Solidago canadensis, Solidago virgaurea, Solidago odora, Solidago lepida,
Solidago serotina . . . These are just a few of the species (out of more than 130) of Goldenrod, a plant in the Daisy family. Commonly, the leaves and flowers are used, though the roots are also beneficial. This herb is bitter and pungent, drying, and, depending on the species, may be warming or cooling. I will note here that, although it's bitter and pungent, it does have a pleasant taste that is slightly sweet. Wow! Something that tastes good AND is good for the body!
Goldenrod is often used to help with allergies, colds, respiratory infections, coughs, sore throats, and congestion. It's antiseptic, astringent, and expectorant properties come into play with all of these conditions. If allergies leave your eyes irritated, washing them with a cooled Goldenrod tea may just relieve them.
Goldenrod supports mucous membranes. As such, it's a fine choice when one has a UTI, incontinence, bladder infection, or frequent urgency. It's good for the kidneys and has been used historically for kidney stones and nephritis. It has diuretic and diaphoretic properties which promote detoxification. It can loosen up stuck fluid in the body -- from congestion in the lungs to improving circulation.
Goldenrod does just as much for the skin as it does for the inside of the body. Saponins in the herb are effective against Candida, so the tea can be used as a mouthwash (for thrush) or in a sitz bath to reduce fungal infections. Powdered Goldenrod can be applied topically to minor wounds to stop the bleeding. A Goldenrod oil infusion added to a salve -- perhaps mixed with Plantain, Comfrey, Aloe, and/or Yarrow -- may be used on burns, skin irritations, boils, carbuncles, bites, and stings. Compresses, liniments, and oil infusions applied to arthritic joints or acute injuries may relieve pain and swelling.
Scientists believe that Goldenrod may have up to seven times more antioxidants than Green Tea! The current theory is that, between the high level of antioxidants and the ability to prevent new blood vessel growth, Goldenrod may be able to play a role in preventing some types of cancer.
Goldenrod has GRAS (generally regarded as safe) status.
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