While driving down I95 South, from New York to Pennsylvania with my husband, he pointed out that the leaves were beginning to change on the trees. They were turning orange, red and yellow, reminding us that another season is coming.
I also noticed something else as we drove down the highway. There were large patches of tall golden yellow flowers. They were beautiful and they were everywhere – covering both sides of the road. They really brightened up the highway!
I said, “I wonder if that’s Goldenrod.” We researched it, and sure enough, it was.
After doing a little more research, I discovered that Goldenrod was traditionally used for respiratory ailments like lung inflammation and kidney issues like stones and bladder infections.
According the Traditional Chinese Medicine the fall season is connected to our “lung” element, and winter is associated with the “kidney” element. It would make perfect sense to use Goldenrod at this time of year to help support both the lungs during the fall and the kidneys as we move into winter.
Take a look around at your environment. Is Goldenrod growing in your area? Maybe along the side of the road or in a nearby field or backyard? If you live in a city, have you seen it growing in any of the parks or abandoned lots?
If yes, think about incorporating this herb into your diet at this time of year. If you are going to harvest goldenrod fresh, I would suggest you do not use the herbs growing directly by the side of the highway. They may not be as “clean” as you’d like them to be.
There’s a great quote by the 14th century physician, botanist and alchemist, Paracelsus. His words of wisdom are just as true today as they were centuries ago.
“The art of healing comes from nature, not from the physician. Therefore the physician must start from nature, with an open mind.” – Paracelsus –
Let’s open our minds and start with nature. What is she telling us?
I think she may be saying it’s a good time of year to harvest these fields of gold and to let our bodies be nourished by this healing herb.
Have you tried Goldenrod yet?