This pretty little plant takes its name from one of the three graces, Euphrosyne, although it was not until the Middle Ages that its beneficial effects were noted, coming to be known as Eyebright. Alfred Vogel knew it as a wild plant which enjoys living in grassland, drawing nutrients from its companion plants. Collected in late summer, the aerial parts are used to create this remedy.
It is a plant native to Britain and Europe, which grows to a height of 30cm and bears pale lilac flowers. It has been used as far back as the 17th Century in healthcare and was decribed by Milton in ‘Paradise Lost’ to clear Adam’s sight:
‘…but to nobler sights
Michael from Adams eyes the Filme remov’d
Which that false Fruit that promis’d clearer sight
Had bred; then purg’d with Euphrasie and Rue
The visual Nerve, for he had much to see;
And from the Well of Life three drops instill’d.’
Food supplements should not be used as a substitute for a varied and balanced diet and a healthy lifestyle.
Dosage of Eyebright Euphrasia Drops
Directions for use:
For oral use only.
Adults: 20 drops twice a day, in a little water.
Children: This product is not recommended for children.
Do not exceed stated recommended daily dose.
Avoid during pregnancy.
Keep out of reach and sight of children.
Tinctures of fresh Euphrasia officinalis (Eyebright) herb, extracted in alcohol (66% v/v).