Herbs Up-Close: Chapter 2: European Goldenrod (Solidago virgaurea)

Goldenrod, the herb we find all over growing in old gardens, arrived to Europe somewhere in the 1700’s.  This is a herb native to North America, and was often used by the native American’s due to its many and deep healing abilities.  Though it’s in the aster family, don’t let it fool you thinking its all about beauty.  That’s only the beginning with this herb.  When I walk around the local area in Switzerland, I see this plant always growing on the over or through the old antique metal fences that line or enclose the old houses typical Potager Gardens.  It’s a lovely sight, and it seems it was widely used here in Europe for it’s extensive healing properties.  Namely, it aids in healing sores, infections, toothaches, wounds and burns.  Internally, it’s used to treat kidney and urinary tract infections, digestion and respiratory health.  Goldenrod stellar properties has been used as a tea, or astringent in treating upper respiratory congestion, allergies, sinusitis, and the flu and is known as one of the best dryers of the sinus.  Used to treat urinary tract infections, it’s has great diuretic properties which has been very effective in treating for kidney stones, edema, and gout.

So much more to be said about this herb.  I’d recommend reading up on all the good this tiny, yet beautiful yellow flower can ad to enhancing our health.

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