NAME : BILBERRY
GAELIC NAME : Fraochán
LATIN NAME :
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.
: 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
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.
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.
ASSOCIATED DEITIES :
POWERS : Protection
For protection use while calling upon Dadga or
Manannan Mac Lir for protection while at sea/ against drowning. Charm: Against
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.