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Uva Ursi/Bearberry (Arctostaphylos uva ursi) (C/S)

All our herbs come from certified organic sources or trusted wildcrafters. ENGLISH COMMON NAME: Standard: Uva Ursi Also known as; bearberry, kinnickinick, bearsgrape, hogberry   LATIN NAME: Arctostaphylos Uva Ursi Plant Family: Ericaceae PART(S) USED: Dried leaves and stem fragments. OVERVIEW: Arctostaphylos Uva Ursi is a low-growing, evergreen shrub native to mountainous regions throughout the northern hemisphere. Uva Ursi has thick leaves and clusters of urn-shaped flowers. When in fruit, the berries resemble a bunch of grapes which bears are known to occasionally snack upon. Uva Ursi translates to “grape of the bear”. It is astringent and tannic, and can be tinctured, applied topically, or brewed as Uva Ursi tea. It is the leaves that are used traditionally. Traditionally, Uva Ursi has been used primarily as an ingredient in the sacred pipe blend known as Kinnick Kinnick. It has also been used for urinary tract disorders, including infections of the kidney, bladder, and urethra; swelling (inflammation) of the urinary tract; increased urination; painful urination; and urine that contains excess uric acid or other acids. Uva Ursi was also used for constipation and and bronchitis. PREPARATIONS: Keep dry. Store in an airtight container in a dry cupboard away from light. Will keep for many years. Traditionally, the leaves are used as a tea or tincture. Place dried leaves in 150 ml water, bring to a boil, and simmer for 10 minutes. Frequently combined with buchu, cleavers, dandelion leaf, parsley fruit, or juniper berries. May also be taken in capsule form. PRECAUTIONS & CONTRAINDICATIONS: Consult a healthcare practitioner before use of uva ursi if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, or have retinal issues. Uva Ursi should not be taken in high doses or long term (longer than one month of continued use). It can cause nausea, vomiting, stomach discomfort, and a greenish-brown discoloration of the urine. If taken for a prolonged amount of time, uva ursi can cause liver damage, eye problems, breathing problems, convulsions, and possible death. Do not give to children, as it may cause severe liver problems. We recommend that you consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using any herbal products, especially if you are pregnant, nursing, have allergies, or are on any medications. Although most herbs are generally safe, it is recommended that you avoid self-prescribing especially when there is an underlying ongoing medical condition. For educational purposes only. This information has not been evaluated by Health Canada. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Reference Health Canada:http://webprod.hc-sc.gc.ca/nhpid-bdipsn/ingredsReq.do?srchRchTxt=uva+ursi&srchRchRole=-1&mthd=Search&lang=eng