There are a number of benefits from using golden seal root, and the wide range of applications make it an essential herb to have available. The herb has been in use as a home remedy for a number of centuries, though its popularity increased in the late eighteenth century.
It can be used to treat a number of conditions and disorders and can often be combined with other herbs to enhance its healing benefits.
Benefits of golden seal herb include:
•Fighting the symptoms of colds and flu, particularly when combined with echinacea. This combination is effective against a number of infections. Golden seal can boost the body’s immune system by encouraging it to fight bacteria.
•Elimination of toxins from the body. Golden seal herb acts as a diuretic, eliminating excess fluid from the body, which takes with it toxins and other waste products. Removing these toxins can help to prevent infections and illnesses taking hold. Golden seal root is often an ingredient in herbal detoxifying teas.
•Golden seal can be used externally as a compress to treat wounds. It can cleanse the wound and fight bacteria to aid healing.
•Golden seal extract is recommended for the symptoms of heartburn, especially if the condition is stress related. It works by calming the digestive system and keeping acid levels low.
•Golden seal extract can be a relaxing remedy that can help users have a restful sleep. It is thought to be beneficial for sufferers of high blood pressure.
•In combination with echinacea it can be of benefit to the digestive system, having a cleaning effect on several of the body’s organs. Any inflammation in the digestive tract will be reduced, and the system will be healthier and more efficient. Golden seal can be used to treat both diarrhea and constipation.
•Golden seal is thought to be effective for those who suffer excessive bleeding during menstruation.
•The herb can be used to help to regulate blood sugar levels, but those diagnosed with diabetes should not take golden seal herb.
Golden seal can be administered as a tea or taken in capsule form. The capsules are preferred to tablets, as the herb remains closer to its natural form. An infusion of golden seal root can be used for external applications and as a mouthwash and gargle for ulcers and sore throats.
Capsules can be opened to remove the golden seal root powder for use in ointments and salves for topical applications to treat cuts, bruises and other skin conditions.
It is advised that anybody taking prescription medication should consult first with their doctor before commencing with goldenseal root or any other herbal remedy. Herbs can occasionally interfere with the effectiveness of conventional medicines.
Golden seal in particular should be avoided by anybody suffering from diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure or anyone who has had a stroke. It is also best avoided by women during pregnancy. Large quantities of the herb should not be consumed, and regular breaks from use are recommended.
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HERBAL ENCYCLOPEDIA OF REMEDIES