Botanical Name: Vaccinium myrtillus
- English: Blueberry
- Also, known as: Bickbeere, Moll berry, Whortleberry. Black Whortles. Whinberry. Trackleberry. Huckleberry, Hurtleberry, Adara, Airelle, Blue berry, Bog bilberry, Bickbeere, European blueberry, Blaubeere, Brimbelle,Blaeberry, Blauessen,
Habitat: Europe & North America
Part used: Leaves
Bilberry is native to Europe including Britain and North America. The shrub grows to a height of around 2 meters, has green deciduous, alternate and 5-15 mm wide leaves with 4-5 lobe corolla pale pink or white flower, around 6 mm wide,5 mm long, in clusters followed by two or three round fruit known as blueberries. They nourish best on acidic soil and high grounds. The shrub of Bilberry form large colonies from creeping rhizomes. Leaves and fruit of this plant is used as herb.
How to use:
The basic method for dried herbs and flower is, take 2-3 tablespoons of dried herb in a cup or teapot. Pour hot water over it and cover it with lid for 10-30 minutes. Hot water is needed to draw out the antioxidants, enzymes, vitamins, flavonoids and volatile oils from the botanicals. Strain and squeeze out as much as liquid as possible and enjoy!
- You can sweeten your herbal tea with bit of honey, natural fruit juice, stevia leaves powder and or licorice root powder.
- You can make ice cubes or pops by freezing tea in ice tray or pop molds.
You should consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using any herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.
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