Goldenrod is an herbaceous plant with strong, green, woody stems that grow almost anywhere in North America to about 6 feet tall. The leaves grow on alternate sides of the stems and are either smooth-edged or slightly toothed. The leaves are slightly hairy on the underside. The plant grows from a root crown or rhizome. It produces a lot of small golden-yellow flowers at the top of the plant that bloom in late summer or fall. Goldenrod is non-allergenic. The leaves and flowers are edible either fresh or cooked. Externally, Goldenrod is great for many skin conditions and for healing many kinds of wounds.
History and Folklore:
The latin name Solidago means to join or bring together. This refers to Goldenrod’s prowess as a wound healer. Attempts were made during WWII to use the rubber-like properties in tire production. These efforts were unsuccessful.
Cultivation and Harvest:
Harvest the leaves and flowers in the summer while the flowers are in full bloom. Dry the harvest to be ground for later use in teas, tinctures, concoctions, and so on.
Do not use while pregnant or nursing. Avoid with chronic kidney disorders, edema from heart or kidney failure.
Traditional Herbal Actions:
Astringent, Carmintive, Diuretic, Diaphoretic, Anti-Inflamatory, Expectorant, Anti-fungal, Antimicrobial, Anticatarrhal
Canadian Goldenrod, Meadow Goldenrod, Common Goldenrod, Giant Goldenrod, Tall Goldenrod, Shorthair Goldenrod, Hager’s Goldenrod, Rough Goldenrod.
Tincture Ingredients: Damania (Turnera diffusa)
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