Eyebright is an herb that can be used to help alleviate the symptoms of the common cold and the flu. It is also referred to as red eyebright, euphrasia and meadow eyebright. The tannins in eyebright are thought to decrease inflammation which can help to alleviate a variety of cold and flu symptoms such as sore eyes, runny nose, respiratory problems, and sinus irritation.
Eyebright for Sore Eyes
The benefits of eyebright for sore eyes include alleviating itchiness, soreness and irritation. This herb may also be beneficial in relieving inflammation, watery eyes, and eye discharge. This herb treats these cold and flu symptoms by relieving inflamed mucous membranes located in the eyes.
Eyebright for Respiratory Problems
The benefits of eyebright for respiratory problems include reducing lung inflammation and chest congestion. It may also be beneficial in alleviating hoarseness and cough. It is said that in addition to alleviating the inflammation associated with respiratory cold and fly symptoms, the eyebright herb may also possess antibacterial effects.
Eyebright for a Runny Nose
The benefits of eyebright for a runny nose include reducing sinus inflammation and excess nose drainage. It is said that the eyebright herb alleviates this cold and flu symptom by reducing the mucus secretion the mucous membranes produce when they are irritated due to colds or the flu. It’s natural astringent properties and antibacterial properties may also help this herb perform these actions.
Eyebright for Sinus Irritation
The benefits of eyebright for sinus irritation include alleviating irritation and inflammation. This herb may be beneficial in alleviating this cold and flu symptom by tightening the top layers of the mucous membranes located in the sinuses. This may help to improve tissue firmness and alleviate irritation, thereby decreasing mucus secretion.
When the eyebright herb is taken orally, it is most often consumed as a tea. To make eyebright tea, one will need five ounces of boiling water and 2,000 to 4,000 milligrams of dried eyebright herb. They should add the dried herb to the boiling water and allow it to soak for about ten minutes and then strain the solid particles before drinking. This herb also comes in extracts and capsules. Patients can also make topical mixes, eye washes and eye drops. It is very important that all patients consult their doctor before using eyebright to learn the best dosage for them and the proper preparation. Failing to do so could result in potentially dangerous adverse effects.
Eyebright Herb Side Effects
The eyebright herb can produce side effects in some patients. Patients using topical eyebright may experience eye pressure changes, itchiness, watery eyes, increased sensitivity to light, vision changes, or swollen eyelids. Patients using oral eyebright may experience nausea, confusion and sweating. If any of these side effects occur, it is important that the patient contact their physician. Other side effects of eyebright that most often warrant immediate medical attention include headache, confusion, significant increase in sensitivity to light, significant vision changes, severe eye pressure, significant itching, and swollen, red eyes.
Patient’s using eyebright herb for sore eyes that have had cataract removal, wear contacts, have had laser eye surgery, have corneal implants or have had other eye procedures should only use the eyebright herb under close doctor supervision. It is not known whether taking the eyebright herb to alleviate cold and flu symptoms is safe for pregnant women.
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