Oregon Grape Root – Mahonia aquifolium
Country of origin: U.S.A.
A species of flowering plant in the family Berberidaceae, native to western North America. M. aquifolium grows to 1–2 m (3 ft 3 in–6 ft 7 in) tall by 1.5 m (5 ft) wide, with pinnate leaves up to 30 cm (12 in) long, each leaf made up of spiny leaflets. The leathery leaves resemble holly and the stems and twigs have a thickened, corky appearance. The flowers, borne in dense clusters in late spring, are yellow, and are followed by spherical dark dusty blue berries. Some authors place Mahonia in the barberry genus, Berberis. The Oregon-grape is not related to true grapes, but gets its name from the purple clusters of berries whose color and slightly dusted appearance are reminiscent of grapes.
Oregon Grape isn’t related to Goldenseal but is a great alternative with some of the same properties. It can be used for bacterial diarrhea, intestinal parasites, and eye infections. Oregon grape is a bitter herb that can also help with stomach ulcers, upset stomach, and to cleanse the bowels. It can help relieve abdominal pains and cramps by having a sedative effect on the lining of the digestive tract and is frequently used in skin washes. Oregon grape can help discourage the overproduction of skin cells giving relief to people suffering from complications with skin conditions.
Safety: avoid use if pregnant