Also known as Goldenrods are members of the sunflower family (asteracease). Because of its medicinal qualities it received the scientific name 'solidago' from the Latin words 'solidus' and 'ago' meaning to "to restore or cure". Many people have inappropriately blamed goldenrod as the cause of hay fever, this mistaken belief is a result of the fact that goldenrod blooms at the same time as the real perpetrator, ragweed, since hay fever is caused by airborne pollens; goldenrod cannot be the culprit because it is pollinated by insets rather than through the wind. The plant is known for a licorice or aniselike flavor. The leaves and flowers yield a yellow die. When bruised the herb smells like a wild carrot.
A curative for hay fever and other upper respiratory maladies. When is an overabundance of mucus and postnasal drip. The American Indians used boiled leaves as an external lotion for wounds and ulcers. Dry the leaves then poweder them to be put on wounds to stop bleeding. The high tannin content gives goldenrod its astringent quality, making it effective f healing the mucous membranes of the nasal passes. Saponins, contained within the flowers, promote expectoration by acting in mysterious ways. A volatile oil found in the seeds is good for the stomach.
The American Indians used the sees of Canada goldenrod for food, especially in emergencies and contains vitamin C.