Goldenrod, also known as Solidago canadensis, can be identified by its tall stem and yellow flowers. There are many different kinds of Goldenrod which can be difficult to identify. This species of Goldenrod, Solidago canadensis is the most common. The name comes from Latin and means causes to solidify or bring together, specifically speaking of a wound. In fact, Goldenrod was a wound remedy used in the Middle Ages. In the past, it has been used to stop blood in ulcers and wounds.
Rademacher states that Goldenrod is a “very old and good kidney medicine.” The main job of the kidney is to filter waste from the blood. When someone is dealing with a lack of endurance or unable to preserve through a difficulty, the kidneys are weakened and unable to do their job. Specifically, uric acid needs to be removed by the kidneys. If they are unable to do so, it must leave through the bowels, skin or lungs, which can cause many other problems, such as diarrhea, ulcers, sores, acne, etc. Goldenrod helps to pull the blood from the vessels into the kidneys.
Fun fact: The kidney and sexual organs have a close relationship. This is why Goldenrod can benefit both organs.
With this herb, the entire plant can be used. Goldenrod’s leaves are bitter and stimulate the stomach and digestive tract. Leaves should be harvested during early summer. The flowers have a higher amount of volatile oils which cuts back on their bitterness. Flowers help balance the respiratory system. Flowers are harvested in late summer and early fall. Goldenrod’s roots are peppery and slightly bitter; they help to stimulate the kidneys. Harvest the roots during the fall.
According to Ludwig Kroeber, flowers and leaves were used to remedy diarrhea, scrofula (another name for Tuberculosis), asthma, cough, chronic catarrh (excessive mucus), bedwetting, jaundice, throat problems, gum ulcerations, teeth problems, ulcers and swellings. Goldenrod has also been used for menstrual problems like cramping and excessive bleeding.
Symptoms of weakened kidneys:
A decoction of Goldenrod helps to bring the urine back to being clear and normal.
Pick flowers directly from the plant.
Pull up the entire plant to get the root system. Check out all of this new growth! In the fall, the roots start to grow horizontally. You can tell the difference because the new growth is almost white in color.
We pulled all the flowers off of the plants that we uprooted also. There were some aphids on them, so we left the bowl outside for a day to encourage the little critters to crawl out.
Using scissors, cut the roots off of the plant.
1. Get a small, glass jar and fill about half way with chopped flowers from Goldenrod plant.
2. Fill the rest of the jar with a high proof alcohol.
3. Put the lid on the jar and put somewhere out of direct sunlight.
4. After 4-6 weeks, strain the flowers out.
5. Don't forget to label your jar so you know which tincture it is! *Usually good for at least one year.
The Book of Herbal Wisdom Using Plants as Medicine by Matthew Wood
Water kefir is a probiotic drink that can be made easily at home. You will need water kefir grains, which are clusters of bacteria and yeast as your starter. These can be ordered online or obtained from someone who makes water kefir and has extras to spare. With sugar and water, these grains will ferment quickly, producing water kefir. If a fizzier drink is desired, a second fermentation is in order.
Water kefir is dairy free and gluten-free. It can be used to replace sports drinks and even sodas! You can customize the flavor and amount of fizz based on your preference.
The Nourished Kitchen says:
“Water kefir, like most fermented foods, supports gut health and systemic wellness, The beneficial bacteria in the water kefir grains consume the sugar in the sugar water, and as they metabolize the sugar, they produce a variety of beneficial acids, food enzymes, B vitamins and more beneficial bacteria. This process of fermentation also reduces the sugar content of the drink.”
Tips & Tricks
Water Kefir Recipe : First Ferment
2 TB rehydrated kefir grains (if purchasing, they will be dry and you will have to rehydrate them, unless you are getting extra from a friend)
¼ cup sugar
Wide mouth glass quart jar
Fine mesh plastic strainer
Coffee filter and rubber band
1. Place sugar in the jar and pour a little bit of hot water over the sugar to dissolve it. Stir.
2. Add cold water up to the 3 cup line on the jar (This helps cool the water temperature down).
3. Make sure the water is room temperature (89 degrees or below) and then add the grains to the sugar water.
4. Place the coffee filter over the top of the jar and use the rubber band to secure it into place.
5. Set the jar on the counter - make sure it is out of direct sunlight - for 1 or 2 days. You want the liquid to be cloudy and have tiny little air bubbles.
6. Drain the grains using a strainer. These grains are ready to make another batch of kefir! If you are not ready for another batch, store used grains in the refrigerator in sugar water with a lid. When ready to use, discard water and make a fresh batch,
Do NOT rinse your grains!
Second Ferment - Apple Blueberry Water Kefir Soda
Water kefir from first ferment (see above)
100% apple juice, or other fruit juice, just make sure it is 100% juice
*optional: ¼ cup frozen blueberries, or other frozen fruit, organic is best
2 wide mouth glass quart jars with tight fitting lids
Fine mesh plastic strainer
1. If you haven’t already, strain the fresh batch of water kefir, from the first ferment, into a wide mouth jar.
2. Add juice until filled to top of rim
3. If adding fruit, do so now.
4. Put the lid on tightly and leave jar on the counter for one day.
5. After fermenting, strain fruit and discard (optional: add used fruit to smoothie)
If you didn’t use fruit, you may leave the jar on the counter for up to 3 days. This makes it have more fizz!
6. Refrigerate and enjoy!
*Special thanks to Beth for coming and educating all of us!
Drink Your Bugs podcast: https://www.westonaprice.org/podcast/73-drink-your-bugs/
Juicing is a great option that is easy and gives you the peace of mind knowing exactly what you are drinking. We have only used our juicer with fruits, but they can do a variety of produce. Juicing allows my daughter who is intolerant of apples and pears to have options. Pear juice and apple juice is used often as a filler in all kinds of juices.
We did a lot of research on the different kinds of juicers because there are so many. We found that cold-pressed juicers are better because they do not produce any heat. Although the high speeds that create the heat may speed the process up a little bit, some vital enzymes are lost in the process.
Interested in juicing? It’s super easy!
1. Purchase produce. Of course, it’s always best to purchase organic to avoid the harmful side effects of the pesticides used in other products.
2. Prepare produce. Peel, cut, etc. and put in the juicer. If you have littles, get them to help out when they are able. My toddler loves to help peel oranges and then drop them into the juicer. I love that I am impacting the next generation. It's a win-win!
Our juicer has a button on the side to turn it on and a plastic masher to push pieces down if necessary.
That's really it! (I told you it was easy.)
We prefer to store our juice in glass because it is safer than plastic. Label masking tape with date and contents and you're set. Enjoy!
*Make sure you have something to catch the pulp and a container to catch your juice. Our model came with its own juice catcher and has a plug option if you need to dump the juice container. This prevents any of that precious liquid from dripping on your counter!
I use my Pampered Chef large mixing bowl to hold peels and then again for the pulp. Less mess to clean up!
I like to use all parts of the fruit and the dried pulp is where the fiber is stored. So, I usually just put the pulp in ice cube trays and freeze. Pop ‘em out and toss in a freezer bag to use for smoothies. If you juice veggies, this pulp would be great for soups!
Our model is the SKG and we absolutely love it! Super easy to use and quick cleanup. There are a few parts, but it is easy to put back together. This appliance is an investment for the family, but we feel that it is well worth it!
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None of these posts have been evaluated by the FDA. They are not intended to cure, treat, or diagnose any disease. As with any medical concerns, always consult your medical professional before trying any of the ideas presented on this blog. All information has been obtained from various sources and personal experiences.