Goldenseal tincture recipe and benefits, how to make and use it


Canadian goldenseal (latin Hydrastis canadensis), also called Goldenseal, Eye Balm, Eyeroot, Yellow Eye or Yellowroot, is a species of plants from the buttercup family. It comes from North America. The indigenous peoples of the United States and Canada used goldenseal to treat most of the diseases they know, and plants are still popular in those countries. 

To make goldenseal tincture use 4 tablespoons (50g) of dried herb, add 4 glasses of vodka. Ingredients should be thoroughly mixed and set aside in a dark place for 2 weeks. The tincture is ready after straining.

Goldenseal flowers tincture
Goldenseal flowers and roots for tincture

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Goldenseal tincture benefits

Goldenseal tincture is considered one of the best natural antibiotics. The main advantage of the plant is that it mobilizes the immune system to fight infections, but also fights bacteria and pathogenic viruses itself.

It has a healing effect on all mucous membranes in the body. Due to the presence of berberine, it has properties against Chlamydia pneumoniae bacteria. Effectively eliminates the colonies of Candida fungi and numerous bacteria, but does not destroy the beneficial bacterial flora. Berberine, which is the main component of goldenseal, has a beneficial effect on the intestinal microflora, restoring its proper balance.

Goldenseal tincture uses

According to web.md Goldenseal tincture is also used for the common cold and other upper respiratory tract infections, as well as stuffy nose and hay fever. Some people use goldenseal for digestive disorders including stomach pain and swelling (gastritis), peptic ulcers, colitis, diarrhea, constipation, hemorrhoids, and intestinal gas.

Goldenseal tincture dosage

Alcoholic goldenseal tincture and liquid extracts are typically taken in dosage of 1/8 teaspoon – 2 teaspoons (0,5–10ml) three times a day.

In the case of pharyngitis, drink about 1 teaspoon (4-5 ml) of tincture three times a day, and according to other sources: 1/2 teaspoon of tincture 3-6 times a day, depending on the intensity of the infection.

Goldenseal tincture for dogs

You should not give alcohol tincture to your dog, it is possible to buy alcohol free extracts which support natural body functions and a healthy immune system in your dog and cat. 

Goldenseal tincture side effects

According to web.md berberine in goldenseal tincture can increase the amount of bilirubin in the blood, cause the level of sodium in the blood to fall, or cause mild photophobia.

Very high doses of this plant can cause nausea, anxiety, depression or seizures also may cause irritation when applied to the skin.

Goldenseal tincture can slow down the breakdown of cyclosporine, the main component of immunosuppressive drugs and medications for ASZ and psoriasis, which can lead to their accumulation in the body, with serious health consequences.

Goldenseal tincture contraindications

Goldenseal tincture cannot be used by pregnant and breastfeeding women.

It also cannot be taken by people with high blood pressure, hypoglycaemia, or enzymatic insufficiency.

It should not be used in people with an autoimmune disease, such as multiple sclerosis or lupus, or in people who have had transplants.

Goldenseal tincture should not be used for more than 3 weeks. You should take a two-week break in the treatment, after which you can repeat the intake of tincture from this plant.

What type of alcohol is used for goldenseal tincture?

Most spirits used for drinking will work, but vodka or other grain alcohols that are at least 40% alcohol by volume work best. When using dried herbs, your best bet is to stick to an 80 or 90-proof alcohol, as they don’t have a lot of juices left, and it is best for extracting any water that’s left in the herbs out of them.

How long does goldenseal tincture last?

When stored in a cool, dry place, herbal tinctures last at least three years, if not longer. If you use dark bottles, they will last longer because the light will not damage them. If your area is humid or hot several months out of the year, try storing them in the refrigerator during the hot and humid season, so they last longer.

Recommened edequipment – what you may need to have to make such tincture at home

I hope that you have found my article useful. Below I’ve gathered all items that I am using when making my tinctures, some of them, like airtight jars, are necessary, some are just handy, you do not need to have them all to be able to make a good tincture.  

recommended tincture equipment
Tincture equipment examples
  1. Airtight jars.
  2. Mortar for herbs – granite.
  3. Mortar for herbs – stainless steel.
  4. Funnels for filling bottles.
  5. Large bottles, dark glass.
  6. Medium bottles, dark glass.
  7. Small bottles with dropper, dark glass.
  8. Cloth for tincture filtering.
  9. Coffee filters for tincture filtering.
  10. Alcohol meter to check how strong is your vodka/spirit.
  11. Tincture press for better extraction.

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Other names of goldenseal

If you would like to check more info about the goldenseal here you can find webmd.com article about it

It is also known under such names: Chinese Goldenseal, Eye Balm, Eye Root, Fard Inolien, Framboise de Terre, Goldenroot, Goldsiegel, Ground Raspberry, Hydraste, Hydraste du Canada, Hydrastis canadensis, Indian Dye, Indian Plant, Indian Turmeric, Jaundice Root, Orange Root, Racine à la Jaunisse, Racine Orange, Sceau D’Or, Sello de Oro, Turmeric Root, Warnera, Wild Curcuma, Yellow Indian Paint, Yellow Paint, Yellow Puccoon, Yellow Root.

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