Bilberry (Vaccinium myrtillus) is native to northern Europe and Asia and one can eat the berries or make them into jams and jellies with honey. One of the most recent advances in the use of Bilberry was found during World War II when British RAF pilots began using Bilberry jam on their bread. It was noted that these pilots seemed to be far more successful at hitting their targets. Research was done, and Bilberry was found to help against eye fatigue, reduce eye irritation, nearsightedness and night blindness, extend the range and sharpness of vision, aid in the adaptation to darkness by accelerating regeneration of the retina and help restrain 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. Bilberry is a beneficial herb to use during pregnancy. It can be a strong but gentle astringent and will fortify vein and capillary support; aids in kidney function and is a mild diuretic to relieve bloating.
- Primary uses: Here are just a few of the ailments Bilberry Leaf can provide relief for: • Bladder Stones • Blood Vessels • Cold Hands & Feet • Diabetes • Diarrhea (infant) • Dysentery • Hemorrhoids • Infections • Night Blindness • Urinary Problems • Varicose Veins