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I appreciate the many health benefits of herbs. These powerful plants truly provide medicine for the body. From boosting the immune system to easing inflammation to relieving bloating, there’s an herb for that!
This post features an herb called eyebright. Common in Europe, Asia and the US, eyebright is a small flowering herb that thrives in poor soil. The tiny flowers are white with purple streaks and a yellow center. The herb grows in grassy areas such as yards, fields and ditches. Considered a semi-parasitic plant, eyebright draws water and nutrients from the roots of nearby plants.
The stems, leaves and flowers are used medicinally in teas, tinctures, lotions and dietary supplements.
Nutritional Value of Eyebright
Eyebright contains flavonoids with antihistamine properties. Those flavonoids inhibit the release of histamine, which triggers allergy symptoms such as a runny nose and itchy, watery eyes.
The herb also provides plant compounds that protect against damage from free radicals. And eyebright contains tannins that possess anti-inflammatory properties.
Additionally, the herb offers vitamins A, B1, C and E along with zinc, selenium and copper.
Eyebright Herb Benefits
Although not as well known as other medicinal herbs, eyebright has been used for centuries in Europe and Asia and provides the following benefits:
- relieves eye problems including irritation, inflammation and allergy symptoms
- prevents sun damage to skin cells
- improves acne and skin irritations
- lowers blood sugar
- soothes sore throats and eases symptoms of colds and coughs
- combats sinus infections
- protects the liver from free radicals, toxins and viruses
- enhances memory and improves cognitive performance
Ways to Use Eyebright
Purchase eyebright in health food stores or order online.
It is available as dried, herbal tea bags, capsules, tinctures, extracts, lotions and eye drops.
For tea, add 1 – 2 teaspoons of dried eyebright, or an herbal tea bag, to a cup of boiling water. Cover and steep for 10 minutes. Eyebright may taste slightly bitter or astringent. Add raw, organic honey to sweeten, if desired.
Take 1 – 2 ml of the tincture or extract, up to three times a day.
Or take 1 400 – 500 mg capsule 2 – 3 times a day.
I’ve seen posts about making a DIY eyebright solution to wash the eyes with, to ease inflammation and irritation. However, I can’t recommend that. Extreme caution must be used with any home remedy for the eyes, to prevent infection.
There are commercially prepared eye drops available that contain eyebright.
Have you heard of the herb eyebright? I’d love to know if you’ve tried it!
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