Herb of the Day: Goldenseal

This plant is worth its weight in gold.  Goldenseal is often hailed as one of the most valuable and useful herbs available.  One of the primary features of goldenseal is its ability to help the mucous membranes, greatly benefiting the sinuses.

This plant is worth its weight in gold.  Goldenseal is often hailed as one of the most valuable and useful herbs available.  One of the primary features of goldenseal is its ability to help the mucous membranes, greatly benefiting the sinuses.  Many also know of goldenseal’s ability to help heal and dry up the umbilical cord of a newborn baby.  This herb is used among major pharmaceutical brands as well as herbalists worldwide.  Used internally or externally goldenseal products are excellent additions to an herbal medicine cabinet!

Traditional Uses

  • Diuretic
  • Urinary Tract Infections
  • Liver Tonic
  • Sore Throat
  • Inflammation
  • Eczema
  • Morning Sickness
  • Anti-microbial
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Stomach Ailments
  • Ulcers
  • Canker Sores
  • Tonsillitis
  • Eye Wash

The Plant

Goldenseal, a member of the buttercup family, is listed as an endangered plant in the wild.  However, great efforts are being put forth to conserve this amazing herb.  It is difficult to grow and is an extremely slow growing plant.  Before growing goldenseal check with local laws as endangered plants often have growing restrictions.

Goldenseal is a perennial plant that prefers woodland areas.  Plant as seed or seedlings, give it extremely rich soil, mulch, lots of shade and patience.  It can take three or more years to establish a goldenseal plant.  The plants will grow to about a foot tall and will grow small flowers after approximately two years.  The flower will give way to a fruit that resembles a raspberry but is NOT edible.  The stem is covered in small hairs with scales towards the bottom.   The roots have a stunning yellow color.   All parts of the plants are used in herbal medicine but the root is most frequently used. Harvest the tops when they are still green, give the roots 3-5 years before harvesting.

If you are wishing to harvest wild goldenseal check local laws as it is endangered and illegal to harvest in many states.

TriLight Health and Goldenseal

We use Goldenseal in Soothing Salve, Hear No Evil, Triple Echinacea & Goldenseal, Sinus Minus, Scout Out, Goldenseal

Erin T. says this about Soothing Salve:

“I love this product! I have used various natural and herbal salves over the years and none have worked as well as this one. From little scratches to one very deep carpet burn this really speeds healing & soothes the pain.” Erin“I love this product! I have used various natural and herbal salves over the years and none have worked as well as this one. From little scratches to one very deep carpet burn this really speeds healing & soothes the pain.”

 

 

What’s your golden-ticket use of Goldenseal?

Do not use for more than 2-3 weeks at a time as long-term use can lead to blood sugar issues and actually irritate the mucous membranes.
 Note: TriLight Health employees are not licensed practitioners and cannot prescribe which products you should use. Our comments are educational. If you are pregnant or breast-feeding, please see our pregnancy safe section. As with all our formulas, especially if you are pregnant or breast-feeding, please consult your healthcare practitioner before using products with any other medications. Our statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. Our products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
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