Latin name: Hydrastis canadensis
Health Benefits of Goldenseal Root Powder
Goldenseal is a very strong natural antibiotic and is beneficial to have on hand in case you encounter very stubborn infections. It is also often used externally. Health benefits include:It gently increases mental alertness and vitality by feeding and nourishing the brain.
- It is said to help stimulate the body’s resistance to infection, and for this reason it is of great value to every home apothecary. It is also used to treat different types of infections such as infections of the mucus membranes, sinuses, throat, intestines, stomach, bladder, and urinary tract.
- Great as a treatment for minor wound healing, and also for cold, flu, and sinus and chest congestion.
- Has many anti-bacterial properties that help to keep away a variety of bacteria such as yeast, fungus, E. coli, athlete’s foot, and Candida.
- Helps to stimulate the flow of bile, and can be used as an expectorant.
- It’s a great treatment as a wash for infections of the eye such as conjunctivitis.
- Has been shown to increase insulin production, thereby decreasing glucose levels in the blood. This makes it a good possible treatment for diabetics.
- For gum or mouth infections, used as a wash.
- Great as a digestive aid.
- Can be used topically for eczema and psoriasis.
Nutritional Benefits of Goldenseal Root Powder
- Contains Vitamins A, B, C, and E.
- Contains trace amounts of calcium, iron, potassium, and zinc.
How to Use Goldenseal Root Powder
- Goldenseal has a very bitter taste, and is best taken in encapsulated form or in tincture combinations.
- Often used in combination with Echinacea Purpurea Leaf and Echinacea Purpurea Root to help fight infections and ward off cold and flu.
- Use as a wash or poultice for mouth and skin infections.
Cautions and Side Effects of Goldenseal Root Powder
- Should not be taken by pregnant women. One of the chief constituents of goldenseal, barberine, has been reported to cause uterine contractions, and to increase levels of bililrubin.
- Do not take if you are taking other sedatives as it will increase their potency.
- Do not take if you are taking medication for lowering blood pressure, as it can make a sudden drop in your pressure.
- Do not take if you are taking prescription medication for indigestion or acid reflux as it will counteract the effects of those drugs.
- External use on the skin can cause sensitivity to sunlight in the area where it is applied.
- Do not take for longer than 3 weeks at a time, as it can cause irritation to the mucous membranes if used for a long time.