Last week we looked at Goldenseal, today we’ll look at Oregon Grape Root which is often used in place of the endangered goldenseal. It has many of the beneficial anti-microbial benefits of goldenseal, but does not affect the blood sugar like goldenseal. This is a beautiful plant of which many different species grow around the world. With the ability to greatly aid and strengthen the liver, as well as fight infection, Oregon grape root is even studied as a way to treat MRSA! It is extremely bitter and rarely ever taken on its own because of this. Commonly used topically, in extracts, tinctures, and teas this plant has a wide number of beneficial applications!
- Enhancing Bile
- Urinary Infections
Thriving in moist soil Mahonia aquifolium is often found near water sources. However, this plant can grow nearly anywhere and is a frequent ground-cover plant in forest areas as well. Grow from a cutting and provide it with plenty of water and oregon grape will thrive. Be careful though as it can overtake your yard if you let it! Growing up to 10 feet tall with sharp holly shaped leaves oregon grape has stunning yellow flowers which give way to plump berries. The flowers and berries are edible but extremely bitter. The leaves will turn red in the fall and the bright yellow roots are best harvested at this time. If harvesting wild oregon grape make sure to check with local laws first.
TriLight Health and Oregon Grape Root
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What do you use this root for?