Golden Seal /Hydrastis canadensis
Habitat and Growing Conditions: Canada and Eastern US, including Ohio, though now it is endangered. Shady woods and moist forest edges.
Pertinent Information: Alterative, anti-inflammatory, bitter tonic, laxative, hemeostatic, astringent. Rhizome and root. Unearth the rhizome from 3 year old plants in the autumn. Use for acid indigestion, gastritis, colitis, general tonic for the female reproductive tract, eczema and skin disorders. It dries and cleanses the mucus membrane and treats liver diseases such as cirrhosis. Used for inflammation, often combined with other herbs. Helps with loss of appetite. Stimulates involuntary muscles.
Personal Experience: I’ve made tonics for friends with goldenseal. This tastes awful in my opinion! It is so incredibly bitter. It’s strong, yet dull? It tastes… old.
References: Holistic Herbal, David Hoffman, 204; The Way of Herbs, Michael Tierra, 141; A Modern Herbal, Mrs. M. Grieves 362- 364