Goldenrod (Solidago) ~ LuminEarth’s How to Identify Wild Edible & Medicinal Plants

There are more than 20 species in our area (Tennessee) and many of the species hybridize, increasing the diversity of size and shape. Luckily, goldenrods are recognizable to everyone at the generic level. Goldenrods are perennial herbs with dens cluster heads of yellow flowers that bloom from mid-summer to frost. The heavy pollen of the goldenrods does not carry far in the air, so it does not often cause hay fever. (Hay fever is usually caused by ragweed, which blooms at the same time.) For the most current and detailed information on this plant, please visit our FREE Online Guide to Wild Edible & Medicinal Plants at . Disclaimer: The statements in these videos are for educational purposes only and have not been evaluated by or sanctioned by the FDA. Only your doctor can properly diagnose and treat any disease or disorder. The remedies discussed herein are not meant to treat or cure any type of disease. The user understands that the above information is NOT intended as a substitute for the advice of a physician or a pharmacist. Make sure you can positively identify a plant before ingesting it. Some plants are poisonous, and misidentification could possibly result in serious illness or death.
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Who owns our health? Inside the medicinal garden (UCL)

Who owns our health? Inside the medicinal garden (UCL)

Dr Vivienne Lo has created a medicinal herb spiral in central London to address issues around the use of food and herbs as medicine in everyday home remedies or as dangerous substances to be regulated. UCL is consistently ranked as one of the world’s very best universities. As a multi-faculty, research-intensive university in central London, our research helps tackle global challenges and feeds directly into outstanding degree programmes. Visit us at

Common Medicinal Herbs with Curative Properties

Article by Nick Mutt

There are many herbs having mystical healing properties and are extensively used in the treatment of number of ailments. Below are few of them –

Garlic (Allium sativum)

Garlic is a commonly used herb that has miraculous healing properties and is widely used in number of ailments. The parts used are bulb, fresh cloves and juice. Some of the medicinal properties of garlic are antiseptic, antibiotic, anti-viral, anti-allergy, aphrodisiac, anti-amoebic, anti-coagulant, detoxifier, carminative, diaphoretic, and stimulant; may protect the heart and nervous system, enhance the body’s immune system, decrease the side effects of drug therapies for cancer. The therapeutically active ingredient in garlic is the allicin.

Henna (Lawsonia inermis)

Henna is an essential component of many herbal cosmetic products. The parts used are powdered leaves and flowers. Some of the properties of henna are natural hair conditioner, tinting the hair anti-fungal and antiseptic.

Lemon grass (Cymbopogon citratus)

Lemon grass is another useful herb. The parts used are grass and essential oil. Its important medicinal properties are refreshing, lemon-like tonic; antiseptic, antidepressant and astringent.

Olive (Olea europaea)

The parts used are oil of the fruit and leaves. Some of the medicinal properties are emollient, demulcent, laxative, source of linoleic acid; cold-pressed oil is used in salves for muscle pains; leaves in tea are astringent and antiseptic; may lower blood sugar in diabetes and dilate coronary arteries to improve blood circulation.

Onion (Allium cepa)

The part used is bulb. Some of the medicinal properties of onion are antiseptic, aphrodisiac, anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and diuretic; rich in vitamin B1, B2, and C; stimulates the heart and reduces blood sugar.

Ginger (Zingiber officinale)

Ginger is another useful herb that is well known for its effectiveness in cough, cold and viral fevers. The parts used are dried rhizome, oil and powder. Some of the medicinal properties are anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, circulatory stimulant, antiseptic, control nausea; drinking ginger tea will bring blood to the surface and warm cold hands and feet.

Papaya (Carica papaya)

The parts used are fruit, juice and leaves. Some of the medicinal properties of papaya are – Juice and fruit of the fresh plant can be used for wounds that refuse to heal and to remove freckles; improve digestion of proteins; leaves may be used as a substitute for soap.

Disclaimer: This article is not meant to provide health advice and is for general information only. Always seek the insights of a qualified health professional before embarking on any health program.

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