Known by a wide range of names that reference the bright golden color of its root, goldenseal is a widely respected North American plant that produces an equally respected herbal tea.
Goldenseal is a short plant native to North America, with a natural range that stretches across the east coast between southern Canada and the northern U.S. It is characterized by broad leaves surrounding a single daisy-like flower, which is followed by a small red berry. Goldenseal was first introduced to western botanists by Native Americans, who had been familiar with, and had used the plant for many generations. The amazing thing about Goldenseal is how precious this beneficial plant is. Because of the popularity of this plant, it has been harvested to extinction in the wild. It is rare, expensive, and not abundantly produced. However, it is still cultivated in many countries, particularly to make herbal tea. This tea is crafted from the dried leaves of goldenseal.
An Interesting Note About Goldenseal
There is a substance in goldenseal called berberine that has been shown to act as an anti-inflammatory, anti-tumor agent, and antimicrobial, among other things. There are so many seemingly miraculous aspects to berberine, we recommend taking some time to further explore on your own.
Goldensealis also used for the common cold and other upper respiratory tract infections, as well as stuffy nose and hay fever. Some people usegoldensealfor digestive disorders including stomach pain and swelling (gastritis), peptic ulcers, colitis, diarrhea, constipation, hemorrhoids, and intestinal gas. - WebMD