The season of Goldenrod!

Goldenrod everywhere!  Such a versatile plant.  It’s genus name is Salidago and with about 200 known species I didn’t attempt to identify them any further.   They have several uses most interestingly to produce rubber which Thomas Edison was experimenting with before he died.  http://www.kindofcurious.com/2010/11/thomas-edison-botanist.html (this site contains photos and info on the rubber he produced).  He was even given a Model T from Henry Ford with tires made of Goldenrod Rubber (wikipedia)!

Medicinal Uses according to Wikipedia:
“Solidago virgaurea is used in a traditional kidney tonic by practitioners of herbal medicine to counter inflammation and irritation caused of bacterial infections orkidney stones.[10][11] Goldenrod has also been used as part of a tincture to aid in cleansing of the kidney/bladder during a healing fast, in conjunction with potassium broth and specific juices.[11] Solidago odora is sold as a medicinal, for these issues: mucus, kidney/bladder cleansing and stones, colds, digestion, and a tea is made from the leaves and flowers for sore throat, snake bite, fever, kidney and bladder problems, cramps, colic, colds, diarrhea, measles, cough and asthma. A poultice is used for boils, burns, headache, toothache, wounds, and sores. Native Americans chewed the leaves to relieve sore throats and chewed the roots to relieve toothaches. ” **  Before using for any of the above uses please note that specific species have some specific uses.  Please do further research before using.  I’m posting this for now as I am discovering for myself how awesome and versatile goldenrod is.

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