Eyebright Herb and Tea Health Benefits
Eyebright is an attractive weed that grows in fields and meadow areas of most temperate climate regions of the world. Eyebright is a parasitic plant that must attach its roots to the roots of other plants in order to survive. Nearly all of the eyebright sold on the market is produced in Europe. Eyebright produces violet-like, white, light red, or purple flowers, often with purple lines or yellow dots on them. High demand and harvesting of this herb has made eyebright an endangered species in some regions of the world.
Eyebright has been used to support respiratory conditions including bronchitis, allergies, colds, and sinusitis. Eyebright contains astringent compounds known as tannins that may help to tighten the top layers of mucous membranes reducing mucus secretion, which in turn relieves irritation and improves tissue firmness. Consequently, many believe that eyebright can help relieve the numerous symptoms associated with allergies. Eyebright also contains many chemicals, including caffeic acid, which may have antibacterial effects.
Eyebright has also been used as an eye wash for treating a number of different eye conditions. The chemical substance, tannins, that is produced by eyebright has been used to reduce eye inflammation as well as to create a protective covering over the surface of the eye.
Note: Eye drops and eye washes should be packaged commercially under sterile conditions.Dosage and Administration
For use orally, eyebright is commonly prepared as a tea. Usually, 2,000 mg to 4,000 mg of dried eyebright herb is added to about 5 ounces of boiling water and allowed to soak for approximately 10 minutes. The solid particles remaining are then strained out of the tea in preparation for drinking.
Eyebright is also available as capsules and extracts that come in different strengths based on the desired effect. Always make sure to follow the instructions on the package you purchase.