Gumweed - Grindelia spp.

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This Gumweed (Grindelia spp.) monograph is an excerpt from the first edition of Dr. Sharol's book "Herbal Medicine From The Heart of The Earth." You can purchase the 2020, third edition of this book with an expanded materia medica/monograph section, herbal formulas and directions on making herbal products in Dr. Sharol's Book Store. You receive free shipping in the USA.

Gumweed - Grindelia spp. in the Asteraceae or Aster family

Parts used: Budding tops.

Taste/smell: Resinous, sticks to teeth, pleasant.

Dosage: 1:1 fresh + dry strength liquid extract: 10-40 drops 1-4 times per day.

Mental picture and specific indications: Gumweed is specific for infectious respiratory conditions and asthma with copious, tenacious expectoration. The individuals stop breathing as they fall asleep and awaken with a start to gasp for breath. They cannot breathe while lying down.

Use: (a) Expectorant.

It is used internally for coughs, generalized bronchial congestion and asthma and topically for poison oak rash.

Contraindications: Large doses may produce kidney and stomach irritation. All resinous liquid extracts of herbs, like gumweed, will precipitate in water and stick to the container or glass.

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