Goldenseal is a perennial herb in the buttercup family native to Canada and the eastern United States. Hydrastis canadensis is distinguished by its yellow roots. It has a history of beneficial uses by indigenous North American populations and later came into prominence among settlers in the 1800’s. The plant has remained popular, and threats from over-harvest and habitat loss have placed goldenseal on United Plant Savers’ “at risk” list. Therefore, our organic goldenseal root is carefully cultivated for quality and sustainability. Typical preparations of the root include extracts, infusions, and topical balms.
Goldenseal root has a long history of use among indigenous cultures of the northeast, its native habitat. The Cherokee were known to use it for treatment of general debility, as well as mixing it with bear grease to make an insect repellant. The plant was first described to the outside world in the 1700's.
Goldenseal came into prominence among North American settlers in the 1800's, displacing its cousin goldthread as the popular herbal remedy of the time. By 1910 it was nearly harvested to extinction in the wild and is still a rare plant in some regions due to over-harvesting. As such, we highly recommend that goldenseal be purchased and used consciously and with concern to its environmental vulnerability.
Precautions Not for use in pregnancy except under the supervision of a qualified healthcare practitioner. We recommend that you consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.
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