Let’s Talk About: Goldenrod Recipes and Remedies

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He is everywhere.

Waving at me from above the blue and purple chicory, teasing me, dancing behind the brown grasses drying in the autumn sun.

Goldenrod, Solidago, Golden Dagger!

Many people take one look at Goldenrod and run in the other direction, sneezing and coughing, but Goldenrod is NOT the source of your autumnal allergies.  Poor showy Goldenrod has the bright, obvious flowers and so gets blamed. The big yellow flowers do not have airborne pollen, so you’d have to put the flowers IN your nose to cause a reaction (watch out for hornets).

The plant to blame is Ragweed – this sneaky plant is small, green, and unassuming, but the pollen blown on the breeze irritates many, many people.  Ragweed and Goldenrod do tend to grow near each other in ditches and fields, hence the confusion.

(Here’s more about Ragweed vs. Goldenrod from the Herbal Academy of New England!)

The worst part is that Goldenrod is one of those cures that grows with the ailment, and it actually offers great relief for sinus allergy sufferers.

Besides allergy relief, Goldenrod is also a gentle nervine and helps with midwinter blues.  As tincture, honey, or tea, goldenrod is like a burst of sunshine in the cold grey seasons!

The bushy yellow flowers are broom-like, so it is no surprise that Goldenrod is a great sweeper, a cleanser for the kidneys, liver, and urinary tract.  I use it as a complementary herb for mild urinary tract infections and kidney stones, as well as to flush the urinary organs after an illness.

Goldenrod is a tasty medicine, if you ask me.  It is a bitter aromatic, and has a citrus quality to it’s scent and flavor.  This especially comes out in the goldenrod infused honey (recipe below).

Harvest fresh goldenrod flowers, stems, and leaves by snipping them off in full bloom.  The roots are also beneficial, but best harvested after the first frost.  Before using fresh goldenrod in any of these preparations, I suggest that you check them well – like Queen Anne’s Lace, the flowers are happy little bug condominiums.  Goldenrod spiders, flies, bees, and wasps all enjoy spending time among the fluffy blooms.


Goldenrod Recipes and Remedies

 Goldenrod Recipes and Remedies - honey and tincture - from pixiespocket.com
Goldenrod honey and Goldenrod Tincture: make some for yourself!

Goldenrod Flower Infused Honey

This is particularly good by the spoonful or added to tea to help ease allergies or a sore throat from sinus drainage.  So delicious!

Take fresh goldenrod cuttings and pull the flowers off of the stems.  Fill your desired jar with the fluffy, yellow flowers.  Pour honey into the jar, using a chopstick to gently stir the flowers – your aim being to get as many air bubbles out as you can.

Seal the jar up and put it in a sunny window for a week. Don’t open it, but give it a shake every day to make sure the flowers are under the honey.  The honey will become runny as it absorbs the moisture from the flowers.  Finally, strain it, label it, and store it in the fridge so it doesn’t ferment or mold.

You can toss the flowers, or pour boiling water over them to make a very sweet tea. If you pour vodka over them and let them sit for a week or two, you’ll have a goldenrod cordial! No waste here!


Goldenrod Tincture

This is my go-to for sinus allergy treatment year-round.  I’ve done a whole dropperful twice daily for intense sinus issues, and I have heard of others who add it to their water for drinking all day.

Chop the goldenrod flowers, roots, leaves and stems and put into a jar.  Cover with booze of choice (I use vodka) and cap the jar.

Put the date and contents on a label – trust me, you just might forget if you don’t.  Put the jar in a cabinet somewhere out of the light, and shake it every now and again.  I tend to let mine sit about 6 weeks, and then I strain and bottle.


Goldenrod begins to bloom around early August at Lughnasadh, and I use the blooms in vases on altar tops and tables in honor of Lugh and the golden light of autumn as first harvest is celebrated.

