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: Root
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 its fresh and juicy. The plant could grow up to 10-20 inches tall with five or six lobed, green leaves. During the summer time 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:
There are different ways to use powdered herb.
Food Preparation: You can add powdered herbs to any super food, herbal smoothie, sauces, spreads and even cookies. Also for children, you can mix powdered herbs with honey or glycerin to make a paste. The thicker the paste, the more potent and herbal in taste. The sweet taste of honey and glycerin will help the medicine go down. This method is also known as "Electuaries".
Capsules: Encapsulating your own powdered herb at home, give you assurance that the contents of the capsules are pure herb and no filler or any other products. These capsules can be taken with liquid.
Poultice: Poultice can be made with an herbal powder and liquid (mostly water) to form a paste which is then applied to the skin. This method is very helpful for skin conditions.
Herbal shot: Powdered herb can be mixed with water, fruit juice or other liquid to make herbal shot.
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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