Uva Ursi Leaf (Arctostaphylos Uva Ursi) Herbal Tea (1lb/454g) BULK - Swedish Bitters Herb Company Private Stock
Latin (botanical) name: Arctostaphylos Uva Ursi
Common names: Arberry, Bearberry, Bear's Grape, Kinnikinnick, Mealberry, Mountain Box, Mountain Cranberry, Red Bearberry, Sagackhomi, Sandberry, Arberry, Hogberry
Plant Description: The Bearberry, or Uva Ursi, is a small shrub with a single long, fibrous main root that sends out many short, woody, trailing stems. They are covered in brown or reddish bark and form thick masses. Long shoots covered with soft hairs rise upward from the stems. The leaves of Uva Ursi are evergreen and leathery, about an inch long. The upper surface is glossy, dark green with deep veins, and a lighter green underneath. They are rounded at the apex and taper gradually toward the base to a short stalk. All the young leaves are also covered with tiny hairs. Uva Ursi's fruit is a smooth berry about the size of a currant. These berries are bright red, smooth and glossy, with a tough skin encasing mealy pulp and several 1-seeded stones. In May and June, the Bearberry blooms with waxy-looking flowers in drooping racemes, in groups of from 3 to 6. The flowers are bell-shaped and reddish-white, pink, or white with a red lip. Uva Ursi is found all over the northern hemisphere, in the high mountains of Europe, America, and Asia. In North America, it can be found throughout Canada and as far south as Wisconsin and New Jersey.
Use: Make a tea by pouring approximately 2 cups of boiling water over 2 heaped tsp of herb. Let steep for 3-5 minutes. In general, sip a cup before breakfast, and another 2 hours after dinner.
Cautions & Interactions: Do not use during pregnancy. Keep out of reach of children.