Goldenseal, also known as Orangeroot is in the Buttercup family of perennial herbs and is native to North America. Growing Goldenseal can be done in various parts of the world and is a nice addition to the herb garden.
Goldenseal is known for its golden colored knotted root and purplish stem which produces small greenish flowers and a single large berry that resembles a raspberry. Goldenseal is often used in herbal remedies of many kinds including a mix with Echinacea for its virus fighting abilities. Goldenseal is often found with other herbals due to its ability to boost the medicinal value in other herbs. Chinese Goldenseal is also of the same family.
Due to its popularity in medicinal uses, Wild Goldenseal is among the endangered herbs as it has been harvested without being replenished. Organic Goldenseal is generally farmed and harvested with eco sensitive methods. If you are going to use Goldenseal and you are not able to grow your own, try to find the organic variety.
In the folklore of Goldenseal it is said that taking supplements of Goldenseal will conceal the use of drugs such as morphine and cocaine in urine tests. This however has been shown to be untrue and Goldenseal for this use was probably confused with another more dangerous herb.
Goldenseal Tea Recipes
Goldenseal tea is prepared by simmering 1 teaspoon dried root in 8 ounces of boiling water for 10 – 20 minutes.
Goldenseal Uses & Herbal Remedies
Goldenseal tea can be used as an eye wash. Strong Goldenseal tea can be used as a douche to treat yeast infections in women. Gargling with Goldenseal tea is said to heal canker soars in the mouth and ease soar throats. Mixing Goldenseal with other herbal teas can boost the medicinal value of other herbs. It is an excellent additive to most herbal teas to increase the medicinal properties of the other herbs.
Taking Goldenseal for an excessive length of time can reduce the absorption of vitamin B in the body. Goldenseal may decrease the effectiveness of anti-clotting drugs and cautions should be taken if you are currently taking drugs such as Heparin or Coumadin. Goldenseal should be avoided during pregnancy and breastfeeding.