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Belonging to the Figwort family (a type of flowering plant), eyebright is completely edible. From its flowers, to its stems, and its leaves, all the parts of this herb can be used in some manner or the other to treat several conditions. This herb has been used for several years to treat a host of health problems.
Eyebright can be identified by its small, oval shaped leaves, and small white or red flowers. The flowers have a black center, and purple streaks on the petals with a central yellow spot. It grows primarily in grassy areas such as meadows and pastures.
- Common Names
- Botanical Name
- Euphrasia, various species
Growing Eyebright – Gardening Basics
An annual semi-parasitic herb that grows about 2 to 12 inches high. It thrives when it attaches itself to the roots and stems of grasses, absorbing mineral substances from them. The leaves are rounded, toothed and small, about ½ inch long. They have a tiny white flower that is double lipped with a yellow throat and dark purple veins. The flower is so attractive you don’t want to clip it off.
It is native to southern Europe as far north as Siberia and the Himalayas. It prefers pastures and meadowland with a poor soil. It you want to grow this you need to plant the seeds near host grasses.
Important Growing Information:
DAYS TO GERMINATION:sow in Fall.
SOWING:Seeds need to frozen for 90 days to break their hard outer shell. Loosen the soil to a depth of approximately 1 inch using a rake or combining with your fingers. Broadcast the seeds over the prepared area. Eyebright seeds are fine, so heavy application is not necessary. Scatter around the host grasses, press seeds firmly into the soil and cover with loosened soil. Do not pack densely. Allow the plants to grow undisturbed until August, when this wildflower blooms profusely.
LIGHT PREFERENCE: Choose a grassy site that receives full sun
SOIL REQUIREMENTS: Keep the germinating seeds moist, but do not overwater. Test the moisture by squeezing a ball of soil. The soil should stick together, but you should not be able to squeeze out any water.
HARDINESS ZONE: 1 – 9
2 teaspoons dried eyebright
2 teaspoons ordinary black tea leaves
Mix the dried eyebright and tea leaves in a small bowl, then spoon into 2 empty tea bags. Seal or fold over the bags. Place the bags in a shot glass of hot but not boiling water. Leave for 10 minutes, then squeeze out and place one over each eye.
Relax with the eye compresses on for 10 to 15 minutes. Make fresh as you need it.
Medicinal Uses & Benefits of Eyebright:
How to Use: Eyebright
Eyebright’s main use in herbal medicine is, as Culpepper suggests, ” for all infirmities of the eyes that cause dimness of sights“. Eyebright’s centuries of use as a remedy for conjunctivitis and bloodshot eyes is insufficient to convince some modern herbalists of it’s effectiveness, because the scientific evidence for it’s use is thin. Although there is no specific evidence that eyebright as a whole is particularly useful for eye conditions, there is considerable evidence that compounds in the herb are anti-inflammatory and antibacterial..
Preparation Methods & Dosage :
Eyebright infusions can be taken as a tea, or used as an eyewash or compress. Also available in tinctures and capsules. Eyebright is often combined with other herbs and nutrients useful in maintaining ocular health, including bilberry, rutin, and hesperidin. Eyebright is often combined with nettle for use in allergies.
Eyebright Side Effects: Make sure that an eye bath is sterile, and beware of prepared infusions that may not be sterile.
NOTE: If you have had any kind of eye surgery, do not use eyebright in any manner without consulting your doctor. Also, women who are pregnant or breastfeeding should consult their doctors before consuming eyebright. Not for use during pregnancy or lactation.
This information in our Herbal Reference Guide is intended only as a general reference for further exploration, and is not a replacement for professional health advice. This content does not provide dosage information, format recommendations, toxicity levels, or possible interactions with prescription drugs. Accordingly, this information should be used only under the direct supervision of a qualified health practitioner.
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