Eyebright, the plant that can cure eye inflammation

Euphrasia Scrophulariaceae, or eyebright is a semi-parasitic creeping plant with small oval-shaped leaves and toothed white flowers with black centers. Its flowers are reminiscent of the shape of an eye. The plant can reach up to 50 cm in height. Common in Europe, it grows in meadows with loam, but it can also be found in high altitudes (up to about 3000 m). It is harvested when it flowers, in summer. Phytotherapy particularly uses its aerial parts. Its active ingredients are: flavonoids, tannins, aucubin, lignans and phenolic acid. In the 4th century BC, the philosopher Theophrastus already spread out in his writings the therapeutic virtues of this plant in ophthalmology. In addition, there was the Greek botanist Dioscorides who prescribed the use of the plant against eye pathologies.

In which cases can it be indicated?

Aucubin, one of the active ingredients of the plant, has antibacterial, antispasmodic and anti-inflammatory action.

  • I’aucubine is able to contract the mucous membrane of the eye. This helps relieve inflammation of the conjunctiva and eyelid. Moreover, some otorhinolaryngologists prescribe it against infections and allergies of the eye, sinuses, nasal passages and middle ear.
  • It is also effective against acne.
  • Some believe that chewing the leaves of this one can improve memory. This could be justified by the presence of flavonoids and beta-carotene.
  • In internal use, this plant proves to be very effective in treating ailments of the airways (cough, cold, coryza, etc.).
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In what form can it be used in herbal medicine?

The herbal medicine uses eyebright in the form of herbal tea and tincture.

How to use it to take advantage of its therapeutic benefits?

  • For’eye inflammation caused by blepharitis, styes and ophthalmia, prepare a herbal tea with its dry leaves. To do this, boil 1 tsp of its dry leaves in 1.5 cups of water for 10 minutes. Filter, then let cool before applying the herbal tea to the eye 3 to 4 times a day. You can help yourself with a washcloth or a cotton ball when applying.
  • For conjunctivitis, cataracts and red eyes, dilute 5-8 drops of tincture in 2 cups of water. Wash the eyes with the resulting solution every 4-6 hours so that the symptoms gradually fade. However, remember to seek the advice of a health professional before using this technique.
  • For treat sinus irritation, prepare a herbal tea with the dry leaves. Boil 1 teaspoon of dry leaves in 1 cup of water for 5 minutes. Strain and drink lukewarm. Drink it three times a day, when you feel thirsty, until the symptoms disappear.
  • To make acne disappear, prepare a poultice by crushing the fresh leaves and flowers. Then, apply it to the affected area every night for 20 minutes.

What are the contraindications for its use?

People who have had eye surgery and pregnant or breastfeeding women should not use eyebright.


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