How to Use & Prepare Goldenseal Root


Goldenseal has been used for centuries by Native Americans to treat a variety of ailments. It works as a natural antibiotic and anti-inflammatory agent throughout the body. Cuts, boils, poor digestion, respiratory problems, heavy menstrual bleeding and infections can be treated with goldenseal tincture. It is particularly active on the mucous membranes of the body and works as an immunity booster. Goldenseal grows wild in mountainous woodlands of North America.

Step 1

Mix 5 ml of goldenseal tincture with 100 ml of warm water. Use as an herbal wash to treat skin problems such as acne and eczema.

Step 2

Drop 2-3 ml of goldenseal tincture into an 8 oz. glass of warm water. Mix together thoroughly and use as a mouthwash to treat a sore throat, gum disease and ulcers.

Step 3

Wet a sterile rag with 2 droppers full of goldenseal tincture. Press the cloth gently against cuts, scrapes, bruises and boils to disinfect.

Step 4

Pour 10 ml of goldenseal tincture into 100 ml of water and place 3-5 drops into infected and blocked ears.

Step 5

Take 1-2 ml of goldenseal tincture as a liver tonic and to aid sluggish digestion.

Tips and Warnings

  • Never undertake goldenseal treatment for longer than three weeks at a time as it can disrupt the digestive system. Pregnant or nursing women should not take goldenseal.

Things You'll Need

  • Goldenseal tincture
  • Warm water
  • Dropper
  • Sterile rag


  • University of Maryland: Goldenseal
  • Herbs 2000: Goldenseal
  • Harding's Wild Mountain Herbs: Goldenseal Medicinal Uses
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Kelsey Erin Shipman has worked as a travel writer, poet, journalist and award-winning photographer since 2004. Her work has appeared in various newspapers, magazines and journals. Shipman has also authored three collections of poetry: "Cold Days," "Bastante" and "Short Poems." She earned a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy from Southwestern University.