Synonyms: Blueberry, Dwarf Bilberry, Huckleberry, Hurtleberry, Whortleberry
Genus species: Vaccinium myrtillus
Type: Deciduous Shrub
Part Used: Fruit
Location: Albania, central Europe, former U.S.S.R., former Yugoslavia, northern Europe
Actions: Accelerates production of rhodopsin (visual purple), antibacterial, anticoagulant, antidiarrheal, antiedemic, antihyperglycemic, antinyctalopic, antiulcer, astringent, capillary protectant, circulatory stimulant, decreases vascular permeability, diuretic, laxative, liver protectant, reduces and reverses the damage caused by blood vessel deterioration, reduces eye fatigue, refrigerant, stimulates insulin secretion, strengthens capillaries that feed eye muscles and nerves, vascular protectant, tonic, antemetic, urinary antiseptic
Indications: Acute diarrhea, atherosclerosis, bleeding gums, calculi, cataracts, degenerative retinal conditions, diabetes mellitus, diabetic retinopathy, dropsy, dysentery, dyspepsia, eyestrain, mild enteritis, nearsightedness, night blindness, poor eyesight, retinitis pigmentosa, sinusitis, sore throat, stomatitis, typhoid fever, ulcer, varicose veins
Chemicals & Nutrients: Anthocyanidins, Anthocyanosides, Bioflavonoids, Calcium, Invert Sugar, Iron, Magnesium, Manganese, Phosphorus, Potassium, Protein, Selenium, Vitamin C
Preparation & Dosages:
Fruit: 4-6 g in evening
Tea: 150 ml water added to 5-10 g crushed drug, boil 10 minutes strain while hot. For diarrhea drink one cup of cold tea several times per day.
Warning: If diarrhea persists for more than 3-4 days consult a doctor. Interferes with iron absorption.
Note: WW II British pilots ate bilberries to improve visual acuity and improve adjustments from light to darkness.