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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.
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eyebright

(ī′brīt″)
A small flowering herb from the genus Euphrasia, used in folk medicine as a treatment for low vision and depression.
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A team of volunteers in Hawke's Bay won the Eyebright Award for Innovation for a massive fundraising effort for a $1.4 million purpose-built Plunket community hub.
Although Eyebright (Euphrasia spp.) is widely recommended as an herbal eye treatment, and although it is astringent and has antibacterial properties, there is no scientific evidence showing that eyebright is effective against conjunctivitis or any other eye disease, and Germany's Commission E (an agency that documents the effectiveness of herbal preparations and approves or disapproves their use) recommends against using it.
Because the plant was once soaked in rose water and the resulting solution applied to the eyes as a salve, others know it as "eyebright."
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* Euphrasia (Eyebright): Profuse, hot, irritating, bland discharge from the eye.
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 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.
Many families have mentioned eyebright as an herb that's great for eye disorders and for hay fever, including the itchy, swollen eye associated with hay fever.
He cites the herb eyebright as especially helpful for itchy eyes, while osha, bayberry and horseradish can clear up congestion.
Some people treat the symptoms of pinkeye with herbal compresses and eyewashes that contain eyebright, chamomile, fennel seed, marigold, plantain, goldenseal, or flax.