Goldenseal posses anti-inflammatory benefits which makes it a great additive to skin care recipes. Many herbalists use it in healing salves and "boo boo" creams, or products designed to treat skin rashes, mild infections, eczema, and even cold sores. It is often used in hair care formulations to help treat dandruff. For women, this herb is also blended into drinkable teas designed to target menstrual related issues. Because of its anti-inflammatory nature, its also often used in under eye creams, for the added benefit of helping reduce the appearance of bags or that puffy under eye condition that tends to develop as we age.
To release the benefits of goldenseal in oil or water, simply make a "tea" by gentle heat steeping. Once the herb has released, strain and use the juice inside your formulation recipes.