Arctostaphylos uva ursi
Also known as Kinnikinnick, Bear’s-grape, Crowberry, Foxberry, Hog Cranberry, Mealberry, and Wild Cranberry
$3.00 per Ounce
History: The Bearberry plant is a green leafed shrub with bright red berries that grows in the cooler environments of Britain, North America, Europe, and Asia. Although the berries are edible, it is the leaf of the Bearberry that is valued as a medicinal herb. Bearberry Leaf is used extensively by many Native American tribes, such as the Cheyenne who would brew the leaves into a tea.
Uses: soothing tea, astringent, water retention, bladder infections, kidney infections, inflammatory diseases, urethritis, cystisis,
Active Ingredients: glycosides including arbutin and ericolin, Tannins, flavonoids, resin
Actions: Tonic, anti-microbial, anti-lithic, anti-catarrhal, demulcent, astringent, diuretic
Complementary Herbs: Couchgrass, Yarrow
Warning: This dried herb should not be used if you are pregnant, irritated digestive conditions or if acidic urine is present.