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Article: Goldenseal and the Boxed Pie Supper: how do you make the salve?

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iloveperennials
Rochester, NY

August 24, 2009
10:54 AM

Post #6982126

that's my question...how do you make the goldenseal salve? oh yeah, and how do you propagate goldenseal? I have one plant, and I really enjoyed watching it flower and make that pretty red fruit. I want MORE. thanks
Sharran
Calvert City, KY
(Zone 7a)

August 24, 2009
2:39 PM

Post #6982656

Hi iloveperennials...

Making salve the old way, and probably the easiest way for me, is to soak the plant in a sealed jar of oil until it becomes mushy, and then strain it to get the plant remnants out, then add melted beeswax to the remaining liquid, letting it harden until you have a salve.

Here's a link to the first Aunt Bett article that I wrote, and there is some information in it about making salves, etc.

http://davesgarden.com/guides/articles/view/780/

I am not sure about propagation, it just grows wild here and though I enjoy it, I have never tried to transplant or propagate.

There is a young man, his DG name is hello85, and he enjoys working with wildflowers. He might be able to tell you more about goldenseal and its propagation. He is a big help to me when I am searching for photos, seems he has just about every plant I mention.

Does this help??
Hope so, but if it doesn't, then let me know.

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