The benefits of the bilberry, scientific name Vaccinium myrtillus, are not limited to the fruits, but also leaves and roots are helpful. The leaves have hypoglycemic, diuretic, antiseptic and antibacterial properties, disinfect the urinary tract, are particularly useful against cough, vomiting but also stomach ache and diarrhea. For external use, bilberry leaves are used to prepare decoctions with a healing and soothing effect to be used in case of mouth and eye infections, aphthae (canker sores), eyelid inflammation, dermatitis and sunburn. The roots are healing and disinfecting and can be applied on sores and wounds. Do not exceed with herbal tea or mother tincture, because strong doses can cause weight loss and jaundice. If you are suffering from diabetes and are following a cure, ask your doctor for advice to avoid possible interactions.
Brew with leaves for internal use
Bring to boil a liter of water, once it has reached the boil, remove from heat and infuse a handful of dry or fresh leaves, leave to brew for ten minutes then filter and drink up to 3 cups a day.
Decoction of leaves for external use
prepare a decoction by boiling one liter of water and two tablespoons of dried or fresh leaves, let boil for a few minutes, then filter and once lukewarm use to gargle, lotions, wraps.
10 drops three times a day in children, 30-40 drops three times daily for adults, diluted in water without food.