The barberry contains chemical berberine, also found in coptis, goldenseal, Oregon grape root & turmeric.
The herb also contains the B-vitamin thiamine, vitamin C, the carotenoids, beta-carotene, lutein & zeaxanthin, chromium, cobalt & zinc.
Barberries are high in citric acid & Vitamin C & are also a good source of Berberine.
High in calcium, iron, chlorine, sulphur,niacin & folic acid.

All parts of the plant can be used.

The plant is mainly used to ameliorate conditions such as gallbladder pain, gallstones & jaundice.The herb can combat malaria & has been effective in the treatment of protozoan infections.
Berberine is an immune system stimulant & helps with digestion & gastrointestinal pain.
Berberis is also used for kidney infections, particularly when there is a throbbing pain in the vicinity of the kidneys.

Generally, people requiring Berberis most appear very pale & their mucous membranes become dehydrated, while the symptoms are likely to change very fast.

Beriberine also has the ability to kill parasites: expel worms & treat ringworm.
It is commonly used to treat bacterial diarrhea & parasitic infections of the intestines.
It has also been used as an alternative treatment for tachycardia & hypertension.
It is also used to treat fungal infections such as candida.
Good for liverspleenreduces blood pressure; helps clear acneboils, ulcers.
It has been used to reduce an enlarged spleen.
Berberis is also helpful in easing tense, pressing headaches as well as a piercing & moving urinary pains.
Berberine stimulates the white blood cells in the body that kill disease-causing organisms thereby boosting overall immunity.

The bark & root bark are antiseptic, astringent, cholagogue, hepatic, purgative, stomachic, anti-emetic, bitter, laxative & tonic.
A root decoction was used for coughkidney & liver ailments.
Root tea is used to treat jaundice,hepatitis, fever & diarrhea. Root tincture is used for arthritis & rheumatism.
It is also considered effective in lowering blood pressurereducing heart rate & respiration, reducing bronchial constriction & as a palliative for menstrual irregularities.
Externally, Barberry root can be used for sores, burns, ulcers, acne, itch, ringworm, cuts & bruises.

The flowers & the stem bark are anti-rheumatic.

Leaf tea used for coughs.

The barberry shrub produces edible berries that are a rich source of vitamin C.
The fruit infusion is antiseptic, diuretic, expectorant & laxative.
Chemotherapy & radiation treatments in many cases result in white blood cell depression in the body, which is correctable with barberry.
Fruit tea is used as an appetite stimulant,diuretic, expectorant, laxative & itch-relief.
Eat the fruit, or drink the fresh juice, for liver & gall bladder problems, kidney stones & painful periods.
Barberry is used in case of malaria & opiate withdrawal.
Barberry is one of the best remedies for correcting liver function & promoting the flow of bile.
Barberry is used to treat sciaticalower back painhemorrhoidsgoutarthritis & enlarged spleen,
Barberry can lower blood pressure & is beneficial for hypertension.
Barberry may be beneficial to the cardiovascular & neural systems & may be used as a treatment for epilepsy & convulsions.
Barberry is effective in easing infection & inflammation of the urinaryrespiratory & gastrointestinal tracts.
Common health problems like sinusitis, nasal congestion, sore throat, bronchitis, & candida infections are easily treatable with barberry.
Skin conditions like psoriasis can also be treated with the help of barberry extracts.

Flowering Darwin's Barberry

Barberry extract from leaves & barks may be poisonous if taken in excess.
Large dose of barberry may cause shock, nose bleeding, nausea, vomiting, drop in blood pressure, difficulty in breathing, reduced heart rate & potential damage to the kidney.
Barberry may interact with the antibiotic lessening its effectivity.
Barberry may decrease the effectiveness of blood-thinning medication,antihistamines.
Barberry has blood pressure lowering effects, Barberry may increase the effects of these drugs.
Barberry may increase the effects of diuretics.
Barberry may lower blood sugar, making the effects of these drugs stronger.

Adults should limit use of barberry to seven consecutive days at a time, waiting at least a week before using barberry again.
This gives the natural, helpful bacteria of the intestine a chance to recover.
Taking vitamin B6 supplements can give infectious bacteria resistance to the antibacterial toxins in the herb.

Barberry is often given to children with success, but should be used with caution, no more than 3 consecutive doses followed by 1 day without the herb.

Pregnant women should not take barberry because it may cause uterine contractions & trigger miscarriage.


Tea can be made from dried young leaves & shoot tips.
The fruit has a high vitamin C content & can be eaten raw or cooked or made into a refreshing drink. Young leaves can be used for flavoring like sorrel.

Barberry as a single herb should not be taken for more than 5-7 days, but it may be used for longer periods if taken in combination with other herbs.
3-5 days is generally sufficient for an upset stomach.

Tea: 2 - 4 g of dried root steeped or 1 -2 tsp of whole or crushed berries steeped in 150 ml  of hot water for 10 - 15 minutes 3 x daily.
For sore throats, bladder infections, diarrhea, bronchitis, or yeast infections.

In gall-bladder diseases barberry combines well with fringe tree bark & black root.

A combination can also be made with barberry, wild yam, dandelion, cramp bark, peppermint, catnip, fennel & ginger.
It will generally support the liver if continued for 3 months.

Add 2 g of the herb in a cup of boiling water.
This can be repeated 2-3x daily.

Put l tsp of the bark into a cup of cold water & bring to the boil.
Steep for l0-l5 minutes.
Take 3x a day.

Bark or Root Bark Infusion: 
15g bark or root bark to 500 ml water.
Bring to boil.
Steep 5-10 min.
Take up to 250 ml a day, split into 3 doses.
Half quantity for children.
Use for jaundice, severe indigestion & as a general tonic.
A root bark infusion is antibacterial & anti-tumor & is used for diarrhea & to induce sweating.
Externally it can be used to treat conjunctivitis, sore eyes & eyelids.


Leaves can be chewed for reducing acne.
Barberry salve may reduce symptoms of psoriasis.
Also contains saponin which is a cleanser.


Barberry is a very protective plant.
Use in protection sachets to hang over the front door or in magical rituals & spell craft to attract luck, prosperity or power.

Barberry, sewn into an amulet, acts as a protective charm for children & is believed to ease teething.

Ritually collected & consecrated Barberry can be used as counter magic & protection against evil witchcraft & curses that are transferred by magically prepared thorns.

Cleansing, sorcery, atonement, freeing oneself from the power or control of another.

Sprinkled in the paths of your enemies to bar their way & stop them following you.

Used for hexing:
Brings bitterness, sourness.
Sprinkled around the premises to bring bad vibes & quarrels.

If you want to protect your home or business from enemies, to keep away evil & negativity, scatter this grain on the ground outside around your home or business.

Use barberry bark in love spells to incite passion.

Barberry helps to connect to your spirit guide.

If you need to prevent someone from hunting you down, then cut 3 lines of Barberry branches.
2 that are 30 cm long & 1 that is 90 cm long.
Make a double cross shape with 2 shorter branches.
When you lay them down say the following passage:
"Bar you my enemy (say full name of enemy) from my life,
my first line stands for hope,
my second line for charity & my final line for love.”
Anyone hunting you down shall be thrown off track, raising the difficulty in finding you & will stop any progress in their magical workings & will end any spell or curse they have sent your way.

Write down the name of your enemy on a parchment paper, pop it into a black bag & add some Barberry bark & this will have the same effect.

To use as a powerful protection mojo, add 3 small amounts of Barberry bark & each time you put the herb into the mojo bag, repeat each of these words:

It may also be used to influence groups by providing protection & positive energy flow, warding away negative energy.

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