Has the “Hachoo!” gotchu?

Gaia Bless You!  Hankies are key this time of year.

And most of us in New England owe it to a tricky plant known as Ragweed!

How appropriate, eh?

Ambrosia artemisifolia "Ragweed"

But all the blame rains down upon dear, dear Goldenrod.

The Sunshine of the Late Summer.  The one who can tame your nose.

"Goldenrod" The Solidago genus has over 30 species in the Newcomb's Wildflower Guide. The species growing in your backyard will be your go-to.

Ragweed and Goldenrod thrive in the same conditions: disturbed soil with lots of Sun!  And when Ragweed blows his mighty pollen, Goldenrod towers above smiling at everyone.  Oh that Yellow stuff is making me sneeze, you think.  When really, Ragweed is hiding, and Goldenrod is whispering to you…I can help!

Goldenrod towering over Ragweed

This symbiotic relationship is very common amongst the Wild Flowers.  Even Poison Ivy has its beautiful companion, Jewelweed.  Also known as Touch-me-not, Jewelweed’s flowers have an intelligent popping method when they are touched, hurling the seed far from its Mother so the population spreads.  When the fresh juice of Jewelweed’s leaves and stems are rubbed on a Poison Ivy rash, healing-time doesn’t take quite so long.  And I can imagine it would be very comforting.  Though I have not used this remedy myself, it would be the first thing I went to if Poison Ivy decided I needed a lesson.

So sweet and friendly, Goldenrod

So back to the Late Summer sneezy time cure…

If your allergies are acting up around the end of August – early September, there is a good chance it’s Ragweed tickling your nostrils.  And if that be the case, scout out some local Goldenrod and sip a cup of tea.  And while you are doing so, Goldenrod will give you the added benefit of toning your kidneys.  Two birds, one plant.

one of the many shapes and sizes of Goldenrod

For a further description of Goldenrod and a recipe for Goldenrod tea, check out the article ‘Glorious Goldenrod’ on Susun Weed’s website. (the tea recipe is under the heading “to dry flowering goldenrod”)  Susun Weed is a Wise Woman Herbalist from upstate New York.

Good Luck to you all, and enjoy the summer sun!

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***Goldenrod has the potential to be invasive, reducing space for Native Plants to grow.  So your best bet is to wildcraft this wild flower and not encourage it to spread.  And, as always, check with your family doctor before starting any sort of regimen with this herb.***


5 thoughts on “Has the “Hachoo!” gotchu?

  1. OH! I too am guilty of blaming goldenrod because it’s the one I see & so have mistaken it for ragweed. Forgive me Goldenrod! I am aware of some of the symbiotic plant relations, but have overlooked this one. Now I know.
    I have used jewelweed since I was a kid many may many moons. My brother & I used to go off adventuring along creeks, bogs, in the woods & I discovered stinging nettle. My brother looked nearby & found the remedy, quickly crunching & mashing the leaves & stem in his hands before rubbing them all over my arm while telling me that where ever there is stinging nettle & poison ivy, there will be jewelweed. The relief was almost instantaneous! I was in awe. First, because my brother knew this & second, that it seemed nature had a remedy for the itch & sting of the nettle. He also told me about plantain being used for the same with nettle or poison ivy. This he learned in Boy Scouts. We never learned this stuff in Girl Scouts 😦
    I am off to learn more about Ragweed & Goldenrod! Thanks for the post!

    • Jen, Thank you for visiting the blog! I too am impressed that your brother knew about Jewelweed at such a young romping age. Plantain is a very good friend of mine and has many uses when there is trouble in the field. Just chewing it and spitting it on a cut will have healing properties. You can even use its veins to tie the chewed leaf around your finger or other scraped body part. Goldenrod is very forgiving, and the next time you see it in the wild I am sure it will be delighted to befriend you.
      Enjoy your herbals!

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