EYEBRIGHT

LATIN NAME:  Euphrasia officinalis

 

GENERAL DESCRIPTION:

Eyebright is an herb whose name suggests both its action and appearance.  The red spots on its white and purple flowers seem to resemble bloodshot eyes.  Moreover, its dried stems, leaves, and flowers have long been used as a tonic for irritated or infected eyes.  Eyebright can be applied to eyes that are itching, red, and tearing from hay fever, other allergies, or colds.  Herbalists also recommend it to alleviate the symptoms of conjunctivitis, and some advocates suggests that drinking eyebright tea can help to maintain good vision.  Eyebright teas are also used to diminish nasal congestion and coughs that accompany hay fever, colds, and sinusitis.  The herb, indigenous to heaths and pastures throughout Great Britain and other parts of Europe, by now has become naturalized in the United States.

SPECIAL INFORMATION:  Consult a practitioner before using eyebright to treat children.

TARGET AILMENTS:  Apply externally for:

  • Eye irritations including redness, itching, and tearing from hay fever, other allergies, or colds; conjunctivitis.

Take internally for:

  • Nasal congestion and coughs from colds, sinusitis, or allergies.

SIDE EFFECTS/Not serious:  Eyebright may cause a skin rash or nausea.  If this occurs, lessen your dose or stop taking completely.

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