Euphrasia (euphrasia officinalis) or eyebright, Ευράσια
Euphrasia (euphrasia officinalis) or eyebright is an herb the name of which comes from the Greek word euphrosyne which means “gladness.”
A native of North America, Western Asia and Europe Euphrasia (Euphrasia officinalis) is known by many other names such as glossy eyebright, common eyebright, and eufrasia. It is recognised for its astringent, anti-oxidant, antibiotic and anti-inflammatory properties.
It is rich in vitamins (Vitamin A, B complex C, D, E), volatile oils, flavonoids, tannins, phenolic acids and iridoid glycosides.
However, this herb has been primarily used for the past hundreds of years as a remedy for the eyes, especially for bloodshot eyes and conjunctivitis. In many parts of Scotland and Iceland – for example – it is used for almost all ailments of the eye.
It’s known to fight allergies, tighten the mucous membranes and fight free-radical damage. Ailments such as blepharitis and conjunctivitis are easily remedies when this herb is used.
Owing to its astringent properties, it is used effectively for treating colds, infections of the upper respiratory system, excessive mucus (as a result of cold) and sinusitis.