Properties & Actions
Anticatarrhal, Anti-inflammatory, Antimicrobial, Astringent, Diaphoretic, Carminative, Diuretic
Benefits & Uses
Goldenrod is perhaps the first plant to consider for upper respiratory catarrh, whether acute or chronic. The plant may also be used in combination with other herbs to treat influenza. Its carminative properties point to a role in the treatment of flatulent dyspepsia. As an anti-inflammatory urinary tract antiseptic, goldenrod may be helpful in cystitis, urethritis, and similar conditions affecting this system. As a gargle, goldenrod can be effective for laryngitis and pharyngitis. It may be applied externally to promote the healing of wounds. (David Hoffman, Medical Herbalism)
Role in Detox
Goldenrod is used primarily as a kidney cleansing herb, making an appearance in several detox formulas, including Dr. Morse's Kidney and Bladder (Formula 1) , as well as the Dr. Morse Kidney tea. As a widely available (weed) plant, Goldenrod is a prolific grower and can be found in abundance in the wild as well as the not so wild.
Slightly bitter, Aromatic, (floral); Slightly warming and drying
Aerial; Flowering tops
Cautions & Contraindications
While considered a very safe plant, Goldenrod may cause allergic reactions in people sensitive to plants in the Asteraceae family.
Widespread throughout North America, this long-lived perennial can form sometimes dominant stands at all elevations in this region from Alaska to California in meadows, grasslands, ditches, fields, road-sides, and forest openings. Clip the top third of palnts that rae flowering, discard the stems, and process the leaves and flowers fresh or dry on screens or in bags. (Scott Kloos, Pacific Northwest Medicinal Plants)