This year, I tried something new – I have bubbling away merrily on the counter a gallon jug of goldenrod flower wine.  Once I bottle it and determine if it is any good, I’ll share the recipe!

UPDATE: Recipe for Goldenrod and Ginger Wine

I’ve seen recipes for Goldenrod Oil, Goldenrod Vinegar, and other things as well, but I’ve not tried them yet.

Here’s a poem I wrote about Goldenrod harvesting…

Have you ever used Goldenrod for food or medicine? What did you think?

25 Comments

    1. Christeen: While I know that ALL health, mental and physical, can be improved by a good, natural diet with low sugar and herbs to support, I am not familiar with any herbal assistance for Bipolar disorder. As much as I tend not to be fond of pharmaceuticals, I have a few good friends whose lives have been improved by them for similar issues.

      While there are a lot of website out there that claim they can answer your question, I would avoid that and recommend that you try to find a holistic doctor, a licensed herbalist, or other professional that you can work with on a regular basis to assist! Many blessings to you, and I hope you find your answers!

  1. Thank you so much for this! It grows all around me and I had no idea it was benificial!! I ran across another page that suggests soaking it ACV to make a winter tonic for sickness, what are your thoughts on making both and then combining them?

    1. Hi, Christina, thanks for your question. Ooh, a double goldenrod oxymel! Sure! Have you ever combined the two before, honey and vinegar? They make a great combination, for sure. It is nearly a salad dressing on its own! I bet that ends up to be wonderful.

  2. I would love to have your recipe for goldenrod wine…I have tons growing here and have made tinctures with it in the past and dried it to add to teas and such…love the stuff!!!

  3. Great information! my sinuses are killing me right now……do you know if it would help if I made a tea from the flowers?

    Thanks for linking up with Green Thumb Thursday. I hope to see you back this week.

    Lisa

    1. It might help ease your symptoms, especially if you pair it with dried (or fresh) nettles in the tea! I hope you feel better, I know a lot of ragweed allergy sufferers are unhappy right now. <3

  4. Im eager to know where to get Goldenrod, as well as all these other medicinal herbs. Does anyone know where to buy live plants, instead of dried?…in/near Houston, TX

  5. I have goldenrod vinegar that has been macerating for over a year now. It is delicious on salads! And the yellow pollen floating around makes it look like a autumnal snowglobe 🙂

  6. love reading about all your brews and other concoctions. wonder if you can help with this: my mom made ” wines ” from blackberries and also from red currents. all I remember she’d carry the bottles from the front windows with morning sun, to the back window sills, with afternoon sun. this was in the Netherlands 50-60 years ago, not known for being sunny and warm all summer. so it was important for the bottles to be in the sunniest spots. I imagine she used yeast, sugar etc, too late to ask questions…. you have any idea how I can try to repeat this? thank you!

    1. Oh, a mystery! I wonder if she was doing wild yeasts or if she kept a culture going? Do you remember what sort of bottle she used? Did they have a lid on them, or cloth?

      With what I’ve learned of brewing, you’re supposed to keep the fermenting bottles out of the sunlight, but perhaps that was an easy way to keep the brew warm enough to ferment! Let me see what else I can find out! 😀

  7. I am currently adding Goldenrod to my herbal apothecary and was wondering where you found the information on goldenrod being a gentle nervine. I’m interested in using it this way but can’t seem to find any sources that have this herbal action listed (I know that many sites/sources often only list the primary actions or the actions things are best known for). Thanks!

    1. Thank you for checking in! I need to get better about putting references and bibliographies at the end of my posts.

      The calming response is one that I have noticed myself, in application. The bright, yellow flowers are cheering when consumed as an infusion with honey, especially!
      Some other sources where I learned it to be a gentle nervine:

      http://www.theforagerspath.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/Goldenrod-Research.pdf
      https://sweetgumapoth.com/2016/08/08/goldenrod-a-plant-that-makes-us-whole/

      I hope that helps! 🙂

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