Eyebright ( Euphrasia officinalis ) is wildcrafted grown in Bulgaria
AKA Augentrost, Euphrasia, Euphrasy, Red Eyebright
Cautions please be aware that herbs, although natural can interact with certain medications, and that they may be ill advised to use under certain health conditions. Please consult a qualified health practitioner for cautions pertinent to you.
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Further interesting reading...
Herbalists of the 1500s considered dried eyebright herb to be a medicinal herb appropriate as a treatment for the eyes. Traditionally, the plant was used fresh, cut off just above the root so the the milk could be collected. This is also one of the organic herbs used in herbal cigarettes in Britain, which are smoked in order to treat bronchitis; while some Britons swear by this remedy, inhaling any kind of smoke is inadvisable.
Indications: Eyebright is an excellent remedy for the problems of mucous membranes. The combination of anti-inflammatory and astringent properties make it relevant in many conditions. Used internally it is a powerful anti-catarrhal and thus may be used in nasal catarrh, sinusitis and other congestive states. It is best known for its use in conditions of the eye, where it is helpful in acute or chronic inflammations, stinging and weeping eyes as well as over-sensitivity to light. Used as a compress externally in conjunction with internal use it valuable inconjunctivitis and blepharitis.
Priest & Priest tell us that it is a "mild stimulating astringent. Vaso-constrictor to vessels of nasal and conjuntival membranes. Specific for congestive conditions of the eyes with profuse lachrymation." They give the following specific indications:Catarrhal blepharitis, rhinitis, sinusitis and conjunctivitis. Hay fever, acute coryza, irritable sneezing and lachrymation.
Ellingwood considered it specific for "irritating and catarrhal disease; first of the upper portion of the respiratory tract, and afterwords of the mucous structures of the throat and bronchial tubes. It is more immediately beneficial if the discharge is thin and watery. `Snuffles' ininfants demands this remedy. It is specific to acute disorders of the nasal mucous membranes. Where there is watery discharge from these membranes, where there earache, or headache, and especially if the distress be across the eyes, in acute catarrhal affections, it has a direct influence upon the lachrymal apparatus." In addition he recommends it for the following patholgies: cough, hoarsness, catarrhal manifestations following measles, catarrhal conjunctivitis, catarrhal deafness,chronic nasal catarrh, acute coryza, influenza, blepharitis and conjunctivitis.
Combinations: In catarrhal conditions it combines well with Golden Rod, Elder Flower or Golden Seal. In allergic conditions where the eyes are effect edit may be combined with Ephedra. As an eye lotion it mixes with Golden Seal and distilled Witch Hazel.