Bilberry Vaccinium myrtillus

Vaccinium myrtillus
  • Common Names
  • Bilberry , Huckleberry
  • Botanical Name
  • Vaccinium myrtillus
  • Family

Medicinal Uses & Benefits of Bilberry

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How to Use: Bilberry

Billberry is best known for it's
beneficial effects on eyesight

Bilberry is one of the most trusted herbal medicines for eye health. Bilberry fruits contain chemicals called anthocyanosides that support good circulation in the small capillaries around the eyes.

Bilberry has beneficial effects on many disorders from poor vision and diabetes to high cholesterol and blood pressure. Because capillary damage is the primary factor in a number of eye diseases, such as diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, and cataracts, bilberry extracts are often promoted as a source of protection. This great tasting berry also finds a place in the home herbalist's medicine cabinet as a simple and effective remedy for reducing bruises from black eyes.

Bilberries, along with black cherries, blueberries, and strawberries have proven their ability to reduce levels of uric acid. Those suffering from gout should be getting at least two servings a day of these berry gout fighters. During the winter when fresh berries are not available, used dried bilberries in tea, and frozen blueberries as desserts.

Preparation Methods & Dosage :Use 1 teaspoon crushed, dried berries to each teaspoon of water. Bilberry is a great tasting tea, and blends well with spices like cinnamon, or with other berries.

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Bilberry Side Effects: Not for use during pregnancy. Don't use in extremely high doses, or if you are taking prescription blood thinners. Bilberry may cause hypoglycemia in diabetics.

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Plant Description

  • Flowers:
  • Plant type:shrub that grows to about one foot
  • Leaves:
  • Fruit: Sweet, blue berries..
  • Preferred Habitat:Damp, acidic soils
  • Flowering Season:
  • Distribution:North America and Europe

Related Species Vaccinium corymbosum, Blueberry
Vaccinium macrocarpon, American cranberry