- A small, downy, annual herb very common in meadows, pastures, and other grassy areas of Europe and Western Asia and probably naturalised locally in various places in the US.
- It square, leafy stem grows up to 12 inches high and bears opposite, stiff, ovate leaves.
- The two-lipped, red or purple and white flowers grow in axillary leafy spikes from June to September.
Part of Plant Used:
- Above ground parts of plant
- Nutritionally beneficial aid for a variety of upper respiratory tract problems such as hay fever, and sinusitis.
- Allergy or hypersensitivity to any of the ingredients.
- Although not well-studied in humans, eyebright may lower blood sugar levels. Caution is advised in patients with diabetes or hypoglycaemia, and in those taking drugs, herbs, or supplements that affect blood sugar. Serum glucose levels may need to be monitored by a qualified healthcare professional, including a pharmacist and medication adjustments may be necessary.
Don’t take if you have severe liver or kidney disease is not known.
- Rated relatively safe when taken in appropriate quantities for short periods of time.
- When taken for any ailment if symptoms persist for more than one week consult your doctor or herbal practitioner
- Treating infants and children under 2 with any herbal preparation may be hazardous. Always consult with your doctor or herbal practitioner.
- Eyebright may interfere with the way the body processes certain drugs using the liver’s “Cytochrome P450” enzyme system. As a result, the levels of these drugs may be altered in the blood, and may cause increased effects or potentially serious adverse reactions. Patients using any medications should check the package insert, and speak with a qualified healthcare professional, including a pharmacist, about possible interactions.
- Eyebright may lower blood sugar levels. Caution is advised when using medications that may also lower blood sugar. Patients taking drugs for diabetes by mouth or insulin should be monitored closely by a qualified healthcare professional, including a pharmacist. Medication adjustments may be necessary.
- There are no other known interactions; however, with the proliferation of available drugs it is always advisable to consult your doctor or health care professional before taking this or any other supplements.