The Goldenrod plant has been used for hundreds of years from anything from making rubber tires to treating kidney conditions.
Most of us know goldenrod by its bright yellow flowers that bloom towards the end of summer. In our house it always got a negative review for it was the reason everyone’s allergies problems; but today I know that in fact it was the ragweed at fault!
Today goldenrod is primarily used for various conditions of the kidney and urinary tract. It also supports the circulatory system; and may improve liver function and impotence. There are many other benefits of goldenrod that are documented as well (see below).
Did you know that the essential oil can be used as a kidney or urinary tract infection home remedy? Yes, just place a drop in your tea, place in a vegetable capsule or place on the bottoms of your feet. It’s that simple!
The therapeutic grade oil is steam distilled from the goldenrod flower. The goldenrod plant oil that I use is grown in Canada and is commonly called Canada Goldenrod.
This section is a fun and easy reference guide for the goldenrod plant and the essential oil. It will tell you how to use it and what to use it for. It will also provide you with some fun suggestions, safety precautions for you and your pet!
As I receive new tips and testimonials for goldenrod they will be added to the page, so check back frequently!
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What is the Genus Species? Solidago canadensis
Why is this information important? There are hundreds of different species of goldenrod and there are many hybrids! So it always is a good idea to purchase your essential oils by Common Name and Genus Species so you know what you are getting.
Where is the name derived from? The Genus derivative comes from a Latin word "solidago" meaning "to make whole".
Why is this information so important? Its not, it’s just a fun fact!
What Part of the Goldenrod Plant is Used? Flowering tops
What is the ORAC Value? 61,900 µTE/100g
Why know about this number? ORAC stands for Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity. It tells you the antioxidant capacity of a food item. Antioxidants have shown to reduce the risk of age related conditions and cancer! This was developed by the USDA researchers. For instance: Blueberries = 2,400; Clove = 1,078,700. Wow! The number for clove is NOT a typo!
Most Interesting Historical Reference?
Did you know that during the Boston Tea Party, goldenrod was dumped into the harbor? Yes, the colonists drank the tea for good health and solitude; and nicknamed it "Liberty Tea"!
What are the Goldenrod Plant Properties? Anti-inflammatory, anti-hypertensive, diuretic, liver stimulant.
What are the Documented Goldenrod Uses and Benefits?
Cardiovascular system, circulatory conditions, bladder infection, congestive cough, diphtheria, diuretic, dyspepsia, fibrillation, heart tonic (stimulant), hypertension, hepatitis, impotence, influenza, fatty liver, liver congestion, nervousness, neuropathy, respiratory mucus, sleep disorders, tachycardia, tonsillitis, pharyngitis and urinary tract infection.
What is the Aromatic Affect on the Mind? The aroma is calming and relaxing.
What is the Spiritual Influence? The energies of goldenrod oil open and release emotional blocks in the root, sacral (and solar plexus) chakras which govern our survival and sexual instincts. Therefore, using this oil will help us let go so life flows; and learn how to forgive and love ourselves on a deeper level.
It will also help us become more accepting of our life experiences rather than be angry, resentful or "pissy" towards them. As we allow for this, our kidney (and bladder) energy expands and starts to flow and emotional (and physical) healing takes place.
What Chakra is Affected? Root, Sacral and Solar Plexus Chakras.
What are the Corresponding Chakra Colors? Yellow
How do I Use It?
Use diluted 50:50- (one part essential oil: one part of vegetable oil). Then,
** - Please see Safety Section
Good oil for the First Aid Kit? No
Can this Oil be used for Animals? Yes
Note about Animal Use: Certain oils can be very toxic to cats. Citrus and pine products and oils in particular when using non- therapeutic grade oils. Please consult your vet if you are not sure about applying any essential oil to your pet.
What are the Safety Precautions? First, only use therapeutic grade essential oils! The Goldenrod plant and the essential oil has not been approved by the FDA as a food additive or flavoring agent (internal use); however, we know that people have used this plant as a tea for hundreds of years!
Essential Oil Trivia?
Did you know that Thomas Edison made rubber from goldenrod that he grew? Yes and as a matter of fact he was given a Model T Ford from Henry Ford and the tires were made from goldenrod!
Did you know that goldenrod plant was called "woundwort" in folk remedies? Yes it was called this because of its ability to heal wounds.
Did you know that goldenrod has been approved by the German Commission E for the treatment of urinary tract conditions including infection? Yes it is approved as a natural anti-inflammatory, diuretic and antispasmodic for urinary tract conditions.
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Tips and Testimonials from an Essential Oil User
Use a hot compress over the bladder or/and kidneys using this oil.
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