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DISCLAIMER: These pages are presented solely as a source of INFORMATION and ENTERTAINMENT and to provide stern warnings against use where appropriate. No claims are made for the efficacy of any herb nor for any historical herbal treatment. In no way can the information provided here take the place of the standard, legal, medical practice of any country. Additionally, some of these plants are extremely toxic and should be used only by licensed professionals who have the means to process them properly into appropriate pharmaceuticals. One final note: many plants were used for a wide range of illnesses in the past, but be aware that many of the historical uses have proven to be ineffective for the problems to which they were applied.



GOLDENROD
(Solidago spp)
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DYE USES:
Yellow to yellow-tan with flowers and alum mordant.
Gold with flowers and chrome mordant.



GOLDENROD, SWEET
(Solidago odora)
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PROPAGATION: By seed. Perennial.
NEEDS: Full sun. Average garden soil.
HARVEST: Leaves.
FLOWERS: Yellow. August-September.

USES

MEDICINAL:
Carminative and stimulant.
Tea of the leaves has been used for flatulence and vomiting.
Local application of infusion has been used to soothe headache.
Flowers supposedly laxative and the infusion supposedly used in treating urinary obstructions.

CULINARY:
Tea

DYE:
Varying shades of yellow depending on mordant used.

CRAFT:
Dried flower heads for floral arrangements. Leaves for potpourri.




©2001 by Ernestina Parziale, CH

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