A brief snapshot on coming to know and work with GIIZISO MSHKIKI // GOLDENROD! This beautiful yellow flower grows all over these lands, it is Native to Turtle Island and elsewhere. They are growing all around us at this time in the summer. This plant contains antifungal, diuretic, diaphoretic, anti-inflammatory, expectorant, astringent, and antiseptic properties. Their astringent properties help treat and dry out allergy symptoms like runny nose, watery eyes and sneezing. Their expectorant qualities can help get rid of mucous in the lungs. Their antiseptic and antimicrobial qualities can help soothe sore throats. The diuretic qualifies increase urine flow making it useful for treating UTI infections in combination with other herbs. Goldenrod can also help support kidney function. They can also help treat wounds and burns when applied to the skin in an oil or poultice.
You can make medicine from fresh or dried herb, as a tea, tincture, oil, honey or apple cider based (use raw products if possible) infusion from the plant, to name just a few ways.
Harvest the flowers and leaves at the early stage before the buds have even opened. Squish the leaves in your fingers to see if there is a potent scent which will indicate how much medicine is present in the leaf. If the leaves have a very faint scent, use mostly early flowers in your medicine. ✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨
Onkwehonwe people are plant medicine people. It's not about ego, one person's identity or social capital. In old times, so much plant medicine knowledges were common knowledge, community knowledge, day-to-day knowledge. The land was our medicine source. She still is. Let's work together to share and restore our knowledges.