The Useful Eyebright Herbs
Eyebright (Euphrasia officinalis), also known as euphrasia or meadow eyebright, is flowering herbs found primarily in eastern European countries such as Hungary and Yugoslavia. These herbs are semi-parasitic, as its roots get attached to the roots of grass, for food. Eyebright is a small plant with a height that ranges between two to eight inches. It has serrated, lance-shaped leaves, and erect stems that end in flowers. Flowering occurs between July to September. The flowers are small and white, with purple stripes and yellow patches. These flowers produce seeds in flat, ribbed capsules, that are very small. The whole plant, except the roots are used for making eyebright herb powder, extract, tincture, lotion, and tea. Harvesting is done between July and August, which is the blooming season for this plant. The herbs are said to be the most effective, when harvested during this period.
The plant is cut just above the roots. Eyebright herbs acts as an anti-inflammatory agent and as an astringent. It has been used to treat inflammatory eye disorders, like conjunctivitis (pink eye), blepharitis, dry eye, and eye stye. Eyebright is used in the form of poultice, so as to reduce the swelling and other symptoms associated with these eye conditions. The affected person may also be administered with eyebright tea, for fast healing. The herb is also used for relief from eye strain; and for treating health problems, like cold, sinus infections, hoarse throat, and cough.