Uses for Yellow Root

Yellow Root, also known as yellow wart, shrub yellow root and goldenseal, has been used for generations as a natural treatment and folk remedy 1. The root is believed to be beneficial in treating a variety of symptoms and illnesses, although to date, no scientific studies have determined proven efficacy in many of these conditions, states 1. However, yellow root continues to be a popular and common herbal supplement found in health food stores around the world 1.

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Skin Conditions

Yellow root grows wild throughout the United States, and has been used by Native Americans and past generations as a natural remedy to treat a variety of skin conditions including eczema, rosacea, psoriasis, diaper rash and acne, states certified herbalist, Mary Joan Mondello on the Maine Coast Herbals website 1. Yellow root has also been used by medical professionals to treat wounds and skin conditions caused by medical treatments such as irradiation therapies, according to the American Cancer Society 1.


Yellow root has long been used as a natural antibiotic, according to the Herb Wisdom website 1. The properties of the herb offer a variety of antibacterial and anti-infective, as well as anti-inflammatory benefits for digestive, respiratory and immune system defense. The herb has also been used to reduce fevers and contains plentiful vitamins and minerals such as vitamins A, C, E and B-complex that help boost the immune system and fight illness and infection.


Yellow root has also been used by Native Americans and others for generations to reduce symptoms of respiratory infections caused by colds, allergies, asthma, hay fever and allergic rhinitis, according to the Herb Wisdom website 1. Properties in the herb are believed to help sooth mucus membranes found in the nose, mouth and throat that become swollen or inflamed by many respiratory conditions.

Digestive Remedy

Native Americans utilized yellow root to treat nausea and upset stomach, states the Power Source website, a resource for Native American herbal remedies 15. The root was brewed into a tea and sipped, used widely by the Cherokee for treatment of a wide variety of digestive disorders.

Insect Repellent

Native Americans also used yellow root as an insect repellent by pounding the root and mixing it with bear fat, and rubbing it on the skin as protection from insect bites, states Power Source 1.