Euphrasia or also known as Eyebright is an herb that got its name from the Greek word Euphrosyne, which means joy because it brings happiness through healing of the eyes. Another name of this plant is “eyes of the mother of God”.
Eyebright is a natural solution for eye problems and has been used for eye treatment for centuries. Arnoldus Vllanovanus is alchemist who dedicated a song to eyebright called ““Vini Euphrasiati tantopere celebrati” where he claimed that it restored sight to people who have lost it. Hildamus is scientist and he claimed that it can improve the eyesight in elderly people.
Today, this plant is used as an effective cure for many vision – related problems.
Makeup and medicinal properties of eyebright
Eyebright is rich in Glycoside rinantin, vitamin C, essential oils, bitter substances and Eufrastan acid. This plant is used in the alternative medicine 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.
Also, this amazing 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.
Eyebright can help you in treatment of:
Dry eyes and eye fatigue
Inflammation of the tear ducts
Irritation due to environmental factors or prolonged computer use
Iritis (inflammation of the iris)
Blepharitis (inflammation of the eyelid)
Keratitis (inflammation of the cornea)
Short – sightedness
Homeopathy uses this plant in a water solution with eyebright c30 as a cure for watery discharge from the eyes accompanied by burning and pain after exposure to light.
Improve your eyesight with tea and compresses
If you experience any eye – related problems always you can use the plant’s fresh juice or a dry variant.
You can use fresh eyebright juice as a natural substitute for eye drops. But it is important to mention that you need to dilute it with distilled water and use two drops per eye.
On the other hand, you can use the dry variant of the plant to prepare a tea that can rinse the eye, or it can be used as a compress. All you should do is to 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, all you need to do is to 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.
If you have sensitive eyes you van 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
In 250 ml. of boiling water put 3 tablespoons dry eyebright material and leave it to stay about 10 minutes. After that, 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
Over 2 teaspoons of dry eyebright pour 2 dl. of boiling water and leave it stay for 15 minutes, stirring it from time to time. Strain the mixture in the end. Drink one cup of the tea three times per a day. Note: always prepare a fresh brew and drink it unsweetened.
Treating other health issues
Besides the remarkable properties of eyebright in treatment of vision – related problems, you can use it for treatment of other health problems. This plant can relieve bronchitis, rhinitis and the flu, and help with other respiratory problems too.
In addition, 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 is also beneficial when it comes to headaches, insomnia and anxiety, and will also treat nicotine and alcohol poisoning, reducing the harmful effects of the toxins on the body.
At the end, it is important to mention that eyebright must be taken in dosages recommended by a professional, and should always be prepared properly. So, if you’re dealing with more severe health issues, consult with your doctor before use.
Additionally pregnant and nursing women should avoid oral administration of eyebright. Also, people with gallbladder and acute stomach problems, duodenal ulcers or liver disease should avoid this plant.