Goldenrod (Solidago virgaurea)

Goldenrod (Solidago virgaurea)

Solidago goldenrod flower

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Other common names: Verge d’Or, solidago, goldruthe, woundwort, Aaron’s rod, Goldrutenkraut (German)

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Family: Asteraceae

Actions: Anticatarrhal (removes phlegm), antifungal (especially candida), cholagogue, astringent, bitter, expectorant, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, kidney/urinary tract tonic, carminative, aromatic, diaphoretic, antispasmodic, hypotensive, diuretic, anti-tumour, analgesic, mild sedative.

Harvest: You can harvest the plant throughout the spring and summer, but it is best taken in late summer just before it flowers.

Solidago image

Diagram by Swedish botanist C. A. M. Lindman, used courtesy of

Parts used: Leaves, and sometimes flowers, dried.


Trans-phytol, ent-germacra-4(15),5,10(14)-trien-1alpha-ol, beta-amyrin acetate, ent-germacra-4(15),5,10(14)-trien-1beta-ol, beta-dictyopterol, oleanolic acid, kaempferol, kaempferol-3-O-rutinoside, methyl 3,5-di-O-caffeoyl quinate, and 3,5-di-O-caffeoyl quinic acid, virgaureasaponin 3 and acylated bisdesmosidic triterpenoid glycosides of polygalacic acid (2 beta, 3 beta, 16 alpha, 23-tetrahydroxyolean-12-en-28-oic acid), saponins (based on polygalic acid), clerdane diterpenes (including elongatolide C, elongatolide E, and solidagolactones I-VII ), phenolic glucosides (leicarposide), flavonoids (astragalin, hyperoside, isoquercetin, nicotiflorin, quercetin, and rutin), inulin, essential oil, tannins, acetylenes, cinnamates, hydroxybenzoates, polysaccharides, and phenolic acids.

Medicinal preparation: 


Standard infusion in a tea form, capsule form or tincture form are all acceptable internal uses for this herb. It is great in a herbal steam and in a tea it can be combined with other antimicrobial herbs to make an excellent flu and fever remedy or even an aide to a healing cleanse program, due to its ability to flush organs and soothe tissues. When going on a healing fast, you can drink goldenrod tea alternating with fruit juice to make the process more efficient.

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Use as a topical application (plaster, or hot compress) to ease chest congestion and loosen phlegm. Douche with it for candida and other fungal and bacterial infections, or use in a suppository or wash/bath for hemorrhoids. Poultices with goldenrod can also be great for wounds, and to stop bleeding. Use as a mouth wash for oral sores and infections.

Contraindications: Do not use if pregnant or nursing. Do not use in patients with severe kidney stones, obstructed bile duct or large gallstones. Patients who are allergic to plants in the daisy family may also be allergic to goldenrod, so use with caution the first time in those with seasonal pollen allergies. If the patient is taking pharmaceutical sedatives or blood pressure medications, have them consult a doctor prior to using goldenrod. Do not use on patients with extremely low or high blood pressure. Do not combine with water pills or other pharmaceutical diuretics, or on people with fluid retention due to heart or kidney disease.

I suggest consulting a pharmacist or physician before starting any herbal supplement if you are taking a prescription medication or have serious underlying health concerns. 

Energetic/traditional use: Goldenrod has been used to make nourishing honey, repel pests in the garden and even was used to make the rubber in the original Model T Ford.

Disclaimer: The information on this website is intended as general education on herbs and is not intended to take the place of medical care. Please consult a health care professional before embarking on any health regime.

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