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Santi-shopBilberries, dried leaves - organic

Santi-shop Bilberries, dried leaves - organic
100 g

The leaves of the bilberry plant have a mild berry flavour and are widely used as a medicinal herb.
Tradition, composition and scientific studies make prescribe bilberry leaves to improve blood circulation (and reduce the associated symptoms), ocular problems (u.o. night vision, diabetic retinopathy and angiopathy ), irritable bowel syndrome, colibacilic cystitis, diarrhea, blood sugar in (pre-) diabetics, excess of urea and blood lipids. They also seem to offer support with weight loss.

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PHYTOTHERAPY / Medicinal plants

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Latin name: Vaccinium myrtillus


Despite the care taken during the production process to mechanically remove foreign material, there may still remain some. It is therefore recommended to make a visual control, and if necessary a sorting, before any use.
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The action of the bilberry leaves would be partly due to the anthocyanosides (antioxidant pigments) that they contain and which would contribute to the vascular protection. Bilberry leaves would protect the vessels by the action on the collagen of their wall and by the fact that they would decrease the blood lipids levels. Studies in Canada found that stems and roots have the most powerful antidiabetic effect (insulin sensitization), followed by the leaves, and berries have a lighter effect.


  • vascular protection, improve of blood circulation and associated problems
  • hypoglycemic ("natural insulin" effect of myrtillin hence better tolerance of sugary foods)
  • tonic, astringent, antiseptic
  • inhibits the development of colibacilli (eg Escherchia coli).
  • anti-galactogen
  • anti-cancer

Traditional use

  • blood circulation problems and associated complaints such as swelling, pain, bruising and burning sensations
  • (pre-)diabetes, diabetic retinopathy and angiopathy (prevention or slowing of progression)
  • urinary infections (cystitis, pyelonephritis, urethritis) and bladder stones
  • bladder weakness, urine incontinence
  • diarrhea, dysentery, vomiting, stomach cramps, gastrointestinal spasms
  • cough, nausea
  • inflammation (skin, eyes, mucous membranes)
  • skin diseases, burns, ulcers (local application)
  • weaning
  • cancer

Recommendations for use

  • gargling with a decoction against inflammation of the mucous membranes of the mouth
  • in lotion and fomentation against eye inflammations, skin diseases, burns

  • Internal: infusion 5 to 10g for 2 cups per day, powdered 1 tsp per day.

    Precautions for use

    Self-treatment of diabetes with antidiabetic deemed plants could lead to serious consequences by interaction with taking conventional hypoglycemic drugs. It is therefore necessary to control the blood sugar, take advice of the therapist. People taking lipid-lowering drugs should also discuss this with their therapist before taking any Bilberries products.
    Due to the presence of arbutin (but less than in the bearberry) and perhaps also of hydroquinone it is not advisable to eat Bilberryeaves but their use at therapeutic doses is safe. For extra safety some advice to avoid too continuous treatment. Thus, they recommend cures of 3 weeks of taking followed by 1 week of stop for 3 months, then stop of 2 weeks before taking again the treatment in the same way if necessary.

    Santi-shop code: SP034

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