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Goldenseal is a plant with a long, strange history. The Cherokees used it to dye fabric, treat skin conditions and relieve eye sores. Mixed with bear grease, it's reported to be a great insect repellent (although we suspect that the bear grease on its own would do a fine job of keeping away bugs, as well as most other things). More recently, heroin addicts have used it to try to beat drug tests, mistakenly believing it would hide traces of the opiate in their urine.

In spite of its checkered past, this herb makes a lovely golden-colored tea that's believed to have real therapeutic value. For the lowdown on the benefits of goldenseal tea, read on:

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