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Bilberry is a perennial shrub that is found in various climates in damp woodlands. In the U.S. they are also known as huckleberries, and there are over one hundred different species with similar fruit throughout Europe, Asia and North America. The British call them whortleberries and the Scottish call them blaeberries. They has been used as a medicinal herb since the 16th century.

Bilberry can also be used in connection with vascular and blood disorders, and shows positive results when treating varicose veins, thrombosis, and angina. The fruit contains flavonoids and anthocyanin, which serve to stop capillary weakness, thin the blood, and stimulate the release of vasodilators. Anthocyanin, a natural antioxidant, also lowers blood pressure, reduces clotting and improves blood supply to the nervous system. They also contain glucoquinine that has been shown to help lower blood sugar.

The herb contains Vitamins A and C, providing antioxidant protection which can help prevent free radical damage to the eyes. Vitamin A is required for sharp vision, while Vitamin C helps form collagen and is needed for growth and repair of tissue cells and blood vessels. Anthocyanosides support and protect collagen structures in the blood vessels of the eyes, assuring strong, healthy capillaries that carry vital nutrients to eye muscles and nerves.

Bilberry has long been a treatment for poor vision and "night blindness." Clinical tests show when taken orally, it improves visual accuracy, and can help with eye diseases such as pigmentosa, retinitis, glaucoma, and myopia. During World War II, British Royal Air Force pilots ate the plants preserves before night missions to help with night vision. It works by improving the microcirculation and regeneration of retinal purple, a substance needed for good eyesight.

The dried fruit and tea has been used as a treatment for diarrhea, and as a relief for nausea and indigestion. It is also used as a treatment for mild inflammation of the mucous membranes of the mouth and throat.

Part Used: Berries, leaves

Common Use: Contains nutrients needed to protect eyes from eyestrain or fatigue, and can improve circulation to the eyes. Tea is given to treat stomach problems and soothe the digestive tract. The leaves and berries are used in the homeopathic treatment of diabetes and are used in making jams, preserves, liqueurs, and wines.

Care: Prefers filtered shade and moist, fertile soil that is acidic and non calcareous.

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