Goldenrod (Solidago virgaurea, Solidago canadensis) is a plant native to Europe that grows in mild areas worldwide, such as dry woods and grasslands.

Goldenrod contains chemicals that might increase urine flow and reduce swelling. It might also kill bacteria and fungi.

People use goldenrod for enlarged prostate, kidney stones, urinary tract infections (UTIs), tooth plaque, and many other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses. There is also no good evidence to support using goldenrod for COVID-19.

Goldenrod is sometimes called Aaron's rod. Don't confuse this with mullein, which is also called Aaron's rod.
When taken by mouth: There isn't enough reliable information to know if goldenrod is safe or what the side effects might be.

When applied to the skin: There isn't enough reliable information to know if goldenrod is safe. It might cause an allergic skin reaction in some people.

When used in toothpaste: Goldenrod is possibly safe when used for up to 4 weeks.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: There isn't enough reliable information to know if goldenrod is safe to use when pregnant or breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.

Latex allergy: People who are allergic to latex might also be allergic to goldenrod. Avoid use if you have an allergy to latex.

Allergy to ragweed and related plants: Goldenrod may cause an allergic reaction in people who are sensitive to the Asteraceae/Compositae family. Members of this family include ragweed, chrysanthemums, chamomile, mugwort, sunflower, marigolds, daisies, and many others.

High blood pressure: Goldenrod might increase the amount of sodium in the body. This can make high blood pressure worse.


There is interest in using goldenrod for a number of purposes, but there isn't enough reliable information to say whether it might be helpful.
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Dosing & administration

There isn't enough reliable information to know what an appropriate dose of goldenrod might be. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult a healthcare professional before using.

Interactions with pharmaceuticals

Water pills (Diuretic drugs)

Interaction Rating=Minor Be watchful with this combination.

Goldenrod seems to work like "water pills" by causing the body to lose water. Taking goldenrod along with other "water pills" might cause the body to lose too much water. Losing too much water can cause you to be dizzy and your blood pressure to go too low.

Interactions with herbs & supplements

There are no known interactions with herbs and supplements.

Interactions with foods

There are no known interactions with foods. has licensed monographs from TRC Healthcare.
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