Uva Ursi Postpartum Benefits

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The leaves of the Uva Ursi shrub have been used as an herbal folk medicine for centuries. Though not approved by the FDA because the FDA does not approve herbs for uses like this, it is coveted by midwives. Uva Ursi has been used to soothe, tighten and strengthen inflamed and wounded tissues.

Though not approved for medicinal use in the United States, Uva Ursi has a history of medicinal use dating back to the 2nd century. Until the discovery of sulfa drugs and antibiotics, Uva Ursi was regularly the go-to herb for treating bladder irritation and wounds.  This makes sense now, given that modern science seems to correspond with its claimed antibacterial powers of folklore.

Uva Ursi is regularly used to neutralize acidity in the urine, for repairing tissue, and as an astringent by midwives.

Though not approved by the FDA, Uva Ursi has been approved for treating inflammation of the lower urinary tract by the German Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices which recognizes it as an astringent.

Uva Ursi also contains allantoin which is the chemical people seek out garlic for in fighting infections.  Given how often e-coli is responsible for female infections, and how susceptible a postpartum perineum is, it should be noted that Uva Ursi is even thought to be able to kill E. Coli bacteria along with a whole host of other bacterium.

You can buy Peri-Ease Organic Sitz Bath Compresses with Uva Ursi and other powerful wound cleansing herbs from Everything Birth before you deliver your baby… before you need it. Then after you use it, get on our Facebook page and let us know how much you loved it!

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