What is Oregon Grape
Oregon Grape is a shrub that gets its name from both the grape like cluster of berries it produces and from its use on the Oregon Trail by where it grows in large quantities. Early settlers are even said to have used the herb for treatments of fevers and stomach aches as they traveled West. The Oregon Grape is also considered the state flower of Oregon.
Oregon Grape as a Treatment for Psoriasis and Eczema
The roots of the Oregon Grape plant contain anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial agents that can be used to treat the flareups of both diseases. Both a tea and an extract can be made from the roots meaning it can be administered both internally and externally.
Some believe that eczema can be caused from poor circulation or other internal factors effecting the blood stream. As such, the Oregon Grape tea is recommended due to the way it helps detoxify the liver. Due to the unknown nature of diseases such as eczema and psoriasis it is doubtful this treatment would work for everyone and I would even be willing to bet the success rate is low but it is certainly worth a try. It however is not recommended to drink this more than seven days in a row because the anti-bacterial properties can also remove the good bacteria from your body.
Oregon Grape can also be purchased as an extract. Several over the counter creams are made with the Oregon Grape extract and it can even be added to your shampoo as a scalp psoriasis treatment. The Oregon Grape herb also comes in capsule form but as with the tea you should limit your intake to a week at a time.
Oregon Grape Products on Amazon
Oregon Grape Root 100 Capsules
Nature’s Answer Oregon Grape Root, 1-Ounce
Oregon Grape Root Cut & Sifted for Tea- 1 lb
Abundantly Herbal Calendula Cream (with Oregon Grape)
Grape Acai Berry Antioxidant Face Cream
Other Uses of the Oregon Grape Shrub
- Low maintenance hedges
- Floral arrangements
- To make dyes
- To make wine