Thursday, July 21, 2011

Wildcrafting: Goldenrod


Latin: Solidago spp.

Other Names: Aaron’s Rod, Blue Mountain Tea, Goldruthe, Gonea Tea, Solidago, Sweet Goldenrod, Sweet Scented Goldenrod, Verg d’Or, Wound Weed, Woundwort

Magickal Attributes: Divination, Encouragement, Find lost/hidden objects, Luck, Money, Prosperity, Wealth

Medicinal & Other Uses: Aquaretic, Antimicrobial, Antioxidant, Arthritis, Allergies, Asthma, Bladder infections, Blood pressure, Cancer, Colds, Diabetes, Eczema, Flu, Gout, Hemorrhoids, Inflammation, Internal bleeding, Kidney stones, Laryngitis, Liver (enlarged), Muscle spasm relief, Rheumatic disorders, Sore throat, Tuberculosis, Urinary tract health, Wounds, Yellow dye

Deities: Venus

Gender: F
Planet: Venus
Element: Water

Harvest Time: Autumn

Garden Uses: Ornamental

Goldenrod is the antithesis to ragweed which usually grows in the same area. Ragweed causes allergies, Goldenrod counteracts it. Allow Goldenrod to flourish and, if possible, reduce the amount of ragweed.

Culinary Uses: N/A

Other Uses: 
Yellow dye

Parts & Their Uses

Flowers: Dyes, Crafts: Dried arrangements, Wreaths

Drying Flowers: Gather, bundle, hang upside down in cool, dry place.

Leaves: Infusions: Teas, Tinctures

Roots: N/A

Whole Plant: Above ground portions only.

Gargle: Make the tea described above, and gargle 3 times daily
Fluid extract (1:1) in 25 % ethanol: Take 0.5 - 2 mL, 2 - 3 times daily
Tincture (1:5) in 45 % ethanol: Take 2 - 4 mL, 2 - 3 times daily

Oils: N/A

Infusions: Hot tea or tinctures will aid in problems with asthma.

Infusion Recipe: Place 2 - 3 tsp of dried herb in one cup of hot water and let stand for 10 -15 minutes. Strain and drink 3 times daily. Add honey if needed.

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