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any plant of the northern and alpine genus Arctostaphylos of the family Ericaceae (heath family), especially A. uvaursi, a trailing evergreen sometimes cultivated as a ground cover. The small, leathery leaves yield a medicinal astringent and a dye.
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For kidney and urinary tract infections. Red polished bark, oval waxy leaves. Natural antibiotic that doesn't kill other things 16 aglyconesbasically hydraquinone bound to glucose molecule. Dry leaves and make tea, recommended to take 4x a day. Freezer speeds up cracking cells walls which helps release the constituents- can be ready in about 1/2 hour. Ice will crack cells walls very efficiently. Hydraquinones work best in an alkaline environment, so it's best to alkalize the urine by taking it with a little bit of baking soda or calcium citrate at same time as tea. Drink a cup of tea 3-4 times a day. It should clear up a UTI usually within a 2-3 day period, sometimes even in one day! The berries resemble little apples and are edible. Quite tart but good, both green or ripe. Manzanita is a bush, and Madrone is the tree version, which can grow up to 50 feet. Same qualities. Uva Ursi is a popular health store herb in the same family as manzanita, used for urinary condition, but has only 2 aglycones- manzanita has 16- much more powerful.
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