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Hydrastis canadensis -- Properties: alterative, anti-inflammatory, antiperiodic, astringent, diuretic, laxative, bitter tonic
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Names: eye balm, eyebright, eyeroot, goldenroot, ground raspberry, hydrastis, Indian dye, Indian plant, Indians paint, Indian turmeric, jaundice root, Ohio curcuma, wild turmeric, yellow eyewright, yellow painroot, yellowwort, yellowroot, orangeroot, yellow puccoon, turmeric, tumeric root; hidrastis, Sello de oro
Properties: alterative, anti-inflammatory, antiperiodic, astringent, diuretic, laxative, bitter tonic
History: The Native Americans taught the settlers about this herb. Jesuit LeMoyne provided the first English account of goldenseal in 1650. A watery infusion of the roots was used by Native Americans and pioneers to treat watering eyes. Powdered roots were applied over open cuts and wounds to encourage the formation of scabs. Appalachian Cherokees mixed this same powder with bear grease and rubbed it on the skin as an insect repellent. The pioneers chewed the roots to heal a sore mouth. An infusion of leaves was also used to treat liver and stomach ailments. It was introduced to England in 1760 and eventually found its way into both the British Pharmacopoeia and the U.S. Pharmacopoeia. The Eclectics spoke very highly of it and John U. Lloyd published an extensive review in his 1930 work, Drugs and Medicines of North America. Most goldenseal is still wildcrafted, but an intensive push in the past five years for cultivation should help alleviate the diminishing supply.
Herbs not grown on the farm are obtained from Certified Organic or Ethically Wildcrafted sources.
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