(Herbs Knowledge) Eyebright

| September 10, 2012 | 0 Comments | 8 views

Eyebright Scientific Names and Common Names,Eyebright Biochemical Information,Uses,Warning,Where Found,Parts Usually Used,Eyebright Description of Plant(s) and Culture,Medicinal Properties.

(Herbs Knowledge) Eyebright


Common Names | Parts Usually Used | Plant(s) & Culture | Where Found | Medicinal Properties | Biochemical Information
Legends, Myths and Stories | Uses | Formulas or Dosages | Nutrient Content | How Sold | Warning | Bibliography

Scientific Names

Euphrasia officinalis L.Euphrasia americana L.ScrophulariaceaeFigwort family

Common Names

Red eyebright
Back to Top

Parts Usually Used

Entire plant except roots, dried
Back to Top

Description of Plant(s) and Culture

Red eyebright is a small, downy, annual herb 4-8 inches high; its square, leafy stem that is slender, semiparasitic (root is attached to grasses), grows up to 12 inches high and bears opposite, stiff, tiny, bristle-toothed, ovate leaves. The two-lipped, red or purple and white flowers grow in axillary leafy spikes from June to September. Three lower lobes notched, with purple lines. Highly variable. Fruits are capsules, cupped in sepals.

Some call Lobelia by the common name of eye bright.
Back to Top

Where Found

Very common in dry, meadows, pastures, and other grassy areas of Europe and western Asia and probably naturalized in various places in the United States. Subarctic south to Quebec, Maine, Massachusetts, New York. Native of Europe.
Back to Top

Medicinal Properties

Astringent, tonic, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic
Back to Top

Biochemical Information

Bitters, inositol, volatile oils, PABA, sulfur, tannins, and vitamins A, B3, B5, B12, C, D, and E.
Back to Top

Legends, Myths and Stories

According to the story of Arnoldus de Villa Nova, “it restoreth sight to them that have been blind a long time before.” Culpeper says it will restore the sight decayed through age.
Back to Top


Used as an eyewash or poultice for eye inflammations, blepharitis, eye strain, treating styes. Prevents secretion of fluids and relieves discomfort from eyestrain or minor irritation. Good for all eye disorders.

An infusion or poultice has been used for symptoms associated with colds, such as coughs, hoarseness, earaches, headaches, sore throat, nasal congestion, allergy, and catarrh. In Europe it has sometimes been taken for hay fever.

Taken internally, it may be helpful in maintaining good vision and eye health.
Back to Top

Formulas or Dosages

Make preparations fresh each time.

Infusion: steep 1 heaping tsp. fresh herb in boiling water for a few minutes. Take 1-2 cups a day.

Decoction: Boil 1 tsp. dried herb in 1 cup water for 5 minutes.

Tincture: take 15-40 drops every 3-4 hours, as needed.

Herbalists often combine eyebright with goldenseal in eye lotions.
Back to Top

Nutrient Content

Vitamins A, B3, B5, B12, C, D, and E.
Back to Top

How Sold

Capsules: take 1 capsule for up to 3 times daily.

Extract: mix 15 to 40 drops in liquid every 3 to 4 hours.

Eyewashes: eyewash products containing euphrasia (eyebright), plus other herbs such as golden seal, bayberry, raspberry leaves, and cayenne pepper, are available commercially. Put the eyewash in an eyecup and rise out the eye 3 to 4 times daily.
Back to Top


Experimentally, may induce side effects, including dim vision. Avoid use without a doctor’s supervision. This plant is not considered safe today.
Back to Top


, by Jethro Kloss; Back to Eden Publishing Co., Loma Linda, CA 92354, Original copyright 1939, revised edition 1994

, by Penelope Ody, Dorling Kindersley, Inc, 232 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10016, First American Edition, copyright 1993

, by John Lust, Bantam Books, 666 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY. copyright 1974.

, by Steven Foster and James A. Duke., Houghton Mifflin Company, 215 Park Avenue South, New York, NY 10000

, by Dr. H.C.A. Vogel; Keats Publishing, Inc., 27 Pine Street (Box 876) New Canaan, CT. 06840-0876. Copyright Verlag A. Vogel, Teufen (AR) Switzerland 1952, 1991

, by Nicholas Culpeper, Meyerbooks, publisher, PO Box 427, Glenwood, Illinois 60425, 1990, (reprint of 1814)

, by Earl Mindell, R.Ph., Ph.D., Simon & Schuster/Fireside, Rockefeller Center 1230 Avenue of the Americas, New York, New York 10020

, by Clarence Meyer, Meyerbooks, publisher, PO Box 427, Glenwood, Illinois 60425, copyright 1988, fifth printing, 1994

Herbal Gardening, compiled by The Robison York State Herb Garden, Cornell Plantations, Matthaei Botanical Gardens of the University of Michigan, University of California Botanical Garden, Berkeley., Pantheon Books, Knopf Publishing Group, New York, 1994, first edition

, by David Conway, published by Jonathan Cape, Thirty Bedford Square, London, England. (Out of print)

, by Michael Tierra, C.A., N.D., O.M.D., Lotus Press, PO Box 325, Twin Lakes. WI 53181., Copyright 1988, published 1992

, by Clarence Meyer, Meyerbooks, publisher, PO Box 427, Glenwood, Illinois 60425, 1973

, by James F. Balch, M.D. and Phyllis A. Balch, C.N.C., Avery Publishing Group, Inc., Garden City Park, NY

, Third College Edition, Victoria Neufeldt, Editor in Chief, New World Dictionaries: A Division of Simon & Schuster, Inc., 15 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10023, 1984

, by Pamela Forey and Ruth Lindsay, Crescent Books (January 27, 1992).

, by Richard Lucas, Parker Publishing Co. (1988).

, by Dr. David Frawley & Dr. Vasant Lad, Lotus Press, Twin Lakes, Wisconsin, Second edition, 1988.

, edited by William H. Hylton, Rodale Press, Inc. Emmaus, PA, 18049., 1974

, by Mannfried Pahlow, Barron's Educational Series, Inc. 250 Wireless Blvd., Hauppauge, NY 11788, 1992

Back to Top

Tags: , , , , , ,

Category: Herbs

About the Author (Author Profile)

Holle everybody welcome to the acupunctureschoolonline.com. My name is Mo, I hope discuss about acupuncture with everybody! Hope you can find what you want in my website.If you have questions , please click here --Our A&Q system.http://ask.acupunctureschoolonline.com

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to post a comment.