(Euphrasia officinalis) aka - Red Eyebright
It is believed the ancients knew of Eyebright’s healing powers because the name ‘Euphrasia’ is of Greek origin, derived from ‘Euphrosyne,’ meaning “gladness.” It acquired this name because of its reputation for curing eye ailments; it brought much gladness by preserving the eyes of the sufferer. The white petals of Eyebright have a red or purple tinge that many say resemble bloodshot eyes. For centuries, Eyebright has been depended upon as the herb of choice for various diseases of the eye: from acute or chronic inflammation of the eye, over-sensitivity to light, stinging and weeping conditions, as well as helping to rejuvenate eyes that feel exhausted. Eyebright works as a vaso-constrictor and astringent to the nasal and conjunctiva mucous, it brings relief to frequent sneezing bouts. It also helps with eyes that are cloudy and irritated with lacrimation (excessive tears) of watery or stringy mucus. It is known to be a stimulant to the liver and to clean the blood. It is used with excellent results for problems relating to mucous membranes.
Primary uses: Here are just a few of the maladies Eyebright may provide relief from:
• Blood Impurities
• Colds/Runny Nose
• Ear Aches
• Liver Stimulant
- Properties: Alterative, Anti-inflammatory, Anti-septic, Astringent, Bitter, Stimulant (liver) Primary nutrients: Copper, iodine, iron, silicon, Vitamins A, B, B-complex, C, D, and E, zinc.