Eyebright (Euphrasia officinalis
) is a type of medicinal plant that has been used since the 14th century for its use in eye-related healing properties. Eyebright has showed evidence of reducing inflammation in the eye caused by blepharitis and conjunctivitis. It has been used as an eyewash, eye drops, or plant infusions taken internally for ophthalmic use.
: The major bioactive components in Euphrasia
species are tannins, phenolic acids, flavones and iridoid glycosides. Infected eyes can be treated with eyebright tea (Euphrasia officinalis
) in the following forms:
- Homeopathic eye drops (D3 = 0.1%): one drop 3 times daily
- Eye rinse or ocular compress: Prepare tea by pouring freshly boiled water over 2 to 3 grams of the dried substance (2-3%). After five to 10 minutes, pass the tea through a filtering tissue. Apply several times a day by soaking gauze and dropping the tea onto the eyes.
- Eye lotion: Using the powdered form of eyebright in a dose of 2-4 g.