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Spotlight Ingredient: Goldenseal (Hydrastis canadensis)

Goldenseal, a perennial herb part of the buttercup family, is valued not only for its therapeutic uses but also for its ecological significance. Native to Canada and the eastern United States, its unique yellow roots distinguish it from other botanicals. While it's cherished in herbal medicine, its popularity has led to a concerning decline in its natural populations.

Historical and Cultural Significance:

  • Indigenous Use: Goldenseal was extensively used by indigenous tribes like the Cherokee for various treatments, including debility and as an insect repellent when mixed with bear grease.
  • Introduction to Settlers: First described in the 1700s, goldenseal gained prominence in the 1800s among North American settlers, becoming a favored herbal remedy.
  • Conservation Status: Due to over-harvesting and habitat loss, goldenseal has been listed as “at risk” by United Plant Savers. It's now a rare plant in some regions.

Cultivation and Sustainability:

  • Organic Farming: To ensure sustainability and quality, our goldenseal root is organically cultivated, respecting both the plant's needs and environmental concerns.
  • Conscious Use: Given its vulnerability, it's recommended that goldenseal be purchased and used responsibly, considering its ecological impact.

Typical Preparations:

  • Extracts and Infusions: Goldenseal root is often prepared as extracts or infusions, harnessing its beneficial properties.
  • Topical Balms: It's also incorporated into balms for external application, leveraging its therapeutic qualities.


  • Pregnancy and Nursing: Goldenseal is not advised during pregnancy without the supervision of a qualified healthcare practitioner.
  • Consultation: Before using goldenseal in any form, consulting with a healthcare professional is recommended, especially if you're on medication or have underlying health concerns.


Goldenseal's historical significance and medicinal value are immense. However, its current at-risk status necessitates mindful usage and support for sustainable cultivation practices. As an herbal remedy, it holds a special place in traditional medicine, but its future depends on responsible stewardship and heightened awareness of its ecological importance.

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  • Danielle Lasit