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Uva Ursi is an evergreen shrub that grows low to the ground and is native to mountain areas in the northern hemisphere.Uva Ursi has thick leaves and urn-shaped flowers and is a member of the Ericaceae family.
The berries resemble bunches of grapes, which bears are known to eat. These berries are sometimes called Bear Berry and logically both Arcstaphylos and Uva Ursi means bear’s grape. In Canada and the USA it is often referred to as Kinnikinnick.
Uva ursi is an ancient astringent, though not used much in European medicine until reported by Welsh physicians in the 13th century. Itwas reported to be used by Galen, a physician in the Roman Empire to stop bleeding.
In North America, Aboriginal medicine used Uva Ursi for inflammations of the urinary tract, especially cystitis.
The energetics of Uva Ursi are cool, dry and bitter. The therapeutic actions are antiseptic, anticrobial, anti-inflammatory, astringent and diuretic.
Uva Ursi has an affinity for the urinary tract. It can help promote the elimination of urinary retention and urinary tract infections such as cystitis.Uva Ursi can alsobe used to support the bladder, and as a douche in vaginal infections.
How to use:
1 teaspoon of Uva Ursi Leaf to one cup of boiling water. Steep for 15 minutes, strain and drink up to three cups a day.
May be blended with Couchgrass and Yarrow for urinary infections.
Cautions & contraindications:
Should not be used in pregnancy or when breastfeeding or kidney disorders. Should not be used more than two weeks unless recommended by your Health Practitioner.
This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any disease or illness. Please consult your healthcare provider prior to the use of this product if you are pregnant, nursing, taking medications or have a medical condition. Individual results may vary.