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Goldenseal-Myrrh Compound Review – 8 Things You Need to Know

By Sasha de Beausset Aparicio, MSc

Reviewed by Rebecca Williams, MD, MA, MB, BChir

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Evidence Based | Overview | Formula | Claims | Precautions | Cost | How To Use | Bottom Line

Goldenseal-Myrrh Compound is an herbal salve advertised as assisting with the healing of scratches, inflammations, bites, and other similar wounds. The company behind the formula is Mountain Rose Herbs.

Mountain Rose Herbs is an Oregon based small firm that sells bulk spices and herbs, which can be used for medicinal, culinary and cosmetic purposes. In addition, at Mountain Rose Herbs, they also produce a wide variety of formulations like tinctures, herbal oils, salves, and capsules. They also have a product line dedicated to bath care. In general the products marketed by Mountain Rose Herbs are certified organic or use wildly harvested plants.

According to the producer, Goldenseal-Myrrh Compound is based on organic goldenseal which possesses antibacterial and anti-fungal activities. Thus the producer claims that the salve may be used to heal minor wounds and also avoid the infection of injuries. Goldenseal-Myrrh Compound is made with solar infused certified organic olive oil and with entirely natural beeswax and it does not have any artificial additives whatsoever. The salve comes in a small convenient container therefore it may be used by people who are travelling as well. Mountain Rose Herbs does not give indications as to who this product is best suited for.


1) Quick Overview

Goldenseal-Myrrh Compound is a salve based on herbs with a long historical use in treating mild skin conditions, like goldenseal, calendula, and myrrh, St. John’s Wort is also recommended by herbalists for sores and scratches, however it is mostly an herb used for treating depression.

Goldenseal is an herb familiar to most Americans. It is mostly recommended for small wounds and sores, eye problems like conjunctivitis, sore throat and stomach upsets. Herbalists tend to use it in combination with Echinacea for treating cold symptoms nonetheless there are also products on the market based on goldenseal and myrrh. Goldenseal has not been sufficiently tested on humans, but there have been tube tests done on one of its main compounds, which is called berberine. Berberine possesses significant antibacterial activity, being thus able to treat yeast infections, urinary tract infections and diarrhea. Products containing berberine may also be used as intestinal cleanser as it can help you get rid of some intestinal parasites. Potential side effects associated with goldenseal are skin rashes, and mouth irritations.


2) What Are Goldenseal-Myrrh Compound Ingredients?

Goldenseal-Myrrh Compound contains the following ingredients: Goldenseal root, Myrrh gum powder, St. John’s Wort flowers, Calendula flowers, Olive oil, and Beeswax.

3) Does Goldenseal-Myrrh Compound Work?

Goldenseal – Myrrh Compound is an herbal ointment based on plants with wound healing properties like goldenseal, myrrh gum, marigold, and St. John’s Wort.

One key ingredient is goldenseal. This is a herb that has been used for hundreds of years for skin conditions, digestive disorders and sore eyes. Nowadays, Goldenseal can be found in remedies for healing minor injuries, alleviating cold symptoms, boosting the immune system, preventing digestive problems, or treating hay fever. Some herbalists think it may help in mucous membranes inflammations. Therefore, goldenseal might assist in treating conjunctivitis and sinusitis. According to laboratory tests, goldenseal contains berberine, which is a chemical compound with antibacterial activity. This compound kills bacteria that cause diarrhea, yeast infections, and parasites such as Giardia and tapeworms. Also, berberine can increase the blood cell count thereby helping our bodies fight infections and promoting a healthy immune response. Clinical trials on humans regarding goldenseal Effectiveness and safety are scarce, however. Side effects that have been reported include throat, mouth, skin and vagina irritations. The herb might also interact with anticoagulants. Therefore, caution is required if you are taking aspirin, clopidogrel or coumadin.

The formulation promoted by Mountain Rose Herbs has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Therefore the manufacturer mentions that the product is not intended to cure or prevent medical conditions. This is an official statement that needs to be added to the label of herbal products or other formulas that are not FDA approved, but they can be marketed nonetheless.

We have not found online customer testimonials about Goldenseal-Myrrh Compound, and as a result, we believe this may not be a widely-used formula.


4) Goldenseal-Myrrh Compound Claims

  • The price per ounce varies from $4 to $5.75 depending on the bottle size, which would recommend it as an affordable formula
  • It does not contain artificial additives or petroleum
  • You can return the formula in 60 days and get a full refund


5) Precautions of Goldenseal-Myrrh Compound Use

  • There are not many online retailers selling the product
  • Shipping fees may be relatively high when ordering from the manufacturer
  • Some of the ingredients could interact with other drugs (e.g. goldenseal with blood thinners)


6) How Much Does Goldenseal-Myrrh Compound Cost?

Goldenseal-Myrrh Compound is sold in containers of one ounce and two ounces. The average cost per ounce varies depending on the bottle size and would recommend the formula as being affordable.

Customers can purchase the product over the Internet directly from the manufacturer. They can order it via email, mail, telephone, and fax or they can only go and pick their order up from the manufacturer’s warehouse in Oregon. Mountain Rose Herbs delivers products all over the US and in Canada.

The producer also offers a 60-day money back guarantee. You may return the product in up to two months and get a full refund. You will not be charged with restocking fees however customers have to bear the shipping costs, which are somewhat high in our view.

Besides from the producer’s website, you can find Goldenseal-Myrrh Compound at some online retailers.

How To Use

7) How to Use Goldenseal-Myrrh Compound

Goldenseal-Myrrh Compound is sold in bottles of one ounce and two ounces. The producer does not mention a maximum daily dose or side effects on its website. However, it does state that the formula has not been evaluated by the FDA which, in other words, means its safety and effectiveness cannot be guaranteed.

Bottom Line

8) The Bottom Line – “Does it Work?”

Goldenseal-Myrrh Compound is an ointment for various types of minor wounds. The salve may be effective if we look at its list of ingredients which consists of goldenseal, myrrh and calendula. You should however be aware of the fact that these herbs interact with some medications, like drugs for diabetes and blood clotting medicine. As a consequence, we advise you to consult your healthcare practitioner to advise you on how to use Goldenseal-Myrrh Compound.

Although in theory the product should work, we have not found sufficient empirical evidence to back this up, as the number of online consumer reviews seems to be quite limited.

3.8/5 - (5 votes)
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