Bilberry (Vaccinium myrtillus) aka - Blueberry, Huckleberry
Bilberry is native to northern Europe and Asia and folks eat the berries or make them into jams and jellies with honey. During World War II, British RAF pilots used Bilberry jam on their bread. It was noted that these pilots seemed to be far more successful at hitting their targets. After research was done, it was found to help against eye fatigue, it reduced eye irritation, nearsightedness and night blindness, and extended the range and sharpness of vision. Bilberry accelerates regeneration of the retina and helps to mitigate the development of conditions such as glaucoma and cataracts. The dried berries of Bilberry are primarily used for their astringent qualities in the treatment of dysentery and diarrhea. Bilberry improves blood circulation by increasing the ability of fluids and nourishment to pass through veins and to capillaries. It is believed to help improve all capillaries, veins, and arteries, thus improving circulation to the feet, hands, brain, and heart. It also helps with varicose veins, atherosclerosis, and blood clots. It can help to prevent strokes, heart attacks, and blindness. It contains essential antioxidants that are useful in preventing free-radical damage. It helps nourish the pancreas in diabetes and aids healing in lung disorders such as chronic coughing, lung ailments, and TB. The extract has been found to kill or inhibit the growth of fungus, yeast, and bacteria, as well as protozoa, such as Trichomonas vaginalis. Bilberry has been used to treat blood sugar fluctuations, hypoglycemia and diabetes. It appears to have benefits similar to those of insulin with less toxicity. Bilberry is a beneficial herb to use during pregnancy. It can be a strong but gentle astringent, aids in kidney function and is a mild diuretic for bloating.
- Properties: Antioxidant, Astringent, Febrifuge Primary nutrients: Calcium, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, silicon, sodium, Vitamins A and C with bioflavonoids, zinc Primary uses: Here are just a few of the maladies Bilberry may provide relief from: • Bladder Stones • Poor Circulation • Diabetes • TB/Lung Ailments • Glaucoma/Cataracts • Night Blindness • Strokes/Heart Attacks • Varicose Veins • Weak Blood Vessels