Oregon Grape Root
(Barberry Family) This herb is used to fight bacterial infections. It also helps purify the blood and liver and is very healing to the skin and mucous membranes.
It is said to strengthen weak livers, and in the process, alleviate liver-induced symptoms such as headache, toxic blood and poor digestion. It is used for gastritis and general digestive weakness, to stimulate gallbladder function, and to reduce congestion problems in the digestive organs. Oregon grape also treats
, herpes, and skin conditions linked to poor gallbladder function. The plant has shiny dark green leaves, resembling holly leaves. The small yellowish flowers are followed by the berries, which turn dark purple-blue when ripe. The clusters of berries resemble small bunches of grapes. The leaves and root bark are used medicinally in tinctures, capsules and ointments. The berries are edible. They can be picked in late summer and made into jams and jellies.
Avoid internal consumption during pregnancy as this herb can cause uterine contractions.