They were turning orange, red and yellow, reminding us that another season is coming.
I also noticed something else as we drove down that 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!
It was fields of goldenrod.
Goldenrod was traditionally used for respiratory ailments like lung inflammation and kidney issues like stones and bladder infections.
According to 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 do you think she is telling us?
I think she may be saying it’s a good time of year to harvest those fields of gold and to let our bodies be nourished by this healing herb.
Have you tried Goldenrod yet?
Andrea Beaman is an internationally renowned Holistic Health Coach, Natural Foods Chef, Speaker and Herbalist. Named one of the top 100 Most Influential Health and Fitness Experts, she is also a recipient of the Natural Gourmet Institute’s Award for Excellence in Health-Supportive Education and a Health Leadership award from The Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Since 1999, Andrea has been teaching people how to harness the body’s own preventative and healing powers using food, herbal remedies and alternative medicine.
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