Blueberry Day
 July - peak of summer. The heat and did not think to subside. He begins to keep pace with blueberries, which in the old days, and now is considered not only a tasty berry, but also a valuable medicinal plant.

July 22 - Pancratius and Cyril. Blueberry Day. On this day in Russia began collecting blueberries. Our ancestors believed that it rejuvenates the body and gives strength.

Vernacular blueberries: rosyanaya berry, blue berry, black berry, crow eyes, Mirtova - the similarity of the leaves of myrtle leaves in the bush. The scientific name of the plant takes place on the assumption of scientists from the distorted words "Bakka" - a berry. Russian name "blueberry" color is caused by the fruit.

Blueberries - Vaccinium myrtillus L   - Small, branched, deciduous shrub, up to 50 cm. In height. Straight sharp-silver blueberry stems much branched, sometimes making the bush like a ball of ... The leaves of blueberries light green, elliptical, hard, on short stalks. Flowering plant in May and June and is a good honey plant. The flowers are small, pinkish-white, often solitary located in the leaf axils. When ripe, juicy turn into blue-black berries with a bluish tinge and dark purple flesh. Seeds are small. The fruits ripen in July and August.

It grows blueberries from the Arctic to the Mediterranean. Distributed in the central part of Russia, and the Caucasus, especially a lot of it in the Russian North in wet coniferous and mixed swamp forests.

Blueberries contain vitamins A, B1, B2, C, PP, B1, B2, C, PP, P, carotene, citric, malic, succinic, Quinic Acid, cane sugar, pectin, trace elements - nickel, zinc, manganese, copper, boron, titanium, chromium, potassium, sodium, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, iron, cobalt, ... detected in the leaves: vitamin C, tannins, glycosides, arbutin, quercetin, essential oils, alcohols, volatile.

Blueberries used since ancient times as a medicinal plant . Apply with anemia, leukemia, acute and chronic digestive problems with diarrhea, colitis and enterocolitis with fermentative and putrefaction in the intestines, kidney stones, gout, rheumatism, metabolic disorders, menopause.
Preparations from the leaves and blueberries treat type II diabetes, pyelonephritis, dysbiosis, impaired vision.

- Preparations of blueberries help withstand high loads on the eyes, they even give astronauts.

- When conjunctivitis experts advise to eat daily to 1 tablespoon fresh or dried blueberries

- Blueberries promote the resorption of blood clots, blueberries should enter into the diet of people prone to cardiovascular disease, heart attacks and strokes.

- The juice of blueberries has a bactericidal effect, destroying, among others, and dysentery bacillus, typhoid and pathogens.

- Compress of broth bilberry leaves treat hemorrhoids and pink shingles.

- French folk medicine uses drugs blueberries for the treatment and prevention of oncology, internal organs.

- Infusion of leaves in diseases of the heart and the stomach . 1 tbsp. a spoonful of shredded leaves bilberry pour 1 cup boiling water, insist 2 hours, strain, take ¼ cup 4 times a day before meals.

- Infusion of fresh fruit blueberries for diarrhea . 2 teaspoons turned into mashed fruits pour 1 incomplete (to kaёmki) a glass of boiled water, 1 hour, filter and take 2 tablespoons. spoon 3 times a day before meals.

- Anemia, weakness, dizziness . 2 tbsp. Spoon blueberry leaves pour 2 cups boiling water, to insist 2-3 hours, drain. Drink ½ cup 4 times a day before meals.

- When Oncology . 2 tbsp. tablespoons shredded leaves bilberry pour 1 cup boiling water and infuse it in a thermos for 4 hours. Strain, take 1/3 cup 3 times a day for half an hour before meals.

- Hypertension . 2 tbsp. spoons of crushed berries to fill in 1, 5 cups of water at room temperature, leave overnight, take in equal portions during the day between meals.

Blueberries can not be used for gastritis with high acidity, low blood clotting, constipation and allergies .

 Blueberry Day

Blueberries are used in the cosmetic industry As pores, strengthens blood vessels, inhibits the growth of bacteria that fights free radicals, refreshes and rejuvenates the skin.

- At home, mask blueberries used in the aging dry skin. A handful of berries to turn into a puree and apply on face for 10-15 minutes, rinse with warm water, then cold water with lemon juice.

- Rejuvenating mask . 2 tbsp. spoons of crushed blueberries, add 2 tbsp. Spoon sour cream. Apply on face for 15 minutes. Wash off with a swab soaked in warm green tea with 1 teaspoon of lemon juice. Lemon juice is added to the liquid podkislёnnaya carefully washed the dye out of the pores of the skin.

- A decoction of the leaves Bilberry   reduces sweating of hands and feet. A handful of leaf brew 1 liter of boiling water, leave for 30-40 minutes and add to the bath for hands and feet.

- Blueberry tea   to rejuvenate and improve metabolism. 2 teaspoons of sugar and 1 cup boiling water, leave for 7-10 minutes, strain and drink as tea.

Sorcerers say that some grapes dried blueberries under the rug to protect the house from the negative energy and the arrival of uninvited guests ...
Author: Natalia Alexeeva