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Botanical Name: Vaccinium myrtillus

Description: This species is a low growing shrub producing an abundance of sweet black/purple berries native to North America Forests.

Culinary Uses: Bilberry is commonly used to make jams, syrups, pies, wines, fruit juices and is a delicious addition to muffins, cakes, pancakes, hot and cold cereal and baked goods.

External Uses: Bilberry is effectively used for bruises form black eyes.

Medicinal Parts Used: Berries, leaves

Medicinal Properties and Uses of Bilberry LEAF: Bilberry Leaf has one of the highest antioxidant contents in it's makeup. Bilberry Leaf benefits many disorders especially for poor vision, eye diseases, diabetes, glaucoma, cataracts, high cholesterol and blood pressure. Bilberries properties also consist of mucostimulant, anti-inflammatory, hypoglycemic, vasoprotectant and a lipid lowering agent.

Bilberry Tea Recipe: Steep 1 tsp dried herb in 1 cup water.

Bilberry Cautions: Bilberry may lower blood pressure and effect blood sugar levels. Please consult with your doctor if you have any known health issues before taking bilberry, especially if you are taking medicines for diabetes or high blood pressure.


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