Eyebright - Euphrasia Officinalis

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This Eyebright (Euphrasia officinalis) monograph is an excerpt from the first edition of Dr. Sharol's book "Herbal Medicine From The Heart of The Earth." You can purchase the 2020, third edition of this book with an expanded materia medica/monograph section, herbal formulas and directions on making herbal products in Dr. Sharol's Book Store. You receive free shipping in the USA.

Eyebright - Euphrasia officinalis in the Scrophulariaceae or Figwort family

Parts used: Aerial parts.

Taste/smell: Slightly bitter, slightly sweet.

Tendencies: Drying.

Dosage: Infusion: 1-2 teaspoons of herb in one cup of water; or 1:4 dry liquid extract: 10-60 drops 1-4 times per day.

Mental picture and specific indications: Eyebright has an affinity for the eyes. It is used for conjunctivitis symptoms with yellow, thick exudate and swollen, red eyes that are encrusted in the morning. The specific indication is acrid, watery discharge from the eyes with a bland discharge from the nose.

Use: (a) Astringent, (b) Expectorant, (c) Anti-inflammatory, (d) Antiseptic, (e) Decongestant.

Eyebright is used for external and internal conjunctivitis, sinus congestion, nasal congestion, hay fever and other allergies. It is specific for congestive conditions of the eyes with profuse watery discharge and inflammation and discharges from the nose.

Contraindications: Information unavailable at this time

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