Supports Urinary Tract Health
With powerful diuretic properties, Goldenrod helps to flush out impurities by helping to release excess water and increase urine flow. This can help to dislodge renal deposits that might otherwise develop into kidney stones and removes other potentially harmful microorganisms.
Goldenrod has been researched extensively for its ability to soothe and tone the urinary tract and reduce the discomfort and swelling associated with urinary tract infections (UTI’s). It is often used in “irrigation therapy”, a procedure that involves taking Goldenrod with lots of fluids to increase urine flow in an effort to treat inflammatory diseases of the lower urinary tract, as well as stones in the kidney or urinary tract. Goldenrod has also been shown to exhibit strong preventative effects for those who suffer recurring UTI’s.
Classed as an astringent herb and a strong decongestant, Goldenrod can help to dry up congestion caused by colds, flu, allergies and sinus problems. It contains a flavonoid called quercetin which acts as an antihistamine, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant. As a mild diaphoretic, Goldenrod helps to open up the pores and release heat through the skin, therefore supporting the reduction of a fever.
Its anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties make this herb extremely soothing for sore throats and laryngitis.
Antioxidant and Heart Health
Goldenrod is packed with antioxidants – well known herbalist and researcher Robert Dale Rogers asserts that it has 7 x the antioxidant levels of green tea. It is rich in the antioxidant compound known as rutin, whose benefits include strengthening blood vessels, promoting healthy circulation and preventing blood clots, making it especially beneficial to the cardiovascular system as a whole.
The Latin name solidago means to make whole. The flowers and the leaves can be infused with oil or used as a poultice for wounds and burns. The infused oil combines well with plantain, yarrow, and St. John’s wort for a nice wound healing skin salve. It also makes a nice rub for tired achey muscles and arthritis pain.
Seasonal Allergies & Colds
Goldenrod often takes the rap for the inconspicuous ragweed plant but goldenrod is actually a nice antidote for seasonal ragweed allergies. Its astringent property calms runny eyes, runny nose, and sneezing that comes with late summer and early fall allergies.
Has Few to No Side-Effects
No studies that have evaluated goldenrod as a therapy for the urinary tract have reported negative side effects. Herbal remedies like this can offer a better quality of life than other medical options since it achieves the desired goal without the unpleasantness of unwanted side effects.