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Eyebright (Euphrasia officinalis)

Note: Herbal monographs are an effective way to present information on an individual herb, however please be aware that these are for information and eduction purposes only. We always advise seeing a professional medical herbalist if you are taking medication, pregnant or are suffering from a medical complaint.
Name: Euphrasia officinalis (Scrophulariaceae) Eyebright
Parts Used: aerial parts
Native To: Europe
Trad Use:
Mod Use: astringent, anti-catarrhal, anti-inflammatory (lotion to eyes), anti-histamine
Pharmacy: Tincture 1:5 45%.
Indications: Infectious & allergic conditions affecting eyes, middle ear, sinuses & nasal passages
Eyes: conjunctivitis, blepharitis, red eye, stye, poor visual acuity due to eyestrain or diabetes, eyes itch & sting, corneal opacity.
Ear, Nose & Throat: watery catarrh, hay fever, chronic sneezing, inflamed nasal mucosa, relaxed tonsils & sore throat.
Misc: As a lotion during measles to prevent future eye troubles.
Tea said to strengthen memory & improve circulation of brain
Constituents: Iridoid glycosides: aucubin, Flavonoids, Tannins, Lignans, Phenolic Acids
Actions: Aucubin (iridoid glycoside) is anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory & antispasmodic.
Contraindications: Dry & stuffy congestion
References: References