Genus and Species
Solidago canadensis, Viga-aurea, S. Altissima (as well as many other species)
Aaron’s Rod, Blue Mountain tea, Goldruthe, woundweed, woundwort, Bohea tea, Sweet Goldenrod
Leaf and flower, occasionally the root
Degree of Action
Torpor, atrophy, depression
Flavanoids (quercitin and rutin), tannins, triterpene saponins, bitters, essential oils
Drying, warming, stimulatingProperties: Antibacterial, antifungal, astringent, carminative, diuretic, anti-inflammatory, vulnerary
There are few contraindications with goldenrod. Because the leaves do contain some latex you may want to be careful if you have a latex allergy. Caution should be used when taking diuretic medications as goldenrod also has diuretic qualities and this may cause a loss of electrolytes.
As a tea: steep 2-3 tsp of dried herb in 8 oz water. Steep 20 minutes and drink every two to three hours for acute conditions and 2-3 times per day for chronic conditionsAs a tincture: take 3-5 ml every two to three hours for acute conditions and two to three times a day for chronic conditions. As an oil infusion: 1:5 ratio of dried goldenrod in olive oil or grapeseed oil for sore and strained muscles.
Allergies including cat allergies, as a carminative, mineral sparing diuretic, weak kidneys with scant dark urine or copious light urine, conjunctivitis, scabs on the scalp and legs, respiratory congestion, inflammation especially of the shoulder muscles, urinary tract infections and respiratory tract infections
Goldenrod is a genus of 100-120 flower plants in the Asteraceae family that are native to North America with a few species originating from South America and Europe and Asia. Goldenrod blooms from late July to September in prairies, meadow, marshes. It is an abundant part of the landscape in North America due to its strong root system and prolific spreading nature. They grow where other plants may not be able to and especially love the sun and dry areas. The plant has simple stem that is usually three to five feet high with leaves that are one to four inches long. Goldenrod rises above the plants it mingles with, confidently displaying its golden tresses atop its long, slender spine. To me goldenrod is autumn’s glory. Every autumn I feel empowered by the golden vibrance and warmth that this plant exudes. I always try to pick some to take into my home because just its presence is empowering to me. I feel myself stand tall and confident in my own skin when I have the plant in my home as well as when using the flower essence. According the Flower Essence Repertory, goldenrod helps individuals to have a strong sense of their own individuality and helps them to break free from the need to remain overly subject to social mores. I see this in the tall and confident stature goldenrod keeps among its fellow plant companions – glowing, graceful, and yet gentle. Goldenrod has been used in traditional medicine for thousands of years. Native Americans used the plant for many applications. They made an infusion of flowers and leaves as a remedy for fevers and chest pain. Cherokee prepared a tea as a febrifuge and also used it for kidney and bladder issues. They also used it as an infusion for nasal congestion and the root was chewed to relieve the pain from a sore throat. The roots were also used on boils which would have employed its use a vulnerary in helping to heal tissue. In the middle ages, goldenrod was a primary wound remedy. It was known for effectively bringing the edges of a wound together. During the colonial days in America the colonists used goldenrod as a replacement for the tea that they had thrown into the Boston Harbor. As a tea it has a pleasantly mild and slightly astringent taste. Both Native Americans and colonists prized the goldenrod flowers as a dye for its beautiful gold, yellow and green hues.Goldenrod gets the blame for many allergies experienced in late summer and early autumn. However, the pollen produced by goldenrod is too heavy to be carried by the wind and instead it is pollenated by bees. Ragweed is the most likely culprit for the allergies during the time that goldenrod is in bloom.
Goldenrod is a potent herbal diuretic and has the benefit of sparing the output of electrolytes from the body. Matthew Wood states that goldenrod is indicated “after acute disease clears, when the urine gets dark and scanty, the kidneys are exhausted and incapable of completing the cure” (Wood 470). He also states goldenrod is well-suited to patients with exhausted kidneys which can no longer pull in the blood and that is indicated for people who have tired feet and tired low back (Wood 470). This would make sense as these are both symptoms of kidney distress. He also states that goldenrod may be used with both scant dark urine and copious, clear urine. Its anti-inflammatory and anti-spasmodic properties make goldenrod useful for urinary tract infections. It has also been shown to have some antimicrobial actions as well as antifungal properties, however, it should not be depended on for such purposes. Goldenrod has also been used as an antilithic for treating and preventing kidney stones.Goldenrod is also used for allergies and is particularly good for helping with cat dander allergies. This is used for allergies that produce drippy, swollen and inflamed tissue as the astringent properties reduce secretion and inflammation. Also, we may remember that goldenrod was traditionally used as a vulnerary which would help to heal any degraded tissue in the sinuses or respiratory tract. Goldenrod is also considered to be an excellent anti-inflammatory for tired, sore, and sprained muscles. Kiva Rose says that it is especially excellent for tension in the neck when used as an oil or salve. She also uses it as a topical application for the swelling and pain that accompany arthritis. She recommends it as a topical application in combination with peony root (Rose).Goldenrod is also used as a carminative both as a tea and a tincture. The bitter properties help to stimulate digestive secretion. According to one study, its diterpene constituent is actually gastroprotective.
I found only one study done with humans. This study was done with Brazilian arnica (Solidago chilensis) to determine its benefits in the treatment of tendinitis of the flexor and extensor tendons of the wrist and the hand. A 5% glycolic fluid extract of was incorporated into a gel cream and patients were given this on one arm with tendinitis and the other affected arm was given a placebo cream. The pain perception in the hand with the solidago gel cream was diminished significantly in comparison with the hand with the placebo which had no diminished perception of pain.
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