Cranberries have the properties to fight infection and inflammation. Red fruits are very effective in treating urinary tract infections, stomach and gum diseases.
Vaccinium vitis-idaea L.
Other names: Partridgeberry, Cowberry
Lingonberry is a short evergreen shrub in the heath family that bears edible fruit, native to boreal forest and Arctic tundra throughout the Northern Hemisphere from Eurasia to North America. Lingonberries are picked in the wild and used to accompany a variety of dishes in Northern Baltoscandia. Commercial cultivation is undertaken in the U.S. Pacific Northwest.
Lingonberry spreads by underground stems to form dense clonal colonies. Slender and brittle roots grow from the underground stems. The stems are rounded in cross-section and grow from 10 to 40 cm (4 to 16 in) in height. Leaves grow alternately and are oval, 5–30 mm (0.2–1.2 in) long, with a slightly wavy margin, and sometimes with a notched tip.
The flowers are bell-shaped, white to pale pink, 3–8 mm (0.1–0.3 in) long, and produced in the early summer.
The fruit is a red berry 6–10 mm (0.2–0.4 in) across, with an acidic taste, ripening in late summer to autumn.
Lingonberry - dried leaves
Application: as an aid in rheumatism, kidney-urological dysfunctions, gout, uterine bleeding, etc.
Method of preparation: 1 tablespoon is boiled for 1 hour in 500 ml of hot water. Draw and drink lukewarm 3 times a day in equal parts before eating.
1 tablespoon of the herb is poured with 500 ml of hot water and soaked for 1 hour. Strain and drink in 3 equal portions the day before meals.
Packing: 30 g