Arctostaphylos Uva-Ursi (Bearberry / Kinnikinnick) Leaf

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This product contains whole Uva Ursi leaf and berries by the pound. We also offer uva ursi seeds.

Arctostaphylos uva-ursi is a small procumbent woody groundcover shrub 5–30 cm high. The leaves are evergreen, remaining green for 1–3 years before falling.  The leaves were a traditional ceremonial smoking herb used by tribes such as the Chippewa, Blackfoot, Pawnee, Navajo and Cheyenne.  It was sometimes mixed with tobacco or possibly even lobelia inflata and mugwort.  The fruit is a red berry, known as Bearberry, which has historically been used for medicinal purposes. It contains the glycoside arbutin, which has antimicrobial properties that may help clean the urinary tract, and it acts as a mild diuretic. Bearberry has been used for urinary tract complaints, including cystitis and urolithiasis. An infusion may be made by soaking the leaves in ethanol and then diluting with water. In the 19th century before the introduction of sulfa drugs and modern antibiotics, it was among the few herbal drugs with antibacterial properties, but some constituents, such as thehydroquinones are hepatotoxic, and in cases of urinary tract infections, more pertinent treatment options are recommended

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