Collections: Medicinal Herbs
A note from @The_Smile_Enthuisiast, longevity coach and co-creator of our Medicinal Herbal Blends.
Bilberry (Vaccinium myrtillus)
Historically, bilberry fruit was used to treat diarrhea and scurvy. Today, the fruit is used as a traditional remedy for diarrhea, eye problems, varicose veins, poor circulation and even cancer prevention.
Bilberries contain anthocyanidins which protect collagen structures in the eyes, making this medicinal fruit a great tool to use in the prevention and treatment of macular degeneration and retinopathy. Bilberries have also been shown to improve night vision and help heal eye irritations.
This medicinal fruit helps to tone blood vessels and improve circulation. If I was suffering with atherosclerosis, varicose veins, chronic headaches, being chronically cold, tingling extremities, fatigue, dizziness, poor concentration, edema, and other circulatory related symptoms, I would bring bilberry into my life. If I experienced any eye related issues, bilberry would be part of my healing protocol. Since macular degeneration happens to run in my family line, I consume bilberries proactively—to help stave of macular degeneration as best as I possibly can.
The antioxidants in bilberries help to protect my heart, and stave off any diseases and conditions which are circulatory system related. Bilberries and wild blueberries are closely related, and can be used interchangeably.
I like to infuse my bilberries in room temperature filtered water—4 tablespoons of bilberries to 32oz of filtered room temperature water, and leave them to steep for 24 hours, ensuring that they get kissed by Mother Nature’s sun for a few hours (out of the 24-hour total steep time). After 24 hours of steeping my bilberries, I strain the liquid, and consume this medicinal fruit, right off a spoon. You can also mix this into your smoothies or add it to your salads.