Also known as Meadow Eyebright and Red Eyebright
History: The Eyebright herb is aptly named as was anciently used by the Greeks to cure a variety of eye diseases. Its ability to heal such problems led the 17th century herbalist, Nicholas Culpeper, to claim that its use could ruin the business of making spectacles. Although Eyebright was native to Europe, colonists imported this important medicinal plant to grow in their gardens and Native Americans quickly adopted it as a medicinal herb.
Modern Uses: Infectious & allergic conditions affecting eyes, middle ear, sinuses & nasal passages
Eyes: conjunctivitis, blepharitis, red eye, stye, poor visual acuity due to eyestrain or diabetes, eyes itch & sting, corneal opacity.
Ear, Nose & Throat: watery catarrh, hay fever, chronic sneezing, inflamed nasal mucosa, relaxed tonsils & sore throat.
Active Ingredients: glycocides including aucubin, tannins, resin, volatile oil,
Actions: Anti-catarrhal, astringent, anti-inflammatory, tonic, antimicrobial
Complimentary Herbs: Golden rod, golden seal, elder flower, ephedra, witch hazel