Oregon Grape
Mahonia aquifolium

The berries and the roots are used from this invaluable plant.
The berries and the roots are used from this invaluable plant.

This medicine is widely used by indigenous folks from all over the Pacific Northwest Coast. It can help with infections in the body, as well as urinary tract infections and blood disorders and infections. The grapes can be picked when they look like smaller versions of concord grapes. They are very bitter to eat fresh, but they make a fantastic grape jelly! try it with natural sweeteners like honey or blend some licorice roots for extra medicinal sweetness, and try making it with your own version of natural pectin or Pamona’s Natural Pectin. The leaves go from a range of green, to yellow hues and red as well. The roots are bright almost neon yellow. The berries are deep purple with dusty purple skins. This is also a bee friendly plant.

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Published by: T'uy'tanat - Cease Wyss

Skwxwu7mesh/Sto:Lo/Metis/Hawaiian/Swiss Inter-disciplinary Artist Mediums/Formats: Digital Media Web Installations Public Art Community Based/Engaged Dialogues Storytelling Medicine Gathering Sharing Traditional Knowledge Creating and Building Communities Land and Wetlands Restoration and Remediation Collective and Collaborative Processes I am a mom of a lovely grown up daughter, [who is pursuing her life ambitions and passions], and I do a bunch of cool things that i dig. I like honest and passionate people who work hard at their goals and ambitions, and I tend to steer away from folks who are not pulling in the canoe , but rather just along for the ride. I am honest and I try to be humble, but I am human. I make mistakes and I learn from them and move on. I love plants. I love nature and all that we are gifted through Grandmother Nature and Grandfather Rocks. I am hoping to share information that I tend to share on a regular basis, about the work i do with plants. This includes forests and gardens, as I spend most of my outdoor time in these places. I spend as much time outdoors as I am able to. I work as an eco tourist guide in the spring/summer/fall months in the local forests and waterways surrounding Vancouver. My family is predominately Coast Salish, with Hawaiian roots from close to 100 years back. My father came from Europe, he is Swiss. My Indigenous cultural roots are my strengths, and I honour and feel ok about my European roots and draw positive elements from there too. I love all the culture in my life, and the unique histories stemming from each. I have lived a rich cultural life in my traditional territories, working, learning, teaching, living, gathering medicines, creating art, building communities, and striving for a better living in other ways. I have a creative soul and I live to create things.... both beautiful and not so beautiful. Complicated things and simple things. That is Art. It is a spirit that calls me and begs me to play at late hours of the night, or early hours of the day... or several days at a time. It is a big part of my soul. As is my inner Plant Diva.....I have a need to feed both these parts of my soul, and I hope this blog will help people learn more about why Mother Earth is so important, and how easy it is for us all to live better by taking care of our collective home and Mom, while taking care of ourselves. My wellness approach is simple... Love who you are and where you come from, and you will love where you are going. If you don't feel the love for yourself and your personal roots, or simply don't know your roots.... find the Love in Yourself. Redefine yourself and your world. But find your inner love, and feed it. And feed yourself while you're at it! Grow some food, barter for some food, make art, compost. and Please Help save the Bees and other pollinators. Thank you if you are already on top of it. I am a plant picker and grower and gatherer, so I started this blog as I have received so many requests from so many folks who have wanted me to do this for a long time. I hope you enjoy what I have to share. I do plant walks all the time, throughout the year and in many places. I see this is an online interactive medicine walk. I hope you enjoy the blog. And please consider booking me for walks and talks... I do interactive plant walks with teas before/during or after. :) my contact info is located below. Please leave comments and give me feedback. :) Peace out

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  1. Looks more like Mahonia nervosa (Cascades Mahonia) than Mahonia aquifolium (Oregon Grape). The difference is in the leaf edge – aquifolium is wavy and nervosa is flat.

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