Goldenrod is not only gorgeous, lining meadows with gold autumn flowers, but very useful in treating seasonal allergies. Some people try to blame the brilliant flowers on their allergies, but goldenrod is not wind pollinated, it is insect pollinated, and is not the cause of allergies. To the contrary, give it a try and it may help you get through the season with fewer sniffles so you can enjoy those beautiful flowers!
Suggested usage: Take 1-2 dropperfuls in water, juice, or tea as needed. Tinctures typically last 1-5 years.
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More info on Goldenrod:
There are about 45 North American species of Solidago, and one European species (Solidago virga-aurea). The most common here is Solidago canadensis, and though most goldenrods are difficult to tell from one another, you can tell the canadensis by the galls on the stems. Another favorite goldenrod is Solidago odora, because it has a more anise-like flavor, in contrast to the canadensis which is more resinous. Personally, I haven’t found a goldenrod I didn’t like. It makes an excellent tonic for the kidneys and I drink it as a tea made with the dried leaves and flowers whenever my lower back is feeling sluggish, or when there is a buildup of toxins in the blood, often demonstrated by the condition of the skin. It is slightly bitter, not sweet, and if I use fresh leaves for the tea it becomes too strongly bitter for my taste. Though I personally prefer teas for myself in general, I always have a tincture on hand too for ease of use. For environmental allergies, it acts in a preventative manner, and can be taken regularly to help reduce attacks. In the specific case of cat allergies, however, it is known to help even in the moment. For more info, see my plant profile on Goldenrod.