Primary Medicinal Uses
Antimicrobial, reducing inflammation of the respiratory mucosa, tonic, astringent, liver stimulation, antiparasitic
Tincture, tea or poultice
Common Uses

Goldenseal is a good antimicrobial, inhibiting bacteria, fungi, parasites and protozoans in the mouth, gastrointestinal tract and urinary tract. It can also help treat conjunctivitis.

Goldenseal is an effective anti-inflammatory for treating ulcers and irritations of the mouth, upper respiratory tract, eyes and digestive and urinary tracts.

Goldenseal can also be used as a treatment for tapeworms, giardiasis or E.coli infections.


For infections or ulcerations of the mouth, apply a poultice made from powdered goldenseal root.

For conjunctivitis, make a strong tea from the chopped dry root, then add 12-20 drops of the fluid into 1 ounce of sterile saline solution. Put a few drops in each eye 2-3 times daily.

Wulff-Tilford, Mary, and Gregory L. Tilford. All You Ever Wanted to Know About Herbs for Pets. Irvine, CA: BowTie, 1999. Print.