Bilberry Fruit - Powder

Herbs: Bilberry Fruit - Powder, Wild Crafted

Common Names: bilberry fruit, huckleberry, whortleberry, hurtleberry
Latin Name: Vaccinium myrtillus
Origin: Ecuador

Short Descriptions:

Bilberry has marvelous anti-aging properties in both its fruit and leaves. Bilberry improves visual acuity both at night and during the day.

Excerpts from Nutritional Herbology

It is one of the most popular over-the-counter drugs in Europe.

This herb is becoming more important to the aging populations of the world. This fruit and its extracts have marvelous anti-aging properties. Bilberry was first studied for its effects on poor night vision.

This is an important fruit to add to one's daily diet. Blueberries and black currant fruit may also be as useful as bilberry but are not yet as popular for their medicinal properties.

Related Article

Bilberry and Pilots

by Shoshanna Easling

August 2004

My husband is a pilot, and, of course, I have a great interest in herbs. The other day we were driving along, and he was telling me about some of the wild adventures he has had in Alaska.

He has spent a lot of time there in commercial fishing, building cabins, and flying. One of his jobs was to fly a small plane over the water and spot fish. In the spring the fish spawn, which makes it a great time for the fishermen. There are dozens of planes and boats working together to catch as many fish as possible in the time allowed. Some days they work 20 hours. James told me about one of the men on his fishing boat falling asleep from exhaustion, on deck, with waves breaking over the top of the boat. I sat fascinated while listening to his stories. Airplane pilots have to be in top condition. They have to be physically fit. Their vision has to be exceptional. In small planes, it is very important, because so much depends on sight, not on computers. You have to maintain a sharp eye to keep from hitting other planes that may be spotting the same school of fish. Two years before James got there, an incident happened where one plane rose without seeing the plane directly above. Both planes crashed, and two men died. Most of the spotting planes have two pilots, one to keep his eyes on other planes, and the other to help spot the fish.

He went on to tell me about the pilot's miracle. "You have probably heard the stories about World War II, where pilots in the British Royal Air Force ate bilberry preserves before flying, crediting it with improving their vision when flying night bombing runs. The bilberry fruit was improving their eyesight." It is one thing to read about bilberry in an herb book, but it is quite another to hear a pilot tell you about it in person. The pilots he knows have great confidence in bilberry to improve their vision.

Bilberry (fruit or leaf) works its miracle by the nutritional support it lends to the small vessels in your eyes. Since the breaking down of blood vessels is one of the curses of old age, bilberry is especially useful as an anti-aging supplement. Basically, bilberry is effective for any part of the body that can be helped by lending support to the small vessels.

Since the merits of bilberry (fruit or leaf) are nutritional, rather than medicinal, you do not have to worry about using too much. When making a tincture for a daily nutritional support, add bilberry, or, when you make a cup of tea in the morning, add a teaspoon to your herbal mix. It tastes good and is full of life giving properties.

From Our Reading and/or Experience...

  • We use Bilberry often in mixes and tincture combinations. Of course, it can be used in many other types of remedies. The powder can easily be encapsulated.
  • Bilberry is a food, as such, keep it in the kitchen as all other food ingredients. We add it to dishes (salads, meat dishes, soups, stews, etc.) in small amounts so as to add nutritional value to the dish without changing the flavor.
  • Bilberry can be used to benefit anyone: men, women (including before, during or after pregnancy, and nursing), children and animals.
  • It can be used as often as you would like, and in any way you choose.
  • Bilberry sometimes keeps people awake. If you have trouble sleeping, you may not want to take this in the evening.
  • As is the case with most herbs, Bilberry should be stored in a dark, dry, and cool place. Refrigeration or freezing is great, but certainly not necessary. Following these suggestions will delay the loss of its highly valued nutritional and medicinal properties.

Customer Reviews

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by Anonymous on Jan 25, 2014

What is the recommended daily dosage for improving eyesight.

    Re: eyesight
    by Bulk Herb Store on Jan 31, 2014

    Hello, unfortunately we cannot give dosage amounts, I would recommend starting with 1 tsp and adding more as you see fit since you know your body more than anybody else. Thanks!

bilberry as a colorant
by Maria on Dec 28, 2013

Hey there! I wanted to comment on Carrie's question. I've tried bilberries before and got a pale purple. It's a pretty color.

I needed a natural blue for my son's bday cake... I wrote a post about it if you are interested:

Hope that helps!

Bilberry powder as pigment
by Carie on Dec 15, 2013

I'm looking to pigment frosting naturally for baking projects with my kids. Do you think this would impart a blue or purple tint?

    Re: Bilberry powder as pigment
    by Bulk Herb Store on Dec 16, 2013

    Hello, I'm not exactly sure what color the powder would turn the frosting as we haven't tried that here but it's a great idea! Go for it and let us know how it turns out!

bilberry fruit powder or leaf
by Deborah on Dec 5, 2013

Which is the stronger of the two forms of bilberry - leaf or fruit powder?

    Re: bilberry fruit powder or leaf
    by Bulk Herb Store on Dec 9, 2013

    The Bilberry fruit and leaves have the same properties it just depends on what type of method you would like to employ to take the herbs. Obviously, the powder would be better in capsule form, where the leaves you could use as a tea or tincture. Thanks!

by Amy on Sep 19, 2013

How many capsules if I make the powder into capsules is a good amount to take each day?

    Re: Bilberry
    by Bulk Herb Store on Sep 23, 2013

    We cannot give dosages but in the book, Nutritional Herbology, the recommended amount for the dried fruit was 12 to 24 gm.

Bilberry fruit
by Anonymous on Jun 12, 2013

I'm new to your company and am interested in this product. If I buy it as a powder how do I take it? Make pills myself, mix it in water or a smoothie? What options do I have? Is it stronger in powder form than the tea?
Thanks I'm anxious to place an order with you! :)

    Re: Bilberry fruit
    by Bulk Herb Store on Jun 13, 2013

    You can basically take it any way you want, you can mix it with juice, water, smoothie, yogurt, or in capsule form. The powder would be stronger than the tea.

by Doris on Apr 15, 2013

Are your products organic? I don't see it posted, but it is a concern for me. Organic is what I prefer.

    Re: question
    by Bulk Herb Store on May 1, 2013

    Not all of our products are certified organic. The ones that are, are listed as organic. The ones that are not certified organic are wildcrafted.

Can it be used externally?
by Kelly on Mar 15, 2013

Hi there! I saw the bilberry powder and it has such a lovely color I wondered if I could use it to tint my lip balm. Do you think it would irritate the skin at all?

    Re: Can it be used externally?
    by Bulk Herb Store on Apr 25, 2013

    As far as I know, it shouldn't irritate the skin if used externally. We also use beet root powder to tint lip balm!

aging eye support
by Liz on Sep 29, 2012

I'm nearsighted and possible risk of glaucoma in the right eye. Also I drive full time for a living so very good eyesight is a necessity. Bilberry helps me adapt to night driving. I use pinebark extract along with bilberry to prevent glaucoma. Bilberries is my lifelong ally to slow or prevent aging eye problems. Eyesight to me is the most previous of all five senses.

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