If you grew up in the United States, you may have been told to avoid vivid yellow blooms of goldenrod because they caused hay fever. In fact, this autumn flower does not cause allergic reactions in humans at all; ragweed, which often grows at the same time, is usually the culprit for hay fever allergies. Herbal goldenrod plants are actually beneficial to your health, with a wide range of medicinal uses.
Goldenrod for Urinary Tract Conditions
One important application of the goldenrod plant is to treat urinary tract conditions. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, the herb can function as a diuretic, helping the body to release water and increase the flow of urine. This process cleanses the kidneys and bladder, which is crucial when the body is trying to pass a kidney stone. The difference between goldenrod and most diuretics, however, is that it promotes the passage of water without depleting the body’s stores of electrolytes.
For the same reasons, goldenrod can be used to relieve inflammation and mild infections along the urinary tract. It has also been suggested for the treatment of pain in the lower back, as well as pain related to gas or flatulence.
Herbal Application for Inflammation and Healing
Goldenrod has long been used topically to promote the healing of wounds. It is believed that its antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties can help tissues to heal. These same properties have been shown to decrease inflammation of the mouth and throat, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center.
A goldenrod tincture can be applied topically to treat swelling, minor wounds, and inflammation. It may also be applied to treat conditions such as athlete’s foot or eczema. Since it is a natural herb, it is extremely rare for anyone to suffer an allergic reaction to goldenrod, but it may be best to test it on a small area of your skin beforehand, just to make sure.
A few other conditions that may be improved with goldenrod are:
- Fungal infections
- Stomach cramps
- Enlargement of the liver
- Prostate enlargement
- Internal bleeding
Goldenrod is one of those herbs that is convenient to have on hand because of its versatility. Find an herbal goldenrod tincture in the Living Clean store, or read about other ways to cleanse your body and improve your health naturally: