Arctostaphylos uva ursi is a plant species of the genus Arctostaphylos (manzanita). The leaves of this small shrub have been used as an herbal folk medicine for centuries as a mild diuretic and astringent, and in the treatment of urinary tract infections such as cystitis, urethritis and nephritis, pyelitis and in pyelonephritis.
Uva Ursi was well-known to the Native Americans, who smoked the leaves either alone or mixed with other smoking herbs in their ceremonial pipes, believing that the smoke carried their wishes to the higher powers. They called the herb “Kinnikinnick,” which roughly means “smoking mixture.”
Not surprising, then, that the leaves ingested in a tea are believed to increase psychic abilities and divination in modern magic.
The powdered herb can be sprinkled around the alter area or into burning candles in divination rituals, and leaves can be made into sachets to help increase psychic powers. Dried leaves can be mixed with tobacco or other smokable herbs and used for meditation and increased psychic abilities.