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Barberry Root Bark Wild Crafted Cut & Sifted

Barberry Root Bark Wild Crafted Cut & Sifted

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Barberry, also known as European barberry, Pepperidge Bush, Wood Turmeric and a variety of other common names, is an evergreen shrub native to Europe, Africa and Asia that produces edible berries from sweeping, thorny branches. The bark of the roots and stems are also consumed, either in capsules or prepared as tea.

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Berberis vulgaris

Barberry Root Bark Wild Crafted Cut & Sifted

Barberry root bark, c/s, wild crafted

a.
quick look

variety information to have
cups to lb6
origineurope
active compoundsresin, tannin, chelidonic acid, alkaloids including berberine, berbamine, berberrubine, bervulcine, columbamine, isotetrandrine, jatrorrhizine, magnoflorine, oxyacanthine, vulvracine
plant part usedstems of the root and bark
processingcut & sifted
sustainabilitywild crafted

b.
buying & keeping

general guidelines and tips
storage tipsStore in an airtight container in a cool, dry place.
appearance & aromaThe root bark is pale yellow in color with no noticeable scent.

c.
uses

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cosmeticBarberry root infusions are used as topical skin washes. The root bark is also infused in oil to make salves and lotions.
culinaryUsed in Europe as a bitter tonic. Use in tea blends or use to produce tinctures and extracts.
wellnessBarberry root bark contains beta-carotene, lutein, zinc, vitamin C and thiamine. May be ground and encapsulated.
safetyVitamin B6 supplements inhibit the effects of berberine. May interact with certain medications.

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Goldenseal root is compatible with barberry root bark because both plants contain berberine.

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[ oregon grape root ]

Oregon grape root and barberry root bark are often combined to make extracts and tinctures.

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d.
flavor profile

barberry bark

The bark is slightly bitter when chewed.


culinary companions

Blends well with black, green and white teas.

f.
what else you should know

barberry bark

Barberry is also known by several other common names, including Pepperidge Bush. The former combines the words pepon and rouge, which respectively mean “pip” and “red” and refer to the juicy, bright red berries of the plant.

Although barberry is a common hedge plant and is frequently seen planted in rows along the perimeter of farm lands, the shrub was once suspected of causing blight in wheat crops. Since blight is a fungal infection that comes from contaminated soil, this theory has been discredited. However, barberry can play host to another kind of fungus called rust that effects leaves.

In Europe, barberry root is combined with alum or lye to produce varying shades of a yellow dye with which to tint cotton, wool and leather.


Background: Used for thousands of years, Barberry was present in Ancient Egypt's civilization to prevent plagues.

Description: Barberry is native to Europe and the British Isles (and later grown in North America). This common thorny garden bush grows in gravel-based soil and sprouts clusters of yellow flowers from April to June. Bright red berries become ripe in August.  

The Barberry root is yellowish with stems growing up to 8 feet that turn from a reddish hue to a grayish color when mature.  Barberry is harvested in spring or fall and the berries are collected in the fall. The leaves are green and leathery in texture.

Safety: Do not use if Barberry is you are pregnant. Can cause nausea or vomiting, convulsions, or erratic blood pressure. Do not take if suffering from heart conditions or respiratory ailments. Do not take large doses of Barberry and consult a physician before use. Not suitable for children under the age of two. 


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This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.
This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

please be advised: 
you should always consult with your doctor
before making any changes to your diet!!
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