Early Fall's Heal-All: Goldenrod
As an herbalist, I am not a doctor and do not intend the following as any way to treat or diagnose any disease or sickness.
I’m a damn bubble girl. Allergies have been my life-long downfall, so I used beautiful goldenrod for my sinus congestion. Prior to its use, I used a warming herbal stimulant (cayenne, garlic) to get my congestion more fluid, and used the goldenrod to aid the process of expelling it from my body. When I began my goldenrod study, I was fascinated to find that it is used to serve many parts of the body, such as the bladder, urinary tract, kidneys, skin, and respiratory system.
Getting to Know Goldenrod
Solidago Virgauria, commonly known as Goldenrod, is a plant native to the Northern Hemisphere, and more primarily, North America and dry areas of Europe. It has long, slender stems with tufts of yellow or golden flowers. To harvest, gather stalks at the time of flowering in the midsummer or fall, ideally before a full bloom. The dried aerial parts such as the leaves and flower tops are most primarily used.
Within Goldenrod, chemical constituents include: saponins, essential oil, bitter principles, tannins, flavonoids. The plant itself gives off a warm or cool sensation, depending on the species and area grown, but most commonly in North America, the sensation is cooling. It’s drying, and also aromatic.
Benefits of Goldenrod
Goldenrod can be used as an astringent, as well as for its anti-catarrhal, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, diaphoretic, carminative, and diuretic properties. Topically, goldenrod can help heal wounds on the skin, and soothe external inflamed areas. When taken internally, the herb can be used as a diuretic, and to drain the body of excess fluids. People with excess mucus and sinus congestion, gout, bladder infections, urinary tract infections, kidney infections, muscle spasms, and general inflammation.
To use: 2-3 teaspoons in 8 ounces of water in the form of tea or infusions. People with frequent dehydration or any of the above infections should of course consult with a practitioner or doctor before using.
My favorite way to enjoy this friendly herb? Make goldenrod-sage honey. Put that shit in your tea.
Solidago, comes from the latin word, “solida,” meaning “whole,” “ago,” – “to make.” It was thought to be a flower that brought things together, whether it be people, or uniting someone with good fortune. During the Boston Tea Party, goldenrod tea because known as “liberty tea,” because the colonists would drink this tea in protest of British taxation. It has also been said that in Europe and many other countries, the herb was believed to be a sign of good luck and fortune. The British believed that they plants would point to hidden treasures.