In this article, you’ll find the many benefits of using goldenrod for dogs. Also known as Solidago, goldenrods are a species of flowering plants in the daisy or sunflower family. Found in the meadows and prairies of North America, goldenrods are perennial. There are about 100 to 120 species of goldenrods found in the wild, with some of them recently introduced to Europe.
Goldenrod is often held liable for hay fever in humans. Ragweed is most often the perpetrator, though, as the Ambrosia flowering plants are found in the same fields as goldenrod. The pollen of goldenrod is too adhesive to blow very far, but the plants come in contact with the pollen from ragweed and generate allergic reactions.
We’ll be looking specifically at the Solidago virgaurea variety of goldenrods. This plant is widespread across Europe and North Africa. It flowers in late summer and has several small yellow flower heads at the top of the stem. Historically, Solidago virgaurea has been cultivated for a host of medicinal uses in Europe and the Arab world. For dogs, goldenrods have a few worthy applications.
What are the benefits of goldenrod?
Therapeutic Uses of Goldenrod for Dogs
Also known as woundwort or Aaron’s rod, goldenrod is celebrated for its diuretic, anti-inflammatory, astringent, anti-microbial factors. Practitioners of herbal medicine often turn to goldenrod to treat a wide variation of kidney ailments, from bacterial infections to kidney stones. It also cleanses the kidney and is occasionally used as part of a fasting program to heal the organ.
- As a Digestive Aid: Some compare goldenrod to peppermint in that it can operate as a digestive aid. This is due to its anti-inflammatory properties, which ease the system as food passes through. If your dog is having digestive problems, consider adding a little Solidago virgaurea to his or her diet. The fresh leaves can be crushed and added to food.
- Goldenrod Tea to Treat Kidney Stones: Goldenrod can be used to treat kidney stones and urinary infections. As a diuretic, goldenrod boosts urinary production and leads to a cleaner system. A tea can be valuable here. Simply crush a fresh leaf from the goldenrod plant, boil it in water, allow the concoction to cool, and administer to your four-legged friend whenever any kidney difficulties manifest. Because goldenrod is available just about anywhere, this is an easy solution.
- Goldenrod Tincture: Herbal tinctures involving goldenrod are beneficial when treating a urinary tract infection. Solidago virgaurea has anti-inflammatory properties that ease the burden on the urinary tract, plus goldenrod can ward off bacterial infections. Like juniper berry extract, rosewood and sweet almond, goldenrod is a model tincture solution for your dog’s urinary tract problems. Administer the tincture twice daily for the best results.
- Treatment of Wounds and Burns: Solidago virgaurea can be used as a treatment for wounds and burns. Adding some oil to flowers and leaves or using goldenrod as a poultice helps your furry friend heal wounds and aching muscles. The application should initially be used on a small area of the skin to ensure that there are no allergic reactions. The treatment may work well on some dogs and have no effect on others, so it’s best to work within a trial period.
It’s important to not confuse Solidago virgaurea with Haplopappus heterophyllus, known as rayless goldenrod. Rayless goldenrod contains tremetol, a toxin that causes milk sickness in humans and trembles in some livestock. It is found in a number of plants in the daisy family and can be difficult to pin down, with some health authorities believing that the toxic properties die down when the plant dries up.
As with any herbal treatment, it’s best to exercise caution. If you are uncertain about any herbal treatment, including Solidago virgaurea, go with your gut. There are many benefits to goldenrod for dogs, but there may be some drawbacks for your pet. Goldenrod can assist in treating certain kidney and urinary tract concerns, but one should be vigilant before use.
Reasons to Use Goldenrod for Dogs
Goldenrod for dogs is a captivating treatment option for kidney disorders. It eases inflammation on the digestive and urinary systems and breaks down kidney stones. It works as a diuretic and there is some evidence to suggest it can heal wounds and burns.
References: Herbs for Pets by M.L. Wulff-Tilford and G.L. Tilford, Natural Remedies for Dogs and Cats by CJ Puotinen