The Bark.

(Berberis vulgaris)

This shrub grows plentifully in the New England States, and is found usually in rocky or stony fields, rising to the height of eight or ten feet. The berries are oblong, of a scarlet color, and a sharp acid taste.

Properties And Uses

The bark of barberry possesses qualities similar to the goldenseal, and is frequently used as a substitute. It is a bitter tonic, improving the appetite, and removing the yellow tinge from the skin and eyes, and a valuable article to take in the spring of the year for the jaundice.

Camomile, archangel, elecampane, wormwood and tansey, are also good tonics.