Updated: May 26, 2019
Commonly blamed for seasonal allergies- goldenrod can be harvested to PREVENT seasonal allergies!
It is also effective at flushing / cleaning the kidneys and bladder.
Goldenrod is the yellow plant growing above the hostas.
Clip the flowering yellow heads and hang upside down (or lay flat) in a dry, well-ventilated place. I like to lay mine flat in-front of a sunny window with the window cracked or open when it's not windy out.
When harvesting the plant try to only take 25% of each plant to ensure it can recover. It will more than likely grow back even stronger when following this rule!
Add the dried herb to a pot that has been brought to simmer. I like to add other flavourful plants like peppermint, spearmint, rosemary, thyme, sage, rooibos, black / green tea etc.
After adding the plants reduce the heat and keep hot and steaming for 15 minutes or more. Control the heat to ensure it doesn't get to hot and burn the active constituents.
Benefits / top uses:
IMMUNE: to prevent and balance seasonal allergies and unknown dietary allergies.
DIGESTION: herbal tea contains antioxidants and nutrients that will hydrate and balance stomach acids / intestinal membranes
KIDNEY / LIVER: increase urine flow and flushing to reduce inflammation, swelling and pain. The kidney and liver help us detox, so this in turn can assist in arthritic pain, injury, gout, skin eruptions, muscle spasms, etc.