Eyebright (Euphrasia Officinalis)
Euphrasia is a herb the name of which comes from the Greek word Euphrosyne which means “gladness.” A native of North America, Western Asia, and Europe, euphrasia is known by many other names such as glossy eyebright, and common eyebright. It is recognized 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 easy 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.
◉ 1-3 teaspoons of loose tea (or 3g up to 3 times) daily. If more than one herbal mixture is consumed at the same period of time, reduce the amount of tea accordingly.
◉ When herbs are used for an extended period of time, it is suggested to consume a herbal remedy with a ratio of 3 to 1. For example:
- If you choose to take it for 3 weeks, have a one-week pause.
- If it is taken for a 30-day period, have a 10-day pause.
That does not apply to herbs and fruits that have a laxative effect.
◉ Should be stored in airtight glass containers -in a cool, dark, and dry place- to preserve the flavor, texture, and properties.
◉ Before adding a new herbal remedy or supplement to your daily routine, you should consult with a medical doctor or holistic health practitioner.
Herbal Tea Brewing Instructions
- Heat the water to just the point when it starts to boil.
- Add 1 teaspoon of loose tea, to a tea infuser or tea bag, for every 180ml - 240ml of water.
- Pour the heated water (right off the boil) over the tea, cover your cup, and steep for 7-10 minutes or longer.
- Add honey or stevia for sweetness, if desired.
Follow these additional steps to make the perfect cup of tea!