This week I’m sharing some information with you about Goldenseal!! Remember, I am not a doctor or Holistic Health Practitioner (yet), this is for information purposes only. Further research will be needed along with a consultation with your doctor if you are contemplating using this herb.
Say hello to Goldenseal (Hydrastis canadensis). This beautiful and now over harvested perennial herb was used by Indigenous American tribes such as the Cherokee and Iroquois to treat heart, liver, lung and skin disorders for centuries, and was eventually introduced to Europeans when they arrived in America. With two five lobed leaves, small flowers, and a cute lil’ red berry in the middle, you’ll find it in the deep woods of Vermont to Arkansas or on farms due to its increased popularity. It gets its name ‘Goldenseal’ from the golden yellow scars on the base of the stem, and when broken, the scars resemble a golden wax letter seal.
Today, Goldenseal has a variety of uses. PMS, menstrual cramping, other vaginal complaints, ringworm, ringing ears, earache, rashes, ulcers, conjunctivitis, liver disorders, dandruff, acne, cold, laxative, and the list goes on. The rhizome, or root is used, and often combined with Echinacea (Echinacea Purpurea) as a cold remedy, due to it’s antibacterial properties.
Because this is such a powerful plant, and does stimulate the uterus, women who are pregnant or think they may be pregnant should not take this herb (I sound like one of those pharmaceutical commercials huh?). Also if there is a chance you may have a perforated eardrum, do not apply this in your ears either. If you have or are prone to having high blood pressure, do not take this, as it is a hypertensive.
Think you can use this plant to pass a drug test? Well….don’t get your hopes up. lol
You will find this in tincture, capsule, ointment, and tea form. I would definitely consider this a ‘must have’ in your holistic wellness stash!