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Preparation and Dosage:
For an infusion the dry leaves are soaked in either 98% alcohol or brandy. The concentration is 1 teaspoon of soaked leaves to 1 cup of boiling water. One method is to make a tincture by allowing the leaves to soak in brandy for 1 week before preparing the infusion. Add 1 teaspoon or 10-20 drops of the brandy tincture to one cup of boiling water to make and infusion which can be taken 3-4 times per day. (Moore, 1993)
Arctostaphylos uva ursi is a very low growing shrub that will cascade over walls or embankments. In the late spring, the plant will bear small clusters of dull pink globular shaped flowers that are later followed by green berries that will ripen to a brilliant red color in autumn. The leaves take on very intense tones of red as well. Cultivars include "Massachuetts", "Radiant" and "Woods Red", which is a dwarf variety. The "Point Reyes" variety is tolerant of coastal conditions. (Weiner, 1980)