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When you look out onto your local landscape you will begin to see a sea of yellow flowered wildflowers called Goldenrod. Every beekeeper will have a smile on their face because it is their honeybees last chance to fill their hives with pollen and honey to get them through winter. Goldenrod honey is what is used by bakers to make graham crackers. A beekeeper knows when their hives are full of Goldenrod honey because it smells not floral, but like the wrestling team's locker room. Strange paradox. Some people love the taste of Goldenrod honey and others prefer the summer clover taste. Goldenrod also shines as a medicinal plant as well, it is used to reduce pain and swelling (inflammation), as a diuretic to increase urine flow, and to stop muscle spasms. It is also used for gout, joint pain (rheumatism), arthritis, as well as eczema and other skin conditions. Please consult a professional if you want to use local plants as medicine.

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