Euphrasia: Herb of Gladness

Euphrasia (euphrasia officinalis) or eyebright is an herb the name of which comes from the Greek word euphrosyne which means “gladness.”

Since the Middle Ages people have been employing eyebright to cure straining and inflamed eyes. In contemporary times, practitioners of herbal medicine use eyebright to treat allergies and infections of the eyes, nasal passages, sinuses and the middle ear.

Euphrasia has several chemical compounds such as the tannin euphrasia-tannin acid, glucose, and mannite, which is a crystalline water-soluble sweet-tasting alcohol. Euphrasia is a remedy that becomes effective very fast and assists in brightening the eyes and clearing blockages.

Euphrasia Euphoria

Euphrasia has been used for centuries for various eye problems. The flower of Eyebright, also known as Euphrasia and ocularia, somewhat resembles a bloodshot eye, which may have been part of what led ancient peoples to value this plant for eye problems.

Euphrasia is also used topically, mixed with other herbs to treat conjunctivitis and other inflammations or as an eyewash. It is made into a poultice and topically used on the wound. It can also be used to treat acne and aid in skin inflammation.

Eyebright’s (Euphrasia) antibiotic and astringent properties tighten membranes and mucus surrounding the eyes, effectively strengthening and improving circulation.

Rich in vitamins A and C, Euphrasia, or Eyebright, also contains tannins that are beneficial for reducing inflammation.

Astringent properties found in Euphrasia, or Eyebright, make it ideal for relieving excess mucus and infectious conditions generally associated with sinusitis allergies, colds and upper respiratory problems.

Euphrasia has recently been used for cleansing and purifying the blood, therefore stimulating healthy liver functions.

The recommended dose is two (2) capsules, two (2) to three (3) times each day with water at mealtimes.


  • There is a chance of allergy when taking eyebright
  • In the eyes, side effects can be intolerance of light, itching, swelling, redness, and vision changes.
  • Eyebright may lower blood sugar levels in some people. Those with diabetes or hypoglycemia may need to exercise caution.

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