On this cold and rainy weekend I did not feel like painting flowers, and yet, painting these goldenrod lifted my spirits. Goldenrod has a history of being used as a diuretic, to flush the system of extra fluids and reduce swelling. Its Latin name, solidago means 'to make whole', and has been used to treat tuberculosis, allergies, asthma, gout, diabetes, internal bleeding and arthritis. It is often been named the cause of seasonal allergies but the culprit is actually ragweed which blooms at the same time. Native Americans chewed the leaves to treat sore throats and chewed the roots to relieve toothache.