Golden Seal
Botanical name: Hydrastis canadensis
Goldenseal - Photo taken by James Steakley

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Golden Seal

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Goldenseal is a bitter yellow root native to North America, prized for its medicinal properties. One of its main uses is to tonify mucous membranes, which benefits sinus congestion as well as digestive complaints. Its bitter taste also stimulates digestive and liver function, increasing bile flow and appetite. It also has broad-spectrum antibiotic activity and is effective against many bacteria, protozoa and fungi. One traditional use was to stimulate contractions in labor, and therefore should not be taken during pregnancy. Topically in can be used for ringworm, eczema, itching and conjunctivitis.

Preparation: Infuse ½-1 tsp powdered root per cup for 10-15 mins, or 1ml tincture. 3 x daily or as needed.

Precautions / Contraindications: 

Not recommended for use during pregnancy or lactation. Take two hours away from all prescription medications.

David Hoffman (2003), Medical Herbalism, p 558.
Micheal Tierra (1998), The Way of Herbs, p.141.
Image by James Steakley