goldenseal Goldenseal   Facts   Properties   Dosage   Uses   CautionsCommon Name

Other Known Names
ox-eye daisy, golden daisy, herb Margaret, maudlinwort, moon daisy, eye balm, eye root, ground raspberry, Indian dye, jaundice root, orange root, tumeric root, yellow Indian paint, yellow puccoon, wild curcuma, warnera, Indian plant, yellow root

Botanical Name
Hydrastis canadensis

Whats it look like
The Goldenseal plants stem rises to about 1 foot and is hairy. has only 2 large five lobed leaves and the flowers will be small and white with a raspberry looking fruit.

Native Habitat
Grows on forests floors

What is it

What part of the plant is used
Root rhizome and inner twig bark


  • Alterative
  • Astringent
  • Laxative in small doses
  • Adrenolytic
  • Styptic
  • Bitter tonic
  • Antimicrobial

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Infusion- 1 tablespoon in 1 cup of water

Decoction- 1 tablespoon in 1 cup of water

Extract- 10-60 drops 1-4 times per day


  • Nausea
  • Runny nose
  • Nervous tummy
  • Bacterial infection
  • Constipation
  • Poor digestion
  • Colds
  • Flu
  • Conjunctivitis
  • Middle ear infection
  • Vaginitis

Cautions-Adverse Reactions-Side Effects
May exacerbate adrenal fatigue symptoms

Do not use if pregnant

Do not use if breastfeeding

Do not take if you have hypoglycemia

Drug interactions
Many drugs can interact with herbal remedies, so it is wise if you check with your physician before starting a new herb.

Filed under: Medicinal Herb Guide

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