August 2017
The Herb Lady

Goldenrod and Ragweed

As I write these words, I am looking forward to the annual adorning of our countrysides with the beautiful flowers of goldenrod. Some people will join me by enjoying this truly American plant which nature provides. Others will look at it and say, “Oh, damn! It’s hay fever time.”

Alongside this vibrant golden plant there will be another plant growing. This plant is unseen by the average eye because it is totally green. If plants can laugh, I’m sure it is doing so because it was put here on Earth to make many people miserable. Right here I’m going to state a blessing – I HAVE NEVER HAD HAY FEVER OR ANY OTHER SIMILAR SYMPTOMS. Yes, I’m blessed.

I often ask people if they recognize the ragweed plant. Nine times out of 10, the answer is, “No.” I also explain that a person can be allergic to goldenrod but this is a rare instance. The average person’s so-called “hay fever” is caused by ragweed.

Rex Locklar was a cousin of mine. We grew up together in what is most often referred to as “The Henderson Community” in Pike County. Rex was the first victim of hay fever I knew in my life. His eyes were red and teary. His nose was red and runny. He was miserable. Oh, if I had only known then what I know now. We could have nipped his misery in the bud. We now know this misery was an allergic reaction to pollens such as ragweed.

Now, I would suggest he take the herbal mixture Enviro-Detox. It is a mixture of milk thistle, red clover, dandelion, yellow dock, burdock, marshmallow, pepsin, fenugreek, ginger, echinacea, sarsaparilla and cascara sagrada. This mixture is designed to cleanse all the eliminative systems including the liver, lungs, kidneys, skin and intestines. It also supplies good bacteria, Bacillus coagulans and lactospores from Lactobacillus sporogenes, that are so often destroyed by antibiotics. These bacteria are very important for our overall health.

One lady had a problem when mowing her extensive yard. She began to take Enviro-Detox and now mows with pleasure. Mowing is a favorite pastime for her.

She was given one antibiotic after another for coldlike symptoms. The symptoms continued. She began to take Enviro-Detox and vitamin C. For the past two years, she has seldom needed an antibiotic. Her unpleasant symptoms have subsided.

I have a pretty good idea why this health problem is often referred to as “hay fever.” It occurs as farmers are gathering their crops and baling their hay. Like Dolly Parton, I was country when country wasn’t cool. I have fond memories of involvement with many chores … from the planting of the seed to the gathering of the crops. I didn’t actually help with hay baling but I visited the peanut picker.

Years ago, I had the pleasure of speaking to a sold-out crowd at Montgomery Country Club. The first words out of my mouth were, “I’m glad I picked cotton.” I then explained that I didn’t enjoy the chore. However, I realize now that it was there that I was unknowingly forming an interest in herbs. I’m sorry today’s children miss out on that activity in their lives.

At harvest time, goldenrod and ragweed were always in evidence.


Nadine Johnson can be reached at PO Box 7425, Spanish Fort, AL 36577, by calling 251-644-5473, or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..