Arctostaphylos uva ursi
Part used: Leaf, fruit
Energetics: Cooling, drying, astringent
Actions: anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antitussive, antiviral
Indications: Urinary Tract Infections, cystitis, urethritis, diuresis, kidney infections
Uva ursi is a plant species also commonly referred to as bearberry, kinnikinnick, beargrape, rockberry, sandberry, and more. The Latin name “uva ursi” is literally translated to “bear’s grape” and is named thusly because in summer the plant grows red berries that are commonly eaten by bears. Uva ursi contains chemicals called glycosides that reduce bacteria in urine. Because of this property, its primary health benefit as a medicinal herb lies in the treatment of urinary tract infections and bladder infections .
Uva ursi is used in our Buchu Tea.