GOLDENROD - Solidago virgaurea

Goldenrod, Miss Goldenrod,

How many fields you bloom in.

If only they’d come to love you,

And not condemn you of Ragweed’s sin.

I do know how it is, Miss Goldenrod,

To be accused of a dreadful thing,

To be condemned without any proof,

When in your heart- All you want to do is sing.

Late summer is a season for allergies which are often attributed to Goldenrod. But, Goldenrod is wrongly accused! Goldenrod’s heavy, sticky pollen is suited for dispersal by bees and is not likely to bother the casual passerby. It’s Ragweed, Goldenrod’s summer companion that’s the real culprit. Ragweed produces huge amounts of pollen, designed to be carried by the wind. Ragweed is a weed that springs up in late summer and sends many folks to the medicine cabinet for relief from the allergenic effects of its pollen.

Seeing fields of Goldenrod in late summer, almost takes my breath away- Golden fields of millions of flowers just waiting to be picked to help us heal. And what is this wonderful weed good for?

Well, it’s an antioxidant, a diuretic and an astringent. All of these properties make it an excellent herb for the healing of urinary tract disorders. It’s used both for serious ailments such as nephritis and for more common problems like cystitis. Goldenrod weed will also help flush out kidney and bladder stones. Goldenrod’s saponins act specifically against Candida fungus, the cause of yeast infections and oral thrush. It can also be taken for sore throats, chronic nasal congestion, and diarrhea. Due to its very mild action, Goldenrod is good as a mouth-wash or douche in the case of yeast infections.

In traditional medical practices, Goldenrod has been used as a tea or in tincture form to treat tuberculosis, diabetes, enlargement of the liver, gout, hemorrhoids, internal bleeding, asthma, and rheumatic illnesses (disorders of the muscles and joints).

Topical preparations are used in folk medicine to treat inflammation of the mouth and throat as well as slow-healing wounds. For this, you would make a poultice, using the herb which has been soaked in hot water and apply it topically.

As an herbal tea, the flowery top is recommended for treating the following:

For treating seasonal allergies and chronic intestinal problems:

Use 1 tsp. herb in 1 cup water.

For an effective parasiticide against yeasts:

1 average plant (aerial parts) to 2 cups boiled water.

As a diuretic treatment for water retention:

4 tsp. flowers in 4 cups simmered water. Drink 4 cups daily.

Laboratory studies have found that active compounds in Goldenrod help reduce inflammation, relieve muscle spasms, and lower blood pressure. Some studies also suggest it may be an antioxidant too.

An interesting note- Goldenrod is used for ‘treating seasonal allergies’- the exact thing it has been accused of causing- very interesting, indeed, don’t you think?

Most times, when out gathering, you don’t even have to ask farmers for permission to harvest this weed. People still consider Goldenrod to be the one that causes all the hay fever. They’re likely to think that you’re crazy, but they’ll be happy see you picking it! Hang it upside down in a shady, dry space to dry. Put into glass containers until further use.

From pages 107 – 108: Do It Yourself Weed Medicine