fbpx Skip to main content

Learn about Golden Seal

Botanical name: Hydrastis canadensis
Other names: Hydrastis

Goldenseal is a bitter yellow root native to North America, prized for its medicinal properties. One of its main uses is to tonify mucous membranes, which benefits sinus congestion as well as digestive complaints. Its bitter taste also stimulates digestive and liver function, increasing bile flow and appetite. It also has broad-spectrum antibiotic activity and is effective against many bacteria, protozoa and fungi. One traditional use was to stimulate contractions in labor, and therefore should not be taken during pregnancy. Topically in can be used for ringworm, eczema, itching and conjunctivitis.

Preparation: 1.5-3g per day as decoction (simmer 5 mins, steep for 15 mins) or powder (mix with warm).

Reference: David Hoffman (2003), Medical Herbalism, p 558., Micheal Tierra (1998), The Way of Herbs, p.141., Image by James Steakley.

Golden Seal Common Uses

Golden Seal Actions

Golden Seal Recipes

Golden Seal Precautions

Strictly avoid during pregnancy or lactation. Can interfere with phenlybutazone.

Buy Golden Seal online from the Happy Herb Co

Australia’s biggest range

25 years of customer satisfaction

Fast International delivery

100% secure online ordering

Join our community!

Subscribe now to stay up to date with great offers, new products, and insights from the wonderful world of herbs!