Grindelia Herb Cut & Sifted, Wild Crafted

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Grindelia is a scrub plant found in wayside and coastal areas of the western US, most notably Baja, California. Also known as Great Valley Gumweed, this hardy member of the sunflower family produces small, bright yellow flowers that are used in homeopathy.

The dried leaf is used to make infusions and poultices for minor wounds and skin irritations.

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information at a glance

approximate cups to one pound8
originunited states
active compoundsDiterpenes, Flavonoids, Resins
plant part usedleaves, flowering tops
processingcut & sifted
sustainabilitywild crafted

buying & keeping

general guidelines and tips

storage tipsStore in a container with a tight-fitting lid to seal out light and moisture.
appearance & aromaFibrous and woody, without remarkable aroma.


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cosmeticInfuse in alcohol or oil to make salves and lotions. The raw material may also be used to make poultices.
culinaryThe resin content makes the herb bitter, so even though it can be used to make tea it’s not particularly palatable. Grindelia may also be tinctured.
safetyMay be toxic with high dosages or long-term use. This herb may increase salivation and the effects of other medicines, including blood-thinners and asthma medications.

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[ tip: Grindelia is traditionally combined with lobelia in tinctures.  ~ from Monterey Bay Herb Company ]

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[ tip: Use the Tea Strainer Filter Sock to make an herbal poultice that can be used over and over again.  ~ from Monterey Bay Herb Company ]

Use the Tea Strainer Filter Sock to make an herbal poultice that can be used over and over again.

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cut & sifted
grindelia herb

The herb imparts a bitter, acrid taste that lingers in the mouth.

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what else you should know

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grindelia herb

Grindelia is a perennial member of the sunflower family that is specific to western North America and some parts of South America. The hardiness of the plant is expressed in its species name of “robusta,” while several common names, such as tar weed and gum weed, speak to the high resin content in the plant, which can exceed 20% in concentration.

In the era of the Eclectic Physicians, grindelia was a popular herbal to counter cough associated with asthma and bronchial cough. Due to potential toxicity, however, the anti-inflammatory compounds in the leaves and flowers are largely delivered homeopathically today. Applied topically as a poultice or skin wash, these compounds help to reduce discomfort from poison ivy and other minor skin irritations.

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This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.
This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

please be advised: 
Before making any changes to your diet you should always consult with your doctor,
especially if you are pregnant, nursing or have existing conditions.