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Canadian Goldenrod (Solidago canadensis) Hydrosol

Canadian Goldenrod (Solidago canadensis) Hydrosol

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Canadian Goldenrod (Solidago canadensis) Hydrosol

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Plant description

Latin Name : Solidago canadensis
English Name : Goldenrod
French Name : Verge d’or (Solidage du Canada)
Family : Asteraceae
Origin : Canada

History and Origin

There are numerous species of this plant, over a hundred. These grow in a wide variety of environments, and that characterizes the landscape of St. Lawrence Valley and North America in general. Goldenrod easily spreads owing to its prolific downy fruits (between 15 000 and 20 000 by plant). Once planted, goldenrod finds its way with its rhizomes. Goldenrods are also numerous and abundant in Europe. They are sometimes even considered as a weed plant, just like in North America. Numerous measures are taken in order to eradicate it. Goldenrod species are abundantly used by native people. Therapeutic uses are numerous. To name only a few, the plant is used as a liver stimulant, antipyretic and antidiarrheal. The Meskwaki people would also use it in children having difficulty starting to speak or laugh.

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Aromatherapy Data Sheet

Extraction: Steam distillation
pH: 4,1-4,3
Aroma and taste: Goldenrod hydrosol has a very green odor, slightly weedy like wet hay. The taste is the same although it leaves a sensation of dry mouth, showing its diuretic property. Diluted, it loses taste and becomes neutral.
Stability and Shelf Life: Very stable. It can last two years without much degradation, although the taste is better in the first year.  
Properties and applications:

Goldenrod is a strong diuretic. Taken internally it may aid the treatment and prevention of kidney stones and is purifying to the entire hepatorenal system without having the unpleasant effects of juniper berry or cypress. Goldenrod doesn’t have digestive properties, but it can stem diarrhea, depending on the cause. Use it as a compress for fluid retention and uric acid in joints and tissue or add it to the bath for soothing rheumatic and arthritic pain. This hydrosol is a strong anti-inflammatory and moderate antispasmodic for musculoskeletal disorders. It can also prevent inflammation if used as a friction rub before or after effort.

The oil is known for its cardiotonic properties, which seem to be less present in the water. Goldenrod hydrosol lowers blood pressure in both the hypertensive and the hypotensive. Those with extremely low blood pressure should avoid internal use.
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Documentation and References

  • CATTY, Suzanne, Hydrosols The Next Aromatherapy, Healing Arts Press.
  • LAWLESS, Julia, The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils, Element Books.
  • MARIE-VICTORIN, La Flore Laurentienne, Gaétan Morin & Associés. 
  • MOERMAN, Daniel E., Native American Ethnobotany, Timber Press.