Oregon Grape Herb - Herbal Tea

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Oregon Grape Herb

Oregon Grape is an evergreen shrub closely related to the Barberry and contrary to its name is in no way related to Grapes. Oregon Grape derives its name from the purple clusters of berries it produces and the state flower of Oregon actually blooms on this shrub. Similarly to Barberry, Oregon Grape is often used in landscaping and is considered to be a low maintenance shrub that can withstand diverse conditions.

Oregon Grape has similar medicinal attributes share with Goldenseal and due to the threat related to over harvesting of Goldenseal Oregon Grape is becoming an alternate to Goldenseal in many uses.

Oregon Grape Tea

Herbal Tea Recipe

Oregon Grape tea is prepared by steeping 1 – 2 teaspoons dried and crushed root in 8 ounces of boiling water for 10 – 15 minutes.

Oregon Grape Uses & Herbal Remedies

Oregon Grape Tea Benefits

Oregon Grape is often used to stimulate bile production, loosen stools, and ease the often related symptoms of gall bladder and diverticulosis.

Like Goldenseal, Oregon Grape can be used in a douche to help rid a yeast infection as well as other viral and fungal infections.

Oregon Grape can be used topically to treat fungal conditions such as athlete’s foot.

Oregon Grape Folklore

It is believed by some that Oregon Grape, as well as Barberry, can be used to keep your enemy from you by laying out 3 Oregon Grape branches in the threshold preventing them to cross the threshold.

Oregon Grape Cautions

Oregon Grape root should not be used more that one week to avoid complications of excessive use.

Oregon Grape root may interact with certain drugs including anti-coagulants, blood pressure medications, and antibiotics. As with any herbal supplement please discuss the use of herbs with your health care provider before beginning an herbal program.

When using Oregon Grape to treat diarrhea caution must be used as too much Oregon Grape root can also cause diarrhea as well as a host of other problems such as low blood pressure, vomiting and kidney irritation.

Oregon Grape root should be avoided during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

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