Small shrub with small white and red flowers grouped in clusters and whose fruits are red, bearberry is a plant with multiple virtues that grows in the clearings of coniferous forests or on the siliceous rocks of the mountainous regions of Asia, Europe and North America.
A rare but well-known plant in Quebec, bearberry grows under the same conditions as blueberries.
Qualified as a virtuous plant, it is essential to take an overview in order to fully understand and understand its health benefits.
Busserole, for the record
Etymologically, the word "Busserole" would come from the Provencal "bouisserolo Which means "boxwood ».
Still called "bear grape" because of its berries much appreciated by these mammals, the Bearberry belongs to the Ericaceae family. It has creeping stems and spatula-shaped evergreen leaves.
This small shrub would come from wild plants native to Italy or Spain.
So these are his leaves, mostly dried (whole or in pieces), which are the most popular parts in cooked.
Researchers have shown that the Amerindians put in their pipes, dried leaves added to tobacco as well as other smoking herbs.
In their culture, bearberry leaves had the "power to calm minds and clarify ideas" - a strong argument for fostering harmony between peoples.
However, this plant still called "bear cherry" or "small boxwood", is full of virtues so much therapeutic, gastronomics that cosmetics.
Bearberry: a medicinal plant full of virtues
On the medical plan, bearberry is recommended to treat or prevent urinary tract infections, chronicles or acute especially in cases where antibiotic therapy is not recommended.
This plant is therefore referred to asnatural urinary antiseptic especially in the treatment of cystitis.
A plant very similar to atoca, bearberry treats other types of urinary tract inflammation including colibacillosis, theinflammation kidney, thehypertrophy of the prostate followed by pus in the urine, theinflammation of bassinet andurethra after gonorrhea.
More so, the medicinal virtues bearberry are known to relieve hemoptysis and theincontinence.
His antibacterial properties allow to treat diarrhea and the White discharge.
Other conditions such as leucorrhoea, hematuria, urine retention, enterocolitis, dysentery, menorrhagia and - to a lesser extent - urinary stones, are also included.
Genuine diuretics, bearberry leaves act as a sedative. They reduce the burning sensations during urination and thus relieve the patient.
In short, this natural urinary antiseptic releases its anti-infectious principle where its effect is needed.
Note that in the 16th century, in addition to treating urinary ailments, the American Indians also used this virtuous plant to treat several venereal diseases and theobesity.
In cosmetic, we know that bearberry extract has a regulatory action on the formation of melanin.
Its properties are therefore recognized to reduce skin spots as well as skin imperfections due to too much melanin.
History goes that the Native Americans called it "kinnikinnick". They ate bearberry fresh, raw or cooked.
In general, bearberry is eaten in soups and broths, especially during the cooking meats.
In other cases, bearberry leaves were cooked in animal fat and then mixed with fish roe.
To sweeten it all up, we added birch or maple syrup.
Uses and dosages of bearberry
To heal yourself, taking bearberry is recommended as follows:
- In decoction : Put 10 to 15 grams of leaves per liter in boiling water. Leave to simmer for about 30 minutes. Drink it afterwards.
- In powder : Take 2 to 8 grams (or in capsules of 250 mg, or 4 to 6 capsules) for 10 days between meals.
In case of preventive treatment, take 1 or 2 doses per day for 10 days and every 2 months.
- In infusion : Measure 20 to 30 grams of leaves per liter of water. For best results, drink 3 to 4 cups a day.
- In mother tincture : take 50 to 90 drops per day, on a short duration.
Good to know about the bearberry
If taken, it is indicated not to exceed 10 days of treatment in order to avoid stomach pain.
For people with sensitive stomachs, bearberry can cause nausea, a gastric irritation or even vomiting.
The "bear cherry" is strongly not recommended for pregnant women or those who breastfeed.
When in doubt, especially if symptoms persist, treatment with herbs is not sufficient. It is always recommended to have a medical advice.