Since my baby has had pneumonia twice it has forced me to look for other options to stop this cold from getting into his lungs next time around. Herbs have been around for centuries..our grandparents and great grandparents used them to treat all ailments before antibiotics were even invented!! Herbs are natural( not man-made) from earth, medicinal and most importantly: God given. Each herb has sooo many uses and can become more powerful when paired or combined with other herbs. It gets overwhelming but worth educating yourself on!
I heard Goldenseal is a great expectorant and immune booster (along with tons of other uses) so I decided to give it a try. I found a tincture made with goldenseal and echinacea two great immune enhancers. Remember when using herbs for children make sure you specifically buy them for children because they are made with glycerin which is a very low glycemic sweetener, not alcohol. I liked the results...cough is gone and no nasty side effects!! Read up here on more great info on Goldenseal:
What is Goldenseal?
Other names: Yellow root, Orange root, Puccoon, Ground raspberry, Wild curcuma
Goldenseal (Hydrastis canadensis) is one of the most popular herbs on the market today. It was traditionally used by Native Americans to treat skin disorders, digestive problems, liver conditions, diarrhea, and eye irritations. Goldenseal became part of early colonial medical care as the European settlers learned of it from the Iroquois and other tribes.
Goldenseal gained widespread popularity in the early 1800s due to its promotion by a charismatic herbalist named Samuel Thompson. Thompson believed goldenseal to be a magical cure for many conditions. Demand for this herb dramatically increased, until Thompson's system of medicine fell out of popularity.
Over the years, goldenseal has gone through periods of popularity. There is currently great demand for goldenseal which coupled with limited supply of wild-crafted sources, has driven the price of goldenseal up.
Goldenseal is available in nutritional supplement form. It is also available as a cream or ointment to heal skin wounds.
Goldenseal herbal tincture can be used as a mouthwash or gargle for mouth sores and sore throats. A tea made of goldenseal can also be used for this purpose
Why Do People Use Goldenseal?
Goldenseal is a bitter that stimulates the secretion and flow of bile, and can also be used as an expectorant. It also has strong activity against a variety of bacteria, yeast, and fungi, such as E. Coli and Candida.
Goldenseal is used for infections of the mucus membranes, including the mouth, sinuses, throat, the intestines, stomach, urinary tract and vagina.
Goldenseal is used for the following conditions:
- minor wound healing
- bladder infections
- fungal infections of the skin
- colds & flu
- sinus and chest congestion
Goldenseal became the center of a myth that it could mask a positive drug screen. This false idea was part of a novel written by pharmacist and author John Uri Lloyd.
Side Effects and Safety
Goldenseal should not be taken by pregnant women. One of goldenseal's chief constituents, berberine, has been reported to cause uterine contractions and to increase levels of bilirubin. Goldenseal should not be used by people with high blood pressure. Those with heart conditions should only use goldenseal under the supervision of a health professional.
The safety of goldenseal in nursing women, children, and people with kidney and liver disease is unknown.
Side effects are rare, but include irritation of the mouth and throat, nausea, increased nervousness, and digestive problems. The liquid forms of goldenseal are yellow-orange and can stain.
Happy herb shopping and be well!!