Eyebright is commonly used as an alternative treatment for eye-related ailments, including severe inflammation of the eye. For centuries, natural healers have relied on eyebright to help ease everything from bloodshot eyes to pink eye. Eyebright benefits also include being used for treating respiratory infections, colds, allergies, acne, skin irritation and even stretch marks! According to herbalist David Hoffmann, author of the book “The New Holistic Herbal“, eyebright contains tannins, flavonoids, and iridoid gylocsides, which fight inflammation and impede the passage of toxins.
Thanks to eyebright’s astringent tannins and flavonoids, the herb can help minimize unpleasant allergy symptoms, including runny noses and watery eyes. The astringent tannins tighten mucus membranes, which helps to reduce discharge. Holistic healers recommend drinking one cup of eyebright tea with a drop of honey, several times per day, to ease allergy symptoms.
Are your eyes bloodshot after a long day staring at the computer screen? An eyebright compress is just what the doctor ordered! To make a compress, start by boiling 1 teaspoon of eyebright in 1.5 cups of water for approximately 10-12 minutes. Once the tea is ready, dip a cotton washcloth in the solution. Lie down and use this towel as a compress on the eye for 15 minutes before bed. The eyebright benefits you by soothing the eye and relieving redness. You’ll awake in the morning feeling refreshed with bright, clear eyes!
Suffering from acne or skin irritation? An eyebright poultice or cold teabags may help. To create a poultice, crush fresh eyebright leaves and petals and then apply it to the skin for 20 minutes prior to bed. If fresh eyebright is not available, a poultice can be made by crushing dried eyebright and soaking it in warm water prior to application. For easy application, mix several drops of eyebright with a face cream and apply it to the skin before bedtime.
Eyebright is readily available at many natural health food stores. Depending on your needs, you can purchase eyebright as dried loose leaves, in a ready-prepared teabag, or as a liquid. Eyebright is sometimes sold with dried bilberries, a natural treatment that also relieves and soothes inflamed eyes. In small or moderate quantities, eyebright is not know to have any harmful properties. If you are using eyebright to treat eye problems, it is essential that the eye compress or drops are prepared in a clean, sanitary environment. People who have had laser eye surgery or cataract removal are advised not to apply eyebright directly to the eye.
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