Friday, December 30, 2011

Golden Seal Leaves

Here is an illustration of Golden Seal from either 2009 or 2010:
Although it's the roots that are used, the plant is so pretty with its big leaves and little red fruit.
I was just reading on wikipedia that golden seal seems to work as an antibiotic, but it doesn't actually kill germs. Instead, it increases the flow of healthy mucus which has its own antibiotic properties. It just helps our bodies do their jobs a little better rather than doing it for us. I thought that was neat.
Golden Seal is also endangered due to over-harvesting and loss of habitat through mountain-top removal mining. So, you happen to see some in the wild, please leave it there. Better to grow your own. :)

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