Eyebright (Euphrasia) is an herb that got its name from the Greek word Euphrosyne, which means joy because it brings happiness through healing of the eyes. It is also known as “eyes of the mother of God”. Eyebright is a natural solution for eye problems and has been used for eye treatment for centuries.
The alchemist Arnoldus Vllanovanus dedicated a song to eyebright called ““Vini Euphrasiati tantopere celebrati”, and claimed that it restored sight to people who have lost it. The scientist Hildamus claimed that it can improve the eyesight in elderly people.
Today, eyebright is an effective cure for many vision-related problems.
Makeup and medicinal properties of eyebright
Eyebright contains Glycoside rinantin, vitamin C, essential oils, bitter substances and Eufrastan acid. Alternative medicine has recognized it as an eyesight remedy which can relieve eye infections, accelerate the healing, destroy viruses and bacteria in the eyes and relieve eye dryness and pain.
This herb is great for reducing eye pressure and fatigue caused by excessive computer use or smoke-filled rooms. It is a natural substitute for eye drops and other solutions for treating eye problems.
Here’s what eyebright can help with:
- Eye infection
- Allergic reactions
- Iritis (inflammation of the iris)
- Blepharitis (inflammation of the eyelid)
- Keratitis (inflammation of the cornea)
- Inflammation of the tear ducts
- Dry eyes and eye fatigue
- Irritation due to environmental factors or prolonged computer use
Homeopathy uses eyebright in a water solution with eyebright c30 to cure a watery discharge from the eyes accompanied by burning and pain after exposure to light.
Improve your eyesight with tea and compresses
Have the plant’s fresh juice or a dry variant always at home in cases you experience any eye-related problems. Fresh eyebright juice can be a natural substitute for eye drops – you only need to dilute it with distilled water and use two drops per eye.
The dry variant of the plant can be used to prepare a tea that can rinse the eye, or it can be used as a compress. Pour 2 dcl. of boiling water over half a teaspoon of dry eyebright material and let it stay for a couple of minutes, then strain the tea and rinse your eyes with it 2-3 times a day.
The tea can be used for a compress too – keep it on your eyes until you notice the compress is dry. You can leave the compress overnight too, but you must always use fresh tea.
For sensitive eyes, dilute the tea with lukewarm boiled water. To treat extreme infections, mix eyebright with some marigold, chamomile or fennel to reduce the symptoms and recover faster. To strengthen the optic nerve, take a pinch of powdered dry eyebright 1-2 times a day orally or added to soups and drinks.
Compress for treating styes
Pour 250 ml. of boiling water over three tablespoons of dry eyebright material and leave it to stay for ten minutes, then strain the mixture. Wrap the strained eyebright in gauze and place it on the stye, leaving it on for 5-7 minutes. The warmth of the compress will act therapeutically and boost the healing process.
Tea for eyesight enhancement
Pour 2 dl. of boiling water over two teaspoons of dry eyebright and let it stay for fifteen minutes, stirring it from time to time. Strain the mixture in the end.
Drink a cup of the tea three times a day – always make a fresh brew and drink it unsweetened.
Treating other health issues
Eyebright can help with other health problems besides eye-related issues. It can relieve bronchitis, rhinitis and the flu, and help with other respiratory problems too.
Eyebright relieves stomach pain and digestive problems, while being a great treatment for hay fever allergy as it reduces the eye watering, burning and redness in the eyes.
Eyebright can help you in cases of headaches, insomnia and anxiety, and will also treat nicotine and alcohol poisoning, reducing the harmful effects of the toxins on the body.
Eyebright must be taken in dosages recommended by a professional, and should always be prepared properly. If you’re dealing with severe health problems, consult with your doctor before use.
Oral administration of eyebright should be avoided by pregnant and nursing women, as well as people with gallbladder and acute stomach problems, duodenal ulcers or liver disease.