Herbs Guide

Oregon Grape Root

Family Name: Berberidaceae

Botanical Name(s): Berberis Aquifolium

Popular Name(s): Oregon Mountain Grape, Wild Oregon grape, Holly-Leaved Barberry, Mahonia, California Barberry, Mountain Grape.

Parts Used: Rhizome and Root

Habitat: It is a native of Oregon and Northern California.

Description: Oregon grape belongs to the barberry family (Berberidaceae) and grows about 2 to 6 feet in height, the branches sometimes trailing. The leaves are 2 to 3 inches long and about 1 inch wide, evergreen, thick, leathery, oblong or oblong ovate in outline, smooth and shining above. The margins provided with thorny spines or teeth. The flowers are yellow in color and are borne in erect, clustered heads. The fruit consists of a cluster of blue or bluish purple berries, having a pleasant taste, and each containing from three to nine seeds.

Uses: Oregon grape Root is used as a treatment for skin diseases and as a treatment for prostate infection. It is also used as a blood cleanser, to stimulate the liver and gall bladder and as a mild laxative. Externally, a decoction of the root bark is used as a liniment for arthritis.