NAME : GOLDENROD
GAELIC NAME :
LATIN NAME : Solidago virgaurea
COMMON / FOLK NAMES : European
Blue Mountain Tea
Sweet Scented Goldenrod
MEDICINAL PART : Flowering tops, leaves
HABITAT : Found in dry meadows and woods, and in sandy, sunny places in Europe
and northern and western Asia.
DESCRIPTION : European Goldenrod is a perennial plant which grows to a height
of up to 3 feet. The short rootstock with many fibrous roots produces a hairy, round,
striped stem with alternate, oblong-lanceolate, weakly serrate leaves, the lower ones
having dilated petioles, the upper nearly sessile.
FLOWERING PERIOD : The yellow flowers appear in terminal racemes or panicled
racemes from July to October.
PROPERTIES : Astringent
USES : European Goldenrod has been used, in the form of tea, tincture, or
alcoholic extract, for chronic nephritis and arthritis, menorrhagia, whooping cough, and
chronic eczema. It is said to be useful for kidney problems,
especially when indicated by dark, cloudy urine, and for clearing up kidney and bladder
stones. Its astringent action makes it useful against diarrhoea and internal haemorrhage.
Crushed fresh leaves can be used for wounds, sores, and
GENDER : Feminine
PLANET : Venus
ELEMENT : Air
POWERS : Money
To see your future love, wear a piece of goldenrod. He or she will
appear on the morrow.
When held in the hand, the flower nods in the direction of hidden or lost objects, or
where buried treasure lies.
If Goldenrod springs up suddenly near the house door, unexpected good fortune will soon
rain upon the family living there.
Goldenrod is also used in money spells.