Oregon Grape (Mahonia aquifolium) Native

Oregon Grape (Mahonia aquifolium)

Parts used: root (young leaves as well)

Medicinal uses: Chiefly used for gastritis and general digestive weakness, to stimulate gallbladder function, and to reduce congestion (mainly of the gut). It also treats eczema, psoriasis, acne, boils, and herpes, and skin conditions linked to poor gallbladder function (Chevallier 177).Contains many of the same constituents as Goldenseal and can often be used in blends to replace this endangered herb

Additional uses: Yellow and tan dyes can be obtained from the roots and from the stems and leaves combined. The fruit yields a purplish blue color to wool mordanted with alum (Kowalchik 405).

Cautions: Avoid use during pregnancy (Chevallier 177).

Oregon Grape Mahonia aquifolium

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