It’s classified as an exotic invasive species and popping up in this Norfolk woodland it certainly makes a striking splash of winter colour. My American Herb teachers, to include Native Indians, shared its many phenomenal medicinal and food uses. Often known as Oregon berry (U.S native) Mahonia aqiufolium is a hugely important 21st-century remedy. This is because it’s rich in the bitter alkaloid Berberine, a broad spectrum plant antibiotic. The joy of this plant (inner bark, root and berries) is that it is a very easily grown sustainable botanical, with an enormous range of traditional and modern uses. A truly accessible herb, brilliant for all aspects of modern chronic inflammatory diseases. From blood sugar issues to cardiovascular disease, digestive and gut microbiome fragility, skin disorders and much more.
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