Bilberry Tea can either be made through infusing the dried bilberry leaves or fruits in hot water, or through decoction of these same parts in boiling water.
The botanical name of Bilberry is Vaccinium myrtillus and is related to the heath family. Most of the more than 450 species of plants in the genus Vaccinium are found in cool temperate latitudes, and along mountain ranges in the northern and southern hemispheres. Blueberry, buckberry, huckleberry and cranberry are some of the plants that belong to this genus.
Bilberry is often associated with improvement in vision. The consumption of bilberry is thought to help inhibit or reverse such eye disorders as macular degeneration, as seen in some laboratory studies.
Bilberries contain levels of anthocyanin pigments that have been linked experimentally to lowered risk for several diseases, such as those of the heart and cardiovascular system, eyes and cancer.
The bilberry leaves are used in traditional medicine to treat gastrointestinal ailments, applied topically, or made into Bilberry Tea infusions.
Bilberry Tea as an herbal decoction prepared from the dried fruits is said to be effective in treating diarrhea in children. It may also be used as a mouthwash in treating various oral disorders and throat problems.
Here are some of the health benefits that can be derived from Bilberry tea:
- May help inhibit eye and vision disorders by strengthening the walls of blood vessels in the eye and benefit the retina.
- May help reduce inflammation, and help stabilize ligaments and tendons.
- May help support cardiovascular health.
- May help treat gastrointestinal problems.
- May help ease varicose vein appearance.
- May help lower blood sugar in diabetics.