Blueberry Leaf (vaccinium myrtillus)
ALSO KNOWN AS: Bilberry Leaf, European Blueberry Leaf, Huckleberry, Blue Whortleberry
PLANT FAMILY: Solanaceae, nightshade
PART(S) USED: Leaf
OVERVIEW: Blueberry Leaf has traditionally been used to treat conditions caused by poor circulation, diabetes, high blood pressure, gout, urinary tract infections (UTIs), and many other conditions. It has also been used to treat eye conditions such as disorders of the retina, cataracts, nearsightedness, and glaucoma, as well as mild mouth and throat soreness. There is no conclusive scientific research for these claims.
TRADITIONAL USES: Blueberry Leaf contains chemicals called tannins that are traditionally believed to help improve diarrhea, as well as mouth and throat irritation, by reducing swelling (inflammation).
STORAGE: Keep dry. Store in an airtight container in a dry cupboard away from light. Shelf life is approximately 3 years.
PRECAUTIONS & CONTRAINDICATIONS:
Pregnancy or breast-feeding: There isn't enough reliable information to know if it is safe to use blueberry leaf when pregnant or breast-feeding. It is always best to consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using any herbal products, especially if you are pregnant, nursing, have an existing medical condition, have allergies, are preparing for surgery, or are on any medications.
WARNING: This information is for educational purposes only, has not been evaluated by Health Canada, and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
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