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Bilberry

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Vaccinum myrtillus

 

 

 

Also known as huckleberry, European bilberry, whortleberry and hurtleberry.

 

Bilberry is a small shrub whose berries and leaves are used in herbal remedies. It has anti-inflammatory, astringent, antiseptic and antioxidant properties and in skin care has been for complaints such as scurvy, wounds, sores and ulcers.

 

Bilberries are also used in eye care products as an astringent and as an anti-inflammatory for sore throats in mouthwashes and gargles. The dried leaves can be made into an infusion, while a decoction can be made from the bark. It is also sold in powdered form.

 

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