cording to old tales from the Romans, the plant called Eyebright or Euphrasia (or roughly translated to “joy”) brought joy and happiness to everyone who used it because it brought back their eyesight and healed their eyes.
The plant was also called “the eyes of the Mother of God” because of its medical healing properties that were used to treat issues concerning the eyes for over hundreds of years.
Arnoldus Villanovanus also known as “the alchemist” has written a eulogy for the plant that claims that the plant restored vision even in blind people and in seniors over 70 years of age.
The plant can be easily found and is part of a natural medicine because of its amazing properties to restore the vision and heal any eye issues created from old age, infections and diseases.
Composition and healing properties of eyebright
Some of the powerful compounds that make the eyebright plant so powerful and miraculous are glucose rinantin, vitamin C, bitter substances, essential oil, and eufrastan acid. People have been using it for thousands of years to treat eye infections and diseases because, and also because it promotes healing and kills bacteria.
And many people who suffer from lower eye pressure and fatigue from computers and smoking have been using this plant as a natural remedy and relief.
Eyebright is beneficial for the following:
- Dry eyes and eye fatigue
- Irritation caused by the environment or a prolonged computer use
- Tear ducts inflammation
- Keratitis (inflammation of the cornea)
- Blepharitis (inflammation of the eyelid)
- Eye allergies and allergic reactions
- Eye infection
Improve your eyesight with tea and compresses
So in case you develop an eye related issue then it is recommended that you keep a jar of fresh plant juice at hand. The eyebright’s juice is a natural alternative to eye drops and it works twice as better. Just dilute the juice in some distilled water and put 2 drops in each eye.
You can use the plant to make tea and use it as an eye compressor an eye rinse. To prepare tea, pour 200ml. of boiling water over half a teaspoon of dry eyebright herb and let it sit well for several minutes. Strain the tea afterwards and rinse your eye with the liquid 2-3 times a day.
You can use the tea for a compress also, just apply it on your eyes and leave it until the compress becomes dry. We recommend doing this compress routine before going to bed.
If you happen to have sensitive eyes, you can always dilute the tea with lukewarm boiled water. However, if you’re suffering some serious infections, mix the eyebright with some chamomile or fennel to reduce the symptoms and at the same time speed up the recovery process.
Compress for treating sty
Mix 3 tbsp. of dry eyebright with 250 ml of boiling water and let it sit for 10 minutes before straining it. Wrapped the strained eyebright in gauze and place it on the stye for 5-10 minutes. The warmth of the compress will speed up the recovery process.
Tea – helps to improve eyesight
Mix 2 tbsp. of dry eyebright with 200 ml boiling water and let it sit for about 15 minutes but be sure to stir it from time to time. Strain the liquid and pour it into a cup and drink it 3 times a day. Be sure to not add any artificial sweeteners.
Treating other ailments
Aside from the eye benefits, eyebright provides tons of other health benefits including relieve bronchitis, rhinitis, flu symptoms and even respiratory problems. It also relieves stomach pain and helps the digestion process, relieves headaches, anxiety, and insomnia while reducing the symptoms of nicotine and alcohol poisoning.
WARNING: Do not use eyebright on your own hand. Be sure to consult with a doctor that will prescribe you the recommended dosage. Also be sure to avoid eyebright if you’re pregnant or nursing or if you’re suffering from acute stomach problems, gallbladder problems, liver disease or duodenal ulcers.