What is Eyebright?
Eyebright is an attractive weed that grows in fields and meadow areas of most temperate climate regions of the world. Eyebright is a parasitic plant that must attach its roots to the roots of other plants in order to survive. Nearly all of the eyebright sold on the market is produced in Europe. Eyebright produces violet-like, white, light red, or purple flowers, often with purple lines or yellow dots on them. High demand and harvesting of this herb have made eyebright an endangered species in some regions of the world.
Eyebright has been used to treat respiratory conditions including bronchitis, allergies, colds, and sinusitis.
Eyebright contains astringent compounds known as tannins that may help to tighten the top layers of mucous membranes, thereby reducing mucus secretion, which in turn relieves irritation and improves tissue firmness. Consequently, many believe that eyebright can help relieve the numerous symptoms associated with allergies.
Eyebright also contains many chemicals, including caffeic acid, which may have antibacterial effects.