Blueberry – Branchy shrub of the lingonberry family (Vacciniaceae). Other names: gonobobel, fools.
Branched shrub or semi-shrub 80-100 cm high; branches are gray, smooth, curved; leaves obovate, light green, glaucous below; flowers 1-3, spherical within annular, pink; the fruit is a juicy, sweet, multi-seeded, oval, bluish-black berry with a bluish bloom. Blossoms in July-August. Blueberries grow in swampy forests, peat bogs, almost always together with wild rosemary.
Contains active substances:
Blueberry leaves contain arbutin and flavonoids, berries – organic acids, sugar, tannins.
An aqueous decoction of branches with leaves is drunk for heart diseases, berries are used for dysentery, a decoction of the leaves is used as a mild laxative. The plant has long been valued as an antiscorbutic and antidysenteric agent.
Preparation of medicinal products from Blueberries:
Decoction: 2 tbsp. spoons of blueberry leaves in a glass of boiling water, boil for 10 minutes, leave for 1 hour. Take 1 tbsp. spoon 4-6 times every day. Infusion of berries: 1 tbsp. a spoonful of dry blueberries in a glass of boiling water, leave for 30 minutes, take 1 tbsp. spoon after 2 hours for constipation, diabetes, especially in the treatment of giardiasis angiocholecystitis.