Parts used - entire plant except the root
Used as an eyewash. Herbalists recommend Eyebright for the treatment of conjunctivitis and other eye irritations. It is said to have astringent, phlegm reducing and anti-inflammatory properties.
Side Effects No side effects are known at this time.
Safety Issues No contraindications are known at this time. However using a non-sterile lotion or eyewash can be hazardous and many physicians recommend against this.
History of Eyebright
Eyebright is a small annual plant that can be found in Britain and Europe. It has deeply cut leaves and blooms from July to September. It's flowers are white or purple variegated yellow.
Since the Middle Ages it has been used to treat conditions of the eye. Modern herbalists generally recommend lotions or infusions made from the entire overground portion of the plant but in the past herbalists such as Culpeper also recommended taking Eyebright internally to treat problems of the eye.
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