(latin: Vaccinium myrtillus)

Popular names:

Whortleberry, European blueberry, Huckleberry, Bogberry, Hurtleberry, Dyeberry


Bilberry, low-growing shrub, grows about 30 – 60 cm (12 - 24 inches), in alpine regions up to an altitude of 2000-2500 m, especially on shady slopes and moist coniferous forests. Bilberries (European blueberry) and American blueberries are nearly identical, and used for the same purposes. Bilberries are distinct from blueberries but closely related to them. The parts used are the leaf and the nearly black fruit called berries.

Health benefits:

anti-diabetic anti-inflammatory anti-microbial anti-oxidant anti-septic anti-ulcerous eye-treatment kidney-stones lowering blood sugar urinary-infection

Medicinal uses:

For hundreds of years bilberry has been consumed in cakes, jams and pies. Note that bilberry is taken by mouth to treat eye problems. It is not used as an eye drop. Bilberry leaf tea is high in chromium, which is said to reduce blood sugar levels, and has therefore been suggested as a treatment for high blood sugar in diabetes. The leaves are also used for the treatment of poor circulation, arthritis, gout and digestive problems.

This page is for informational purposes. It may rely on scientific studies but it isn't scientific as a whole. Do not use any treatment before consulting a phisician; if you do use any herbal plants don't over abuse them (even water in large quantities is bad for the body). Extra precaution during pregnancy and breastfeeding !