Another herb that is considered an herbal antibiotic is goldenseal. In the 1800s it was considered to a cure-all for just about any ailment and was heavily promoted as such by Doctor Samuel Thompson who prescribed it to his patients for many different illnesses. The goldenseal got its name from the color of the root, which is a bright yellow.
The Native Americans originally used the goldenseal root to treat digestive complaints, a cancer remedy, respiratory infections, liver problems, and for skin disorders. They have used it for an eye wash. Goldenseal has been used by the Native Americans for centuries. Today it has gained in popularity and is being used for many types of infections along with helping to heal wounds. In addition, it has powerful anti-fungal properties and helps to improve & strengthen the immune system.
Goldenseal is native to North America and is a perennial herb and mainly valued for its root. Just recently it was listed as an endangered species because of the high demand for the root and deforestation. Today it is recognized for enhancing your immune system and its powerful herbal antibiotic properties. It is most effective if it is used early enough for a variety of bacterial infections because it will stimulate your immune system to identify and destroy pathogens quickly.
This herbal antibiotic is also considered to be an overall tonic for the mucus membranes because it has the ability to clear up any respiratory infections and helps to clear up the congestion in your sinus area. The compounds in goldenseal also act as an anti-inflammatory and steroid. In addition, it can act as a wonderful digestive aid to normalize your bowel movements and stimulate your digestive juices.
With the healing powers goldenseal has it can be used topically for inflamed gums, external wounds, canker sores, and cracked lips plus it is effective in healing any ulcers in your stomach. It will also help to remove toxins from your body. Before you take goldenseal as an herbal antibiotic for any reason make sure that you talk to your physician.
If you have high blood pressure or low blood sugar it is advisable that you not use goldenseal. You should also not take it for more than three weeks at a time. Because it has been known to possibly cause uterine contractions you should not use it if you are pregnant nor should you take it if you are breast feeding. If you want to take goldenseal as an herbal antibiotic make sure that you know what the infection is you want to treat before taking goldenseal to make sure it is the right treatment.