Goldenrod - Solidago Spp.
This Goldenrod (Solidago spp.) monograph is an excerpt from the 1999, first edition of Dr. Sharol's book "Herbal Medicine From The Heart of The Earth." You can purchase the 2020, third edition of this book with an expanded materia medica/monograph section, herbal formulas and directions on making herbal products in Dr. Sharol's Book Store. You receive free shipping in the USA.
Goldenrod - Solidago spp. in the Asteraceae or Aster family
Parts used: Aerial parts in the bud stage.
Taste/smell: Slightly bitter, aromatic with floral aroma.
Tendencies: Slightly warming and drying.
Dosage: Infusion: 1 tablespoon per cup of water; or 1:0.9 fresh + dry strength liquid extract: 10-50 drops 1-4 times per day.
Mental picture and specific indications: Goldenrod is indicated for mental weakness, physical exhaustion, chilliness alternating with heat, sub-acute nasopharyngeal catarrh and acute or subacute kidney infections or debilitated, chronically inflamed kidneys.
Use: (a) Astringent, (b) Stimulating diaphoretic, (c) Diuretic, (d) Antiseptic, (e) Anti-inflammatory, (f) Analgesic.
It is used for influenza, repeated colds, bronchitis with purulent expectoration, tonsillitis, sinusitis and hay fever. The astringent effect of Goldenrod gives you a good allay for drying up nasal and sinus congestion.
Contraindications: A qualified health care practitioner should be consulted before using goldenrod if chronic kidney disorders are present. Since the diuretic effect causes mainly water, not salt, to be excreted, it is contraindicated in edema from heart failure or kidney failure.
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