Scientific Name: Vaccinium Myrtillus - Ericaceae Family
AKA: Blueberry, Black Whortleberry, Burren Myrtle, Dyeberry, Huckleberry, Hurleberry, Whinberry, Whortleberry, Wineberry
Parts Used: Leaves and fruit
Active Compounds: Anthocyanosides, Vitamin B1, Vitamin C, Pro-Vitamin A, Tannin, Acids.
Background: Used a food source for the fruit since the prehistoric era. Used to treat scurvy and improve vision during previous wars. Studies show promise in the fact that Bilberries inhibit or kill fungi, bacteria, and protozoans.
Applications: Digestive System/Anti-Inflammatory/Antioxidant
Antioxidant: The Bilberries provide powerful antioxidants in that they help formation of and strengthening of connective tissue and capillaries.
Digestion: Bilberries are known as a mild laxative because the fruit has a high sugar content.
Anti-Inflammatory: Known to reduce the appearance of varicose veins, it also is useful in treating hemorrhoids and fragile capillaries.
Bilberry is native to Europe and North America, it is a shrub that grows up to 16 inches and had oval leaves with small pink or white flowers and berries that turn purplish-black. It grows best in moist soil and when ready, the fruit and leaves are harvested in the summer months.
When Bilberry is taken as a laxative, eat fresh fruit. Take dry in doses of 1 teaspoon to 1 cup water per day for it to act as a binding agent for the reverse effect.
As a tincture, take up to 40 drops in water, at least three times a day.
Use as a tea made from the Bilberry leaves for treatment of diabetes.
Bilberry leaves are not to be used for lengths longer than 3 weeks at a time, as it can cause symptoms of poisoning
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