Goldenrod- one of late summer & autumns most iconic wildflowers🍃🍂🍁
The plants Latin name is Solidago – which means “to make whole or heal."
This bright medicinal is a plant-lovers dream. It’s a premier ally for seasonal allergies, colds, flu, and urinary tract infections, a great source of plant based dye, a pollinator mecca, and a tasty culinary and beverage herb.
Goldenrod uses date back to the 1700s, when it was used as an alternative to the tea imported from the East Indies after the Boston Tea Party. In Europe, it was believed that discovering a patch of goldenrod near your house would ensure good fortune for all that lived there.
Goldenrod uses also include being a great natural plant dye for natural fibers like wool and cotton (similar to beets and onion skins) and results in a beautiful sage green or deep yellow color.
Both roots and aerial portions are used medicinally. These are several ways that you can use goldenrod:
Dried Flowers (for tea or infusions)
All aerial parts of the plant can be used. The flowers are edible and make attractive garnishes on salads. Flowers and leaves (fresh or dried) are used to make tea. Leaves can be cooked like spinach or added to soups, stews or casseroles, and can also be blanched and frozen for later use in soups, stews, or stir fry throughout the winter or spring. Goldenrod may possess more antioxidant power than green tea and a significant doses of vitamin C.
Much of what we know about goldenrod’s medicinal uses comes from Native American knowledge, who traditionally use various goldenrod species for a number of ailments, both topically and internally.
Check out the list below⬇️
Anti-inflammatory (topical and systemic,) Vaginal Yeast Infections, Eczema, Upper Respiratory Infection, Lowering Cholesterol, Diuretic, Colds and Flu, To lower blood pressure, Rhinitis, Diabetes, Asthma, Hemorrhoids, Sinus Infection, Tuberculosis, Arthritis, Enlarged Liver, Gout, Wound Healing, Urinary Tract Infections, Internal Bleeding, Kidney Stones