Wednesday Wisdom - Eyebright
Habitat: Meadowland throughout Britain and Europe.
Part used: Aerial parts.
Actions of Eyebright: Astringent, anti-catarrhal, anti-inflammatory.
Eyebright is specific for all problems that occur within the skull. It will reduce the inflammation of mucous membranes in the eyes, sinuses, ears and nasal passages, and counter mucus production, which makes it particularly relevant for infections and allergic conditions. It is best known for its use on any eye conditions such as inflammation, weeping, stinging, ulceration or conjunctivitis. Eyebright has been used very successfully, both internally and externally, on both dogs and horses that suffer from persistent ulceration of the eye. It can be made into a tea and used as an eye-wash or compress, and is excellent when combined with distilled witch hazel.