The bearberry plant, also known as uva ursi, is a grape relished by bears in the wild. The fruit originates in Northern America and has traditionally been used for the treatment of headaches, infections as well as diarrhea. Uva ursi benefits the bladder, kidneys, liver, and other vital organs – owing to its anti-inflammatory, analgesic, sedative, antimicrobial, antiviral, and antioxidative properties.
What else? The bearberry plant contains tannic, ursolic, gallic acids as well as flavonoids. Not just these, arbutin and allantoin content makes it a potent astringent as well as diuretic medicine.
The simplest way to eat a bearberry is wash, pop in, chew and gulp – just like any other berry! However, there are also other ways to experience the wonderful taste and gain its benefits. The bearberry plant is consumable in different forms such as tincture, jam, powder as well as tea. The most popular is uva ursi tea. And, here’s how you can make it:
- Rinse the uva ursi leaves in freshwater.
- Boil them in a cup of water.
- Steep for about 5-10 minutes.
- Mix a little honey for taste and added nourishment.
- Serve warm!
Drink two cups of the tea every day for a healthier gut as well as kidneys.
Uva Ursi Benefits
1. Heals Urinary Tract Infections.
The bearberry plant consists of a chemical called arbutin which has antimicrobial activities. It kills the bacteria that cause urinary tract infection as well as cystitis. Therefore, drink a warming cup of uva ursi tea to soothe the irritation and inflammation in the bladder.
2. Uva Ursi Is Beneficial For Kidneys.
Uva ursi benefits your kidney and liver. It is a diuretic that reduced water retention in the body. Thus, the antilithic properties in bearberry help dissolve crystals in the body, keeping the kidneys, gallbladder as well as liver healthy.
3. It Fights Bacterial & Viral Infections.
An active component of bearberry, known as allantoin, is anti-viral and antifungal in nature. Therefore, any form of the bearberry plant can help treat herpes, vaginal infections, staphylococcus, E. Coli as well as cold sores.
4. It Relaxes The Muscles.
The earberry plant is anti-inflammatory in nature to soothe sore muscles. Therefore, you can drink a cup of uva ursi tea to relax tension in your muscles and aid faster healing.
5. Bearberry Heals Cuts & Wounds.
The bearberry plant is an astringent. It heals wounds, bruises as well as cuts. The benefits help cure open wounds to severe skin infections.
6. Uva Ursi Aids Digestion.
Studies have shown uva ursi benefits in relieving diarrhea. It promotes better urine flow, allowing the body to naturally get rid of toxins.
7. Treat Back Pain With The Bearberry Plant.
Uva ursi tea acts as a natural sedative. It numbs the muscles that cause pain in the back. Therefore, try applying a paste made from bearberry plant leaves on the affected areas for better results.
Note: Articles on Ayurvedum are solely for the purpose of sharing the goodness of Ayurveda and bringing awareness on natural and healthy living. Please do not substitute it for professional medical advice. Ingredients discussed can interfere with certain medications. So, before using anything to treat yourself, always consult an Ayurveda doctor or practitioner.