Herb of the Day: Goldenrod

( Solidago virgaurea )

It is a antioxidant, diuretic, astringent, a valuable remedy for urinary tract disorders. It is used for serious ailments such as, nephritis,and more common problems like cystitis.

Parts used: Aerial parts
Goldenrod is a perennial plant that grows about 28 in. It has toothed leaves and branched spikes of golden yellow flowers. A native to Europe and Asia,and naturalized in North America ,it prefers open areas like hillsides. It is gathered in the summer when in flower.
Contains: saponins ( which saponins are antifungal ), tannins,flavonoids, inulin, hydroxybenzoates, phenolic, acetylenes, glucosides, diterpenes.
Aids with: It reputedly helps flush out kidney and bladder stones, acts specifically against the ( candida fungus ) the cause of yeast infections and oral thrush, it can be taking for sore throats, diarrhea, chronic nasal congestion, due to its mild action it is appropriate for treating gastroenteritis in children, it can be used as a mouthwash or a douche for yeast infection.
The herbalist John Gerard, I love to read all I can on him, but living on retirement, with 2 children 8 and 7 , school comes first for them. Anyway the Herbalist wrote about this herb in 1597 that “goldenrod has in times past been had in greater estimation and regard than in these days: for within my remembrance, I have known the dry herb which came from beyond the seas, sold… for half a crown an ounce. But since it was found in Hampstead wood ( London )…no man will give half a crown for an hundredweight of it: which plainly setteth forth our inconstancy and sudden mutability, esteeming no longer of any thing ( how precious soever it may be ) than whilst it is strange and rare. Four hundred years on, one can only agree.


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