Eyebright herb is taken from a weed that grows profusely in countries of temperate climates. It grows by clinging to the roots of other plants. Commercial eyebright is grown mainly in Europe.
Increased demand for the herb in recent years has led to it becoming an endangered species in some parts of the world.
The only part of the plant that cannot be used medicinally is the root.
Herbal eyebright can often be found blended with other herbs to increase the benefits.
Eyebright tea is often blended with nettle to make delicious, nourishing beverage.
It is recommended to use an organic eyebright whenever possible.
- Respiratory problems such as allergies, colds, bronchitis, and sinus problems. Its astringent properties help to tighten mucous membranes which reduces mucus secretion.
- The herb can help to prevent the formation of catarrh.
- Eyebright is also used to treat a number of conditions relating to the eyes. Eyebright tea or infusion can be used to wash the eyes. The eyebright eye wash can reduce inflammation of the eyes and protect the surface of the eye.
- The benefits of eyebright also include the easing of allergy symptoms, particularly those like hay fever which have an effect on the eyes.
- An infusion of the herb can be used as a gargle to ease sore throats and help reduce inflammation and infection.
- It can help to ease the symptoms of tired eyes.
- Eye infections such as conjunctivitis will benefit from use of eyebright eye wash.
- Styes on the eyes can be eased when using eyebright extract.
- Eyebright herb is useful when suffering from a cold that causes itchy eyes.
- The herb has antibacterial properties which help to fight infections.
- It can help to cleanse the blood and supports the health of the liver.
Eyebright tea can be made by steeping up to 4000 mg of herbal eyebright in boiling water for up to ten minutes. It should then be strained well before drinking. It is recommended to drink two to three cups a day.
Eyebright extract is also available in capsules and as a tincture. A solution of eyebright can be applied to cotton wool pads and applied to the eyes as a general tonic.
Some users may find that their eyes become a little sensitive to sunlight while they are using this herb. The eye is a delicate area, and some people may find that eyebright might be too strong for them.
Side effects may include headaches, itching and sneezing. If in any doubt, then a doctor should be consulted.
Those who are taking any prescription medications should seek advice from their doctor before beginning a course of treatment with eyebright herb to ensure that there will be no interaction.
Orally, eyebright may cause an upset stomach or nausea. It is important to adhere to the recommended dosages as excessive amounts or prolonged use may cause other health problems.