<%@LANGUAGE="JAVASCRIPT" CODEPAGE="1252"%> RowanTree Herbs: Barberry
  • Not to be used during pregnancy.

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(Berberis vulgaris)
Common names: Jaundice Berry, Old Woman's Friend, Pipperidge Bush, Sowberry.
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Parts Used: Root, bark of the root, berries. Methods Used: Hot water infusion.
Spiritual Uses: None identified to date.

Physical Uses: Found from New England to Virginia.

Native Americans used the root to dye fabrics, buckskin and baskets yellow.

They also used Barberry bark tea to treat ulcers, sores, rheumatism and heartburn as well as the early stages of tuberculosis and to treat some of the symptoms of typhus.

Fresh juice of the berries was applied to the gums to treat pyorrhea and the bark tea was used as a mouthwash for general irritations and inflammations.

Because Barberry causes the blood vessels to dilate, it lowers blood pressure. Famous as 'the old woman's friend,' it had a general use as a tonic. Because it improves the appetite as well, it was used to treat convalescents.

The juice of the berries can be effective in the treatment of diarrhea


Root Tea:

  1. Bruise oz. of chopped root sections.
  2. Boil 1 pint of water.(Allow to sit 30 seconds after boiling.)
  3. Pour water over root sections. Cover.
  4. Allow to steep for 10 minutes.
  5. Strain root sections out and discard.
  6. Dosage is to 1 cup, before meals. Not to exceed 4 cups per day.

Bark Tea:

  1. Add 1 teaspoonful of chopped bark to 1 pint of simmering water.
  2. Cover and simmer for 10 minutes.
  3. Strain herb out and discard.
  4. Dosage is 1 tablespoon, as needed.
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