Goldenrod Herb (Solidago gigantea)


Goldenrod has a history for use with the bladder and urinary system. The astringent and antiseptic qualities tighten and tone the urinary system and bladder making it useful for UTI infections.

The herbalist, John Gerard, wrote in 1597 Goldenrod herb was the best one to be used to stop the bleeding of wounds.

Native Americans have long used the herb in treating urinary calculi. The Chippewa chewed the dried roots to relieve sore throats, while the Zuni chewed the crushed blossoms for the same reason. The Chippewa drank a decoction made from the roots to treat lung problems. It was used by the Thompson, Okanagan, and other tribes to treat diarrhea. Poultices made from the flowers have been used to treat burns and skin ulcers. The Chippewa applied warm compresses made by boiling the stalk or root to treat sprains or strained muscles.

Key Actions

  • antioxidant
  • astringent
  • antifungal
  • diuretic

Key Components

  • acetylenes
  • cinnamates
  • diter
  • penes

  • flavonoids
  • hydroxybenzoates
  • inulin
  • phenolic glucosides
  • saponins
  • tannins