Materia Medica: Goldenrod

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Botanical/Common Name:

Solidago canadensis or Solidago virgaurea/ Goldenrod

Family:

Asteraceae

Hardiness Zone:

Perennial in zones 4-5, 7-9

Height/Width:

6-8ft/ 8-36in

Parts Used:

Aerial parts in bud stage

Taste/Smell:

Slightly bitter/ Aromatic, floral aroma

Tendencies:

Slightly warming and drying

Indications:

Mental weakness, physical exhaustion, arthritis, gout, allergies, cold and flu, inflammation of urinary tract/bladder, kidney stones, excema, minor wounds. Mostly used for bronchitis, repeated colds, allergies, sinusitis, tonsillitis

Contraindications:

Chronic kidney disorders, edema from heart or kidney failure. Ask a doctor before use if you have: high blood pressure, low blood pressure, osteoporosis, allergy to ragweed

Uses:

Astringent, stimulating diaphoretic, diuretic, anti-inflammatory, analgesic

Dosage:

Infusion: 1 tbsp per cup of water; or 1:0.9 fresh+ dry strength liquid extract: 10-50 drops 1-4 times per day

Possible Interactions:

Diuretics, Lithium, Any drug that is processed through the kidneys or urine

 

*I am not a doctor and don’t play one on tv. Always consult your physician before using any medication or herbal supplements

Sources: http://www.herbaltransitions.com/materiamedica/Solidago.htm; http://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/herb/goldenrod; http://www.bhg.com/gardening/plant-dictionary/perennial/goldenrod/

 

 

 

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