Oregon-grape (Mahonia aquifolium) also known as holly-leaved barberry, mountain grape, California barberry and mahonia. is a species of flowering plant native to western North America.Native American Indians used the root to treat illnesses
including stomach ulcers, dysentery and skin wounds and the berries, known as ‘grapes’ were also
eaten raw and made into preserves for winter use. The root was also used to make a tea with
fennel seed added to take away the bitter taste.Like the barberry Oregon grape contains the alkaloids berberine,
berbamine, canadine and hydrastine. It’s believed that these alkaloids
inhibit the ability of bacteria, such as E. coli, to attach to human
cells and thus prevent the spread of infection.
There is some evidence that as an ointment Oregon grape may alleviate the symptoms of psoriasis. The tincture is used traditionally as both oral and topical herbal remedy to treat fungal infections, eczema, acne, conjunctivitis and herpes.
It may also improve blood flow to the liver and has been used in the treatment of jaundice, hepatitis, cirrhosis and general digestive problems. Is has also been used to treat diarrhea and constipation.1:3 Alcohol Volume 45%. Take 10 – 15 drops 2 x daily.
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