Photos of Hydrastis canadensis, Goldenseal in fruit.

Hydrastis canadensis, Goldenseal with it's red raspberry-look, belies its insipid taste. Never heard of goldenseal fruit growers have you? Well, there's good reason. The fruits are inedible. Root traditionally used in tea or tincture to treat inflamed mucous membranes of mouth, throat, digestive system, uterus, also used for jaundice, bronchitis, pharyngitis, gonorrhea. Tea (wash) a folk remedy for eye infections. Recent research suggests a synergistic action of the major alkaloids in producing muscle-spasm reducing activity. When any single alkaloid was removed from the mix, the effect was greatly lessened.

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