I'm interested in knowing how others are using goldenrod. I have used goldenrod and bee balm tea for sore throats and it also helped with a cough I couldn't get rid of. I've read that it is good for the kidneys. What else can it be used for?


  • merlin44
    merlin44 Posts: 426 ✭✭✭✭

    Good for allergies, upper respiratory type, dries up the sinuses and urinary tract infections.

  • Melissa Swartz
    Melissa Swartz Posts: 270 ✭✭✭

    merlin44 are you using it as a tea or tincture? Or something else? I used it as a tea and it was very effective in helping me get rid of a cough last year. But I don't think it was allergy related.

  • merlin44
    merlin44 Posts: 426 ✭✭✭✭

    For allergies, I use it in season as a tea.

  • Melissa Swartz
    Melissa Swartz Posts: 270 ✭✭✭

    merlin44 Thank you!

  • dimck421
    dimck421 Posts: 203 ✭✭✭

    Thank you for the information!

  • Obiora E
    Obiora E Posts: 517 ✭✭✭✭

    The leaves of goldrenrod are edible and can be eaten raw or cooked. I ate them for the first time last year. I also made a tea that I turned into a jelly. It is/was good! I made an herbal granita and one of the ingredients was goldrenrod. It too was really good. You can also eat the leaves but I have done it yet.

    It is powerful medicine and is more powerful for fighting colds and flus than Purple Coneflower from what I have read. Along with the medicinal uses that have already been mentioned. I will also include these from an article that I read last year:

    Primary Properties:











    Secondary Properties:







    appetite stimulant






    immune stimulant





  • LaurieLovesLearning
    LaurieLovesLearning Posts: 7,356 admin

    Interesting. I see it all over in the ditches right now. The problem is, just like the horsetail there too, it is so very sprayed that I can't use it. I will have to talk to some local organic farmers to see what they might have on their properties.

  • Melissa Swartz
    Melissa Swartz Posts: 270 ✭✭✭

    Obiora E  I love the idea of the jelly! That's a great idea!

  • Obiora E
    Obiora E Posts: 517 ✭✭✭✭

    @Melissa Swartz It is one of my favorite foraged jellies that I made last year. I use a homemade liquid apple pectin for my jellies and any jams that need additional pectin. I made a tea with the leaves, stem, and flowers. I let the tea steep overnight.

  • Melissa Swartz
    Melissa Swartz Posts: 270 ✭✭✭

    Obiora E  I'm definitely going to make the jelly. How do you make your homemade pectin?

  • Obiora E
    Obiora E Posts: 517 ✭✭✭✭

    @Melissa Swartz I quarter small Granny Smith Apples (crab apples and other tart apples will work) and put them into a pot. I then cover with enough Spring Water to cover them and then cook them (stirring occasionally) until they are tender. I then strain the liquid over night into a bowl. The next day I cook down the strained liquid by half.

    At this point you can either use the liquid pectin, can it, or freeze it. I sometimes use it and then freeze whatever I don't use. For more information along with ratios for doing jams and jellies, check out:

  • StacyLou
    StacyLou Posts: 89 ✭✭

    Goldenrod also works great for aches and pains. I made an oil with it for the first time last year. I’m going to do the same this year and also make a tincture.

  • blevinandwomba
    blevinandwomba Posts: 813 ✭✭✭✭

    I'm going to have to try the tea. I have plenty of golden rod, and plenty of sinus issues.

  • Melissa Swartz
    Melissa Swartz Posts: 270 ✭✭✭

    Obiora E thanks for the pectin info! Great stuff!

    StacyLou  I've read that goldenrod is good for pain; I think that's what first got me interested in it. I need to use it for that!

    blevinandwomba I made a tea that was equal parts bee balm, goldenrod, and mullein. It really helped me kick a cough that kept coming back; I should have used that tea in the beginning.

  • Obiora E
    Obiora E Posts: 517 ✭✭✭✭

    @Melissa Swartz You are very welcome.