Goldenseal Root c/s
Botanical Name - Hydrastis canadensis
Other Names - Yellow Puccoon, Orange Root, Yellow Root, Indian plant, yellow paint root, jandice root, goldenroot, yellow eye
Origin - USA
Typical Preparations - In tea as an infusion or decoction, in capsules, as a poultice and in liquid extract form.
Flavor Profile - Tastes bitter.
Goldenseal root refers to the yellow tuberous root of Hydrastis canadensis.
Goldenseal is a member of the Ranunculaceae family, which includes the common buttercup. The root is more commonly used in the traditional Chinese and Indian wellness systems, but the aerial parts of the plant exert similar properties. The common denominator is the presence of a plant alkaloid called berberine that has significant antibacterial and antifungal properties. Although the herb has been used in Asia for centuries, goldenseal is native to eastern North America.
Currently, goldenseal is classified as an endangered species due to over-harvesting and mountain top removal mining. Because the removal or transplant of wild goldenseal without a permit is unlawful and irresponsible, most goldenseal on the market today is farm cultivated.
Infuse in oil, decoct in water or tincture in alcohol for use in various topical formulations.
Goldenseal root is a traditional ingredient in herbal bitters.
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