Goldenrod’s Latin name gives just a hint of the health benefits it promises: solidago – which means to make whole or heal. It’s no surprise that it’s a popular ingredient in a range of herbal remedies. It can be used in herbal teas, pills and extracts and has a multitude of healing benefits.
Goldenrod’s healing history
Among Native Americans, the herbaceous goldenrod was highly valued for its healing properties. It was frequently used as a digestive aid and a diuretic when taken internally. The leaves would also be boiled and then applied topically to help wound healing, thanks to its antiseptic and astringent properties. Those properties are just as vital today, which is why the herb is used in herbal medicine and traditional Chinese medicine. It is a rich source of saponins – plant compounds that can deliver powerful health benefits. These saponins can help hamper the growth of harmful bacteria through an antifungal effect. It’s been particularly proven to fight candida Albicans, which causes yeast infections.
While green tea may grab all the headlines for its antioxidant powers – it’s goldenrod that has higher levels of antioxidants than both green tea and that other famed antioxidant vitamin C. The herb contains quercetin and kaempferol, flavonoid antioxidants that can protect cells from free radical damage. They also deliver anti-inflammatory benefits making this an excellent remedy for joint pain, arthritis and eczema.
Supporting the urinary tract
Goldenrod will often be used with a combination of other herbs to help combat urinary tract infections. Studies have also looked at how it may help calm an overactive bladder. For this reason, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) has recognised goldenrod as being potentially useful for enhancing how effective conventional treatments are for urinary problems that are deemed minor. The herbal remedy has a diuretic effect so it will help to flush out harmful bacteria from the body and support the health of the kidneys.
Wholesale Goldenrod providers
Joseph Flach & Sons stock over 600 botanical and related ingredients – and everything in our product list is of the finest quality. We’ve been in business for over 100 years so have built up enviable trading partnerships and expert knowledge, which we can bring to our customers. We are the name you can trust, for high quality, ethically sourced goldenrod.
We offer goldenrod in the following forms:
· Golden Rod Herb Cut – Botanical name: Solidago gigantea
· Golden Rod Herb Powder – Botanical name: Solidago vigaurea or gigantean
Please note that many botanicals come in different forms and grades which may determine or improve their suitability for certain applications. At Joseph Flach & Sons, we carry a broad range of products in various forms and grades. Please do check with our experts if you require a specific grade or form and they will be delighted to help you.