EYEBRIGHT Overview Information
Eyebright is a plant. The parts that grow above the ground are used to make medicine.
Eyebright is taken by mouth to treat swollen (inflamed) nasal passages, allergies, hay fever, common cold, bronchial conditions, and inflamed sinuses (sinusitis). It is also used for cancer, coughs, “pink eye” (conjunctivitis), earaches, epilepsy, headaches, hoarseness, inflammation, jaundice, runny nose, skin ailments, and sore throat.
Despite serious risk of infection, some people apply eyebright directly to the eye in the form of a lotion, poultice, or eye bath to treat a variety of conditions including conjunctivitis; inflammation of the eyelids at the edge of the lashes (blepharitis); eye fatigue; inflammation of the blood vessels, eyelids and conjunctiva; and for "glued" and inflamed eyes. Eyebright is also applied to the eyes to prevent mucous and mucous membrane inflammation of the eyes.
In foods, eyebright is used as a flavoring ingredient.
Historically, eyebright has been used in British Herbal Tobacco, which was smoked for on-going lung conditions and colds.
How does it work?
The chemicals in eyebright might act as astringents and kill bacteria.
- Inflamed nasal passages.
- Inflamed sinuses (sinusitis).
- Other conditions.
EYEBRIGHT Side Effects & Safety
Eyebright might be safe for most people when taken by mouth. However, when used directly on the eye, eyebright may not be safe and is not recommended. It can be contaminated and cause eye infections. Side effects of eyebright tincture include confusion, headache, tearing, itching, redness, vision problems, sneezing, nausea, toothache, constipation, cough, trouble breathing, trouble sleeping (insomnia), sweating, and others.
Special Precautions & Warnings:Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Not enough is known about the use of eyebright during pregnancy and breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.
The appropriate dose of eyebright depends on several factors such as the user's age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for eyebright. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.