Eyebright - Euphrasia officinalis (in the Scrophulariaceae or Figwort family)
Parts used: Aerial parts.
Taste/smell: Slightly bitter, slightly sweet.
Dosage: Infusion: 1-2 teaspoons of herb in one cup of water; or 1:4 dry liquid extract: 10-60 drops 1-4 times per day.
Mental picture and specific indications: Eyebright has an affinity for the eyes. It is used for conjunctivitis symptoms with yellow, thick exudate and swollen, red eyes that are encrusted in the morning. The specific indication is acrid, watery discharge from the eyes with a bland discharge from the nose.
Use: (a) Astringent, (b) Expectorant, (c) Anti-inflammatory, (d) Antiseptic, (e) Decongestant.
Eyebright is used for external and internal conjunctivitis, sinus congestion, nasal congestion, hay fever and other allergies. It is specific for congestive conditions of the eyes with profuse watery discharge and inflammation and discharges from the nose.
It contains the glycoside, aucuboside, a tannin, aucubin, caffeic and ferulic acids, sterols, choline and a volatile oil.
Contraindications: Information unavailable at this time.