Golden Seal herb (Hydrastis canadensis) is a perennial herb in the buttercup family Ranunculaceae, native to southeastern Canada and the northeastern United States. It is uniquely distinguished by hairy green double-toothed leaves supported by hairy purplish stems that produces a whitish flower in the spring that yields a single red berry in the summer. Golden seal is considered a multi-purpose remedy and is thought to possess many different medicinal properties and is often used to boost the medicinal effects of other herbs with which it is blended.
Golden seal herb medicinal properties include laxative, tonic, detergent, opthalmicum, antiperiodic, asperient, diuretic, alterative, antiseptic, deobstruent, anti-catarrhal anti-inflammatory, astringent, anti-diabetic and muscular stimulant. Goldenseal is very bitter, which stimulates the appetite and aids digestion and often stimulates bile secretion. Golden seal excels when used on open sores, inflammation, eczema, ringworm, erysipelas or any skin disease.
To make tea steep 1 oz of herb to one pint of boiling water for 20 minutes. Pour off liquid, let cool and take 4 to 6 tablespoons per day. Alternatively, take 1/4 teaspoon of powder dissolved in a glass of warm water three times a day before meals. Also can be used as a wash to clean affected area of skin and sprinkle some golden seal powder on skin and cover. Golden seal mixed with cayenne and myrrh works well for diptheria, tonsillitis and other throat problems.
Goldenseal can be purchased in salve, tablet, tincture, or as a powder.
Other common names include: Yellow paint root, orange root, yellow puccoon, ground rasberry, eye root, yellow Indian plant, tumeric root, Ohio curcuma, eye balm, yellow eye and jaundice root.