(Vaccinium sp.). Huckleberry Leaf Tea is used by many naturopathic physicians to treat diabetes, as well as ailments of the kidneys and gallbladder. Makes approximately 25 cups of tea.
Huckleberry Leaf Tea is used by many naturopathic physicians to treat diabetes, as well as ailments of the kidneys and gallbladder. The main active principle is neomyrtilicine. This herb is considered one of the best for mild diabetes, and may be especially beneficial for use in "senile" diabetes.
A tea made of the leaves has been also been used as a remedy for hypoglycemia, when taken for a prolonged period.
Huckleberry leaves are gathered before the shrubs flower.
Huckleberries are low shrubs which form large colonies in mixed spruce forests. The leaves are deciduous, oval-lanceolate, light translucent green and form loose, open foliage interspersed with many short stems or branches. The bowl-shaped flowers are followed by juicy, purple berries, usually found hanging from the underside of the branches. They tend to colonize along mountain roads on the upward slopes and steeper banks along creeks.