Golden flowerheads bloom in late summer on plants that grow up to 4 feet tall. Best in poor soil, sun to part shade.
Traditional Healing Uses: Goldenrod tea has been a popular remedy for urinary inflammations, arthritis, chronic eczema, and excessive menstruation, and has been used to relieve kidney inflammation, periodontal gum disease, headaches, flu, sore throats, flatulence, and as a gargle for laryngitis. Crushed fresh leaves have been applied to wounds, sores, and insect bites.
Other uses: Flowers dry nicely for fall and winter flower arrangements.
Harvest: Collect leaves, stems, and flower heads of goldenrod as plants come into flower. Dry in the shade.
Preparation: Pour a cup of boiling water on 2-3 teaspoons of dried herb and infuse 10-15 minutes. Take 3 times a day.
Caution: Some people may be allergic to goldenrod.