Oregon grape root, mahonia aquifolium
by Dustin Demarchi
Wildcrafting for 15+ years looking for buyers of Oregon grape root and usnea,have 1000 pounds dried and ready please call 541-670-477o
Oregon Grape is native to the west coast of North America. It grows naturally in dry soils with good drainage. More from Natural Medicinal Herbs here;
"Oregon grape was often used by several native North American Indian tribes to treat loss of appetite and debility.
Its current herbal use is mainly in the treatment of gastritis and general digestive weakness, to stimulate the kidney and gallbladder function and to reduce catarrhal problems.
The root and root bark is alterative, blood tonic, cholagogue, diuretic, laxative and tonic.
It improves the digestion and absorption and is taken internally in the treatment of psoriasis, syphilis, haemorrhages, stomach complaints and impure blood conditions.
Externally, it has been used as a gargle for sore throats and as a wash for blurry or bloodshot eyes.
The roots are harvested in late autumn or early spring and dried for later use."
Usnea is a lichen - more from Wikipedia here;
Usnea is a genus of mostly pale grayish-green fruticose lichens that grow like leafless mini-shrubs or tassels anchored on bark or twigs.
It has some medicinal uses;
"The usnic acid in Usnea is effective against gram positive bacteria such as Streptococcus and Staphylococcus, making Usnea a valuable addition to herbal formulas for sore throats and skin infections.
It is also effective against a bacterium that commonly causes pneumonia.
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