Scientific name: Hydrastis canadensis

Used frequently by Native Americans, goldenseal has been a go-to for infections, internally and externally, for the skin, respiratory, digestive issues, and more.


  • Hydrastine
  • Berberine
  • Resins
  • Volatile oil
  • Flavonoids
  • Chlorogenic acid

Health Benefits

  • Antibiotic
  • Anti-cancer
  • Antiseptic
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Improves snakebites, bug bites, and poison ivy
  • Infection treatment: esp. respiratory, digestive, reproductive, and skin
  • Helpful for: lowering blood glucose, eye infections, vaginal infections, sore mouth/gums, eczema, and psoriasis. Some are using it for AIDS as well

Quick Remedies

(consult a doctor if experiencing any serious conditions)

CAUTION: When used excessively, or for longer than 3 weeks, goldenseal can become irritating to mucous membranes and cause inflammation. Take doses according to expert recommendation, and if using over the long term, take 1 week off after 3 weeks. If experiencing irritation, lessen or discontinue use.

  • Colds, flus: Mix with echinacea into a tea, tincture, or capsule for a powerful remedy against infections

How to Grow


Goldenseal grows slowly and prefers a specific environment to thrive at its best.

Where do you live?

This plant grows naturally in hardwood forests in eastern US and Canada.

Put em in the ground

Difficult to grow from seed, and much easier to grow from a rhizome. This will grow best under a tree such as maple, birch, or beech.

  • Fertile, humus rich or loamy soil
  • Moist, well drained soil
  • pH 6-7
  • 70% shade (similar to a hardwood forest)
  • Plant rhizomes in the fall, 6-8″ apart, 1/2″ deep


  • Must wait to harvest for 3 years


In its natural environment, goldenseal doesn’t have too many issues with disease or bugs.

  • Slugs: control using lime & wood ash, copper strips, or bait. If this isn’t enough, you may need to remove mulch from around the plants.