Bilberry (Vaccinium Myrtillus) medicinal herb is native to Europe, North America and Northern Asia. It is from the Ericaceae family and the parts used are the leaves, fruit and root. The fruits, which are dark blue berries, are edible. For many years this medicinal herb has been utilized for various herbal remedies.
Some of the more popular common names are Airelle, Arandano, Whinberry, blue Whortleberry, Huckleberry and Trackleberry. The medicinal properties are hypoglycemic, antioxidants, anti-inflammatory, astringent, tonic, Vaccinium Myrtillus, Vaccinium, Dwarf bilberry and sterile. It contains large amount of flavonoids referred to as Anthocyanosides. This aids in repairing Rhodopsin which is of a pinkish colour pigment. Rhodopsin is utilized as rods in the eye to enhance night vision.
Bilberry herb is effective in treating hemorrhoids, dysentery, diarrhea and gastrointestinal. One of the most significant uses of this plant is the treatment of various eye conditions and enhancement of the small blood vessels that carry oxygen to the eyes. It is especially good for night vision. So, it is popularly known as the eye herb.
It is additionally helpful in treating macular degeneration. Macular degeneration can affect people over the age of 60 and for most part it is believed to be unrectifiable. This medicinal herb is a good choice to treat this disease.
It is also good to treat cataract and diabetic retinopathy. One research has shown that a blend of bilberry extract and vitamin E decreases the growth of cataract. Bilberry is helpful in treating wounds, sore throat, diarrhea, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid joint inflammation and gum disease.
Bilberry leaves can be utilized to treat diabetes because of its hypoglycemic properties. It can be made in a decoction to treat inflammation of the eye and mouth, skin diseases and burns. It is known to treat varicose veins, chronic venous insufficiency, sores on the legs, pain and itching. It is very likely that it is able to in treat Raynaud's disease.
It can treat diarrhea by mixing it with honey. It is a good remedy for fibrocystic breast conditions, peptic ulcers and painful menstruation.
To prepare a cup of tea, pour one cup of hot water in one or two tablespoon of dried whole berries or pour over crushed berries. Strain and drink 4 cups per day. This process can be done with the leaves as well.
Tea bags, liquid extract and other supplement can be purchased and used accordingly.
In some individuals consumption of bilberry internally may interfere with iron absorption. Lactating and pregnant women should keep away from bilberry herb.
Submitted November 5, 2019