With the fantastic hot weather we have been having, we should be making sure that both our animals and ourselves are staying well hydrated, ensuring there is no additional pressure on the kidneys. 

Golden rod

Scientific name: Solidago virgaurea

Best part to use: The leaves & flowering tops

Actions:

  • Anti-inflammatory – reduces inflammation.
  • Antiseptic - preventing the growth of disease-causing microorganisms.
  • Diuretic – promotes the formation of urine by the kidney.
  • Astringent - causing the contraction of skin cells and other body tissues.
  • Antifungal - used to prevent fungal growth; active against fungi.

Why is it good: This attractive plant is found in gardens and growing wild alongside country lanes and motorways throughout the UK, Europe and North America. Golden Rod makes a pleasant herbal tea and has traditionally been used for urinary infections, kidney stones, to aid digestion and topically as a wash for bathing wounds, particularly if infected. The plant has an affinity for the urinary system where it acts as a urinary antiseptic and helps support the microcapillary system of the kidneys.

Fun fact about Golden Rod: Golden Rod’s scientific name “Solidago” means to make whole or to heal.

 

Dandelion

Scientific name: Taraxacum officinale

Best part to use: The root & leaves

Actions:

  • Diuretic – promotes the formation of urine by the kidney.
  • Mild laxative – stimulate or facilitate evacuation of the bowels.
  • Tonic – a medicinal substance taken to give a feeling of vigour or well-being.
  • Antirheumatic – acting against rheumatism.
  • Hepatic – relating to, affecting, or associated with the liver.

 

Why is it good: It’s no coincidence that the old English name for Dandelion is Pee- the- Bed! This plant has been used for centuries by Herbalists as one of the best non-irritating, nontoxic and powerful natural diuretics, providing support for the urinary, lymphatic, digestive and hepatic systems.

Diuresis can lead to Potassium loss from the body, but nature has this covered, and provides the plant with generous levels of Potassium to help replace the loss. In addition to Potassium, the plant is rich in Magnesium, Calcium and Vitamins A, B, C and D offering higher levels of Vitamin A than carrots! 

Fun fact about Dandelion: The name dandelion comes from the French “dent de lion” – lion’s tooth, which refers to the serrated leaves

 

Look out for part 2 of this blog post, where you can read about two more herbs that helps to support the urinary system