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any plant of the northern and alpine genus Arctostaphylos of the family Ericaceae (heathheath,
in botany, common name for some members of the Ericaceae, a family of chiefly evergreen shrubs with berry or capsule fruits. Plants of the heath family form the characteristic vegetation of many regions with acid soils, particularly the moors, swamps, and mountain slopes
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 family), especially A. uvaursi, a trailing evergreen sometimes cultivated as a ground cover. The small, leathery leaves yield a medicinal astringent and a dye. They were used for tobacco by the Native Americans, who also utilized the mealy red berries for food and beverages. This Northern Hemisphere genus is most abundant in arid areas, where many of the shrubby species (called manzanita in the West) are common chaparral plants. Other plants are also sometimes called bearberry. Bearberry is classified in the division MagnoliophytaMagnoliophyta
, division of the plant kingdom consisting of those organisms commonly called the flowering plants, or angiosperms. The angiosperms have leaves, stems, and roots, and vascular, or conducting, tissue (xylem and phloem).
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, class Magnoliopsida, order Ericales, family Ericaceae.
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uva ursi

uva ursi

Low growing ground cover shrub (only a few inches tall) with fine hairy bark, white or pink flowers, red berry and shiny plastic-like leaves. Dried leaves used as tea for urinary tract problems, gonorrhea, kidney stones and bronchitis. Astringent. Helpful for diarrhea and dysentery. Uva Ursi leaf contains powerful phytochemicals such as volatile oils, arbutin, quercitin, mallic and gallic acids. Arbutin is highly antibacterial and destroys bacteria and fungus that infect the urinary system such as E. Coli, Candida, Staph. Mallic and Gallic acids- the same as found in apples and ACV have long been used for kidney and bladder infections. Also used to lower excessive sugar in blood. Helps to take with a half teaspoon of baking soda in Uva Ursi tea. (Do not take baking soda if you have a weak stomach.) High level of tannins can produce stomach-ache, nausea and vomiting. Not recommended for children or people with kidney disease. Don’t take for more than a week or liver damage could result. Don’t take while pregnant.
Edible Plant Guide © 2012 Markus Rothkranz
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Bearberry (arctostaphylos uva ursi): The leaf extract of this plant contains hydroquinone derivatives, arbutin and methyl arbutin with skin whitening attributes.[2] (Figure 2)
Validated methods for direct determination of hydroquinone glucuronide and sulfate in human urine after oral intake of bearberry leaf extract by capillary zone electrophoresis.
Kerry, "Evaluation of the antioxidant potential of grape seed and bearberry extracts in raw and cooked pork," Meat Science, vol.
The L* value of raw pork treated with grape seed and bearberry extracts was found to not change over a 12-d period of storage (Carpenter et al., 2007).
The AT zone was characterized by low deciduous shrub cover and was dominated by prostrate species that characterize the field layer, such as bearberry (Arctostaphylos uva-ursi) and Arctic dwarf birch (Fig.
Arbutin is also a popular lightening agent that is naturally occurring in the dry leaves of bearberry, cranberry, and other plants.
That included properties known as Bearberry and Ricinus in west central Alberta.
Major vegetation species of the Northern Tundra include Dwarf Birch, Mountain Avens {Dryas spp.), Black Crowberry (Empetrum nigrum), Bearberry (Arctostaphylos spp.), Arctic Lupine (Lupinus arcticus), lichens, mosses, sedges, and herbs (Ecosystem Classification Group 2012).
The peel has an aloe vera base for maximum healing and also contains bearberry to lighten skin, antioxidant green tea and anti-inflammatory meadowsweet, comfrey and chamomile.
The Woiwurrung man named Berberra (other variant spellings include Berberry, Bearberry, Barberra, Bar-ber-ry, Old Jacky, Mr Bateman, Old Malcolm) (Clark 1990:385), also a Wurundjeriwillam (a subdivision of Wurundjeri-baluk), was Billibellary's brother, and became ngurungaeta (clan head) following Billibellary's death at the Merri Creek in 1846.
There we helped Audrey and Stella pick medicine--Labrador tea, bearberry and sage.
Bearberry (Arctostaphylos uva-ursi) is nearly as useful, and berberines are handy, too.