Bearberry tea for urinary tract and kidneys

Bearberry as a cure

Bearberry tea which is made from the plant Uva Ursi, is a very popular natural beverage that solves diseases of the urinary tract. Among the people it is also known as bear grapes, but has long been an integral part of traditional medicine. When you go to urologist for examination, it can easily happen that they will recommend just tea for urinary infections. Besides being used for the treatment of diseases and infections of the kidneys, bladder and urethra, this beverage is used in the removal of the symptoms of constipation, and it is effective against bronchitis.

It is therefore better instead of conventional medicines that are expensive to take bearberry tea, which will delight you with its soothing effect. It is very nice combined with cranberries, and is especially effective if you drink with bicarbonate of soda. Below we will tell you what makes a good bearberry tea, what is its application and how it should be dosed.

How does bearberry look - description and composition

The herb bearberry has many different names - bear grapes, because people noticed that these large animals often eat its berry fruits. It is a species of evergreen dwarf shrub that grows up to 30 inches in height and is widespread across Canada, US, Asia, Europe and Latin America. It is interesting that it is very resistant to low temperatures, and therefore has the Arctic zone in the north of Norway, Iceland and Russia.

Its leaves are glossy and dark green in colour, and slightly oval at the top. The bearberry herb flowers in the spring, from April to June, when white and pink flowers appear. During the fall, they are transformed into red berry fruits. It is important to note that for tea leaves are harvested at a time when it starts to bloom. They can have some unpleasant, astringent and bitter taste, which is a proof that they are full of medicinal ingredients.
Bear grape has a beneficial impact on the human body and is a natural and powerful antiseptic. It works best if consumed as tea, because in that way it can effectively eliminate harmful bacteria accumulated in the urinary tract.

Healing property of this plant lies in its composition, because the leaves contain reserves of up to 11 percent of phenolic glycosides and tannins and flavonoids are also present.  The combination of these ingredients provides that bear grapes have an antimicrobial effect and are a strong antioxidant.

Tips for cultivation in your backyard 

The plant keeps growing in places that are dry and rocky, and most suitable is altitude over 1200 m. Due to the extensive harvesting of leaves, this species has become fairly sparse in their natural habitats, and is therefore regulated by a special decree.

Cultivation is simply enough in a sunny place. Stony, shallow wetlands, where there are no weed suits it the best.

Bearberry plant is planted in March, at a distance of 50 cm between each row and at the distance between each row there should be about 25 cm. The depth should be up to 4 cm.

Seedlings can later be moved to another place, but only when they reach 15 cm in height, which occurs at the end of August. In this case, we recommend you to find a spacious place, meadows are perfect, because they are sunny all day.

During the summer months when drought is possible, it is advisable to carry out the irrigation of crops, and make sure it is regularly watered, protect it from weeds and disease. After two years, it will cover the entire surface and prevent weed growth.

What are the medicinal properties of bearberry tea?

What best characterizes the healing properties of bearberry tea is its use against urinary tract infections. It is very effective in the prevention and treatment of diseases such as cystitis, urethritis and nephritis.

Arbutin, which is the main ingredient of this plant is easily absorbed in the stomach and enters the urinary tract. It works against all germs that cause inflammatory processes in the bladder, stimulates their elimination and creates a sense of relief after each excretion. Bearberry tea for urinary tract is beneficial because it reduces irritation and prevents new infections of the urinary tract.

Also, it is efficient as a diuretic. A number of antioxidants that this herb is rich in will help to clear your body of all harmful substances. Bearberry tea is good for the elimination of bacteria and toxins from the bladder, and intestines. Its application is in preventing diarrhoea, and as a hydration if there is excessive water loss.

It is interesting that it is useful to drink tea for the regulation of blood pressure. Many diuretics can cause exhaustion and lead to a drop in potassium levels. To avoid this risk, we advise you to drink bearberry tea, because it will not have adverse effects on your body. It will keep potassium in your body and will have a beneficial effect on blood pressure.

The best natural remedy for enlarged prostate 

Many men who are interested in a natural remedy that helps with inflammation of the prostate, will find that this drink is the best. If you have a need for frequent night urination, delayed start of urination, sporadic and intermittent stream, it is certain that you have a problem with the enlargement of the prostate.
  • To eliminate these unpleasant symptoms, you are advised to drink bearberry tea for prostate two to three cups a day.

It helps with women’s conditions 

Tannin which is contained in this plant, in its leaves, also favours the ladies, which is why it is recommended to use tea for ovaries. It will eliminate inflammation of the female sex glands, you need to drink three cups a day of this medicinal beverage.

