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Herbal Remedy - Extracts
Monday, 02 August 2010 13:51

Goldenseal Extract

Species Name: Hydrastis Canadensis

Also known as: Orange root, ground raspberry, yellow root

What is Goldenseal? Goldenseal is a perennial plant from the buttercup family, a native of both South Eastern Canada and North Eastern United States. Known mostly for its thick, yellow, knotted rootstock, it is a multi-purpose remedy and has been used for many centuries.

Used extensively by the Native Americans and the Canadian Indians, Goldenseal was introduced to settlers who also found it to be beneficial in their medical care.



Goldenseal is often used both topically and internally. When used on the skin, it is said to have anti-microbial properties.

As a gargle, Goldenseal can remove canker sores. In addition, it is used as a digestive aid and for other purposes.

It is often used as a home remedy for the treatment of bites and stings, body odor, boils, colds, dry mouth, earaches, flu and heavy menstrual bleeding.

To treat dry mouth, use Goldenseal mouthwash before going to bed. Prepare a cup of Goldenseal tea, cool and then stir in one teaspoon of baking soda, which also helps reduce the inflammation in the mouth and gums. The tea should be swished in the mouth for as long as possible before being spit back out.

The Mayo Clinic reports that goldenseal is beneficial for those that have allergies. Additional studies conducted by the Mayo Clinic show benefits from using goldenseal for hayfever.

Goldenseal contains iron, calcium, vitamin A, vitamin E, vitamin C and B-complex, including various minerals and nutrients.

The roots of Goldenseal also contain various alkaloids such as berberine, canadaline and traces of fatty and essential oils. These various characteristics of alkaloids give the Goldenseal powerful antibiotic and anti-infective qualities.

The astringent properties of Goldenseal have also been used in cases of severe menstruation and internal bleeding.

In most cases, it is a tincture that is recommended for treatment, however Goldenseal is also available in a number of additional forms as well. It is also used to boost the efficiency of other herbs when it is combined with them. For instance, Goldenseal is combined with Echinacea to combat many common illnesses and to strengthen the immune system. Some commercial salves may be combined with other herbal ingredients to increase their anti-microbial properties.

Goldenseal extract is available in the following forms:

  • Salve
  • Tablets
  • Tincture
  • Bulk powder
  • Gargle
  • Tea


Goldenseal is considered one of the safest herbs, however it should not be used during the early stages of infections. Some rare side effects include vomiting and nausea.

It should only be used for short periods of time and should not be used during pregnancy or lactation.

Last Updated on Friday, 19 April 2013 15:28

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