Botanical Name: Solidago odora
- English: Blue Mountain Tea, Sweet Scented Golden Rod, Aaron's Rod, Baguette d'Aaron, Canadian Goldenrod, Early Goldenrod, European Goldenrod, Gerbe d'Or
- Also, known as: Herbe des Juifs, Solidage, Solidage du Canada, Solidago canadensis, Solidago gigantea, Solidago longifolia, Solidago serotina, Solidago virgaurea, Vara de Oro, Verge d'Or, Woundwort.
Habitat: North America, Asia
Parts Used: Leaves
Goldenrod is native to North America. The plant grows to a height of 1 to 3 meters. The plant has thin leaves and yellow flowers. Golden Rod blooms in the summer and autumn, forming in the eastern United States a conspicuous part of the autumnal scene. Early American settlers used the flowers to help the gums and teeth. In Europe, the flowers are taken as a laxative and for sinus and joint problems. The herb was made as a tea during the American revolt against the British tea tax. The tea was known as “patriot tea.” The names "early goldenrod," "European goldenrod," and "Canadian goldenrod" are used interchangeably. Don't confuse this herb with mullein, which is sometimes called "goldenrod."
How to use:
The basic method for dried herbs and flower is, take 2-3 tablespoons of dried herb in a cup or teapot. Pour hot water over it and cover it with lid for 10-30 minutes. Hot water is needed to draw out the antioxidants, enzymes, vitamins, flavonoids, and volatile oils from the botanicals. Strain and squeeze out as much as liquid as possible and enjoy!
- You can sweeten your herbal tea with a bit of honey, natural fruit juice, stevia leaves powder and or licorice root powder.
- You can make ice cubes or pops by freezing tea in ice trays or pop molds.
You should consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using any herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.
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