Not one to be confused with Eyesbright - which is belladonna, the highly toxic plant! This Eyebright comes from the Euphrasia officinalis plant and nowt to do with the other one!
The common name of eyebright refers to its traditional use for treating eye problems in animals and people. The herb’s Greek name, Euphrasia, means gladness, referring to how you may feel if the herb restores your eye health. The name Euphrasia is taken from the name of one of the three Greek Charities, Euphrosyne, meaning gladness - hence the term euphoria. Eyebright has traditionally been used in homemade eye rinses to help with eye strain, this is probably unsafe and may result in an eye infection! Best to get the sterile herbal drops that are available! However for a refreshing eye mask, take some eyebright tea that has been chilled in the fridge and soak a couple of cotton wool pads, place over closed eyelids for a few relaxing minutes - use before bed for prophetic dreams.
Used in folk treatments as a tea for treating swollen (inflamed) nasal passages, allergies, hay fever, common cold, bronchial conditions and inflamed sinuses (sinusitis). Though eyebright has been used for centuries by herbalists, it was mentioned for the first time in 1305 by Nicholas Culpeper, who claimed the herb “straightened the brain.” In the 1300s, eyebright was commonly used to treat poor memory and vertigo.
In ancient folklore you would carry Eyebright flowers if you wanted to enhance your psychic powers or to know if someone was telling the truth. For this purpose carry in a purple bag, anoint your ritual candle with it or create a poppet. Or as mentioned earlier, apply to closed eyelids with a cotton pad.
Use in incenses and simmer pots, or create poppets. Improves memory, encourage rationality and increase positive outlook. Carry to bring a humorous and bright outlook when life seems dark and negative.
Also Called: Eye Bright, Euphrasia, Casse-lunette
Magick: Clairvoyance, Finding the truth, Positivity, Memory,
Planets: Leo, Sun
Comes in a sealed bag weighing approximately 14g (1/2oz)