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|Cat Given Name :||Goldenseal|
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Goldenseal is a herbaceous perennial that grows about a foot high. The plant has a thick yellow root, and a flowering stem that blooms into small three-petaled, green-white flowers. A single bright red, inedible fruit that grows at the bottom of the large wide leaf, resembling that of an oblong raspberry.
Infections, both internal and external, can be treated through the use of Goldenseal. It aids in complaints and symptoms caused by stomach infection such as diareah. Due to its astringency it can be used to staunch bleeding after birth.
|Collecting & Storing Leaf-fall|
|When to Collect||:||Roots|
|How to Collect||:||In order to get the best use of the roots, the Goldenseal plant should be around the age of three-years. This will be determined by a pair of leaves positioned alternately on the stalk (younger plants only have a single stem). Dig into the soil around the plant, gently revealing the roots. Once revealed, push gently out of the dirt in order to release the roots.|
|How to Preserve||:||Lay in the sun to dry.|
|How to Store||:||Store in a dark cool place, loosely in order to avoid breaking the root. If a powder is desired the root can be rolled along a rock (in a shredding motion), this will then turn the root into a kind of powder. Store between pieces of bark, or inside a rock indentation, by sweeping the powder into the space with a tail.|
|Detailed Usage Information|
|Roots||:||Apply sparingly as a poultice to eyes or ears, then rinse in clean water for infections of eye or ear|
|Roots||:||Apply as a poultice to wounds in order to reduce infection and inflammation.|
|Roots||:||Consume to aid in the reduction of blood flow following birth|
|Roots||:||Consume to aid in the elimination of an unwanted pregnancy|