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Eyebright for Eyesight and Insight

Herbal Remedies, Radical Rants, Radical Raves, Spirituality | Posted by Kim
Aug 30 2016

Eyebright Flower

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.



Yarrow’s Magic

Herbal Remedies, Radical Raves | Posted by Kim
Jan 29 2012

A Powerfully Potent Pain-Killer Against Life’s Slings and Arrows

Yarrow’s latin name, Achillea millefolium, derives from the Achilles myth that, when Achilles was shot with an arrow in his heel, his one and only vulnerable place (why can’t we count on such odds when playing golf?), he used Yarrow to staunch the wound. Yarrow truly is a wonder herb for stopping bleeding and quelling inflammation. Its leaves can be used as a poultice on wounds much like a septic stick. Its dried flowers, drunk as a tea, offer great pain relief for everything from sprains and cuts to post-surgery pain. It is an excellent alternative to liver taxing ibuprofen and acetaminophen.

Yarrow, also called Milfoil, Old Man’s Pepper, Soldier’s Woundwort, Knight’s Milfoil, Thousand Weed, Nose Bleed, Carpenter’s Weed, Bloodwort, Staunchweed, is a must for every kitchen and first-aid kit. For cuts, sprains, post-op wounds, its anti-inflammatory properties can be far more effective than prescription pain-killers without the side-effects and its calming properties are unsurpassed.

This humble little weed has the power to act as an antiseptic, antispasmodic, astringent, carminative, diaphoretic, digestive, emmenagogue, stimulant, tonic, vasodilator and vulnerary. Yarrow does contain trace amounts of salicylic acid so should not be used for those who are sensitive to aspirin. Large doses over a prolonged period of time can also cause photosensitivty. No, that’s not an aversion to the papparazzi. It means you might get a sunburn faster when in sunlight. Maple Seed