Uva Ursi Leaf Whole, Wild Crafted

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Uva Ursi is an evergreen, trailing plant that survives where many plants don’t, including the alpine forests of the Himalayas, Siberia, northern Europe and North America.

Also known as common bearberry because bears eat the plant’s red berries, Uva Ursi has a long history of use by Native Americans. The leaves, which contain astringent tannins, arbutin and hydroquinone, are traditionally used to make poultices, salves and other topical preparations.

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information at a glance

approximate cups to one pound12
active compoundsTannins, arbutin and hydroquinone.
plant part usedaerial
processingwhole leaf

buying & keeping

general guidelines and tips

storage tipsStore in a cool, dark place, preferably in a sealed glass jar or tin.
appearance & aromaOval leaves, without remarkable aroma.


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cosmeticUse hot water or oil infusions to make skin lotions, ointments and salves.
culinaryUse in tea blends.
safetyDo not use during pregnancy. Do not use in conjunction with pharmaceutical diuretics. Avoid this herb if there is a history of liver or kidney disease. This herb is not intended for long-term use due to a risk of liver damage.

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flavor profile

uva ursi leaf

Bitter in flavor. Combine with green tea or black tea and perhaps other herbs when preparing as tea.

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what else you should know

uva ursi leaf

Uva ursi is an evergreen shrub in the heather family also known as upland cranberry, barberry, bear's grape, and bearberry. The latter common names refer to the berries being a preferred snack for bears. While the fruits of the plant provide food for wildlife, the leaves, harvested in autumn, have historically been used to counter infection and inflammation.

One of the active compounds in this herb, hydroquinone, dictates that it should only be used internally for brief periods – no more than a week at a time and not more than 4 or 5 times in a year.

Consult your physician before using this herb, especially if you have a chronic condition or take pharmaceutical medications.

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This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.
This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

please be advised: 
Before making any changes to your diet you should always consult with your doctor,
especially if you are pregnant, nursing or have existing conditions.