(Medicinal Herbs) Goldenrod

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Goldenrod Scientific Names and Common Names,Goldenrod Biochemical Information,Uses,Warning,Where Found,Parts Usually Used,Goldenrod Description of Plant(s) and Culture,Medicinal Properties.

(Medicinal Herbs)  Goldenrod

Contents:

Common Names | Parts Usually Used | Plant(s) & Culture | Where Found | Medicinal Properties | Biochemical Information
Legends, Myths and Stories | Uses | Warning

Scientific Names

Salidago odora L. Compositae Composite family

Common Names

Anise-scented goldenrod
Blue mountain tea
Bohea-tea
Common goldenrod
Sweet goldenrod
Wound weed
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Parts Usually Used

Leaves and flowers, dried
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Description of Plant(s) and Culture

The creeping rootstock of this perennial plant produces a slender, simple stem growing to a height of 2-4 feet. The leaves are sessile, thin, entire, lanceolate, and covered with transparent dots. The alternate leaves grow on lower parts of the stem; they are smooth, stalkless, long and narrow. (Not toothed, but tiny prickles catch the skin when rubbed backward along the edge of the leaf). The golden-yellow flower heads appear crowded on arching branches on the upper part of the stem, in terminal panicled racemes from July to September. This species has strongly anise-scented leaves that can be made into a pleasant beverage tea.

Other varieties: Gray goldenrod (S. nemoralis), European goldenrod (S. virgaurea), Canada goldenrod (S. canadensis), there are 80 species.
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Where Found

Sweet goldenrod can be found in dry, sandy soils in the eastern half of the United States. Dry open woods, heathland, hillsides, and fields, from New England to Florida, west to Missouri and Texas.
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Medicinal Properties

Astringent, carminative, diaphoretic, diuretic, stimulant
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Legends, Myths and Stories

Nearly 100 members of the species of Solidago are centered in North America, especially the eastern United States.
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Uses

Warm sweet goldenrod tea has diaphoretic properties; taken cold it stimulates the system and helps to dispel flatulence. A tea made from the dried leaves and flowers is an aromatic beverage and can be used to improve the taste of other medicinal preparations. Native Americans applied a lotion made from goldenrod flowers to bee stings. Promotes sweating in fevers. An infusion of flowers has been used to treat kidney gravel and dropsy. A digestive stimulant. Used for colic, to regulate menses, cystitis, colds, coughs, dysentery, diarrhea, measles; externally, a wash for rheumatism, neuralgia, headaches. Externally, treats old sores, wounds, sores or ulcers in the mouth.

Culpeper says use of this herb will “fasten the teeth that are loose in the gums.”
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Warning

May cause allergic reactions.
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Bibliography

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, by David Conway, published by Jonathan Cape, Thirty Bedford Square, London, England. (Out of print)

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, by Clarence Meyer, Meyerbooks, publisher, PO Box 427, Glenwood, Illinois 60425, 1973

, by Alma R. Hutchens, Shambala Publications, Inc., Horticultural Hall, 300 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston, Massachusetts 02115, 1973

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, Third College Edition, Victoria Neufeldt, Editor in Chief, New World Dictionaries: A Division of Simon & Schuster, Inc., 15 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10023, 1984

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