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Uva ursi is a low-lying evergreen bush closely related to cranberry and blueberry. It is also commonly referred to as bearberry because its bright red berries are a favorite of bears. It has a very bitter taste and is not generally used for cooking, however, usually in combination with other herbs to make the taste more palatable, uva ursi is prepared as an herbal tea.


Native Americans have used this herb for centuries. It is commonly used to support a healthy urinary tract because of its astringent effects and its significant antioxidant and antimicrobial properties. In small doses for short periods of time, uva ursi preparations are generally considered safe but it is not recommended to take large quantities or for long periods of time because of its effect on the liver. 



Arctostaphylos uva ursi






Dried Leaf & Stems / Cut & Sifted


Culinary and Medicinal Herb


Ground tisane teas and tea bags - Steep 2 to 5 minutes

Loose leaf tisane teas - Steep 3-5 minutes

Root and seed-based tisane teas - Steep 6-8 minutes

*Steep in newly boiling water (212ºF) to best release the health benefits.


Uva Ursi Leaf

SKU: 1172
  • Specific: Not for use during pregnancy or lactation. If you have a medical condition or take pharmaceutical drugs please consult your doctor prior to use.

    General: We recommend that you consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications. Keep all herbs out of reach of children and pets.


    For educational purposes only. 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.

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