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What is it?
Dried aerial parts of the plant are used. The word ‘Euphrasia’ is of Greek origin, deriving from ‘Euphrosyne’ (gladness), the name of one of the Three Graces who was well known for her joy, mirth and gladness, and these qualities are thought to be given to this plant for the valuable properties attributed to it as a an eye medicine preserving eyesight and so bringing gladness into the life of the sufferer. Although known by the ancient Greeks, it was not until 14th century that it is mentioned for 'all evils of the eye'. In Scotland the Highlanders made an Infusion of the herb in milk, dipped a feather in it and applied it to weak or inflamed eyes. The dried herb is an ingredient in British herbal tobacco.
- Modern herbalists use this herb for weaknesses of the eyes such as opthalmia, often combining it with Golden Seal is said to be excellent for general eye disorders.
- Eyebright was and continues to be used by herbalists primarily as a Poultice or Eye Wash for the topical treatment of eye inflammations, including conjunctivitis/blepharitis, styes, the treatment of eye fatigue and other disturbances of vision.
- Traditionally, a Compress made from an Infusion of Eyebright is used to give relief from redness, swelling, and visual disturbances due to eye infections.
Which products to use it in
- Eyebright Infusion or Tincture is used in Eye Baths for simple inflammation of the eyes. Use 2-4% Tincture in Eye Gels or Eye Creams or you can dilute the Tincture (2%) in water and apply it directly onto the skin around the eyes. For puffiness around the eyes, combine with 1-2% Arnica Tincture.
- For general eye problems, you can alternate Poultices made from Ribwort Leaf (Plantain, the herb and not the vegetable plantain) or Green Cabbage. On alternate nights use a Clay Compress or Horsetail Decoction Compress. Leave the Compresses or Poultices on overnight. Whichever Compress you are using, in the morning rinse your eyes with an Infusion of Chamomile and Eyebright. You can use the same Infusion to rinse your eyes throughout the day if needed.
- Use 1-3% of the Tincture in your Eye Gel or Eye Cream Recipes.
- Dilute 1-2% of the Tincture in water and apply it directly to the skin around the eyes.
Water or oil-soluble?
Can I add it to ready-made products?
You can add it to all ready made products, like creams, lotions and shampoos but beware that all of them become thinner when you add an alcohol based product to a product based on emulsifiers, detergents and gels.
Each ml contains 200 mg of organically grown eyebright aerial parts (Euphrasia officinalis). It is a 1:5 aerial parts extract.
Non Medicinal Ingredients
40% gluten-free grain alcohol and purified water.
Eyebright helps to relieve inflammation of the eyes and nose.
Adults: Take 2ml, 3 times per day, on an empty stomach.
Do not use if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. For oral use only. Do not use topically in the eyes or nose.
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