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Bilberry

NAME :  BILBERRY

GAELIC NAME : Fraochán

LATIN NAME :  Vaccinium myrtillus

COMMON / FOLK NAMES : Black Whortleberry, Blueberry, Burren Myrtle, Dyeberry, Huckleberry, Hurtleberry, Whinberry, Whortleberry, Wineberry.

MEDICINAL PART : Leaves, Berries.

PLACES OF ORIGIN : Ireland, Europe, and Northern U.S.

HABITAT : The Bilberry grows in shaded areas in woods, forest meadows and bogs of Ireland.

DESCRIPTION : Bilberry is a shrubby perennial plant. The angular, green, branched stem grows from a creeping rootstock to a height of 1 to 1.5 feet. The leaves are alternate, obovate to ovate, weakly serrate, dark green and shiny on top, and .5 to 1 inch long.

FLOWERING PERIOD : The reddish pink or red and white, solitary, auxiliary flowers have a pitcher shaped corolla and appear in May and June. The fruit is a blue-black 5 seeded berry.

PROPERTIES : Antiseptic, Astringent.

Caution -: Leaves can produce symptoms of poisoning if used over long periods.

Preparation and Dosage : Gather the leaves when the plant is fully developed but before the berries are ripe.

MAGICAL PROPERTIES

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ASSOCIATED DEITIES : Dadga, Manannan Mac Lir.
POWERS : Protection

RITUAL USES 

For protection use while calling upon Dadga or Manannan Mac Lir for protection while at sea/ against drowning.  Charm: Against Drowning

MAGICAL USES

Place some blueberries, or the leaves of the plant around the entrances to your home to prevent malign influences from entering.  Eat blueberry pies or tarts when you feel you are under psychic attack, this will protect you from the inside.

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