Bilberry

Scientific Name:Vaccinium mytillus

Common Names:European blueberry, huckleberry, whortleberry

Family:Ericaceae

Part Used:Leaves, fruits

Habitat:Bilberry grows in the warm regions of the Northern Hemisphere

Bilberry has been used for centuries by European healers to treat such things as stomach cramps, diarrhea and diabetes. Now bilberry is most often used to prevent night blindness. It seems to be able to strengthen the capillaries and protect them from free radical damage. This plant contains flavonoids called anthocyanosides. These are a powerful antioxidant. In the past, bilberry has also been used as a remedy for varicose veins, hemorrhoids and bruising.

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