As the name indicates, Oregon grape is indigenous to the northwestern portion of the United States, particularly Oregon. This low-growing but bushy shrub is easily recognized in its native habitat because of its evergreen, holly-like leaves, an attribute that led to the nickname hollyleaved barberry. It also produces clusters of fruits that look similar to blueberries in shape, size and color. The plant is harvested for its root, however, which contains a plant alkaloid called berberine. Although the herb is too bitter to enjoy as tea, it is suitable for tincturing. Powdered Oregon grape root is usually encapsulated as a supplement.
Oregon Grape Root c/s, 1/4lb
Oregon grape is a flowering shrub that occurs naturally in the mountainous regions of western North America. Because the herb shares a common chemical constituent with goldenseal called berberine, it is often used as an alternative to the latter. The root and root bark of the plant, which is responsibly wild harvested to ensure future generations, is a vibrant golden color and yields a yellow dye. Being too bitter to use in tea, Oregon grape root is typically tinctured.