Natural Remedies with Gumweed

by Renee Lindstrom, GCFP – Living in Natures Love Lifestyles


Decanting infusions after a six week immersion of gumweed in honey, gumweed in oil and gumweed in vodka!

Grindelia squarrosa – Commonly known as Gumweed

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.


Every day for six weeks the infusion of gumweed and honey has been jostled, along with gumweed in oil, and gumweed in vodka.   All three jar were filtered through 3 layers of cheesecloth and a strainer into new sterilized jars.

Tasting each one was a surprise.  Gumweed has a strong smelling resin that I expected  to be mouth puckering, yet it turned out to be a milder and nicer tasting flavour. It did remind me of ouzo.

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Gumweed a natural medicinal

Gumweed  is used medicinally for supporting a healthy respiratory tract naturally.  It will get at dry, unproductive coughs, and aid in the normal production and elimination of mucous.  It can be used to make natural remedies such as; cough syrup and tinctures.

Recipe for creating infused honey

Recipe for creating tinctures

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Gumweed infused in 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.

Recipe for creating infused oils

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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.