Also known as Meadow Eyebright, Euphrosyne, and Red Eyebright belongs to the Orobanchaceae family. Its scientific name is Euphrasia Officinalis.
Eyebright is an annual herb that is common to dry fields and pasture lands in its native Britain and also in the U.S. where it has become naturalized. Eyebright can also be found on mountains and near the sea.
Folk names included; Euphrosyne, Augentrostkraut, Euphrasiae herba, Herba, Euphrasiae and Herbe d’Euphraise.
Element(s): Air, Fire
Planet(s): Sun, Mercury
Astrological SIgn: Leo
Deity: Euphrosyne, Nuada, Bridgid
Eyebright has many metaphysical uses including used to help gain second sight. Add a sprinkle of the herb to a scrying bowl or mirror. It can also be used to see faeries.
Taking before bed can also induce prophetic dreams as well as combining with Mugwort. Carry it to increase psychic Powers, also use it when you need to see the truth in a matter.
Adding to potions and charm bags is said to help improve memory when you are studying or need to remember something you have lost. For an extra boost, combine with other herbs such as rosemary and peppermint. (I highly recommend)
Eyebright has also been used in teas. Eyebright tea may be drunk as needed for general allergy symptoms, dry coughs, and sinus infections. This is also said to enhance memory function, mentioned above.
CAUTION WHEN USING!
Eyebright is considered possibly safe when taken via mouth. Direct contact with the eyes is not recommended as it can cause contamination leading to an eye infection. Even so, Eyebright has long been used to treat conditions of the eyes. When taken as a tincture it can lead to side effects including but not limited to confusion, tearing, redness, vision problems, sneezing, nausea, toothache, constipation, cough, headache and itching.
Cunningham, Scott. Cunningham’s Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs.