Golden rod

Solidago virgauia, Compositae. The dried aerial parts of the plant are used.

The stalks are gathered at the time of flowering which is in summer, preferably from a plant that is not yet in bloom. The stalks are dried in the shade or not in temperatures above 40 degrees C.

Functions of golden rod

Golden rod is perhaps the first herb to think of for upper respiratory system catarrh, whether acute or chronic. Golden rod:

  • can be used in combination with other herbs for the treatment of influenza.
  • has calmative properties that also make it useful as a remedy for flatulent dyspepsia.
  • is an anti-inflammatory urinary antiseptic, which means that it can be used with cystitis, urethritis and other kidney and bladder infections.
  • can be used to promote the healing of wounds
  • as a gargle it can be used in cases of laryngitis and pharyngitis.

Notes on golden rod

  • For upper respiratory system catarrh it can be combined with echinacea, poke root and wild indigo.

Dosages

Infusion: pour a cup of boiling water onto 2-3 teaspoonsful of gently crushed seeds and leave to infuse for 10-15 minutes. This should be drunk three times per day.

Tincture: take 2-4 ml three times a day.

References

Hoffmann, D. 2000, The New Holistic Herbal. Element Pub.

Hoffmann, F. and Manning M. 2002, Herbal Medicine and Botanical Medical Fads. The Haworth Press.

Mills, S. Y. 1989, The A-Z of Modern Herbalism: A Comprehensive Guide to Practical Herbal Therapy. Thorson.

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