Other Names:

Orangeroot, Yellow Puccoon, Yellow Root, Eyebalm, Eyeroot, Ground Raspberry, Jaundice Root, Goldenroot


  • Antiviral
  • Antiinflammatory
  • Antiseptic
  • Antimicrobial
  • Antioxidant
  • Antitumor
  • Antihelmintic


Hydrastis canadensis

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 root was traditionally used by American Indian tribes for a diuretic, insect repellent, wounds and ulcers, stimulant, and as an eye wash. The primary active compounds found in goldenseal roots include the isoquinoline alkaloids berberine (up to 6%), hydrastine (4%), canadine, and palmatine. Goldenseal may also be of use

Antiseptic: Lisa from Fresh Eggs Daily Blog uses goldenseal as an antiseptic, for eye health, and wound healing. She provides several recipes for herbal teas and for a basic salve, using goldenseal.

Antimicrobial: Goldenseal has been shown to have moderate antimicrobial activity in vitro against several pathogens, including Staphylococcus aureus, Candida spp.,


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