Oregon Grape Root - Berberis aquifolium
(Cut & Sifted) (Wild Crafted) Available in 1 OZ
Oregon Grape is a fast growing evergreen shrub, belonging to the Berberidaceae family. It is a spineless shrub with a very hard and woody yellow root, brown bark on the surface and yellow beneath with sparingly branched and stout stems, ovate shining dark green leaves, and fruit that is a purple-black, frosted berry with red juice. Oregon Grape contains the alkaloid berberine, known as an anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial.
Part Used: Root
Culinary Uses: To make a tea, pour 1 cup boiling water over 1 teaspoon of Oregon Grape Root, cover and steep 3-5 minutes.
The golden yellow root of Oregon grape is commonly harvested as a medicine, and is sometimes substituted for goldenseal, as the two herbs have similar constituent properties. Oregon grape has been clinically shown to support certain skin irritation when used externally. It is also traditionally used as a bitter tonic to stimulate digestion and externally for its antimicrobial properties. The active constituents in Oregon grape root have shown substantial antimicrobial and antifungal activity in vitro, though these activities are unproven in human trials.
Specific: Not for use in pregnancy except under the supervision of a qualified healthcare practitioner.
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