The Euphrasia plant or also known as Eyebright plant has been used as early as the 14-th century as a cure for many eye issues. It is known and used worldwide for its amazing healing abilities concerning eye issues in people older than 60 years old.
The Euphrasia Plant
This herb has a characteristic look. It can grow up to 8 inches tall and it usually blooms with deep cut purple and white leaves with yellow variegations. Its bloom season is between the months of July and September and due to its parasitic nature, it needs to grow in a cultivated environment around grass.
What Parts of the Herb Are Usually Used?
Around July or August, the fluid extracts can be prepared since this is the period where the plant is in its full flower stage. It has several chemical compounds such as the Tannin acid, glucose and mannitol – a water soluble sweet alcohol.
The Eyebright Eye Benefits
The plant itself has a long history of treating numerous eye diseases and conditions. It can also efficiently treat any kind of eye inflammation or infection. Hence the name of Eyebright, a long history of use has this plant for eye problems. Eyebright can be taken orally or through eye drops.
Eyebright’s Effects on the Respiratory Tract
Eyebright has many anti-inflammatory properties for sinusitis, infections, hay fever and works as an astringent for dry congestion. It is also used as a herbal smoking mix for bronchial cold and it provides an effective treatment for season allergies and nasal irritations.
What Eyebright Does for Skin Wounds
As an astringent, the plant aids the healing of skin wounds. It has been commonly used and made into a poultice to treat wounds but also treat acne and skin inflammation. If used as cold eyebright poultice it can also tighten the skin and prevent wrinkles.
Eyebright is recommended to be taken 3 times a day (2-4 grams per take), or you can mix these 2-4 grams with 5 ounces of boiling water to prepare tea. If you’re using it as an eye drop, then use 5 times a day, a single drop per time.
Eyebright can be purchased in many forms such as liquid, dried leaves, tincture, teabags, tablets, oil and even powder. You can also include this ingredient into cold and cough remedies, acne medications, skin lotions and numerous other mixtures.