Goldenseal is a small perennial herb which has healing properties. You must have heard many people grow Goldenseal in their herb garden. Goldenseal herb is also commonly referred to as goldenroot, yellow root or even orange root because the step right below the soil is yellow coloured and the part growing above the ground is purple in colour.

Goldenseal is famous for its medicinal properties for a long time. It was used by Native Americans to provide relief from several skin problems. Goldenseal is also beneficial in curing several other ailments. However, it does taste acerbic and slightly bitter.

Health Benefits of Goldenseal:
The healing properties of this herb are attributed to the isoquinoline alkaloids, hydrastine as well as berberine present in it. Goldenseal is also rich in calcium, manganese, vitamins, iron as well as some beneficial minerals. You can directly use fresh goldenseal herb or use herbal supplements available in herbal stores and reputed herbal stores online. You will also notice goldenseal as an active ingredient in many skin lotions and creams

1. Good for the skin
Goldenseal herb has antimicrobial properties. Application of goldenseal herb over injuries and mild wounds helps protect against fungi, bacteria, virus and protozoa infections. Goldenseal herb has been found to he helpful in fast healing of injuries, wounds and rashes. Goldenseal is also used to cure skin infections such as fungal infections or bacterial infections.

2. Mucous membrane infection:
Goldenseal is extremely beneficial in curing infections in the mucous membrane. Studies and research have proved that goldenseal herb acts in the mucous membranes of the bladder, sinuses, upper respiratory tract, digestive tract as well as the rectum. Goldenseal helps in fighting infections in the above areas.

3. Cure digestive ailments
Goldenseal is beneficial is curing many digestive problems. This herb has been used for a long time to cure infectious diarrhoea. The bitterness of this herb helps with secretion of bile and proper food digestion. Those who are suffering from loss of appetite also gain from taking this herb.

4. Cure flu and cold:
The astringent property of this perennial herb is helpful in curing infections in the upper portion of the respiratory tract. Goldenseal and Echinacea herb together are used as a successful remedy to cure flu and cold ailments. The benefits of Goldenseal and Echinacea herb combined together help in the fast recovery of patients suffering from cold, flu or any other related ailment.

Goldenseal is used to cure many other ailments. It is used for detoxification of the body, balancing the blood sugar levels, improving immunity and increasing insulin production. Some people believe that goldenseal helps in reducing cancerous growth, however, there is no clinical data to prove the same.

Word of caution:
Excess of any thing may cause negative effects. The same is applicable with herbs, including goldenseal herb. Excess dosage of Goldenseal may cause nausea, gastrointestinal irritation, and irritation in the throat as well as mouth. If you experience any of the above stated symptoms then you are advised to stop taking this herb immediately and consult your herbal doctor. But rest assured, those who have taken this herb in the right dosage have benefited a lot.