Herb of the Day for August 26th is Oregon Grape

Herb of the Day

Oregon Grape


Medicinal uses: Oregon Grape serves as an excellent alternative, it contains the immune-stimulating, infection-fighting antiseptic constituent, berberine. Oregon grape root is used in the treatment of bacterial diarrhea, intestinal parasites, and eye infections. It has a sedative effect on the smooth muscles lining the digestive tract and can relieve stomach cramps and abdominal pain. Oregon grape root contains tannins that ease inflammation, irritation, and itching of the skin and digestive tract. An ointment made from Oregon grape can be effective for the treatment of mild to moderate psoriasis. Due to its content of alkaloids and podophyllins, Oregon grape is reputed to have anticancer properties.

Magickal uses: The gender of Oregon Grape is feminine and its Element is Earth. Oregon Grape is used for money and prosperity spells.

Properties: Oregon Grape is anti-diarrheal, antipyretic, antifungal, antibacterial, anticancer, anti-parasitic, anti-inflammatory, astringent,  digestive (cholagogue, bitter), hypoglycemic and laxative (in larger doses). Oregon grape contains isoquinoline alkaloids (including berberine, berbamine, and hydrastine).

Growth: Oregon grape is a member of the barberry family. It is a woody perennial shrub that is native to the United States, it exists in three forms: upright, dwarf, and creeping. The typical Oregon grape, is 90 cm (3 feet) or more tall and is native to the Pacific coast of North America. The Oregon grape shrub can grow to almost 6 feet in height, though average height is about 3 to 4 feet. It doesn’t mind sun or shade and is best with regular water but drought tolerant. It has edible berries that can be made into jam. The flower color of the Oregon Grape is yellow.

Oregon Grape should not be used by pregnant women, and individuals with chronic medical conditions. Those folks taking prescription medications should check with their health care providers prior to using Oregon grape.
Author: Crick

Magickal Herbs Used for Money/Wealth/Riches


* Alfalfa
* Allspice
* Almond
* Basil
* Bergamot, Orange
* Blackberry
* Bladderwrack
* Blue Flag
* Briony
* Bromeliad
* Buckwheat
* Calamus
* Camellia
* Cascara Sagrada
* Cashew
* Cedar
* Chamomile
* Cinnamon
* Cinquefoil
* Clove
* Clover
* Comfrey
* Cowslip
* Dill
* Dock
* Elder
* Fenugreek
* Fern
* Flax
* Fumitory
* Galangal
* Ginger
* Goldenrod
* Golden Seal
* Gorse
* Grains of Paradise
* Grape
* Heliotrope
* High John the Conqueror
* Honesty
* Honeysuckle
* Horse Chestnut
* Irish Moss
* Jasmine
* Lucky Hand
* Mandrake
* Maple
* Marjoram
* May Apple
* Mint
* Moonwort
* Moss
* Myrtle
* Nutmeg
* Oak Oats
* Onion
* Orange
* Oregon Grape
* Patchouly
* Pea
* Pecan
* Periwinkle
* Pine
* Pineapple
* Pipsissewa
* Pomegranate
* Poplar
* Poppy
* Rattlesnake Root
* Rice
* Snapdragon
* Sassafras
* Sesame
* Snakeroot
* Snakeroot, Black
* Squill
* Tea
* Tonka
* Trillium
* Vervain
* Vetivert
* Wheat
* Woodruff

Crone’s Corner – WILDCRAFTING


November brings on thoughts of mushroom hunting, gathering walnuts and digging medicinal roots. In my wandering

along the creek and surrounding areas, I have located two walnut trees. The nuts are easy to gather but it
will take some time to clean off the black outer casing. I soak the nuts for a short time and then begin scrubbing with a stiff
brush. You don’t want to soak walnuts for a long time as water will absorb through the shells and possibly spoil the meat inside.
I dry them thoroughly in a mesh bag (such as onions come in) by the woodstove. Walnuts are a good source of protein and
shelling them can be a great family pastime.

Digging up medicinal roots such as Echinacea and Oregon Grape is best done in the fall after the plants are dormant. Echinacea
is grown in the garden. The root systems are somewhat fine though they can be rather large in older plants. It’s best to
harvest plants that are 3 years old as they have reached their maximum potency. Clean the dirt off thoroughly then layer loosely
on paper in an open box to dry or you can chop them into small pieces, put in a jar, and cover with 100 proof Vodka to make your
own tincture. Keep covered and shake daily for 2-3 weeks. Then strain and save for use.

Oregon Grape is an evergreen shrub that grows very prolifically and is quite common. It’s coarse red and green leaves are very
similar to Holly and I have used them in Christmas greenery displays. Oregon Grape’s medicinal qualities are much the same
as Goldenseal and can be substituted as such. Wild Goldenseal is becoming increasingly hard to find and becoming an endangered species so using Oregon Grape instead can help to let the species repopulate.

Oregon Grape’s roots are very woody. I suggest you use it right away. Long ago I harvested some, dried it and stored it away.
They became rock hard pieces of wood. Use Oregon Grape the same as you would Goldenseal, for infections, as a blood purifier,
liver conditions, and skin diseases.

Both Echinacea and Oregon Grape can be grown and harvested as cash crops.

By Tony Frohnauer www.nfbotanicals.com (c)2002