Get Your Goldenrod   2 comments

Many folks blame Golden Rod, Solidago odora, for their autumnal misery.  It’s a bum rap!  Goldenrod pollen is very sticky and not readily dispersed into the air.  In order for your sinus’ to become irritated by it, you would have to shove the plant up your nose.  A practice I do NOT recommend.  I know Golden Rod to be a seasonal allergy ally. Drinking Goldenrod tea relieves my itchy eyes, post nasal drip, headache and persistent cough; caused by other pollen bearing plants. Rag Weed is the worst enemy!  Ragweed’s light fluffy pollen floats everywhere; at the slightest breeze.  And, SUPER BONUS, Goldenrod has NO known drug interactions. (1)

Anywhere you see Goldenrod’s open flower spikes, you will find plenty of budding spikes .  The buds make the best tea; and right now buds are abundant.

The fresh or dried leaves and flower buds brew up into a delicate, golden, anise-flavored tea.  I prefer mine dried, the flavor is more mellow and less green.  It’s best to pick before the flowers open; like this:

I like Golden Rod for several reasons.  Two cups a day eliminates my acid reflux and the inflammation it causes in my stomach and esophagus.  The sore throat, cough and verps that accompany acid relfux are gone.  And BONUS my sinus’ are clear, also.  As Dandelion, Taraxacum officinale, does in spring, Golden Rod wipes out my seasonal allergies, in fall.

Just click on any photo to enlarge, for greater detail.

Thanx for stopping by.  See you soon.

For tea recipes, the particulars of Goldenrod identification;

and look-a-likes, please see:


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A-Z guide to drug-herb-vitamin interactions, Schuyler W. Lininger, Jr. DC, editor in chief

      Prima Health, 1999

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I practice, believe in and endorse foraging.  I hope everyone will forage; at least something, sometime.  I just don’t want anyone to sue me if they make a mistake. Foraging is far safer than many activities we engage in on a daily basis.  After my family, foraging is the best thing to happen to me.  Every day my knowledge grows as I grow more healthy.  As I gain confidence in the field I feel better in my own skin, and in life itself.  The joy of discovery is infectious.  The satisfaction of sipping a cup of foraged tea, or munching wild berries out of my freezer in January, or sharing foraged bounty, is immense.  I wish all of this for you.  All the photos here were taken by me.  My research is thorough, and I stand behind it.  Please be thorough, also, be careful and go enjoy yourself!  L’chiam!

Nothing written here is intended as medical advice; or any kind of advice, at all.  I’m not a doctor; or other health professional.  What works for me, may not work for you.  I’m simply sharing my thoughts, opinions, experiences, hard learned lessons, and love.  I disclaim any and all liability resulting from the use of, collection of, preparation of, ingestion of, reaction to or contact with, any plant written about here; or anywhere else.  Use great caution when hunting, collecting, preparing and eating any wild food for the first time.  Make certain of your identification.  You, and you alone, are responsible for what you collect, prepare and consume; and for whatever consequences that may result.  Anyone can have an allergic reaction to any food, at any time.  Use common sense, go slow, do the research, check and double-check, and then check again, then proceed with extreme caution.  One mistake could cost your life; or worse, someone else’s life.  Know the laws where you intend to forage.  Whenever appropriate get permission.  Check public records for area pesticide spraying programs.  Never harvest right after spraying.  Find out if and when it will be safe.


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  1. Pingback: Burr-Marigold, Bidens tripartita « Forageporage's Blog

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