06 Nov Chilcuague Gold Root
Chilcuague Gold Root has become something I prize. I actually can’t imagine living without it, and you’ve probably never heard of it.
Heliopsis Longipes, known as Chilcuague in Mexico where it hails from and Gold Root to us English speakers, is a phenomenal root that belongs in every first aid kit. Antibacterial, analgesic, antifungal, anti-inflammatory and even insectidal, this plant does it all.
This temperamental plant only grows in specific parts of central Mexico. As people have tried to cultivate it elsewhere, it lost significant amounts of potency and in some cases failed altogether. Gold Root, much like wine, likes a semi-arid climate with good drainage and cool winds that bring in fog and morning dew.
First used by indigenous people in the Sierra Gorda mountains of Mexico, they harvested the root to put into food as a spicy element, which additionally helped with stomach pain and indigestion. Growing wild among oak and pine, and later cultivated with fruit trees to hold the soil in place and prevent erosion, the indigenous people went on to learn of its many medicinal properties.
Harvested from wild plants in the tropical forests of southern Mexico, it’s often used for oral hygiene, tooth whitening, toothaches, sore throat, cold and flu, sinuses. It numbs pain and simultaneously boosts the immune system, with its wealth of alkamides (the active ingredient in Echinacea).
Slowly chewing a matchstick-sized piece of gold root causes an intense tingling sensation that spreads across the lips and mouth, which subsides in a few minutes. For me, this has become key to surviving the change in season and allergy flare up that come with it.
Interested in learning more about Gold Root? Check out the Gold Root Foundation by clicking here.