It is important not to use it more than one month in a year, so women should consult a gynaecologist if they want to use bearberry tea for ovaries.

Alkalization is necessary

What often happens, and is related to this drink is that there are no effect if the organism expresses acidity. This means that if your urine is acidic (a pH less than 7), then this healing potion will not work. It is important to know that the plant has the best effect when placed in the base or alkaline medium, so it is important to first adjust your diet.

To bearberry tea effect is demonstrated in the best way, it is necessary to remove all foods rich in simple sugars, fatty foods, as well as those that disrupt the pH value of the organism. Focus on the diet based on fresh vegetables, fruits, cereals. Avoid frying in oil, it is best to use olive or soybean oil, and keep the consumption of coffee and alcohol to a minimum.

How do you make a bearberry tea at home 

When it comes to bearberry tea, preparation is very simple and easy. It is necessary to obtain the leaves of the plant and to take one full teaspoon. To make sure in its effect, we recommend that you pick them yourself and dry them. Shredded leaves can have less effect because of long standing.
  • Pour leaves with 2 dl of boiling water, cover and let it sit for about 15 minutes.

There are often questions related to bearberry tea, how long and how to use it, so it is important to know that it can be consumed up to three times a day.

Another important advice for this beverage that we would like to mention is that bearberry tea and soda together have a much better and more potent effect. Be sure not to pour soda into it, but rather drink it in 2 ml of water solution.

NOTE: Only after 15 minutes drink the tea, because you will thus enable its better effect. Baking soda will help remove the acidity of the urine, and will therefore encourage the best effect of this medicinal beverage.

If you are uncomfortable with the taste, the tea can be combined with cranberries. In addition it is very nice with birch, sage, horsetail, marshmallow and chamomile.

Avoid using sugar or any other sweetener, because in that way bearberry tea loses its effects.

Tea mixture against sand and kidney stones

This plant has a formidable and effective action against kidney stones. The combination of birch and sweet grass will relieve you of this health problem.
  • It is necessary to obtain 50 grams of leaves of each plant, chop them and mix. One spoon of the herbal mixture pour with 2 dl of water and cook up to five minutes on a low heat. After that, cover and leave on the stove to rest a little. Then leave it to stand to cool for at least two hours, then filter and drink.

Bearberry tea against sand, mud and stones in the kidney can be drunk 4 to 6 times a day.

Avoid bearberry tea during pregnancy and breastfeeding

During the period of pregnancy and lactation, it is really difficult to determine the adequate nutrition and care and what fluids should you take into the body. During this period women are highly susceptible to developing infections of the urinary tract which are very unpleasant phenomenon that has to be quickly and efficiently resolved. Just then the question arises whether you should drink bearberry tea in pregnancy, due to its beneficial effects.

As we have mentioned, we advise against using this drink more than one month in a year. It should be emphasized that during pregnancy, the tea should be completely avoided as it can cause contractions. This can result in a premature birth, and in some cases spontaneous abortion.

In addition to being harmful to the fetus, bearberry tea during pregnancy is harmful to pregnant women, and you should not drink it, because it can cause serious liver damage.

As it is not recommended to expectant mothers, children under 12 years should not drink it. Also, bearberry tea and breastfeeding do not go together, so if you have problems with urinary infections use adequate replacement, such as cranberries.

Price of bearberry tea in shops and pharmacies

When it comes to bearberry tea price is very affordable. Filter bags cost around 3 dollars and we encourage you to use dried leaves of this plant.

If you can, pick it yourself in nature and leave them a few days to dry thoroughly in the sun. If you are not able to do it, then get them in health food stores where the price is just above 5 dollars for 100 grams.

Bearberry tea; how long to drink it (dosage)?

The appropriate dose of bearberry tea depends on several factors, but mostly on the age and overall health. As already mentioned, drink three cups a day of this drink, or up to six if you use it in a mixture with other herbs. Its effect is evident after two days, and after one week the will illness subside. 

If you notice that your urine colour becomes darker or slightly reddish, you do not need to be afraid. This is a natural reaction that bearberry tea for urinary infections causes, because in this way it eliminates harmful bacteria and toxins.

Some people may experience stomach pain, and nausea and vomiting. Larger quantities than the recommended dose can lead to the de-concentration, loss of breath and fainting. Be careful and use this natural remedy within the normal range, always with baking soda, because in that way it will have the best effect on the whole body.