Goldenrod (Solidago spp.) is in full bloom here. It certainly brightens up the landscape! This is a plant I tincture, dry for tea, and infuse in body oil. Goldenrod is astringent, diaphoretic, vulnerary, and antimicrobial, and can be ingested or applied for a variety of ailments. There are many species, all are medicinal, though each species will have a slightly different scent, taste, and potency.
When we lose connection to nature, we fail to respect and appreciate the limited gifts of the earth. We commodify that which is trending, and the land suffers for it - we all suffer for it. This season, and every season, pause and reflect on your needs before consuming. Consider how you can foster a connection to the earth and be an active participator in your food and medicine supply.
Elderberry is an immunomodulator, and helps reduce the length and severity of cold and flu symptoms. It’s a staple in my Apothecary and I take near daily doses of the tincture or syrup in the thick of winter, when people around me are sick. It has a pleasant, fruity taste, and combines well with cinnamon, ginger, and honey.
Knowledge is power, and education is key to herb safety. There are many credible sources for herbal education, books and articles and courses, that are easily accessible and often affordable, that can help you learn about plant identification, medicine preparation, and safety concerns and contraindications when working with and administering herbs