The Bear’s Berry: Uva Ursi Spiritual Meaning and Magic

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The Magic of Uva Ursi

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Uva ursi plays a part in some Native American religious rituals, believing that the herb can revitalize the body. It is a prime ingredient in a sacred smoking concoction for Native Americans, trusting that the smoke would carry their wishes to the heavens.

Uva Ursi and Native American Ceremonies

Uva ursi bark, leaves, and berries are used for various Native American ceremonies and to teach shamans the art of divination. They also use it medicinally as a remedy for headaches and to cure scurvy.*

The Metaphysical Properties of Uva Ursi

Uva ursi can be used in spell work to represent animals, especially bears. The plant carries the powers of protection and strength and is used to heighten psychic abilities. Likewise, it can clear psychic channels and strengthen divination and magical efforts.

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Strengthening Psychic Power with Uva Ursi

The leaves of the Uva Ursi plant can be used to make sachets that heighten psychic power, and the leaves can be made into tea to aid in meditations and divination. Some even dry and smoke the leaves to heighten meditative practice further.

Is Uva Ursi the Same As Bearberry?

Bearberry is simply another name for Uva Ursi. The herb was named as such because bears seem to enjoy it.

Bearberry for UTI

Uva ursi is a respected antiseptic and has been used prominently as an antibiotic to disinfect the urinary tract. They can be used to help relieve the pain of bladder stones and can also help with diarrhea. Pregnant women should not consume uva ursi.*

*(See FDA Disclaimer)

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