Although not always easy to find, use Goldenrod hydrosol to ease both physical and emotional challenges. On an energetic level it is particularly helpful in allowing one to release old anger, which in turn brings emotional healing.
Plant Description: According to Dr. Berkowsky’s SPE Materia Medica, the common name goldenrod embraces a genus of more than 130 Solidago closely related species that are native to the Americas, Europe and Asia. The various species differ from each other in their degree of astringency and fragrance.
In general, goldenrod plants are woody perennials which grow from 3- to 7-feet in height. The plant has a creeping root and simple, linear lanceolate, alternate leaves which are somewhat rough at the margins but are otherwise smooth. The deep golden-yellow flowers are arranged in compound clusters of disk-flowers surrounded by ray-flowers that form showy spikes. The flowers yield a sulfur-yellow dye and have (especially when bruised) a sweet anise-like scent and a pleasant, slightly astringent, spicy taste. The parts used medicinally are the leaves and flowering tops. Both the flowers and the leaves yield essential oil. Goldenrod grows in poor, sandy soils, likes sunlight; it flowers from July to October.
History/Folklore: Aliksir.ca says that the Goldenrod species are abundantly used by native people. Among its many therapeutic uses the plant is used as a liver stimulant, antipyretic and antidiarrheal. The Meskwaki people would also use it in children having difficulty starting to speak or laugh. Dr. Berkowsky also says “Goldenrod’s healing properties have been revered since ancient times. Its medicinal virtues were first employed in the Middle East. The genus name Solidago derives from the Latin words solidum agree, meaning, to make whole or heal, for the plant has long been associated with wound-healing. Another common name for goldenrod is woundwort. Virga-aurea or “golden twig,” referring to its inflorescence, was another appellation for goldenrod. These golden plants were once thought to be markers for hidden golden treasure as well as for hidden springs.”
Aroma and Taste: Suzanne Catty describes the odor of goldenrod hydrosol as being very green, slightly weedy like wet hay. She also says the taste is similar but leaves a dry feeling in the mouth. Although the aroma is not particularly interesting, she also says that this hydrosol is worth using for its properties.
Stability and Shelf Life: Very Stable.
pH: 4.1 – 4.3
Goldenrod hydrosol has analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic (mild), astringent, diuretic and relaxing properties.
Jeanne Rose recommends using this hydrosol externally in skin care, where it has both anti-inflammatory and astringent. While relaxing when used for mental care and has possible diuretic properties when used internally.
Suzanne Catty says that Goldenrod hydrosol is a strong diuretic and when taken internally may aid the treatment and prevention of kidney stones. She continues on to say that although not a digestive per se, depending on the cause, it can stem diarrhea. Use topically in a compress to help with fluid retention. Add to the bath to help soothe rheumatic and arthritic pain. She recommends AVOIDING internal use in cases of hypotension, and recommends consulting with your health practitioner before internal use if you suffer from liver, kidney, or heart disease.
Raedunphy.ca says that Goldenrod hydrosol is a strong anti-inflammatory and also works as an anti-spasmodic making it great for sore muscles and to aid in repetitive strain injuries. Applied topically it can also help reduce swelling in varicose veins and broken capillaries. On an energetic level they say that it opens the solar plexus and diaphragm which acts to bring about a sense of calm and peace, releasing old anger. Wonderful for healing emotions and the heart.
In Dr. Berkowsky’s Spiritual PhytoEssencing Materia Medica, Goldenrod has a number of interesting themes. The these of gold and hiddenness, as well as the themes of duty, responsibility and suicide. There may also be a pervasive theme of separation or estrangement in the goldenrod individual. They may often feel emotionally neglected.
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