General information

Eyebright: useful properties


Ochanka is a medicinal herb that can be found along the lines of roads, in meadows, in mountainous areas, steppe parts, and near lowland peatlands. The grass stems reach 40 cm in height, and the small flowers are located at the top and have a pale purple color and a yellow center, resembling a half-opened chamomile.

Description and composition

This plant is parasitic on cereals, sucking the nutrients out of them with the help of long stems.

The healing properties of the herb are due to the presence in the composition of a large number of trace elements:

In addition, ochanka is rich in essential and fatty oils, resins, tannins and coumarins. Due to such a rich composition, this healing herb acts on the body as a sedative, antiseptic, hypotensive and astringent. The glycosides in the composition of the herb stimulate the heart and constrict the walls of blood vessels, increasing blood pressure.

Methods of use and healing properties

In alternative medicine, the plant has established itself as a multifunctional remedy for the treatment of a huge number of diseases:

In addition, eyebright is effective for memory disorders, confusion, neurosis, and epilepsy. Under laboratory conditions, it has been proven that the use of a plant is able to slow down the drop in vision and normalize eye pressure. In many eye drops you can find eyebright extract in the list of main active ingredients.

Eyebright is no less effective as a powder for treating skin diseases and healing wounds. Regular intake of tea and water infusions stimulates hair growth and triggers metabolic processes in the body.

  1. The powder is used as a powder to eliminate dermatitis, warts, open wounds, abscesses and abscesses. The use of powder inside normalizes digestion, prevents the destruction of the liver and increases concentration.
  2. Tea from the leaves of the plant is used in the treatment of vocal cord inflammation, asthma, sore throat and bronchitis.
  3. Alcohol extract is applied orally to lower blood pressure, improve vision, memory and increase concentration.
  4. Broths are effective for lotions, eye drops and washes. Washing the head with a weak decoction can stop hair loss, accelerate their growth, eliminate dryness and dandruff.

Preparation of blanks at home and storage rules

Medicinal properties of the plant has a part that grows above the ground. It is necessary to collect during the flowering period (August-September - months of full maturity). After collecting the leaves, flowers and stems are washed and dried in fresh air under canopies or in a warm, dry room. You can also use special dryers at low temperatures (up to 40 degrees).

The dried plant is ground to powder or finely crushed - depending on the method of further use.

High humidity and proximity to other plants reduce the beneficial properties of eyebelt, so it should be stored in tightly closed boxes of thick paper, in dry, ventilated rooms at room temperature, away from direct sunlight and moisture. For this suitable pantry or kitchen cupboard.

Dried grass retains its beneficial properties for 2 years.

Alcoholic tinctures for oral administration should be stored in a dark glass container on the refrigerator door, occasionally shaking.

Broths can be used only in a freshly prepared form - cold storage reduces the beneficial properties.

Contraindications and side effects

Before using eyebright for medicinal purposes, it is necessary to take into account the individual characteristics of the body and to remember the possible consequences of unconventional treatment. For example, a decoction of grass on water increases the pressure, so its use is contraindicated for hypertensive patients, for whom taking alcohol tincture will be more beneficial. There are also a number of limitations:

  • Age up to three years
  • Pregnancy and breastfeeding
  • Hypotension - plant extract tends to constrict blood vessels
  • Individual intolerance
  • Hypersensitivity to plant components
  • Low acidity of the stomach
  • Chronic gastritis with low acidity

A controversial issue is the use of herbs for the treatment of organs of vision. Despite the fact that it has a wide range of applications in this area, self-treatment without the supervision of a doctor can lead to a deterioration of the patient’s vision and well-being in general.

The rest is a harmless plant that has no side effects and does not harm the body.

There are several options for the preparation of medicinal mixtures, depending on the disease and method of treatment: powder, tincture, decoction or extract.

