IMPORTANT NOTE: ALWAYS READ THE ENTIRE LABEL TO MAKE SURE THE MEDICINAL HERBAL PRODUCT DOES NOT CONTAIN SOMETHING THAT YOU MAY BE ALLERGIC TO AND WON’T MIX WELL WITH OTHER MEDICATIONS YOU’RE TAKING.
Little known facts
Eyebright is a genus also known as Euphrasia officinalis
Euphrasia or eyebright belongs to about 450 species of herbaceous flowering plants in the Orobanchaceae family. The plant can be found all around the world. The most common eyebright flower is either purple, bluish white or violet.
The name Euphrasia is Greek in origin, derived from the word meaning, ‘gladness’: Euphrosyne. Because the plant had an ability to cure ailments, eyebright was given its more modern name.
Milton’s poem, “Paradise Lost” recounts that the Archangel, Michael used eyebright was used for Adam’s eye infection after he ate the forbidden fruit.
This eye-curing quality of eyebright has been known and depended on for centuries.
Eyebright is perfect for weak eyesight.
Use eyebright as eyewash to relieve discomfort of minor irritations or eyestrain.
Put some eyebright oil in the eyes and walk out into the sun without sunglasses. The sun should active it’s soothing and healing powers. The herb oil should help improve eyesight.
Eyebright should retard and fight off the onset of cataracts.
Eyebright should make your eyes feel rejuvenated.
If you have a problem with frequent sneezing bouts, eyebright can help relieve the problem.
Eyebright should be very stimulating to the liver.
Eyebright is also known to help clean the blood.
Due to its antiseptic qualities, eyebright is also recommended for eye infections.
Disorders, irritations, ailments, and bodily systems treated by Eyebright
Allergies – An allergy is a sensitivity to certain substances. You can be allergic to everything, from pollen to drugs.
Cataracts – When you have a loss of transparency in the lens of the eye or its capsule, resulting in partial or total blindness. There are several different stages and types of cataracts; such as, immature cataracts, mature cataracts, radiation cataracts, traumatic cataracts, and senile cataracts.
Catarrh – Catarrh is a swelling of the mucous membrane that can lead to discharges from the nose.
Congestion – Congestion is an abnormal buildup of blood in a part of the body.
Conjunctivitis – To better explain conjunctivitis, I have to tell you what the conjunctiva is. The conjunctiva is a thin, transparent mucus membrane lining the inner surface of your eyelids. Conjunctivitis is simply an inflammation of that mucus membrane as a result of bacterial, viral, or allergic agents.
Coughs – This should be self-explanatory.
Diabetes – A disorder in which the body can no longer metabolize insulin, carbohydrates, fats and proteins. Severe conditions require frequent shots of insulin.
Earache – This vital compound organ for hearing and equilibrium can be host to any number of problems; such as swimmer’s ear, aviator’s ear, cauliflower or boxer’s ear, and glue ear. The most important part of the organ is the eardrum. If you have an earache, it is probably just a pain in the ear.
Living microorganisms that invade the body are infections. You can have a clinical infection in which the infection is so severe that the body starts showing signs and symptoms of diseases. Focial infections are when those little bastard bugs are confined to one area. Inapparent infections are infections that show no signs or symptoms – also known as subclinical. Latent infections are when those little microorganisms can’t even be detected by modern methods – the infection can flare up from time to time under certain conditions. And finally, there is terminal infections in which the infection strikes at the end of a disease, typically resulting in death.
A strain is the tearing or stretching of a muscle or tendons. You can also strain or injure a part of your body by misuse or excessive effort. Strain can also be a group of microorganisms (bacteria) made up of the descendants of a single isolated culture.
Strengthens the eye – Eyes are the spherical organ in which we see through. This organ consists of several different parts; such as, the cornea, the iris, and pupil.
Glaucoma – Simply put, glaucoma is a group of eye diseases that are characterized by an increase in intraocular pressure. Technically, it’s caused by a restricted outflow of the aqueous humor through the trabecular meshwork and spaces of Fontana in the anterior chamber angle. More simply, this is between the root of the iris and cornea.
Hay fever – An inflammation of the nose and eyes that happens during certain seasons.
Liver stimulant – The liver is a multi-purpose and extremely helpful organ, but it can be host to a number of diseases and disorders; such as, Hepatitis or inflammation of the liver, Cirrhosis or the formation of fibrous tissue inside the liver, Gilbert’s syndrome or the genetic disorder of the bilirubin metabolism, and Glycogen storage disease II which leads to progressive muscle weakness.
Pink eye – Pinkeye is in which the eyes are inflamed, turning them pink.
Sneezing – Simply put, a sneeze is the forceful, involuntary discharge of air through the nose and mouth.
Sore throat – This should be self-explanatory. But I think we should describe a sore throat. Maybe I just like to share everything I learn with my readers. A sore throat is a condition leading to discomfort in the throat, especially when you swallow food. It can be irritated and made worse by coughing.
Dissolves styes – Also known as hordeolum, commonly misspelled as “sties”, this is a lot like an infected hair along the surface of an eyelid. It’s categorized by a painful, swollen, erythematous legion. More technically, a stye is in an inflammation of the sebaceous gland.
Ulcers – You can get ulcers just about anywhere on your body. Ulcers are open sores of the skin, eyes or mucous membranes. They can leave your skin looking like the surface of some dead, alien planet. It’s really not something you’ll ever want to see. Duodenal ulcers can be found on the first portion of the small intestine. Gastric ulcers are found in the area of the stomach. Mouth ulcers are found in or around the mouth.
Herbal First Aide
No home should be without this recipe for an herbal first aide kit.
You must have Aloe Vera. The gel from the plant’s leaves will help in relieving pain, and healing burns and cuts. Believe me, I know this works.
Also, you should have Arnica. Another healing gel that will take the blue out of bruises.
Take Calendula. When taken as a tea, this dry leaf will help clean cuts.
For indigestion, anxiety and insomnia, take some Chamomile in tea form.
You should most definitely take Echinachea if you want to treat the flu or the common cold.
Gingerroot is great for relaxing the stomach, killing nausea, and putting an end to motion sickness.
Keep a bottle of Witch Hazel handy to stop infections, and heal minor burns and rashes.
The Herb Book by John Lust
The Prescription for Nutritional Healing by Phyllis Balch
Back to Eden, 2nd Revised Edition by Jethro Kloss & Promise K. Moffet
Children’s Herbal Health by Deanne Tenney
Green Pharmacy Herbal Handbook by James Duke, Ph.D
Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine by Michael Nurray, N.D.
Herbally Yours by Penny C. Royal
A Modern Herbal by Mrs. Grieve
Desk Reference to Nature’s Medicine by Steven Foster and Rebecca L. Johnson