Cowberry leaves: properties, application, folk recipes

The leaves of cranberries have a mass of useful properties and this is a long-known fact.

Today, cowberry leaves are used in folk medicine much more successfully than fruits, because the preparation of this product is much easier, besides, the leaves of cranberries can be stored for a long time, while not losing their medicinal properties.

Properties and composition of leaves of cowberry

In the cranberry leaf contains a huge amount of vitamins in the group, especially in 12 also contains ascorbic acid, iron, sodium, calcium, potassium, manganese, phosphorus and other minerals, phytoncides, citric acid, malic acid, acetic acid, flavonoids, lycopene, glycosides, vaccine, tannins, arbutin, antioxidants, tannins, benzoic acid, vegetable proteins.

  • Phytoncides possess the antimicrobial action of

  • Arbutin is a natural natural antiseptic

  • Tannins have astringent properties

  • Benzoic acid has an anti-inflammatory effect, and also provides a long-term preservation of the benefits in dried leaves of cranberries

  • Cowberry leaves have antiseptic, antimicrobial, diuretic, anti-inflammatory, choleretic, healing, soothing, cardiotonic, tonic.

    To get the maximum benefit from the leaves of cranberries, they must be properly harvested.


    The optimal time for this is the beginning of spring, after the snow melts. When a bush of cranberries prepares for flowering, the collection of leaves ends, and after harvesting, that is in the spring, it is possible to open again the harvest season of cranberry leaves.


    Dry the harvested leaves of lingonberry under a canopy to protect the raw material from exposure to direct sunlight, or for drying, a well-ventilated room is suitable. For best drying, it is desirable to spread the leaves of cranberries on paper with a thin layer, periodically turn and mix them.

    Application in folk medicine of cranberries leaves

    Its use leaves cranberries in the following diseases and conditions:

  • Pyelonephritis

  • Cystitis

  • Urolithiasis

  • Elevated body temperature

  • Bleeding

  • Inflammatory processes

  • Helminths

  • Damage to the mucosa

  • Allergy

  • Intoxication of the organism

  • Herpes

  • Diabetes mellitus

  • Osteochondrosis

  • Arthritis

  • Diseases of the stomach

  • Rheumatism

  • Chronic fatigue

  • Energy deficit

  • Infections of the oral cavity

  • Hypertension

  • Tuberculosis

  • Disturbance of digestion

  • Sore throat diseases

  • Rheumatism

  • Folk recipes

    For cystitis and urolithiasis: place a tablespoon of crushed cowberry leaves in a saucepan, pour 250ml of boiling water, cook over low heat for 30 minutes, cool, strain, wring out, bring to the original volume and take 100ml of broth after eating.

    With osteochondrosis, gout, arthritis, rheumatism: pour 100g of cowgrass leaves 2.5 liters of boiling water, simmer on a small fire for about two hours, strain and add 0.2 liters of vodka, simmer another 15 minutes. Take 50-72ml 30 minutes before meals three times a day for six months.