Euphrasia Officinalis is commonly known as Eyebright. Other names include Drug Eyebright, Eufragia, Euphrasia and common Eyebright. This plant is indigenous to North America, Europe, Northern and Western Asia. It is seen on chalky and moist soils, Alpine and sub-alpine meadows where it snows frequently.
PARTS OF THE PLANT USED
Aerial parts of the plant are used for medicinal purposes.
CHARACTERISTICS OF EUPHRASIA OFFICINALIS
Eyebright is a herbaceous, creeping, semi-parasitic plant. It has branchy stems which are square and round pointed leaves. This plant flowers from July to September. Flowers have spots and stripes on the surface. They are white to purple in colour and small in size.
THERAPEUTIC POWERS OF EUPHRASIA OFFICINALIS
Eyebright has antibiotic, anti-inflammatory, astringent and antioxidant properties. As its name suggests, Eyebright is an efficient remedy for various types of eye problems. It has the capacity to tighten the mucous membrane surrounding the eyes, fights free radical damage and is very helpful in relieving allergic reactions and infections affecting eyes.
Ailments like blepharitis and conjunctivitis can be effectively relieved with Eyebright. The astringent properties of Eyebright are useful in reducing excessive mucous which is usually associated with sinusitis, colds, problems with upper respiratory tract and middle ear.
Stem and leaves of the plant are used in the preparation of the decoction, syrups and poultices. Eyebright is useful for relieving eczema, bronchitis, hay fever, chronic inflammation of mucous membrane, coughs, allergic rhinitis and stomachaches.
Major nutritional components of Euphrasia Officinalis include flavonoids, Iridoid glycosides, essential and volatile oils, several B vitamins, tannins, vitamins A, C, D and E, phenolic acids are seen in the plant.
SAFETY PRECAUTIONS AND SIDE EFFECTS IN USING EUPHRASIA OFFICINALIS
It is always advisable to use any herb or herbal product after consulting a medical practitioner. Over dosage may lead to serious complications.
PLANET AYURVEDA PRODUCTS THAT USE EUPHRASIA OFFICINALIS
Currently there are no Planet Ayurveda Products that use this herb as an ingredient in them; however the below mentioned Planet Ayurveda products are useful in some conditions for which Euphrasia Officinalis is used:
All our products are manufactured with 100 percent vegetarian and natural ingredients. No chemicals or preservatives are used. Ancient Ayurvedic texts are referred for deciding the combination of drugs. We never believe in testing our products on animals. Various levels of quality checks are performed before the final packing of the medicine. It is our constant endeavour to deliver quality products to our customers.