Bilberry dried Leaf
Latin name: Vaccimium myrtillus
Bilberry leaf has been used to treat diarrhea and other tissue disorders since its tannin content helps reduce inflammation and improves tissue constriction.
To make a Bilberry herbal infusion:
Use 1 heaped TEAspoon of leaf per cup required.
Place in pot.
Add boiling water.
Allow to infuse for 4.-7 minutes.
Strain into a cup and enjoy.
A sweetener may be added if required.
We recommend our own pure Coconut Palm Suger as a healthy sweetener.
The Spiceworks also sell Bilberry leaf in convenient teabag form.
Bilberry has marvellous anti-aging properties and is loaded with high concentrations of bioflavonoid and antioxidants.
Other health benefits include:
• Great for eye health. They can help to prevent damage to important parts of the eye such as the retina. Also helps improve night vision. Great to take to help prevent diseases of the eye such as macular degeneration, cataracts, and glaucoma.
• Bilberry also helps to strengthen capillaries in the eyes which also help protect the eye from damage.
• Reduces excess sugar in the blood, so it is beneficial to diabetics.
• Can help regulate hypoglycemia if used over a period of several months.
• Take regularly for heart and circulatory system health. Antioxidants and anthocyanosides work together to help reduce bad cholesterol levels. Helps to strengthen capillaries all over the body, so they are used to treat varicose veins and hemorrhoids, and are great for helping the blood circulate freely through the body.
• Stimulates the urinary system and strengthens bladder and kidney function.
• Used to treat urinary infections, so it is often combined with cranberry or Uva Ursi Leaf for this purpose.
• Due to high levels of tannins, it has strong anti-inflammatory properties that help to treat diarrhea (especially in children since it is such a mild herb), hemorrhoids, and colon or intestinal inflammation.
• Helps to control free radicals in the body. Free radicals are often cancer causing, so it is beneficial as a cancer preventative.
• Anti-inflammatory properties also make bilberry useful for treating rheumatism, arthritis, and gout.
Nutritional Benefits of Bilberry Leaf
• Rich in antioxidants, which help to control free radicals in the body.
How to Use Bilberry Leaf
• Taken as a herbal ‘Tea’ infusion
Cautions and Side Effects of Bilberry Leaf
• Do not take with other anti-coagulant drugs.
Are Bilberries and Blueberries the same?
They are close cousins. Bilberries are often called the European Blueberry.
True blueberries come from the United States, whereas bilberries are native to Northern Europe and certain parts of North America and Asia.
Both berries possess health-promoting antioxidant compounds, vitamins and minerals.
We also sell the Bilberry fruit.