Who doesn’t love fresh picked, sweet, healthy blueberries? They make great smoothies, muffins, cakes, juice, syrup, plant medicine, offer protection and much, much more!!! Blueberries (vaccinium corymbosum) have a long history of medicinal, magickal and culinary uses and have traveled the world!! There are about 450 species of blueberries, including bilberry, huckleberry and cranberry. They are found all over the world as small bushes up to larger, taller plants.
Although blueberries have been used as a medicine since before humans have been keeping records, we have records of them through out time being used medicinally. Early American Medical books tell us blueberry tea was used by the American Colonies to relax the body to ease child birth. Before the existence of our medical books and us, the Native Americans were using blueberries for this same purpose as well as many others. Blueberries have historically been used for digestive disorders, circulation eye healt, inflammation, cancer prevention, support immune system, dementia, UTI, heart, cholesterol, insulin resistance, arthritis, water retention, varicose veins, bruising, hemorrhoids,sore throat and many, many other things.
This medicinal food is one that deserves a lot of research. I’m hardly able to scratch the surface of what this amazing little berry can do. Some of the healing properties are vitamins, phytochemicals anthocyanins (also give pigment), fiber, manganese, iron,antioxidants, viatmin C and other vitamins and many, many more properties. They also contain resveratrol, I’ve heard many herbalists call this amazing antioxidant “reverse-it-all”. That’s not to say it call reverse ALL things. It can heal enough to earn that name!! All the things blueberries can heal are just too many to list in one blog post. I encourage you to do research not only on this herb but on all of them I (or anyone) blogs about.
Blueberries not only protect us from physical dis ease and ailments as well as heals many of them, they are protective magickally. They are used in spells for tranquility,peace,protection and prosperity. The Native Americans noticed the blossom end of the blue berry forms a pentagram which represents the 5 elements. They believed the Great Spirit sent blue berries to feed children during famine. Other magickal uses are to put under doormat or around property to keep keep evil spirits away. When eaten on the night of the full moon, they can strengthen aura and protect the body. Witches have a history of eating blueberry tarts for protection. Blueberries have esoteric principles of calm acceptance,peace and protection. In addition to protection spells, blueberries are also used in sachets, bath salts, tailsmans, oils, incense and teas.
I hope to have piqued your interest enough to make you want to know more than the limited overview I’ve presented here. I’d love to hear what you have to say!! What did you find in your research?? Share below!!
Resources: salesmsmoon.wordpress.com/2014/08/06/blueberry-magic, sacredwicca.com/herbs-correspondences, superfoodly.com/resveratrol-foods-supplements/, The Modern Witchcraft Spell Book – Skye Alexander pg 244
Disclaimer: These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This post is not intended to diagnose, prevent cure or treat any dis ease.