Eye bright is a herb that belongs to the Figwort family and is so named because it has powerful antibacterial properties and nutrients that can help with many eye disorders including age-related macular degeneration, blepharitis (inflammation of the eyelids), bloodshot or strained eyes, cataracts, conjunctivitis (pink eye), ophthalmia (severe inflammation of the eye), styes and weeping eyes.
It has also been found to be beneficial in treating allergies, sinusitis, respiratory conditions including bronchitis and colds and skin disorders such as acne and stretch marks, as well as a poor memory,
It contains alkaloids, antioxidants such as caffeic and ferulic acids, beta-carotene, flavonoids, iridoid glycosides, vitamins B, C, and E, tannins and volatile oils.
To make eyebright tea to use as a cold compress, take a handful of carefully washed eyebright flowers, leaves and stems and boil it in 375 ml of water for 10 minutes. Strain the leaves with a very fine strainer or cotton cloth and let the remaining liquid cool. Dip a small cotton pad in it and use it as a compress three to four times daily. Drinking three cups of eyebright tea a day can also help speed up the healing process.