Internal Applications: Tea,
The antibacterial properties of the alkaloid berbamine
have shown activity against Staphyloccus, Streptococcus, Salmonella, Shigella
and Eschorichia Coli. It has antimicrobial properties that are especially
beneficial for the skin and intestinal tract. It helps to dilate blood vessels
and thus lower blood pressure. Mahonia is more effective for chronic liver
Eyewash for infections such as conjunctivitis and bloodshot eyes. Berries made
into a gargle for sore throat. Use as a mouthwash or apply directly to gums for
pyorrhea. Use as salve or wash for itchy skin, boils and wounds.
Culinary uses: Berries can
be cooked, made into jams and syrup, and candied. Berries are edible raw, and
the juice is often used as a substitute for lemon juice.
Energetics: Bitter, Cold.