Bilberry (Vaccinium myrtillus) 4oz/113g Herbal Tea - Maria Treben's Authentic™ Herbs of the World
Latin (botanical) name: Vaccinium myrtillus
Common names: Whortleberry, Black Whortles, Whinberry, Trackleberry, Huckleberry, Hurts, Bleaberry, Hurtleberry, Airelle, Vaccinium Frondosum, Blueberries
Plant Description: Bilberry can be found in the mountainous regions of Europe. It is a small shrub with wiry branches and rarely grows more than 12 inches in height. The leaves are globe shaped with a waxy surface and the berries are blackish-blue. Berries can sometimes be hidden from view by the grayish bloom it yields when ripe. The fruit is about the size of a black currant and can be eaten raw, but has a slightly acidic taste. When cooked with sugar, it makes a very nice preserve.
Use: Make a tea by pouring approximately 2 cups of boiling water over 2 heaped tsp of herb. Let steep for 3-5 minutes. In general, sip a cup before breakfast, and another 2 hours after dinner
Cautions & Interactions: Keep out of reach of children.