Benefits and properties of Eufrasia, remedies and contraindications
The eyebright is a medicinal plant that belongs to the family of Scrophulariaceae and its scientific name is Euphrasia officinalis, this medicinal plant used since ancient times was known since that time as the plant that heals all the ills that affect the eyes.
It is a medicinal plant that has astringent and anti-inflammatory properties and is considered an effective plant to treat mucosal conditions.
In addition to the aforementioned properties, eyebright also contains other properties such as anticatarral, calming, tonic, antiseptic, healing.
The active principles of Euphrasia are the following: glycosides such as aucubin, flavonoids, resin, essential oils and tannins. On the other hand, it is effective both for internal use and for external use.
Due to its anticatarral properties this medicinal plant is effective to treat nasal congestion, colds, sinusitis, in these cases the eyebright is prepared in infusion for internal consumption.
As mentioned above, eyebright is also beneficial for curing some eye conditions such as stinging in the eyes, tearing, tired eyes, eye dryness, hypersensitivity to light, to alleviate the eye discomfort caused by allergic rhinitis.
For all the aforementioned conditions the eyebright is prepared in infusion, it is left to cool and is used for external use by applying it in the form of drops or moistening compresses.
Eyebright infusion is also effective to improve heavy digestions, and also to stimulate appetite in cases of inappetence.
Euphrasia can be obtained in herbalists, parapharmacies, natural products stores, online.
The formats in which we can get eyebright are several: in the form of a dry plant for infusions or decoctions, in eye drops, in an extract for internal consumption, in capsules and in dyeing.
3 natural remedies with Eyebright
Infusion of eyebright for nasal catarrh
To prepare the infusion of eyebright we need to follow the following steps:
- One teaspoon of dry plant of eyebright per cup of boiling water.
- Let stand for 5 or 10 minutes and strain.
- Let warm and sweeten to taste if desired with a sweet touch.
From this infusion we can take 3 cups a day.
Euphrasia Decoction for tired eyes
To prepare the decoction we need the root or stem of the eyebright plant.
We will measure one teaspoon per cup of boiling water.
- We put the water to boil,
- Once it boils add the teaspoon of stem or root.
- We keep boiling for 5 minutes.
- Remove from heat and let stand for 5 or 10 minutes.
- We stuck the decoction, let it cool.
- Moisten the compress in the preparation, close the eyes and apply the compress on the area.
- We keep the compress so that I act about 15 minutes.
We can repeat the application several times a day until we notice the eyes rested.
Euphrasia gargles for pharyngitis
Eyebright gargles are effective in relieving throat discomfort caused by pharyngitis.
To prepare the gargles we need to make an infusion of eyebright. We need a teaspoon of dry eyebright plant per cup of water. We put the water to boil. Once it starts to boil add the teaspoon of eyebright.
Remove from heat, cover the infusion and let stand for 8 minutes. We quench the infusion, let it cool. Once cold, we will gargle. We will make 3 or 4 gargles each time. We can repeat the gargles 3 times a day.
Contraindications of Eyebright
The eyebright used in the doses and form recommended or recommended by the therapeutic professionals does not present risks, however the eyebright is contraindicated in the following cases:
- In case of pregnancy.
- During the period of lactation.
- Children under 12 years old.
- In case of diabetes.