Information on Eyebright

Latin NameEuphrasia officinalis
Part UsedLeaf, Flowers
Herb FormsTincture, capsule, homeopathic tablet, bulk herb.
AffectsSense Organs, Respiratory system, Liver
CautionsNone noted.
Botanical InfoA small perennial semiparastitic plant of meadows in the Snapdragon family with opposite leaves and small white to pale lilac flowers.
DescriptionEyebright is a mildly decongesting, astringent herb which reduces inflammation. It is useful for red or inflamed eyes and for conjunctivitis and styes, taken internally and applied externally. As a mild decongestant, it is also excellent to stop excessive runny discharges both in hayfever and other sinus problems.

Eyebright has a taste of BITTER and a temperature of COOL.


Infusion2-3 cups 2-3 x daily
Powder3-5 capsules 2-3 x daily
Tincture2-4 droppersful 2-3 x daily

Ailments Treated by Eyebright

AilmentTreatment SupportApplication
Catarrhdecongestanttincture, capsule, tea
Conjunctivitisanti-inflammatory, astringenttea internally and as a wash externally
Eyes, dryreduces inflammationwash externally
Eyes, inflammation--acuteantibacterialwash externally, tea internally
Hay feverantihistamine, decongestanttincture, capsules, tea
Nose, pluggeddecongestanttincture, tea, capsule


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