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Eyebright Overview

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The herb eyebright has been used since the Middle Ages as an eyewash for infection or inflammation of the eye. However, as much as one would like to believe that all traditions are wise, eyebright appears to have been selected for treating eye diseases not because it works particularly well, but because its petals look bloodshot. 1 This follows from the classic medieval philosophic attitude known as the Doctrine of Signatures,which states that herbs show their proper use by their appearance.


Traditionally, eyebright tea is made by boiling 1 tablespoon of the herb in a cup of water. This is then used as an eyewash or taken internally up to 3 times daily.


  1. Review of Natural Products. St. Louis, Mo: Facts and Comparisons; 1996: Eyebright monograph.


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