How nice to walk in daylight the forest to admire the trees and flowers, breathe fresh air and to collect “live” vitamins. One of the most tasty and healthy wild berries — blueberries, today in great demand both in Russia and abroad. The U.S. even brought a sort of garden of blueberries, the fruit is much larger forest. But truly healing properties are only forest blueberries.
Bilberry is a perennial shrub with erect branched stems up to 40 cm It grows in mixed and coniferous forests, mainly in shady and marshy places. In ancient times believed that the blueberries ripen in late July, after a day of art and popular traditions and Cyril. However, in the context of global warming to collect this berry is sometimes possible since the end of June until the first frost.
In these black with a bluish bloom berries contain vitamins B, PP and C, pectin and tannins, carotene, sugars, organic acids, anthocyanins, minerals, essential oil. According to scientists, blueberries are the absolute leader on the content of manganese among other wild berries. American researchers have found that anthocyanins, which are rich in fruits blueberries, thanks to its unique ability to inhibit the activity of free radicals, slow the aging process.
Probably everyone knows that blueberries are very useful for vision: it is based on developed a range of drugs. Scientists have proved not only a beneficial effect of berries on visual acuity (especially at night) but also in circulation in stcuk. Because of its ability to reduce fatigue of the eyes, bilberry is a must to those whose work is associated with increased load on the organs of vision.
These berries is removed from the body of salt that is recommended for kidney stones, rheumatism and gout. It is useful to have blueberries with anemia, diseases of the stomach and liver. But its regular use reduces the risk of developing cancer.
Fresh blueberries are good to eat 100-200 g 2-3 times a day if blurred vision, gastritis, diseases of the joints and constipation. Prepared tea made from bilberry fruit is used as diuretic and astringent. Very tasty vitamin tonic tea from the fruit and leaves of BlackBerry, strawberry, raspberry and black currant. Use blueberries and externally: pureed berries through a sieve is applied to eczema, pimples, unhealed wounds.
Healing leaves and blueberries. They contain substances that lower the level of sugar in the blood, they have astringent, anti-inflammatory and diuretic actions. Decoctions and infusions of leaves is prescribed for diabetes. It can be prepared in the following ways.
Infusion: 15 g of dried leaves to insist 1 hour in 400 ml of boiling water, drink 100 ml 3 times a day before meals with gastritis, diabetes and kidney stone disease.
Decoction: 60 g of leaves boiled for 20 min in 1 liter of water. Drink 50 ml 3 times a day with colitis, diabetes and internal bleeding. And decoction and infusion of leaves of blueberry can be cleaned the wound and do an enema with hemorrhoids bleeding.
Diarrhea, diseases of the stomach, enteritis and heartburn useful decoction: 1 tbsp. l. dried berries pour 2 cups of hot water to drink 60 ml 4 times a day before meals. This infusion drink the same portions throughout the day with gout, they also rinse your mouth with stomatitis.
Now let’s talk about how to prepare for a long time that the healing berries.
Dried berries: fresh, whole blueberries to sort through, rinsed in a colander under water, allow to dry, drying in an oven at the temperature of the first 45°, then 60°C until dry. The dried berries can be stored for 2 years.
The leaves for drying, it is desirable to collect during flowering, dry in the shade under a canopy, scattering a thin layer on a wide pan. Shelf life of dried leaves – 1 year.
Blueberries can be decomposed into packages and freeze, but you can conserve.
Blueberries natural: washed fruits are put in a jar, lightly tamping, pour boiled water at a temperature of 50-60°C and sterilized in boiling water for 10 min to quart jar. Roll up cover, flip and leave it to cool down.
To prepare blueberries with sugar, a natural need 1 kg of berries and 100-300 grams of sugar. A third of the fruits put in a saucepan, add sugar, heat under a lid until tender and knead thoroughly. The rest of the strawberries to pour into the jar and pour the boiling syrup. Sterilized in boiling water at 10 min to quart jar.
To gather blueberries perfect dry Sunny day, because this berry is very soft and juicy and easily wrinkled. When you collect berries and leaves, be careful with bushes, try not to damage him, because the myrtillus preventing erosion and drying. And before treated as blueberries, don’t forget to consult with your doctor! Be healthy!