Updated: Jan 31
Have you noticed the beautiful goldenrod in bloom right now? If you know someone who suffers from cat allergies, you may want to make a tincture of the flowers, stem, and leaves - the upper part of the plant. It can also be helpful for some people for seasonal allergies. It isn't in my "top 10", but perhaps in my "top 30" if I had such a list...
Matt Wood, a local and well known herbalist, says it is for the person with drippy, watery eyes that look like they just came out of a swimming pool, whether due to allergies or a cold. He says that simply chewing on the flowers can provide comfort in this scenario.
Lise Wolff, my herbal mentor, extends goldenrods usefulness in situations that a person feels so overwhelmed by what needs to be done that they just can't "get up off the couch" to get it done - a bit of a "can do" remedy. Not so much of a burn out situation as an overwhelmed feeling - clear as mud?
There are many other uses, also, of course, that you can research online or in books and share here if you would like.
How to use goldenrod: Tincture the upper parts of the plant as it is coming into bloom - flowers, leaves, and stem Tea - many people like tea made from the fresh or dried flowers