G/P/E: Masculine, Sun, Air.
Magical uses:Anoint eyelids with the infusion daily to induce clairvoyant visions and psychic dreams.
Carry this herb to increase psychic ability, improve memory, encourage rationality and increase positive outlook.
Carry to bring a humorous and bright outlook when life seems dark and negative.
Also Called: Eye Bright, Euphrasia, Casse-lunette
It is important that only the correct forms of eyebright, with glandular hairs on the calyx, are used, since other forms do not possess medicinal virtues.
Eyebright tightens the mucous membranes of the eye and appears to relieve the inflammation of conjunctivitis and blepharitis.
Its ability to counter catarrh means that it is often used for infectious and allergic conditions affecting the eyes, middle ear, sinuses and nasal passages.
The whole plant is anti-inflammatory,astringent, digestive, ophthalmic and slightly tonic.
It is taken internally in the treatment of catarrh, sinusitis, hay fever, upper respiratory tract infections etc.
As an ophthalmic, an infusion of the plant can be taken internally or used as an eye wash. Alternatively, the diluted juice can be dropped into the eyes.
Some caution should be exercised, experimentally it can induce side effects including dim vision.
The plant’s astringency makes it inappropriate for treating dry or stuffy congestion.
The plant can be used externally as a poultice to aid the healing of wounds.
The dried herb is a ingredient of herbal smoking mixtures, used in the treatment of chronic bronchial colds.
A homeopathic remedy is made from the expressed juice of the plant. It is used particularly in the treatment of eye inflammations and colds.