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eyebright

Herbal medicine
An annual that contains glycosides, saponins, tannins and volatile oils. It is anti-inflammatory and astringent, and has a long tradition among herbalists as an eye tonic; it is administered as an infusion or applied topically for itchiness, and has been used for colds, hay fever and sore throat.

Homeopathy
See Euphrasia.

eyebright

(ī′brīt″)
A small flowering herb from the genus Euphrasia, used in folk medicine as a treatment for low vision and depression.

eyebright,

n Latin name:
Euphrasia officinalis; part used: blooming plant; uses: eye irritations, nasal catarrh; uses under research: jaundice, lung infections, impaired memory; not recommended because of cytotoxic effects; precautions: can cause disorientation, headaches, fatigue, congestion, photophobia, altered vision, and sneezing. Also called
meadow eyebright and
red eyebright.
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Eyebright, xanthium, and stinging nettle ease respiratory pain and discomfort.
A team of volunteers in Hawke's Bay won the Eyebright Award for Innovation for a massive fundraising effort for a $1.
For starters, she recommends freeze-dried stinging nettles, which may help alleviate runny nose and sinus congestion; eyebright, which soothes red, itchy, watery eyes; and the supplement quercetin, a bioflavonoid often found packaged with Vitamin C, which can also be an effective antihistamine.
Aside from goldenseal, other common herbs in the Australasian herbalist's pharmacopeia which are currently listed as 'at risk' by the UPS (United Plant Savers, an American organisation which has compiled extensive data on the sustainable use of medicinal plants) including black cohosh (Actaea racemosa, Cimicifuga racemosa), eyebright (Euphrasia spp), goldenseal (Hydrastis canadensis), Korean ginseng (Panax ginseng), wild yam (Dioscorea villosa), and even the immensely popular echinacea (Ecinacea purpurea and spp) (UPS 2008).
As with contact lens re-wetting drops, other moisturiser ingredients can include plant and flower petal extracts (witchhazel, eyebright, blueberry), amino acids, vitamins A, B (dexpanthenol, pantothenic acid) or E, but for which no medicinal claims can be made.
The mair, the machair The brightly-blooming machair shouldn't be missed on the western shores - a magic carpet of wildflowers, with primroses, buttercups, red and white clover, tiny eyebright, vetch and daisies.
7 BlueBerry Eyebright tablets, above, combine blueberry extract with lutein, which may help maintain healthy macula of the eye, eyebright and grape seed antioxidants, which help defend against damaging free radicals.
The kit contains Eyebright and Nettle Tea and metal tea infuser to clear catarrh and help enhance blood supply to the eyes.
The potion includes the herb eyebright, which has been used for centuries to do as its name says.
Eyebright reduces irritation around the eye area and green tea extract and vitamins C and E guard against future free radical damage.
The threatened wildflowers include 80 varieties never previously thought to have been at risk, including Corn Buttercup (down 81 per cent), English Eyebright (down 62 per cent) and Prickly Poppy (down 61 per cent).