Crop: Certified Organic by Oregon Tilth
Country of Origin: USA
Goldenseal is native to the Eastern United States and is found growing in damp forests. It requires dappled shade. Severely over harvested, it is on United Plant Savers endangered list and is now grown commercially. Goldenseal must be protected from moles and gophers. It can be planted in wire cages under the ground. The plant is available through herb nurseries and the tincture, extract, and dried herb are available from herbal outlets in North America, Australia, and New Zealand.
Yellow root, orange root, ground raspberry, eye balm, eye root, goldenroot, ground raspberry, Indian dye, Indian plant, Indian tumeric, jaundice root, turmeric root, warnera, wild curcuma, yellow Indian paint, yellow paint, yellow puccoon
Goldenseal is an extremely effective tonic for all disorders associated with digestion and assimilation. It tones the mucous membranes, increases and improves the appetite, regulates gastric secretions and the flow of bile.
It is also an effective antiseptic and antibiotic. It is most effective for excessive menstrual flow, and will decrease menstrual pain and uterine cramping.
Goldenseal also has a sound reputation for eye inflammation.
Goldenseal is contraindicated for use during pregnancy and nursing and the fresh plant may irritate mucus membranes.
Goldenseal should be used in the stated dose. Excessive quantities can produce irritation of the mucous membranes and cause vomiting and diarrhea.
It is recommended for short-term use of two to four weeks only. It should not be used over a long period as it can accumulate in the system and produce toxic symptoms. Its effectiveness is reduced considerably if it is used in a preventative role for long periods and it may cause what it originally cured.
Goldenseal can also cause a lowering of the blood sugar level and if used over a prolonged period, can cause symptoms of hypoglycemia.
Do not use for children under five.
Decoction, fluid extract, infusion, powder, and tincture
All three to four times a day
Decoction: 2-T to 4-T
Fluid Extract: 0.3-ml to 1.0-ml
Infusion: 4-T to 6-T
Tincture: ½-t to 1-t
Goldenseal infusion and decoction are extremely bitter and the taste should be disguised with a corrective herb if used internally.
Apply the ointment or use the fluid extract or tincture as an external application.
Prepare an infusion of Eyebright and Goldenseal and use as eyewash.
The infusion or decoction can be gargled or the extract or tincture diluted with warm water. Paint the extract or tincture directly on to gums.
Use the extract or tincture internally in combination with alterative herbs and use a douche or wash directly.
1-oz goldenseal Hydrastis canadensis root
½-oz myrrh Commiphora myrrha
½-oz echinacea Echinacea angustifolia
Mix the herbs and prepare as a standard ointment.
Helpful for skin disorders, ringworm and infections
1-oz goldenseal Hydrastis canadensis
1-oz partridge berry Mitchella repens
Mix the herbs and store in a dry airtight container. As needed, prepare an infusion using 1-t of herb blend with 1-cup of boiling water. Infuse the mixture in boiling water, using standard infusion quantities. Use 4-6-T, three to four times a day. This mixture can also be powdered and used in capsules or mixed directly with water. Use two capsules daily or ¼-t, three to four times a day.
1-oz eyebright Euphrasia officinalis
1-oz bayberry bark
1-oz red raspberry Rubus idaeus
½-oz goldenseal Hydrastis canadensis
½-oz cayenne Capsicum annuum
Blend all ingredients and place in capsules. Use three capsules daily with meals.
This statement has not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
 American Herbal Products Association, Botanical Safety Handbook, 1997: 62.