AHPA’s 40 Herbs We Love – No. 18: Oregon Grape (with love from Mountain Rose Herbs)

August 4, 2022

AHPA's 40th anniversary celebrations continue with our showcase of the eighteenth of many beloved herbs at the heart of our robust industry and vibrant community.

No. 18: Oregon Grape (Berberis aquifolium)

It is perhaps not surprising that, as Oregonian herbalists, we love Oregon grape.

Here in the Pacific Northwest, where Berberis aquifolium grows in abundance, our affinity for this bushy, flowering perennial with its shiny, holly-like leaves and yellow roots full of berberine runs deep.

Shade tolerant, drought-tolerant Oregon grape is the epitome of resilience, and is a profoundly generous plant in what it gives: supporting human wellness and healing even as it nourishes birds and other wildlife with its berries and provides cover for the smallest of creatures in its greenery.

From an herbal perspective, Oregon grape is a particularly excellent substitute for goldenseal because of its antimicrobial and anti-fungal properties. It is no wonder that this age-old botanical has earned our devotion, as well as its honorary title as Oregon's State Flower.

Share the Love
Do you want to celebrate an herb you love with AHPA's 40 Herbs We Love campaign for AHPA's 40th anniversary? Contact Amber Bennett to learn more about sponsoring your favorite herb!
More Ways to Celebrate
In addition to AHPA's 40 Herbs We Love, there are more fun and exciting ways to get involved with AHPA's 40th anniversary celebration.
You can:
  • Share your photos from the 80s! Pay homage to the 1980s (the decade AHPA was founded) by submitting photos of yourself and/or friends and colleagues in the herbal industry. The photos will be shared in the AHPA Report and on social media for members and followers to guess who is in the photo!
  • Author a 40th anniversary letter or guest article for the AHPA Report! Share a favorite memory or lesson learned, comment on a historical or present issue, or address AHPA members and friends of the herbal and natural products industry with your own 40th anniversary message in the monthly AHPA Report.
  • Join us for the 40th anniversary Founders Series fireside chats! Gather (virtually) with fellow AHPA founders and friends for a pre-recorded fireside chat to discuss topics celebrating AHPA history, achievements, and what sets us apart in the herbal community. Videos will be available to watch on-demand and shared in AHPA Updates, the AHPA Report, and on social media.
Click here to download more information on all the ways you can join us to celebrate 40 years of AHPA, and contact Melissa Do with any questions and to get started.




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