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Euphrasia officinalis


Debility of sight (ambyopia), conjunctivitis, sensitivity to light, night blindness (nyctalopia); also for hay fever, gastritis (inflammation of the lining of the stomach), digestive disorders, stomach pain, common cold, catarrh of the mucous membranes ...


Composition :
Herb, generally with a plant mixture.

Part used :
Blossoming herbs

Eye Bright is a plant in the Orobanchaceae family. The botanical name stems from the greek word for joy (euphrasia). The members of this family are semi-parasites which use their roots to suck water and nutrients from their host plants (they are called semi-parasites because, unlike other parasitic plants, they can also exist without a host). Eye Bright is native in Europe and throughout Asia, mostly in uncultivated, damp fields.

Both applied externally (tea bags) and internally (capsules), Eye Bright alleviates general eye disorders (the external application supporting the internal application). Euphrasia has many active ingredients such as tanning agents, bittern, Glycosides (e.g. Aucubine, Catapole, Euphroside), alkaloides and flavanoids which have soothing properties, improve blood circulation and also have beneficial effects with cough, hoarseness and hay fever (allergic coryza). Typically, the plant is combined with other plants (e.g. huckleberry leaves, carrots) for best effect.

History: The famous italian physician Alessio Piemontese described 1683 the use of Eye Bright in his popular book ‘The Secrets of Alexis of Piedmont’. Castor Durante (chief physician of 16th century pope Sixtus V) wrote: ‚The consumption of Eye Bright turns an old man’s sight into that of a young adult and even eliminates defects of vision. Many can read without glasses, even though they needed them before, if they drink the Euphrasia powder in their wine for several months.“ Sebastian Kneipp, a bavarian priest and founder of the naturopathic medicine movement in 19th century Germany, used Eye Bright as a stomach bitter to balance the digestive system.

Note: This plant is best taken in combination with other plants. See also ‚Other plant synergies‘. Avoid overdose.


This plant is best taken in combination with other plants (no single product / dosage recommendation available) to avoid overdose.