Eye benefits

Eyebright has a wide range of applications for the treatment of eye diseases - from relieving normal fatigue after reading or working day, to such serious ailments as glaucoma or cataract. It is also used to maintain vision and such goals:

  • slowing of age-related changes in vision
  • decrease in eye pressure
  • improvement of visual adaptation with changing light intensity
  • increased visual acuity
  • elimination of eye and eyelid inflammation

Only freshly made tinctures and decoctions that have not been stored in the refrigerator are suitable for external use. Before use, they must be cooled to room temperature and filtered thoroughly. Washing starts from the inner corner of the eye, gradually moving to the inner.

Hands, cotton swabs and pipettes should be clean - this will prevent infection in the eyes.

Eye application rules

With glaucoma. A mixture of a tablespoon of dried herbs and boil half a glass of water and cook over low heat for 5 minutes. Let it brew for one hour and strain through double gauze. Instill into the eyes one drop of the solution three times a day. To enhance the therapeutic effect of the solution, add a few crystals of salt, and from the mixture to make lotions for 5-10 minutes several times a day.

  • Rinsing to relieve eye strain. 10 grams of dry grass pour 600 ml of water and boil for 5 minutes. Let it brew for half an hour, strain. Pour broth into a clean deep bowl and gently rinse eyes over it for 5 minutes. The procedure is recommended twice a day - in the morning and before bedtime.
  • Preventive compresses to maintain vision. Three tablespoons of chopped herbs pour 0.5 liters of boiling water and cook over low heat for 15 minutes. Then put insist for an hour and strain through cheesecloth. The cooled pure tincture is ready for use.
  • With conjunctivitis and barley. Three teaspoons of a mixture of crushed calendula flowers and eyebrows in equal proportions pour 400 ml of water and boil for 10 minutes. Then allow to infuse and filter. In the resulting mixture, moisten cotton pads and make a compress for 10-20 minutes three times a day. In advanced cases, you can do additional rinsing of the eyes with liquid obtained in the morning and evening.
  • Universal recipes

    Tinctures prepared by one of the methods described below are drunk instead of tea to improve vision and normalize digestion.

    Option 1: a tablespoon of powder is poured with a glass of boiling water and consumed twice a day.

    Option 2: 4 teaspoons of crushed flowers pour two cups of water and boil for 10 minutes. The cooled liquid is filtered and taken before meals four times a day for half a cup.

    Option 3: Grind the grass to a state of powder and take orally three times a day, three grams, drinking 50 ml of boiled milk.

    Alcohol extract

    Tincture on alcohol - an excellent antiseptic, which is used in the treatment of dermatitis, warts and eczema.

    100 grams of dry grass pour 500 ml of alcohol and leave in a dark, cool place for a week. The finished extract can be stored in the refrigerator for five years - during this time it will not lose its beneficial properties. Before using the bottle with the extract must be thoroughly shaken. Use twenty drops twice a day before meals. This method of treatment is suitable exclusively for adults - it is undesirable for children under 16. For better absorption, the tincture is washed down with plenty of water.

    Elimination of dandruff, seborrhea and baldness

    Every time you wash your hair, it is recommended to rinse your hair with a light solution of eyebright - a tablespoon of dry grass per liter of water.

    Note: The course of treatment should not exceed 14 days. You can repeat it after one month. When the deterioration of health and the detection of side effects (loss of vision or headaches), treatment should be stopped and consult a doctor.

    Rinsing the eyes and using baths for prophylactic purposes several times a day can be performed for 1-1.5 months. If eye disease is serious, eye instillation and intake of tinctures should be connected to these procedures.

    Doctor's recommendations

    Despite all the beneficial properties of eyebright, doctors do not advise taking it as a panacea for all diseases and ignoring traditional medicine. This is especially true of serious ophthalmic diseases: cataracts, glaucoma, blepharitis, etc. The doctor may prescribe the use of eye drops on the basis of eyebright as an additional treatment, in parallel with the main one. Ignoring such serious problems as eye pressure, trachoma, spots on the cornea and attempts to heal them exclusively with folk remedies can lead to rapid progress of the disease and deterioration of the patient’s condition.

    To number of semi-parasitic plants belongs ochanka-grass. Application for the eyes of this medicinal herbal remedies has gained immense popularity in alternative medicine. In addition, the plant, which sucks the juice from cereals during the growing season, has a number of valuable properties.

