How to make goldenrod tincture and how use it properly


Goldenrod is valuable in terms of health. Its properties result from the active ingredients it contains. Goldenrod is a valuable source:

  • flavonoids;
  • triterpene saponins;
  • tannins;
  • essential oils.

Easiest recipe for goldenrod tincture is to pour 1/4 of a glass of dried herb into 3 glasses of boiling water, leave it covered for 30 minutes, strain and add 2 glasses of spirit (95% alc/vol – 190-proof). Mix everything well and when the liquid cools down, strain it again and pour it into dark glass bottles. Keep in a dark place for 4 weeks, after that time goldenrod tincture is ready to use. 

Goldenrod flowers and tincture ready to drink
Goldenrod and ready tincture

Do you want to know more about goldenrod tincture? Keep reading 🙂 I will cover uses, benefits, dosage and at the end of article you can also find a list of equipment that might be useful when you will be making a goldenrod tincture by yourself.

Where to buy goldenrod for tincture?

If you are not using fresh herb you can find dried goldenrod on Amazon here – Goldenrod Herb (Solidago virgaurea L.) – Health Embassy – 100% Natural (50g)

Why is it worth to make goldenrod tincture at home? It has a strong anti-inflammatory effect, also seals blood vessels and has antioxidant properties. Goldenrod tincture neutralizes free radicals and has a beneficial effect on the liver. In turn, saponins make goldenrod a diuretic and anti-inflammatory effect. Thanks to tannins, goldenrod has a bactericidal, astringent and anti-inflammatory effect. If you would like to know more about the herb, keep reading 😉

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Goldenrod tincture uses

Few people know that the healing properties of goldenrod were known and used already in the period of the Germanic tribes. At that time, goldenrod was used to make infusions that had a beneficial effect on the body. Goldenrod tincture has an effect:

  • antibacterial;
  • anti-inflammatory
  • astringent;
  • anticoagulants;
  • calming;
  • diuretic.

Goldenrod tincture effectively detoxifies the body, supporting the removal of toxins. Seals blood vessels, contributes to lowering blood pressure. It is great at dealing with inflammations of not only the mouth and throat, but also female genital organs. Ladies can reach for infusions of goldenrod when they have vulvitis.  

Goldenrod tincture recipe, how to make

If you would like to make goldenrod tincture with a fresh herb use an airtight jar, which fill up to 1/2 of the way with chopped, fresh goldenrod flowers.Pour a high-proof alcohol such as vodka or brandy until the jar is filled. Keep in a dark place for 3 weeks, after that time goldenrod tincture is ready to use. 

Goldenrod tincture from flowers
Goldenrod flowers for tincure

To make it tastier you can also use such ingredients as:

  • 1/4 glass of honey, 
  • 1 vanila pot,
  • 1/5 glass of brown sugar, 
  • juice from 1/2 of lemon. 

Goldenrod tincture for allergies

Goldenrod is a plant used in floristry, although in Poland it is treated as a weed. It also has antiallergic effects that Americans appreciate. It contains a lot of antioxidants to combat hay fever symptoms. Latex allergy should be careful with fresh goldenrod leaves, as contact with them may result in an allergic reaction.

Goldenrod tincture dosage

Take the tincture in the amount of 20-30 drops three times a day, stirring it in a glass with lukewarm water. The tincture has anti-inflammatory, diuretic, bactericidal and antitussive properties, seals the walls of capillaries, regulates metabolism and slightly lowers blood pressure. It is worth using the tincture in inflammation of the urinary tract, gout, nephrolithiasis and bladder stones, in prostatic hypertrophy, inflammation of the oral cavity, as well as in rheumatic diseases.

What type of alcohol is used for goldenrod tincture?

Most spirits used for drinking will work, but vodka or other grain alcohols that are at least 40% alcohol by volume (80-proof) work best with fresh goldenrod. When using dried goldenrod for tincture, your best bet is to stick to an 80 or 90% alc/vol (160-180-proof alcohol), as they don’t have a lot of juices left, and it is best for extracting any water that’s left in the goldenrod out of them.

How long do goldenrod tincture last?

When stored in a cool, dry place, goldenrod tincture lasts at least three years, if not longer. If you use dark bottles, it will last longer because the light will not damage it. If your area is humid or hot several months out of the year, try storing tincture in the refrigerator during the hot and humid season, so it will last longer.

Recommened edequipment – what you may need to have to make such tincture at home

I hope that you have found my article useful. Below I’ve gathered all items that I am using when making my tinctures, some of them, like airtight jars, are necessary, some are just handy, you do not need to have them all to be able to make a good tincture.  

recommended tincture equipment
Tincture equipment examples
  1. Airtight jars.
  2. Mortar for herbs – granite.
  3. Mortar for herbs – stainless steel.
  4. Funnels for filling bottles.
  5. Large bottles, dark glass.
  6. Medium bottles, dark glass.
  7. Small bottles with dropper, dark glass.
  8. Cloth for tincture filtering.
  9. Coffee filters for tincture filtering.
  10. Alcohol meter to check how strong is your vodka/spirit.
  11. Tincture press for better extraction.

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Other names of goldenrod

If you would like to check more info about the goldenrod here you can find webmd.com article about it

It is also known under such names: Aaron’s Rod, Baguette d’Aaron, Canadian Goldenrod, Early Goldenrod, European Goldenrod, Gerbe d’Or, Herbe des Juifs, Solidage, Solidage du Canada, Solidago canadensis, Solidago gigantea, Solidago longifolia, Solidago serotina, Solidago virgaurea, Vara de Oro, Verge d’Or, Woundwort.

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