Grindelia Grindelia spp
- Common Names
- Grindelia , Gumplant, tarweed, rosinweed
- Botanical Name
- Grindelia spp
Medicinal Uses & Benefits of Grindelia
- Medicinal Uses: * Bronchitis
* Insect/flea Bites
- Properties: * Anti-inflammatory * Antibacterial * Antitussive * Depurative * Emollient
- Parts Used: Aerial parts
- Constituents: resin (around 20%), volatile oil, saponins (including grindelin), alkaloid, tannins, selenium.
How to Use: Grindelia
Grindelia extrudes a gummy balsamic resin that was historically used as an expectorant and antitussive in cough remedies. 1 Grindelia, which grows wild in the Western states, is better known for it's use in ointments and field dressings for rashes, poison ivy, burns, and insect bites.
Preparation Methods & Dosage :Use in external treatments, ointments and skin washes.
Grindelia is a bush plant with bright yellow flowers indigenous to much of the United States, but is found mainly in the dry prairies West of the Mississippi.
Regional Traditions :North America *
How to Grow Grindelia
Grindelia is a bit scruffy to be popular as ornamental, but is sometimes cultivated for medicinal use. The plant can be started from seed, or by cuttings from wild plants, and does best in poor, alkaline soils.
- Hoffmann, David (2010-12-15). Medical Herbalism: The Science and Practice of Herbal Medicine (pp. 563). Healing Arts Press.
Gumweed acts to relax smooth muscles and heart muscles. This helps to explain its use in the treatment of asthmatic and bronchial conditions, especially when these are associated with rapid heartbeat and nervous response.