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(Vaccinium myrtilli, v. corymbosum)
Common names: Blueberry, Burren Myrtle, Dyeberry, Huckleberry, Hurtleberry, Whinberry, Wineberry, Whortleberry.



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Parts Used: Leaves, berries. Methods Used: Water extraction.
Spiritual Uses: None identified to date.

Physical Uses: Native to North America (v. corymbosum = Blueberry) and Eurasia (v. myrtilli = Bilberry). Found in the acidic soils of tundras and bogs.

Folk medicine has used this herb for treatment of poor eyesight and night blindness, sores, wounds, and external ulcers. This is supported by current research which finds that these plants produce powerful antioxidants which help to improve the blood flow to the various body systems, including the eyes, the nerves, and the skin.

Also used in tonics and to treat nausea. The leaf tea has been used for vomiting, stomach cramps, and coughs.

A decoction of the leaves has been a traditional treatment for diarrhea.

These members of the heather family share a trait with their cousin, the Cranberry. They improve the health of the urinary tract, combating urinary infections and cystitis.

Externally, the tea is effective as a gargle and mouthwash as well as the treatment of various skin burns and irritations.



Try this refreshing combination:


Mix equal parts of the following:

  1. Bilberry Leaves
  2. Strawberry Leaves
  3. Thyme Leaves

Store the mixed leaves in a closed container.

  1. Boil one cup of water. Allow to stand 30 seconds.
  2. Place 1 teaspoon of mix in a cup.
  3. Pour water over mix leaves. Cover.
  4. Allow to steep for 15 minutes.
  5. Strain out leaves and discard.
  6. Dosage: 1 cup.
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