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Health Information

Bilberry

(Vaccinium myrtillus)

Description

This herb has been used for a long time to improve night vision. Bilberry may actually help other eye problems, such as glaucoma, cataracts, and macular degeneration. Bilberry strengthens the capillaries and also has an antioxidant affect.

Some European herbalists claim that bilberry may protect the arteries by reducing deposits that can lead to heart attacks, strokes, and high blood pressure. 

Dried berries work directly on the small intestine and are used to treat diarrhoea. 

Herbalists have also prescribed bilberry leaves to lower blood sugar in diabetics. 

How It May Benefit You

  • eyestrain, cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration, nearsightedness, night blindness

  • constipation

  • vomiting

  • diarrhoea and stomach cramps. 

  • inflammation

  • stress and anxiety

  • diuretic

  • stabilises collagen

  • reduces blood clotting

  • lowers blood sugar

  • prevents ulcers

  • if applied topically - varicose veins, haemorrhoids, burns and skin problems.

Caution

The use of fresh bilberries can cause diarrhoea in some people. Do not eat more than the recommended dose of the bilberry leaves.

WARNING:    Herbs should only be used under the supervision of an experienced herbalist or naturopath experienced in herbs.

Availability

Bilberry is available as tablets, tinctures, liquid, dried leaves, and berries.