Bearberry (Arctostaphylos uva-ursi)

Name: Arctostaphylos uva-ursi

Toxicity: considered toxic

Common Name: Bearberry

Continent: North Temperate Zone

Habitat: I

Applicable Plant Components: bark, herb, stem, root

Sanctificational: herb, stem

Invitatory: bark

Convocational: bark

Intensificational: herb, bark

Psychical: herb, stem

Desistant: bark

Harmonical: herb, stem

Pacificatory: herb

Reconciliatory: herb

Reversional: herb, bark

Theurgical: herb

Amoristic: herb

Protectant: herb

Preserval: herb

Vulnerary: herb

Sanguinary: herb

Providential: herb

Plenitudinal: herb

Plenarial: herb

Ensurant: herb, root

Ecstatic: herb

Divinatory: herb

Affixal: bark, herb

Affirmational: herb, stem

Resurgent: stem, root

Anecdotal: The fruit of Arctostaphylos is considered Bear Medicine, linking it to both abundance and the ferocity of a mother bear protecting her cubs. It is also regarded as Deer Medicine, the quintessential guardian of birth and rebirth. Arctostaphylos is used in ritual fires for bright light and lasting coals, enhancing and promoting profound dream states. The root is rendered into pipe bowls and the wood into pipe stems, tools, staffs and handles. The leaves are used in tanning. A heavy fruit set is a sign that a bad winter is eminent. The spirit within Arctostaphylos is invoked to address spiritual pain related to subjective experiences that have led to attrition or loss of spiritual energy or direction. It is a formidable incarnant for resolving endopsychic wounds. Arctostaphylos enhances psychic ability and the hunt for ones personal medicine. It is one of the keepers of harmony. The properties of Arctostaphylos extend to include placing its leaves in shoes for protection, for comfort while grieving, and for providing a tremendous shield against malevolent spirits. 

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