What is Goldenrod?
Goldenrod (Solidago Canadensis) is in the daisy family of botanical plants. The essential oil is obtained by steam distillation of the flowering tops. Most people find this a hay-fever producing plant more a pest than a help but read on to find that it has some great healing properties.
The same goldenrod that causes autumn allergies for millions has been used for centuries as an herbal medication by millions more. The botanical name Solidago comes from the Latin term solidare, to make whole. The plant grows 2 to 3 feet high, with alternating leaves and panicles of golden flowers on top.
A little history - during the Boston Tea Party, colonist drank goldenrod tea instead of English tea which gave it the nick-name "Liberty Tea."
How Can We Use Goldenrod Essential Oil Today?
Goldenrod oil is used for hypertension, liver congestion, hepatitis and fatty liver, circulatory conditions, and urinary tract and bladder conditions.
Goldenrod is a little-known essential oil made from a plant that grows as a prolific weed in areas of Canada. The oil has a very distinctive fragrance, rather strong but not unpleasant, and its main use is in its anti-allergy properties, for conditions like hay fever, allergic reactions, coughs, and respiratory system infections.
It is also reputed to be a lymphatic system conditioner, a regulator of the autonomic nervous system, and a healer of wounds, insect bites and inflammation.
How Can This Oil Be Applied?
Goldenrod can be diluted 50-50 and applied on location, on the chakras/vita flex points, directly inhaled, diffused and taken internally. As for safety, goldenrod is non-toxic, non-irritating and non-sensitizing.
Goldenrod is useful for the treatment of upper respiratory catarrh, whether acute or chronic. Goldenrod helps to thin mucus secretions and relieve congested mucus. It promotes urination, cleans the kidneys, reduces inflammation, and prevents infection. Goldenrod also helps with hayfever.
Other Benefits Of Goldenrod:
In folk medicine, goldenrod was used to treat such diverse conditions as rheumatism, gout, diabetes, hemorrhoids, internal bleeding, enlarged prostate, asthma, enlarged liver, tuberculosis, mouth and throat infections, and festering wounds. Unfortunately, its effectiveness for treating these conditions has never been proven.
Goldenrod is an aquaretic agent (promotes the loss of water from the body) most frequently used to treat urinary tract inflammation and to prevent the development of kidney stones.
Goldenrod's aquaretic effects combined with both antimocrobila and anti-inflammatory properties allow this herb to be used in connection with a variety conditions which include the following:
Colds and flu
Laryngitis (as a gargle)
** Goldenseal may also be used as a topical application to aid in healing injuries and skin conditions such as eczema. Goldenrod has also been used for laryngitis or sore throats (as a gargle).
Possible Side Effects:
Most people believe that goldenrod is generally considered safe and has no known side effects. However, you should not use this herb if you have impaired heart or kidneys or if you are pregnant.
Dosage and Usage:
Tea - Mix 2 - 3 teaspoons of dried herb in 1 cup of water, bring to a boil, and let sit for 10 to 15 minutes; strain and drink. Take three times per day.
Gargle - Make the tea described above, and gargle with it three times per day.
Liquid extract - (1:1) in 25 ethanol: Take 0.5 to 2 mL two to three times per day.
Tincture - (1:5) in 45 ethanol: Take 2 to 4 mL two to three times per day.
Vibrant Health's U.T. Vibrance