Uva Ursi Leaf Powder
Botanical Name - Arctostaphylos pinguica
Other Names - Bearberry, Pinemat Manzanita, Kinnikinnick
Origin - Albania
Typical Preparations - Traditionally used as a tea or tincture. Frequently combined with buchu, cleavers, dandelion leaf, parsley root, or juniper berries. May also be encapsulated as a dietary supplement.
Cosmetic Preparations - Infuse in carrier oil for topical use.
Uva Ursi is an evergreen perennial groundcover found throughout the higher elevations of Europe and Asia. A cousin to blueberry and cranberry, uva ursi is known by numerous common names, some of which indicate it is a favorite food for bears.
Due to the presence of a glycoside called arbutin, the powdered leaf is used to make infusions and extracts for topical use. Powdered Uva Ursi can also be encapsulated, but long-term use is not recommended due to a potential risk of liver toxicity.
Precautions - High doses or long-term use may lead to liver damage or irritation of the bladder or urinary tract. Uva ursi may increase the effects of other medications, particular those designed to increase urine flow. The high tannin content may produce stomach upset or nausea. Do not use uva ursi during pregnancy or if there is a history of chronic liver, bladder or kidney disease.
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