Oregon grape is considered a powerhouse of antifungal, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory benefits. Even its roots are used for treating common ailments such as diarrhea.
The Oregon grape belongs to the Berberidaceae family and is native to Western North America. It is mostly known as a flowering plant due to its evergreen shrub that has spiny leaflets and yellow flowers. The plant produces dark bluish-black berries in late spring.
The Benefits of Oregon Grape
1. Heal Eye Infections
Remedies for infections such as blepharitis and conjunctivitis have Oregon grape as an ingredient. The berry contains berberine, which is an alkaloid that has antibiotic and antifungal properties. This agent is what heals the eye infections.
2. Treat Diarrhea
Oregon grape’s antibacterial properties kill the infections that cause diarrhea and also people to deal with loose stool.
3. Sooth Stomach Pains
Indigestion, low acidity in stomach and heartburn are three factors that lead to severe stomach pain. Oregon grape, as well as its rot helps ease intestinal spasms and promote healthy digestive function.
4. Kill Parasites
The anti-parasite properties and the alkaloid berberine kill parasites and stop bacteria from entering sensitive territories such as the urinary bladder. The alkaloid prevents the bacteria from attaching itself to the bladder wall, in turn treating urinary tract infections.
Our Favorite Oregon Grape Recipe
*Since Oregon grape is not widely available everywhere, it is seldom used in fresh form. There are not many studies available online on the berry itself but a few can be found on berry’s root and its benefits.
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