Herbs Up-Close: Chapter 2: European Goldenrod (Solidago virgaurea)

Goldenrod, the herb we find all over growing in old gardens, arrived to Europe somewhere in the 1700’s.  This is a herb native to North America, and was often used by the native American’s due to its many and deep healing abilities.  Though it’s in the aster family, don’t let it fool you thinking its all about beauty.  That’s only the beginning with this herb.  When walking around the local areas in Switzerland, I often see this plant growing as a volunteer usually on the outside garden fences of very old garden plots.  Assuming the plots are original from the early 1700’s, as most are, the goldenrod is a herb that has withstood the test of time.   This herb demands front row, and center stage, as it’s quite illuminating with it’s bright yellow color and stops short of shouting “pick me”.  Pay attention to this lovely yellow blossom, as it’s not only  a lovely sight, but hit has an extensive history as being  widely used here in Europe for it’s extensive healing properties.  For instance, it aids in healing sores, infections, toothaches, wounds and burns.  Internally, it’s used to treat kidney and urinary tract infections, digestion and respiratory health.  Goldenrod stellar properties has been used as a tea, or astringent in treating upper respiratory congestion, allergies, sinusitis, and the flu and is known as one of the best dryers of the sinus.  Used to treat urinary tract infections, it’s has great diuretic properties which has been very effective in treating for kidney stones, edema, and gout.

In conclusion,  I’d recommend reading up on all the good this tiny, yet beautiful yellow flower can ad to enhancing our health.

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