always just had a chiropractor. So bottom line of course "they" wanted me to take iron pills. I took you SWS and Floradix Iron for 11months and now only your SWS :) I depend on your SWS for my health." --Peggy

"I just finished a bottle of your stabilizing syrup that I got from 3 Stone Hearth, helped me through stress of getting my taxes organized, finally, its done! love it!!" --Riki

"Last night I asked how Baylen was feeling when I got off work. He was eating soup, which was a good sign. He said "good." I asked if his tummy hurt anymore and he answered, "Nope! That wellness syrup stuff really works!"" --Torina, mother of Baylen, 4

"Your yummy taproot offerings have been a source of nourishment for my postpartum body as well as my son's sprouting immunity. The ritual of taking our syrup each morning with our special spoons, is a moment of self care in our day that we really enjoy sharing." --Kerry

I am loving your medicines. They are new to me but the herbs you put in them are outstanding. I go to the California School of Herbal Studies and after making medicine for myself I can highly respect good, thought out medicine made with love. Thank you for making such great products! --Angela