Herbs

GOLDENROD, Solidago odora

Goldenrod Plant

Goldenrod is a beautiful flower that is worthy of its name. The Latin name “Solidago” means to make whole, or to heal. For many centuries, it was known as a wound-healing herb. The Saracens and other ancient Nomadic tribes around Syria thought highly of this herb. They refused to go into battle without some goldenrod herb on their person to protect them in case they got wounded. Some legends say the Native Americans used goldenrod to heal the battle wounds and to prevent gangrene.


There are many varieties of goldenrod, even in this country. Many have slightly different flower patterns in the way they grow off the stock. The leaves are a little different and some plants much larger than others. However, most have the same healing characteristics.


Goldenrod is a favorite of many Native Americans. One told a story about his youth when he, his cousin and his grandfather were making a camp in the woods late in the fall. The ground was covered with heavily crusted snow. It was in a freezing rain. Their clothing was soaked and frozen against their bodies before they got their hut built. They had a suitable bow drill to start a fire, but no dry tinder. Everything was wet. They found some goldenrod plants that were encrusted with ice and snow, but were dry down inside the head. They gathered a number of the dry heads and opened them and made a tinder bundle. With their bow drill working back and forth, they had smoke, finally a spark and then a red coal. The Goldenrod sparked into a flame. As they were moving their fire, they didn’t even realize they had been burned because they were so cold. After they warmed up, the burns started to hurt bad. The grandfather made some very strong tea out of the old dead goldenrod leaves and applied it to the burns. Soon the pain was gone and the burns were forgotten. That night, they warmed themselves more as they drank some goldenrod tea to help them sleep. He said from that day, he would be forever grateful to the goldenrod for saving their lives.


Goldenrod has a beautiful flower with yellow golden blossoms, and it grows to about two and one half feet tall. In Canada, they grow taller. The blossoms on some plants grow on the top edge of the upper branches; on other plants, the blossoms grow on top of a stock like a daisy. The leaves are lanceolate, or narrow, pointed and dark green. They are covered with translucent dots. When the leaves are crushed, they smell faintly like anise.


It wasn’t many years ago that almost everyone said because goldenrod has so much pollen, it was an allergen and caused hay fever and allergies. However, they found the pollen was not airborne. Now, after extensive tests, some herb companies and homeopaths have started to use goldenrod in some of their formulas to overcome hay fever and allergies.
Since way back in the early times of the Arabians, goldenrod was used as a digestive stimulant, to soothe the stomach and get rid of gas. They used it for inflammation of the stomach and intestines. Since then, it has been used as a diuretic to aid the kidneys and help with kidney and bladder stones, nephritis, edema, dark urine and other kidney problems.
If you have a fever, drink real hot goldenrod or yarrow tea. It is a diaphoretic. It will help you to sweat a lot of poisons out of your body. The tea is a tonic that will tone the body. It is also good for eczema, skin problems, bites, stings, bruises and wounds.

Goldenrod is a beautiful flower. Plant some in your garden. Use the flowers and tip for tea. You’ll brighten up your yard and, chances are, you’ll brighten up your life and you’ll be healthier. Goldenrod, besides being a beautiful garden plant, has been used to overcome many health problems.
 

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