Bilberry – Therapeutic Indications
Spreading: grows in upland areas, coniferous forests, meadows, on the rocks, siliceous soils, up to 2500 meters altitude.
Vegetable product used: leaves and fruits.
Harvest: leaves with branches, is harvested on sunny weather in May-September, and fruits, when ripe in July-September.
Active ingredients: leaves contain tannin, arbutin, hydroquinone, mirtilin, neomirtilin. Fruits contain: tannin, pectin, miritilin, sugars, provitamin A, vitamin C, organic acids (citric, malic, oxalic, lactic).
- increases visual acuity;
- anti-helmintic (intestinal worms).
- intestinal parasites;
- urinary tract infections;
Usage: as an infusion, which is obtained from the leaves. Drink 2-3 cups a day.
Fruits are used raw or dried, or prepared in the form of jam or syrup. Also, the dough obtained from fruits (1 tablespoon of fruits in 250 ml of boiling water, boil 5 minutes) is used for gargle in inflammation of the oral mucosa.