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       Bearberry is the common name for a plant scientifically referred to as Uva ursi. It has been used throughout history for its believed medicinal properties. It's mostly known by herbalist for possibly benefits related to: Urinary Tract Infections, Dysuria, kidney stones, chronic mild cystitis, as an: Antiseptic; astringent, and urinary antiseptic. The plant contains the glycoside known as "arbutin", that has natural antimicrobial properties which act as a mild diuretic, according to studies. Herbalists mostly utilize it for dealing with urinary tract complaints like Echinacea, including cystitis and urolihiasis. How do you use it though? An extract can be made with Uva Ursi leaves by soaking them in alcohol for several weeks or months. Herbs extracted into alcohol create a brew that is commonly referred to as a Tincture. A tea of Bearberry (uvaursi) can also be made with the leaves using hot water, just as regular tea is made. I prefer the tincture.


Tribal Use


The entheogenic plant has been used in a ceremonial tribal blend collectively known as "Kinnikinnick" by Native Americans. In other western nations it's combined with other other plants like Tobacco, for use in tribal ceremony. Eastern tribes would typically use Nicotiana rustica in their peace pipes, while western tribes preferred "kinnikinick". This isn't the only ceremonial infusion of ethnobotanicals used by a specific culture. Modern phytochemistry, in my opinion, gets its basis for scientific research into said botanicals thanks to ethnobotany, and the cultural indicators that certain ethnobotanicals produce pharmacological constituents of interest. We owe these cultures a Thank you.


These statements are not an indication that this is a "designer drug", or "legal high". Blends using different botanicals made by Native Americans NEVER contained non-organic plant based additives of any sort, illicit or legal in either powdered, crystalized, liquid, or any other form, and neither do the ones mentioned on this page. I just wanted to make it perfectly clear that these herbs are not to be confused with research chemical drugs and all of that. They were used in blends though, natural ones that were not laced with drugs. As you know Tobacco is a popular plant that is smoked. Throughout history different cultures have embraced the smoking of several other plants in their traditions and ceremonies, including Cannabis.

Naturally Active Plants


It turns out there are a large number of ethnobotanicals that exist in nature which contain compounds that are beneficial for human beings according to the study of phytochemistry. I became very interested in studying these via Google Scholar and try to piece together a perfect "infusion" so to speak ( a blend of herbs used for potential properties ). So I knew from my experiences with Baybean that it was very much like a nicotine kinda calm and soothing thing when I tried it, and was commonly smoked. I decided hey, I'll take bearberry ( uva ursi, arctostaphylos ) and mix it with Baybean and Mullein leaf, and give it a try. It was VERY GOOD! I felt like I was smoking a black and mild, and the taste certainly wasn't any less appealing. In fact it felt a little less toxic.


I did thorough research though before even considering this type of combination. Human beings make things more dangerous than they really have to be I think. There are plant compounds that are potentially poisonous if misused as well as possibly beneficial when used properly. I think that Bearberry ( also known as arctostaphylos ) is very under-rated, and that it would be cool to see non-tobacco like cigarettes on the market. There used to be a brand of herbal citgarettes back in the day. Please conduct as much research on Bearberry as you can before you decide to do anything with it. Talk to your doctor first and choose your healthcare professional wisely! Thanks again for stopping by! Remember, you can help support me, this site, and its mission, by shopping via the great suppliers I have listed on the site here.


Dosages?


You came to this page because you were interested in learning about Bearberry. This section has a lot to do with arctostaphylos and other plants in general, so please keep this in mind. As a general rule of thumb, you want to always consider dosages as key when dealing with any form of medicine I think. I'm not trying to play doctor but over-dose is a real danger we can't deny. I'm not saying you can over-dose on all plants, but you should use caution. Dosage counts! Some people may think that because they are dealing with holistic medicine that they can just chug a big glass jar of the most potent extract made in the history of man. They have the idea in mind that "all natural" means there's no limit to how much they can consume. They are often under the impression that they can consume the same medicine every day of their life and it will keep them completely healthy. The point is, dosage actually counts. While most supplements when consumed as a tea are safe in relatively larger doses, not every single item can be treated the same. So what's the dosage? I don't know, but if no direct answer can be found, think "small".


I want you to use google scholar to learn more about the facts I am about to share with you in this paragraph. Certain potential medicines are all around beneficial for health when consumed properly. Certain medicines work because they are small enough dosages of a substances, which at higher dosages could be potentially dangerous. A diluted enough form of a poison, is said to have the opposite effect, making it potentially useful as a medicine. This idea, is a medicial law. It's as solid as the law of gravity. It's called the "Arndt–Schulz rule", and you can read about it by clicking its title in this sentence. Sense Bearberry was used ceremonially, I postulate that it may have a threshold which you don't want to cross. This one has been used more like Ayahuasca, but has had its holistic applications throghout history.
Arctostaphylos Uva Ursi Leaves



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