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Bilberry is a European berry shrub that is related to the Blueberry, Huckleberry, and Bearberry plants that grow in North America. The shrub yields large amounts of small, darkish blue berries. Besides their medicinal use, they are often eaten fresh or made into jams and preserves. The leaves of the plant are used medicinally as well the leaves were used as a folk remedy for diabetes.
Bilberry is most famous, though, for its long use as a medicine for eye and vision problems. Legend has it that during World War II, British and American pilots discovered that eating bilberry jam before night missions greatly improved their night vision.
The energetic and flavour of the leaf is sour, astringent, cold and drying and the leaf has an affinity towards the eyes, circulatory system, kidneys, gastrointestinal sytem and pancreas. For eyes combine Bilberry with Calendula, Chrysanthemum or Ginkgo. For circulatory issues combine Bilberry Leaf with Hawthorn, Ginger Root or Prickly Ash.
How to use:
1 teaspoon of Bilberry Leaf to one cup of boiling water. Simmer for 15 minutes, strain and drink up to three cups a day.
Cautions & contraindications:
Bilberry is possibly unsafe if you take it in high doses or for a long time.
This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any disease or illness. Please consult your healthcare provider prior to the use of this product if you are pregnant, nursing, taking medications or have a medical condition. Individual results may vary.