Eyebright Herb (Euphrasia officinalis)
Eyebright cut herb (Euphrasia officinalis)
Straight herbs do not come with any directions for use : see How do I use it?
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Directions for Use:
Horse : dried herb : give 20 to 30 grams daily (or Tincture 10 to 20mls daily)
Dog : give 1ml to 2ml per 10kg bodyweight twice daily of the tincture. As a dried herb this is unsuitable to give to dogs due to the cut of the herb but you could use it as an eye bath.
Eye Bath : To make an eye bath, place approx 10 grams of dried Eyebright into a pan, pour over 200mls of water and bring to the boil, simmering for up to five minutes. Cool and strain the mixture well (use muslin). The resulting liquid can be used to bathe the eye(s) up to three times a day as required. The liquid will keep for a couple of days if kept cool in the fridge or you can make up fresh each time.
Tincture : You can use Eyebright Tincture to make an eyebath : add a teaspoon to 200mls of hot boiling water, leave to cool and use as above. It needs to be hot/boiling to burn off the alcohol, which is why most owners favour the dried herb for a wash.
Eyes are an extremely delicate part of the body and your vet should always be consulted.
Eyebright (Euphrasia officinalis) herb makes a wonderful lotion for bathing sore, tired, irritated eyes, for both horses or humans.
To make an eyewash for horses or dogs put about 10g of Eyebright dried herb in a small saucepan with a lid, add 200ml of cold water, bring slowly to the boil, and simmer gently for 3 to 4 minutes. Keeping the lid on the saucepan, remove from the heat and leave to cool and once cooled the liquid can be strained. Soak cotton pads in the eyebright eyewash and bathe eyes. Don't waste the strained herb, this can be added to your horse's feed. Any unused eyewash can be put into a closed jam-jar and kept for a couple of days in the fridge.