If you live in the Northern half of the United States, you’ve probably walked past this plant many times. These powerfully astringent leaves, also known as bearberry leaves, have a cooling and drying effect. In combination with other herbs and dietary changes, uva ursi is often used for UTIs. It can help to treat kidney and bladder diseases by strengthening and toning the urinary tract. Uva-ursi is also an ingredient in the traditional Kinnick-Kinnick smoking blend.
*Uva ursi may not be appropriate for use during pregnancy or nursing. This should not be considered a full list of all possible contraindications.*