Common Names: Arandano, Bleuet, Bleuet des Champs, Bleuet des Montagnes, Bleuets, Blueberries, Highbush Blueberry, Hillside Blueberry, Lowbush Blueberry, Myrtille, Rabbiteye Blueberry, Vaccinium Altomontanum, Vaccinium Amoenum, Vaccinium Angustifolium, Vaccinium Ashei, Vaccinium Brittonii, Vaccinium Constablaei, Vaccinium Corymbosum, Vaccinium Lamarckii, Vaccinium Pallidum, Vaccinium Pensylvanicum, Vaccinium Vacillans, Vaccinium Virgatum.
Scientific Name: Vaccinium Corymbosum
Common Uses: Preventing cataracts and glaucoma, Ulcers, Urinary tract infections (UTIs), Multiple sclerosis (MS), Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), Fever, Sore throat, Varicose veins, Hemorrhoids, Bad circulation, Diarrhea, Constipation, Labor pains, Blueberry is also used for improving circulation, and as a laxative. Some women use blueberry for labor pains and as a tonic after miscarriage. The dried fruit and leaves are used for diarrhea. Tea made from the dried leaves is used for sore throat and swelling (inflammation) of the mouth or the skin lining the throat. Some people inhale the fumes of burning dried blueberry flowers for treatment of insanity. Blueberry, like its relative the cranberry, might help prevent bladder infections by stopping bacteria from attaching to the walls of the bladder. Blueberry fruit is high in fiber which could help normal digestive function. It also contains vitamin C and other antioxidants.
*Warnings: Blueberry fruit is LIKELY SAFE for most people. But not enough is known about the safety of taking blueberry leaf by mouth. It’s best to avoid taking leaves. Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Blueberry fruit is LIKELY SAFE when used in amounts commonly found in foods. But not enough is known about the safety of the larger amounts used for medicine. Stick to normal food amounts if you are pregnant or breast-feeding. Blueberry might lower blood sugar levels in people with diabetes. Watch for signs of low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) and monitor your blood sugar carefully if you have diabetes and use blueberry. The dose of your diabetes medications may need to be adjusted by your healthcare provider. Blueberry might affect blood glucose levels and could interfere with blood sugar control during and after surgery. Stop using blueberry at least 2 weeks before a scheduled surgery.
Origin: Grows in the sandy areas, in acid soil, in forests, heaths, rocky barrens, bog and tundra. Northern United States. In the woods and forest meadows of Europe.