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Goldenrod Essential Oil

Solidago canadensis

Goldenrod Essential Oil


Goldenrod Essential Oil possesses a distinctive, sharp, herbaceous aroma. I am not particularly fond of the aroma when first assessing it on a fragrance test strip, but I enjoy the aroma after a few moments. I find that Goldenrod Essential Oil blends particularly well with herbaceous, coniferous and citrus essential oils. Julia Lawless suggests that it blends well with "ravintsara, peru balsam, rosemary, pine, ginger, spruce and spice oils." [Source: Julia Lawless, The Encyclopedia of Essential Oils (Updated Edition) (London: Harper Thorsons, 2014), 104.]

Of the GC/MS reports that I have studied for Goldenrod Essential Oil, the oil tends to be comprised primarily of monoterpenes and sesquiterpenes, particularly Germacrene D, alpha-Pinene, Myrcene and Limonene.

This profile pertains specifically to Goldenrod Essential Oil distilled from the flowering tops of Solidago canadensis. Several species exist that are loosely referred to as goldenrod. As with all essential oils, it's important to verify the botanical name of the plant species that was distilled to produce the essential oil that you are working with or considering purchasing.

Solidago canadensis is a tall, perennial plant with small golden flowers that grows abundantly in the wild. It belongs to the Asteraceae plant family and is native to regions of North America, particularly Canada. Most of the Goldenrod Essential Oil that I have found from reputable sellers is sourced from Canada.

Bottle Depicting the Typical Color of goldenrod Essential Oil

Goldenrod Essential Oil Benefits and Uses

  • Coughs and Colds
  • Respiratory Congestion
  • Sinus Infection
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Stress

Source: Julia Lawless, The Encyclopedia of Essential Oils (Updated Edition) (London: Harper Thorsons, 2014), 104.

Botanical Name

Solidago canadensis

Plant Family


Common Method of Extraction

Steam Distilled

Plant Part Typically Used

Flowering Tops

Color of Goldenrod Essential Oil

Virtually Clear to Pale Yellow



Perfumery Note


Strength of Initial Aroma


Aromatic Description

Goldenrod Essential Oil smells slightly sharp, herbaceous, earthy, and slightly hay-like.

Major Constituents of Canadian Goldenrod Essential Oil

  • Germacrene D
  • Limonene
  • Myrcene
  • a-pinene
  • B-phellandrene
  • Bornyl acetate

Sources: GC/MS Reports for Solidago canadensis from Stillpoint Aromatics and Florihana Distillerie. Accessed: September 13, 2020.

Goldenrod Essential Oil Safety Information

Tisserand and Young do not indicate any special precautions when using Goldenrod Essential Oil. However, Julia Lawless reports that some possible skin sensitivity may exist. Lawless also mentions that there may be high levels of estragole in some chemotypes. I have not personally come upon these chemotypes, but be aware they may exist. Reading the full profiles of Julia Lawless and also Tisserand and Young is recommended. [Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young, Essential Oil Safety (Second Edition. United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2014), 297. Julia Lawless, The Encyclopedia of Essential Oils (Updated Edition) (London: Harper Thorsons, 2014), 103-104.]

General Safety Information

Do not take any oils internally and do not apply undiluted essential oils, absolutes, CO2s or other concentrated essences onto the skin without advanced essential oil knowledge or consultation from a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. For general dilution information, read AromaWeb's Guide to Diluting Essential Oils. If you are pregnant, epileptic, have liver damage, have cancer, or have any other medical problem, use oils only under the proper guidance of a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. Use extreme caution when using oils with children and be sure to first read the recommended dilution ratios for children. Consult a qualified aromatherapy practitioner before using oils with children, the elderly, if you have medical issues or are taking medications. Before using this or any essential oil, carefully read AromaWeb's Essential Oil Safety Information page. For in-depth information on oil safety issues, read Essential Oil Safety by Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young.

Shelf Life

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