Goldenseal (Hydrastis canadensis
) is a long-lived perennial herb belonging to the buttercup family, Ranunculaceae
. It is a low, sprawling plant native to the rich, shady soil of the deciduous forests of North America growing from southern Quebec to northern Georgia and west to Missouri.
Goldenseal plants have hairy stems with jagged five to seven lobed leaves and small white flowers that turn into raspberry-like red berries. Goldenseal's primary active compounds include the alkaloids berberine, canadine and hydrastine.
Lisa from Fresh Eggs Daily Blog recommends the use of goldenseal as an antiseptic, for eye health, and wound healing. She provides several recipes for herbal teas and for a basic salve, using goldenseal