6 Best Benefits of Goldenseal Tea

by John Staughton (BASc, BFA) last updated -

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Goldenseal tea is one of the most effective home remedies for various ailments, so if you haven’t added it to your list of natural treatments, it’s time you learned about the benefits and potential side effects of this beverage.

What is Goldenseal Tea?

Goldenseal tea is a specialized tea brewed from the powdered roots or leaves of the goldenseal herb. This plant is native to the northern region of the United States and has long been used in traditional medicine practices. While the plant itself can be used in a number of ways, brewing a tea from the roots or leaves remains its most common application. This perennial plant is rather small, bearing red fruits and diminutive flowers. The vibrant yellow color of the root lends the plant its name, but that isn’t the only useful part of the plant.

Goldenseal Tea Benefits

The key health benefits of goldenseal tea include its ability to boost the immune system, optimize digestion, detoxify the body, and protect cardiovascular health, among others.

Immune System

There are quite a few active ingredients in goldenseal tea that prevent bacterial and viral infections, including a high concentration of alkaloids, protecting us against common respiratory and gastrointestinal pathogens.

Heart Health

One of the best compounds in goldenseal is berberine, which has been linked to protecting heart health by maintaining the integrity of tissue and reducing blood pressure by widening arteries and blood vessels.


By stimulating both the kidneys and the liver, this tea is able to remove excess toxins from the body and lower the strain on your metabolic system.


Often used for stimulating the digestive system, anecdotal evidence points to this teas as being excellent for reducing constipation and normalizing bowel movements.

Wound Healing

Traditional uses of this tea included using a cold infusion of wounds to speed the healing process, while also protecting the exposed wound from other infections.


With its white blood cell-producing effects, as well as high berberine concentration, studies have linked this tea to a lower risk of brain and breast cancer in those who regularly consume it.

How to Make Goldenseal Tea?

If you prefer to make your own herbal teas, goldenseal tea is quite simple to prepare at home. Goldenseal is almost extinct in the wild, so purchase goldenseal powder from a specialty tea shop or other natural health food store.

  • Step 1Boil 2-3 cups of water in a kettle.
  • Step 2 – Add 1 teaspoon of powdered goldenseal root or leaves to a teacup.
  • Step 3 – Pour over the boiling water and allow the mixture to steep for 15-20 minutes.
  • Step 4 – Strain the tea and serve hot. You may add a lemon or some honey to increase sweetness

Goldenseal Tea Side Effects

Despite the many obvious benefits of this tea, there are also some potential side effects, such as inflammation, complications with pregnancy, and sensitivity to light.

Allergic reactions are the most common and can include irritation of the mouth, face, throat, and stomach. If you experience any of these side effects, discontinue use immediately and seek medical attention, if the allergic reaction appears to be worsening. Some of the active ingredients can increase light sensitivity, leading to easier sunburns. Finally, due to the powerful nature of the ingredients, pregnant and breastfeeding women are not recommended to consume this tea.

About the Author

John Staughton is a traveling writer, editor, and publisher who earned his English and Integrative Biology degrees from the University of Illinois in Champaign, Urbana (USA). He is the co-founder of a literary journal, Sheriff Nottingham, and calls the most beautiful places in the world his office. On a perpetual journey towards the idea of home, he uses words to educate, inspire, uplift and evolve.

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