Golden Rod

“Golden Rod”

Botanical name: Solidago virgaurea
Common name(s): Golden rod
Family: Asteraceae
Part used: Aerial part

Active Constituents:
  • Saponins
  • Flavonoids (rutin)
  • Tannins
  • Bitter principle
  • Volatile oil

Qualities: Cool, dry, bitter, astringent (Holmes)

  • Diaphoretic
  • Anti-catarrhal (URT and urinary)
  • Helps fight against allergic reactions – up-regulating kidney function – increases filtration — increase elimination
  • Antimicrobial
  • Carminative
  • Urinary Antiseptic
  • Diuretic / aquaretic (↑ urine volume / water loss but notelectrolyte excretion)
  • Anti-inflammatory


  • Upper respiratory tract catarrh or inflammation, especially of a chronic nature
  • Chronic naso-pharyngeal catarrh
  • Conjunctivitis
  • Influenza
  • Allergic rhinitis / Hay fever
  • Sinusitis
  • Flatulent dyspepsia
  • Cystitis
  • As a spray or gargle for nose and throat infections


  • BHP Specific: Low grade inflammation of the nasopharynx
  • BHP Specific: Low grade inflammation of the nasopharynx with persistent catarrh


Asteraceae allergy
Cautions: None known

Liquid Extract
1.5 – 4.5ml 1:2/ LE day
10.5 -30ml 1:2 LE week
Dried Herb Equivalent
1.5 – 6g / day dried aerial parts (infusion)

  • Elder
  • Eyebright

References & Links to Articles:

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s