Botanical Name: Hydrastis canadensis
- Also, known as: Eyebalm, Golden seal, Wild curcuma, Yellow puccoon, Goldenseal, Gorzknik kanadyjski, Ground raspberry, Hydraste, Hydrastis, Idraste, Indian dye, Indian paint, Indian turmeric, Sceau d’or, warnera, Yellow root, Orange Root
Habitat: North America
Parts Used: Leaves
Goldenseal herb is native to the moist woods and damp meadows of eastern North America. The odor of the plant is distinct, but the root is extremely bitter in taste. In India, the plant is used to pain their clothing when it's fresh and juicy. The plant could grow up to 10-20 inches tall with five or six lobed, green leaves. During the summertime, the leaf may become 5 to 10 inches broad. The May and June flower is a solitary one, small, white, or rose-colored, appearing in early spring proceeded by a crimson head or small berries resembling raspberry, and consists of many two-seeded drupes. The wild plant is scarce today as pharmaceutical industries consumed most of them. Goldenseal is not a commonly available herb and that is why it is getting expensive day by day.
How to use:
The basic method for dried herbs and flower is, take 2-3 tablespoons of dried herb in a cup or teapot. Pour hot water over it and cover it with lid for 10-30 minutes. Hot water is needed to draw out the antioxidants, enzymes, vitamins, flavonoids, and volatile oils from the botanicals. Strain and squeeze out as much as liquid as possible and enjoy!
- You can sweeten your herbal tea with a bit of honey, natural fruit juice, stevia leaves powder and or licorice root powder.
- You can make ice cubes or pops by freezing tea in ice trays or pop molds.
You should consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using any herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.
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