Alcoholism, Antibiotic, Antiseptic, Asthma, Conjunctivitis, Digestive Aid, Immune Stimulant

Also Known As: Eye Balm, Eye Root, Golden Root, Indian Dye, Indian Paint, Indian Turmeric, Jaundice Root, Yellow Puccoon, Yellow Root


Goldenseal dates back to the 19th century. Early settlers used it as an herbal medicine and after the Civil War, goldenseal became an ingredient in many patent medicines. Goldenseal is a favorite of homeopaths and remains a popular folk medicine today.


  • Infusion:

Boil 1 cup of water and add 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of powdered root. Steep for 10 minutes. You may drink up to 2 cups a day.

  • Tincture:

Take 1/2 to 1 teaspoon up to 2 times daily.

USE: (Grow Your Own)

Plant goldenseal seeds or rootlets in early spring. Space the seeds about 1/4″-1/2″ deep in rows 3 inches apart. Rootlets can be covered with about 3/4″ to 1″ of the soil and spaced 8 inches apart. Loose mulch can be placed over the planted area. When harvesting the following spring, remove some of the mulch so that the plants can sprout easier. Harvest and dry the tops of goldenseal n the fall when the leaves are still green. Harvesting the roots also takes place in the fall after plants go dormant. Goldenseal usually takes about 3 to 5 years to mature.


Taking in high doses of goldenseal may irritate the skin, throat and mouth and cause nausea and vomiting. No serious reports have been noted. The FDA lists goldenseal as and herb of “undefined safety.”