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Bearberry (Arctostaphylos uva-ursi syn. Arbutus uva-ursi)



anti-inflammatory, antibiotic, urinary regulating, antibacterial, slightly diuretic, astringent (astringent), antiseptic

Areas of application:

Inflammation of the urinary tract, cystitis, pyelonephritis, bedwetting, weak bladder, cough, diarrhea, to detoxify the kidneys, chronic bladder catarrh, vaginal catarrh, pain caused by urinary stones and urinary grit, kidney stones, breaks down uric acid in the body, gout, cystitis, vaginal infections, yeast infections in the vaginal area, prevents postpartum infections, supports wound healing, scurvy, muscle relaxant, stomach and intestinal cramps, upset stomach

Plant parts used:

young leaves

Collection time:

Summer to autumn

To find:

In the Alps of Tyrol, South Tyrol and Switzerland on limestone soils. Since the plant is threatened with extinction, there are local collection regulations.


Tannins, tannins, phenol glycosides, arbutin, methylarbutin, hydroquinone derivatives, gallic acid, flavonoids, ursolic acid


☕ Tea: 1 teaspoon of dried herb is poured over 1/4 liter of cold water. It is then left to steep for 12 to 24 hours and then strained. Slightly warmed, 3 cup per day.

Bearberry is an evergreen, low-lying shrub that grows between 5 and 50 cm high. It belongs to the heather family. The alternate, shovel-shaped leaves are small and shiny and feel thick and stiff. The underside is lighter colored than the green top. The leaves grow up to 2.5 cm long and have rounded tips. In autumn the leaves turn from dark green to reddish-green and then purple. The small dark brown buds have three scales. Bearberry has small white or pink, urn-shaped flowers that appear in terminal clusters from May to June. They ripen into pink to bright red fleshy drupes. The fruits are 0.65 to 1.25 cm in diameter and remain on the plant until winter. Each mealy fruit contains up to five tiny hard seeds. The root system consists of a fibrous main root with hidden trunks from which the stems of the herb develop. These pendulous stems form layered mats with small roots and have stems that grow up to 15 cm tall when mature and have reddish-brown bark. The younger branches are white to pale green.

🛑 This plant is not recommended during pregnancy and breastfeeding, it is also not suitable for children and for those with high blood pressure. After 2 weeks of taking bearberry you have to stop using it, as there is liver damage. Is not suitable for long-term use. The plant is best suited for acute treatment. Bearberry can cause nausea and stomach irritation in some people. It may help to soak bearberry leaves overnight before using.

Bearberry is often used in smoking mixtures.

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