Botanical: Hydrastiscanadensis L. Family: . It is a member of the buttercup family that occurs woods in the eastern forest. Goldenseal grows from Vermont to Minnesota, south to Georgia, Alabama, . It also grows in Kentucky Other common names: yellow root, eye root, jaundice root
History and description
Historically, Native Americans have used goldenseal for various health conditions such as skin diseases, ulcers, and gonorrhea.The main active ingredients in goldenseal are the alkaloids hydrastine and berberine, along with lesser amounts of canadine. Berberine appears to have a wide range of antimicrobial activity against pathogens, including Chlamydia, E. coli, and Salmonella typhi, as well as viruses and protozoans. The herb also appears to stimulate the activity of macrophages, the immune cells that attack harmful bacteria. The herb seems to work quickly to knock these pathogens out!
Goldenseal (hydrastis canadensis)is immensely popular as an immune booster and antibiotic that is taken at the onset of a cold to help prevent further symptoms. Often called echinacea's partner, Goldenseal, is said to help stimulate the body's resistance to infection . No home should be without this herb!
Goldenseal helps to alleviate eczema
Relieves Liver disorders
Is a remedy for vaginitis and itching
Acts as a natural antibiotic for urinary tract infections
Add a few drops of the powder or the goldenseal tea to your mouthwash to assist in the
care of pyorrhea
Eases middle ear infections
Stimulates bile production and secretion( this helps to digest fats)
Recommended Dosage: You can take 500-1000 mg of herb powder 3 times a day but don't go over 3 weeks of continued usage
Contraindications: with all herbs be careful
Taken as recommended, goldenseal is generally regarded as safe, however the herb should be avoided during pregnancy and lactation and by those with heart disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes. Some studies have suggested that Goldenseal may reduce the efficacy of doxycycline and tetracycline. Goldenseal may be contraindicated if allergic to ragweed.
Uses of Goldenseal powder
Goldenseal Wound Paste
Combine equal amounts of slippery elm bark powder and goldenseal root powder, plus 1 tbsp olive oil or sweet almond or calendula oil. Mix these together at the time they are needed and apply to a cloth which is placed over the wounds. The wound should later be washed with an antiseptic tea.
I have used this on mange and hot spots on dogs and it works wonders. ( we take care of stray dogs until new owners can be found) It works great on large animals too!
Goldenseal Tea or tincture...
Can be used as a mouthwash to promote healing of mouth ulcers and canker sores.
(Plain Goldenseal tea is very very bitter ...that is a good thing but the taste is awful.)
This is made the same way goldenseal tea is made. If you are going to use it on the outside of the body we call it a wash.
Antifungal foot powder
1 teaspoon of goldenseal root powder
1 tablespoon of chaparral powder
1 tablespoon of black walnut hull powder
1 tablespoon of peppermint leaf powder
1 teaspoon of tea tree essential oil
1/4 cup of arrowroot powder
Mix all the ingredients together and store in a shaker bottle, Apply the feet once or twice a day.
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Disclaimer: The information presented herein by Glenbrook Farms is intended for educational purposes only. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, cure, treat or prevent disease. Individual results may vary, and before using any supplements, it is always advisable to consult with your own health care provider.