Goldenseal, or Hydrastis canadensis, is a beautiful herb in the buttercup family native to North America. Indigenous Americans used goldenseal root for a variety of skin disorders, digestive disorders, fevers, and more. Goldenseal has antiseptic, antibacterial, antimicrobial, and astringent properties, making it a versatile herb used by herbalists all over the world.
One reason why I love Goldenseal so much is because it’s rich in the alkaloid berberine, which has been studied a lot and has shown to have immense benefit to human health. One of the prominent benefits of berberine when taken orally is its ability to stabilize blood sugar in those with diabetes and prediabetes. Studies show berberine is also useful in protecting against heart disease.
Berberine works wonders when applied topically. Not only is it great for boosting the appearance of the skin, but it also helps to fight infections. One study found that rats treated with topical berberine had a reduction in the lesions produced from parasitic infection by up to 99%.
Goldenseal’s potent anti-inflammatory healing properties make it the perfect natural acne remedy. It can also help soothe eczema and other inflammatory skin conditions. The other alkaloids found in goldenseal, canadine and hydrastine, induce an astringent effect on mucous membranes, stimulating blood flow to calm and soothe the skin.
Not surprisingly, goldenseal is also rich in nutrients, another reason I decided to use it in our anti-aging face wash. Goldenseal is packed with essential fatty acids, and vitamins A, E, and C, which all have antioxidant properties.
This powerful herb is obviously great for the health and appearance of your skin for many reasons. In clinical practice, goldenseal can be used for allergies, digestive upset, skin wounds, and respiratory tract infections.
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