Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Freshly harvested Yellow root (aka goldenseal), Carolina swampland, 1999. photo: Michele Elizabeth Lee

Yellow root is a common root medicine that grows in the eastern part of the United States and flourishes in the south. Yellow root is used in a wide variety of remedies from a seasonal tonic in the winter to fend off colds to an ingredient in a "cocktail" to lower "high sugar" (diabetes or hyperglycemia). The image above shows a freshly harvested bunch of yellow root that I gathered with Eddie Nelson in 1999 after a 1 hour trek through a dense swampland where Gibson, North Carolina meets McColl, South Carolina. Yellow root is also known as Goldenseal.

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