Oregon grape is a plant. The root and root-like stem (rhizome) are used to make medicine.
Oregon grape is used for stomach ulcers, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), stomach upset, as a bitter tonic, to treat infections, and to cleanse the bowels.
Oregon grape is applied to the skin for a skin disorder called psoriasis and as a disinfectant.
Oregon Grape grows amidst powerfully protective companions; poison oak, native blackberry, poison ivy. She understands the power of uniting with like forces to protect. To trespass into Oregon Grape’s territory unthinking is to encounter a myriad of pains for your trouble. Once one has incurred the wounds, though, Oregon Grape offers the medicine of healing. Oregon Grape’s protective magics are complex.
Oregon Grape flowers are sweet-scented and alluring, her fruit highly sour. Ingested, she cools a fever and drives away bacteria, offering balance to a compromised system. Like so many protectors, she is full of seeming contradictions. She teaches us that warriors can, and in fact must be, balanced, filled with the passion to fight and the Love to heal. She offers us a beautiful example of how to do this.
If Oregon Grape has come into your life, it may be time to evaluate the forces working there. Are you asked to suppress some aspect of your nature or to create imbalance by exhibiting an excess of one aspect of yourself to the detriment of others? Faced with an opportunity to forge ahead, are you willing to risk the scrapes and flesh wounds necessary to gain the wisdom you desire? Is the project at hand flowing comfortably, or are dramas of various sizes impeding your progress? Oregon Grape offers you deep lessons, if only you’ll tread carefully and pay attention with all your being.
Oregon Grape’s element is considered Feminine and is ruled by Earth. Her element is earth.
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