The Benefits Of Eyebright

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The flower of Eyebright, also known as Euphrasia, looks a bit like a bloodshot eye, which may be why, since the 14th Century, the plant has been valued for all eye problems from conjunctivitis to blindness. An old French term for Eyebright is ‘Casse-Lunettes’, which translates as ‘break your glasses’ which presumably is what can be done after being cured by the herb !

Availability Of Eyebright

Most herbalists and whole food shops offer the dried, organic leaves of eyebright in 50g  and 100g  amounts. 

Uses For Eyebright

  • Eyebright can be used to treat blepharitis and conjunctivitis as an eyewash or as eye drops.
  • Can also be used as an anti-inflammatory for hay fever and allergy related symptoms, sinusitis, colds, catarrh and congestion.
  • As an astringent for minor cuts and wounds and acne.

How To Prepare

  • For eye conditions use as an eyewash or as eye drops.
  • Use in a poultice for applying to skin wounds or acne. 
  • Drink as a tea or infusion by adding one teaspoon of the herb to a cup of boiling water and steeped for up to ten minutes up to three times a day.

Cautionary Information

  • If applying directly to the eye or a wound make sure the preparation is FREE from bacteria by boiling the water first and not touching it before use
  • Do not give to any child under two years old
  • Do not use while pregnant or nursing

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