Goldenseal Root / Gelatin Capsules
A recent sinus infection renewed my relationship with Goldenseal Root. It had been my go-to remedy in the cool, rainy, northwest climate, for ever, but hasn’t been a big necessity here. Until my face hurt and my head felt full of rocks, which are sure signs of ailing sinuses and then i was so grateful to have it!
Goldenseal is a slow-growing root that had been wild harvested nearly to extinction before cultivation started meeting medicinal needs. Roots and leaves are used as teas, extracts, or powdered in capsules, to treat infections or inflammation, colds, hay fever, digestive problems, sore gums, and skin problems. Goldenseal is also added to various over-the-counter remedies, such as ear drops, feminine hygiene products, eyewash formulations, cold and flu remedies, allergy relief products, laxatives, and digestive aids . The herb is naturally rich in a class of alkaloid compounds, with berberine, hydrastine, and canadine being found in the highest concentrations.
The reason I mention GEL CAPS in this same post, is that goldenseal tastes more like dirt, than dirt. It’s best if you don’t have to taste it at all, inside a nice tasteless gel cap.