Goldenrod Essential Oil
Goldenrod’s scientific name Solidago is derived from the Latin word meaning ‘to make whole’ because the plant has traditionally been used to support the cardiovascular system, urinary tract, and liver function. It is also calming for the body and mind and has been used as an aphrodisiac.
Goldenrod Essential Oil has been historically used to treat everything from bladder and urinary tract infections to skin conditions such as eczema. It has been employed in the treatment of tuberculosis and asthma as well as other respiratory ailments such as seasonal allergies like hay fever. As an anti-inflammatory, Goldenrod Essential Oil has proven to relieve gout, joint pain, and arthritis, as well as having the ability to relieve muscle spasms. Goldenrod relieves inflammation of the mouth and throat and has been applied directly to the skin to hasten the healing of wounds. It is known to be a diuretic and will increase urine flow, aid in the treatment of diabetes, enlarged liver, hemorrhoids, and enlarged prostate. It has also been used to stop internal bleeding.
The plant is native to Canada, Mexico and the USA as well as to parts of Europe. It is usually the Essential Oil from the Canadian plant (Solidago canedenis) that you buy commercially. There is evidence that Native Americans treated toothache and sore throats by chewing on its leaves and roots.
There is not enough reliable information about the safety of taking goldenrod if you are pregnant or breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use. Goldenrod may cause an allergic reaction in people who are sensitive to ragweed, chrysanthemums, marigolds, daisies, and others. If you have allergies, be sure to check with your healthcare provider before taking goldenrod.
“Irrigation therapy,” during which goldenrod is taken with large amounts of fluids to increase urine flow, should not be attempted by people with fluid retention due to heart or kidney disease. There is also a concern that goldenrod might make the body accumulate more sodium, and this can make high blood pressure worse.
Diuretic drugs such as chlorothiazide (Diuril), chlorthalidone (Thalitone), furosemide (Lasix), hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ, Hydrodiuril, Microzide), and others interact with Goldenrod and might cause the body to lose too much water. Losing too much water can cause you to be dizzy and your blood pressure to go too low.