Eyebright Brings Glad Tidings
The herb Eyebright gets its botanical name Euphrasia from the Greek myth of Euphrosyne, one of the three ‘charities’ or graces, daughters of Zeus and Oceanid, who was notable for her joy and mirth.
Eyebright is also thought to open the Third Eye and give vision, clarity and insight to mankind. It is an elegant little plant, and grows on heaths and pastures, on mountains and near the sea. The name is also given to the linnet, a small bird in the finch family, who was said to have used the leaf for clearing the sight of its young. Linnet is named for its likeness to flax seeds from which linen is made.
The Eyebright flower’s purple and yellow spots and stripes are thought to resemble common eye diseases such as bloodshot eyes and cataracts, making it an effective herb for those conditions according to the Doctrine of Signatures.
Eyebright root, flower or leaves, in tincture or powder form, has been used for centuries to treat many eye ailments including inflammation, eye strain, pink eye, cataracts, stye, weeping eyes and bloodshot eyes. The herb’s properties are also beneficial for respiratory conditions such as bronchitis, colds, sinusitis, and allergies. Skin problems such as acne have also responded well to Eyebright poultices.
Used as an eye drop tincture or mixed in a smoothie, Eyebright makes an insightful addition to your kitchen apothecary.