Infusing Grindelia squarrosa with honey, vodka & oil

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Today was the day to decant the gumweed infusions.  For six weeks these ocean flowers have been immersed in honey, oil or vodka and each day given a bit of a shake.   Each jar was filtered through 3 layers of cheesecloth and a strainer into new jars.


Tasting each one resulted with surprise.  Gumweed is loaded with a strong smelling resin that I expected I would have a puckering sensation when consumed.  However it turned out to be a milder and nice tasting flavour.  We will love this years cough syrup!

Grindelia’s gummy balsamic resin was historically used as an expectorant, antitussive in cough remedies and in ointments, field dressings for rashes, poison ivy, burns, and insect bites.

Grindelia contains diterpenes (including grindelic acid), resins, and flavonoids.

Grindelia Honey Cough Syrup & Tincture

This plant is used medicinally for supporting a healthy respiratory tract as it will get at dry, unproductive coughs, and aid in the normal production and elimination of mucous.

Grindelia Oil

Can be used as a topical remedy for many skin disorders, including; herpes, roseola,  itching,  burns, rashes, poison ivy rash,  dermatitis, eczema, ulcers and  skin eruptions.

Traditional uses and properties of herbs are for educational purposes only.  This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.  Every attempt has been made for accuracy, but none is guaranteed. Any serious health concerns or if you are pregnant, you should always check with your health care practitioner before self-administering herbs.