The versatility of Solidago canadensis

by Jolanda KoedoodJune 29, 2019

My adventures with an ancient old Herbal Species growing in my Backyard

I am happily welcoming the Winter season, and with that the cooler nights, providing us all with a far better nights rest.

Autumn saw me very busy gardening, clearing out patches, harvesting herbs, and manufacturing them into Natures medicine. Rest to say that this is for sure my favorite time of the year. Especially since the first rains bring about cascades of flowers

I would like to introduce you to an ancient old species: the Solidago canadensis or Goldenrod which is lighting up my backyard from end Summer all the way through to the end of Autumn with its amazing and refreshing yellow flowers, attracting the bees and other native pollinators and beneficial insects. This particular species is one of the many varieties of species of Solidago, so make sure you know your herb/plant identification before harvesting.

Working with the herbs in the backyard
Solidago in flower

There are seemingly a lot of people mistaken its fluffy flowers as an irritant to the respiratory system, however, the pollen is sticky and heavy and therefore not airborne, so the bees are the ones pollinating this plant,  not the wind. The only worry to have with this plant species is to make sure that you keep it under control, otherwise, it will take over your whole garden

There are a variety of ways I like to use the Solidago plant;

We eat the leaves, used the same way you would use spinach, raw or cooked, it has a multitude of goodness in it.

  • Solidago is an important dermatological aid for sores, infections, toothaches, burns and wounds; hence I make one large jar with goldenrod flowers and extra Virgin olive oil as a base to incorporate in the creams I make.
  • Internally it’s used for a number of urinary, respiratory and digestive ailments, hence I always make a large jar with Goldenrod tincture.
  • Since its such a great combination with Honey, I also make a large jar or two with Goldenrod infused honey.
  • And I dry a lot of the yellow flowering tops before they fully are into bloom, you want to harvest before the flowers are fully open to prevent your harvest turning into fluff rather than flowers.  It has a bit of a resiny taste, hence it combines well with honey, as a tea I use it mainly for the urinary tract and also to help with fluid retention