Common Names: Anise-Scented Goldenrod, Blue Mountain Tea, Bohea-Tea, Common Goldenrod, Sweet Goldenrod, Wound Weed
Scientific Name: Salidago Odora L., Compositae, Composite Family
Common Uses: Astringent, carminative, diaphoretic, diuretic, stimulant. Warm sweet goldenrod tea has diaphoretic properties; taken cold it stimulates the system and helps to dispel flatulence. A tea made from the dried leaves and flowers is an aromatic beverage and can be used to improve the taste of other medicinal preparations. Native Americans applied a lotion made from goldenrod flowers to bee stings. Promotes sweating in fevers. An infusion of flowers has been used to treat kidney gravel and dropsy. A digestive stimulant. Used for colic, to regulate menses, cystitis, colds, coughs, dysentery, diarrhea, measles; externally, a wash for rheumatism, neuralgia, headaches. Externally, treats old sores, wounds, sores or ulcers in the mouth. Culpeper says use of this herb will “fasten the teeth that are loose in the gums.”
*Warnings: May cause allergic reactions
Origin: Sweet goldenrod can be found in dry, sandy soils in the eastern half of the United States. Dry open woods, heathland, hillsides, and fields, from New England to Florida, west to Missouri and Texas.