Soothe Your Sinuses with Homeopathic Goldenseal


If you walk down the aisles of your favorite health food store, you’re sure to spot many products containing an herb called goldenseal. It’s a wildly popular supplement that many people use for immune support and respiratory health. Homeopathy also makes use of this wonderful little plant in a medicine that helps ease sinus and mucus symptoms.

What is Goldenseal?

Goldenseal (Hydrastis canadensis) is a perennial herb belonging to the buttercup family. This low-growing, woodland plant with hairy stems with large, lobed leaves grows natively in eastern Canada and the US. In April, each plant blooms a solitary white flower that produces a crimson berry resembling a raspberry. But it’s the roots that are most often used in medicinal applications. They contain potent concentrations of berberine, hydrastine, and canadine alkaloids with anti-inflammatory, astringent, and antimicrobial properties.

A favorite of the Cherokee Nation, goldenseal was introduced to settlers by Native Americans in North America. They used the juice of the herb as a wash for sore eyes and mouths, and mixed it in tonics and teas for stomach complaints.

Goldenseal’s soothing effect on mucous membranes is why it’s still around today. It can be found in mouthwashes for canker sores and dietary supplements, often in combination with echinacea, for people experiencing congestion from colds or allergies.

Hydrastis Homeopathic Remedy

Homeopathic Hydrastis canadensis is prepared using fresh-cut roots and rhizomes (underground stems) of the goldenseal plant. Several quality control measures are performed to clean the plants, confirm their identity, and test for purity. They are then steeped in alcohol to create an herbal tincture from which homeopathic dilutions are made.

If you experience irritating postnasal drip from allergies or a cold, Hydrastis canadensis can bring welcome relief. Take 5 pellets of a 6C dilution 3 times a day to reduce thick nasal discharge.* You can also find Hydrastis canadensis as an active ingredient in Chestal Cold & Cough where it relieves a runny nose.

Learn more about the homeopathic uses of Boiron Hydrastis canadensis in this video featuring Gary Kracoff, NMD, RPh.

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*Claims based on traditional homeopathic practice, not accepted medical evidence. Not FDA evaluated.

Comments (8)

Tina Leesays:

Can this item be used by someone who has highblood pressure and is on medication? I know the herb itself is not recommended. Thanks.

Kelly Olsen-Stankosays:

Hello Tina, unlike herbs and supplements, homeopathic medicines are not contraindicated with pre-existing conditions and have no known interactions with other medicines or prescriptions. Hope this helps!

Liane Bautistasays:

Which product should I take for allergic rhinitis and post nasal drip? I have tried Bioron Sinisalia and RhinAllergy . Which is the one I should be taking?


Hi Liane, allergies are one of the most common causes for postnasal drip. RhinAllergy relieves runny nose and nasal discharge, so it’ll help to reduce excessive mucus that drips down the throat. (SinusCalm is useful for the opposite problem of nasal congestion.) Hope that helps!

Linda Andersonsays:

I had heard that when taking this supplement, the it is important that you don’t have anything by mouth (including water, coffee, milk, and food) for 20-30 minutes Before AND After taking this supplement.
Also, apparently my post nasal drip may be caused by not only allergies, but also from GE Reflux. Will this supplement aid in the reflux part of my issue, or only for my allergies?
If you’d kindly clarify these 2 issues for me, I’d be very appreciative.
Thank you in advance!


Hi Linda, we recommend taking homeopathic medicine 15 minutes before or after eating, drinking, or brushing your teeth (unless otherwise indicated on the box). Whatever food particles or flavors remain in your mouth may interfere with or delay absorption, so consider rinsing your mouth with water before taking.

Homeopathic Hydrastis canadensis relieves postnasal drip, but it is also indicated in the treatment of dyspeptic disorders like indigestion, so it may be helpful for symptoms from both conditions.


My nasal mucosa has become dry due to the corona that I now have major problems breathing .. The air is experienced too cold and I feel that it stings and buzzes in the nose constantly. Can Golden Seal help? Unfortunately, no medical help has been helpful


Hi Helena, Natrum muriaticum 30C is better suited to relieving runny nose with stinging pain in the nasal cavity. However, Boiron is unaware of any specific homeopathic treatment for coronavirus infections and we urge you to follow the advice of your health care practitioner.

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