Goldenseal Root (Hydrastis Canadensis)
Also known as yellow root and goldenseal, the Hydrastis Canadensis is a native of North America. It is best known for its immunostimulant, hepatic, cholagogue, bitter, antiviral, antifungal, and anti-bacterial properties.
Primarily the root is used and sometimes new leaves as well. It has been used in traditional medicine as a disinfectant as it contains broad-spectrum anti-bacterial and anti-viral compounds – hydrastine and berberine - that can fight effectively most infections. Hence, it is prescribed for upper respiratory infections, sinus infections, mouth ulcers, sore throat, wounds, cuts, skin infections, and eye infections.
The Hydrastis Canadensis root is also a biter which improves digestion by stimulating the bile, especially in cases where damage has been created by colitis or peptic ulcers. It is also an effective remedy for diarrhea triggered by parasites and infection.
It is also applied to small injuries and skin irritations as an antiseptic where it is used as a poultice. For mouth ulcers and infections it can be applied directly.
The Hydrastis Canadensis root is contraindicated for use by lactating and/ or pregnant women, people with high blood pressure, or those who suffer from chronic heartburn.
◉ 1-3 teaspoons of loose tea (or 3g up to 3 times) daily. If more than one herbal mixture is consumed at the same period of time, reduce the amount of tea accordingly.
◉ When herbs are used for an extended period of time, it is suggested to consume a herbal remedy with a ratio of 3 to 1. For example:
- If you choose to take it for 3 weeks, have a one-week pause.
- If it is taken for a 30-day period, have a 10-day pause.
That does not apply to herbs and fruits that have a laxative effect.
◉ Should be stored in airtight glass containers -in a cool, dark, and dry place- to preserve the flavor, texture, and properties.
◉ Before adding a new herbal remedy or supplement to your daily routine, you should consult with a medical doctor or holistic health practitioner.
Herbal Tea Brewing Instructions
- Heat the water to just the point when it starts to boil.
- Add 1 teaspoon of loose tea, to a tea infuser or tea bag, for every 180ml - 240ml of water.
- Pour the heated water (right off the boil) over the tea, cover your cup, and steep for 7-10 minutes or longer.
- Add honey or stevia for sweetness, if desired.
Follow these additional steps to make the perfect cup of tea!