Goldenrod (Solidago virgaurea)
There are over 200 different Solidago species worldwide. The bright golden-yellow candle panicles as well as the leaves of the real goldenrod have been best studied for their ingredients and healing properties.
The composite contains saponins, flavonoids, essential oils, bitter substances and tannins. The herb is used as an infusion, tea or tincture.
Goldenrod has been used as a remedy since the Middle Ages, but according to tradition it was already highly valued by the Germanic tribes as a wound-healing agent. Today, however, goldenrod is considered one of the best herbs for supporting the kidneys. It is used for inflammatory diseases of the urinary tract, bladder infections, irritable bladder, preventive treatment of urinary stones and kidney gravel.
Due to its draining effect, goldenrod is also valued in folk medicine for arthrosis, rheumatic complaints, skin conditions and oedema caused by impaired heart and kidney function. In addition, traditional medicine uses the tea made from the herb of goldenrod for inflammations in the mouth and throat and for purulent wounds.
Recent scientific studies indicate that goldenrod may also have “anti-tumour properties”, for example in prostate tumours.