Mountain Rose Herbs

Eyebright Extract

Also known as

Euphrasia officinalis, Augentrostkraut, Euphraisiae herba, Euphrasia, _Eurphrasia rostkovian_a, Herbed Euphraise.

Introduction

Eyebright is an elegant, tiny English pasture plant, with deeply-cut leaves and numerous, small, white or purplish flowers variegated with yellow. Its botanical name Euphrasia is borrowed from the Greek Euphrosyne (gladness), one of the three graces, distinguished from the others by her joy and mirth. Although the name comes from the Greek, very little is mentioned about the herb by Pliny the Elder or Discorides or in any herbals tomes until the 14th century, where it is mentioned in Gordon’s Liticium Medicinia (1305). It is also mentioned later in Milton’s Paradise Lost, where an angel gives Adam Rue herb and Eyebright to help purge his eyesight.

Constituents

Anti-inflammatory acubin, antiviral caffeic acid, antiallergenic ferulic acid.

Parts Used

Leaf, stem and small pieces of the flowers.

Typical Preparations

Warm compress or tea. Also convenient as an extract or capsule.

Summary

Eyebright is popularly used in Europe as a rinse, compress, and eye bath.

Precautions

The safety of this herb during pregnancy and lactation is not proven.

For educational purposes only This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.

This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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