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?
But all the blame rains down upon dear, dear Goldenrod.
The Sunshine of the Late Summer. The one who can tame your nose.
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!
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 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.
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.***