Latin Name :Euphrasia Officinalis
Most parts of eyebright including leaves, stem, and flowers can be digested and they gain the fame and popularities in herbal medicine. It acts as an anti-catarrhal, astringent and anti-inflammatory herb.
– It is best known for eye diseases where it helps with acute or chronic inflammation, stinging and tearing of the eyes, as well as hypersensitivity to light. It is used as a compress, but also for internal use in cases of conjunctivitis and blepharitis.
– It is an excellent herb for mucous membrane problems. The combination of its anti-inflammatory and astringent properties make it useful in many diseases.
– Internally Euphrasia is a powerful anti-catarrhal and can be used in runny nose, sinusitis and other congestive conditions.
Infusion: place 1-2 teaspoons of dried herb in a tea infuser or teapot or mug for each cup of tea you intend to brew. Cover with
boiling water. Place on the lid (or cover your cup with a saucer).
Allow the mixture to steep for 10' to 15' minutes or overnight.
Then strain the tea and serve. Drink 1-3 cups of tea a day.
Add if you want honey, milk or lemon wedge for flavour.
Compresses: Pour a teaspoon of dry herb in half a liter of water and boil for 10 minutes. Let it cool a bit. Moisten the compress (cotton, gauze or muslin) in the warm liquid, squeeze it lightly and put it on the eyes. Leave it for 15 minutes. Repeat the use of the compress several times a day.
Eyebright is generally considered safe to use medicinally but high consumption has been linked to serious side effects such as confusion, headache, tearing, itching, redness, vision problems, sneezing, nausea, toothache, constipation, cough, trouble breathing, trouble sleeping (insomnia), sweating, and others.
It should not be used too much externally. It has greater activity in its internal use.
In any case you should consult with your healthcare doctor before using any herb especially if you’re taking other medications or having health problems.