    Briefly about the important

    Approximately in the 9th century, the folk healers had already treated the eye with ochanka. It is for the normalization of visual function and the healing of various ailments that this herbal medicine was used initially. As the compositional composition and a number of healing properties of eyebright were studied, the scope of its use as a herbal medicine increased.

    Eyebright grows mainly in the southern regions of our country and has a rich component composition. To the number of elements contained in the eruption, should include:

    • essential oil extracts,
    • bitterness,
    • magnesium,
    • tannins,
    • fatty oils,
    • silicon,
    • coumarin,
    • manganese,
    • saponin
    • tar,
    • anthocyanins,
    • glycoside, etc.

    On a note! Looking at this component composition, traditional healers came to the conclusion that eyebright can be used not only for eyes. Reviews show that it has astringent, anti-inflammatory, antihypertensive and soothing properties.

    The healing properties of eyebright pleasantly surprised. These should include:

    • Awakening of appetite
    • normalization of the visual function
    • treatment of a number of ophthalmic ailments,
    • reduction of increased gastric acidity,
    • treatment of diseases of the respiratory system,
    • prevention and treatment of viral and acute respiratory illnesses,
    • liver strengthening,
    • treatment of diseases of the dermatological type,
    • increased work of the heart muscle
    • increased blood pressure,
    • narrowing of the lumen of the blood vessels.

    With regard to contraindications, they should definitely pay attention. Otherwise, side effects or complicated consequences may develop. To abandon the use of eyebrows in any form is necessary in the presence of the following conditions and diseases:

    • low gastric acidity
    • hypotension,
    • individual intolerance,
    • hypersensitivity to individual components,
    • pregnancy
    • age up to three years.

    On a note! Before taking eyebrows, it is recommended to consult with a specialist about the dosage and duration of treatment.

    The eyes are the mirror of the soul

    Official medicine does not recognize ochanka as a herbal medicine, while folk healers believe that this semi-parasitic herb is a real doctor for our eyes. There are many ways to prepare alternative medicine for oral administration and external use. Only experienced herbalists know how to brew eyebright.

    With decoctions, compresses, drops, teas, tinctures, baths, you can cure various ophthalmic ailments. These include:

    • spots on the cornea,
    • eyelid inflammation,
    • conjunctivitis,
    • eyeball injuries,
    • inflammatory processes in lacrimal sacs,
    • trachoma
    • reduced visual acuity
    • elevated intraocular pressure
    • blepharitis
    • cataract
    • dacryocystitis.

    Is eye blister good for everyone? Contraindications will be the same as for the use of herbal medicine to treat other ailments. You must first be examined and enlist the support of a profile doctor. Do not forget that treatment with eyebright may be an additional component of treatment, and the use of medication should not be ignored.

    The tool №1

    Alcohol tincture helps to eliminate the unpleasant sensation of dryness in the eyeballs, to prevent the development of cataracts or glaucoma. Cook it better with the addition of medical alcohol with 70% concentration.

    • 100 g of dried Eyebright,
    • 0.5 liters of medical alcohol with 70% concentration.

    Preparation and use:

    1. Put the ground dried grass in the glass container.
    2. Fill it with medical alcohol and shake well.
    3. We put in a secluded place for two weeks.
    4. Every day, shake the container with the contents.
    5. Filter and take once a day. The dosage is 2 tsp.

    On a note! Only with the permission of a doctor, you can give the alcohol tincture to children over 12 years old. The dosage is 10-20 droplets diluted in purified water.

    The tool №2

    Unfortunately, many people experience a disease like cataracts. To slow the progression of the disease, make a lotion of broth. An important condition - getting the drug on the mucous coating of the eye. The maximum permissible duration of treatment is 14 days, then a break is necessarily taken.

    • 1 tbsp. l chamomile inflorescences,
    • 1 tbsp. purified water
    • 1 tbsp. l dried eyebright.

    The tool №3

    Decoctions and infusions can be used as ophthalmic drops. It is only important to properly prepare the tool and pre-consult with a doctor. As they say folk healers, literally enough 1 drop in each eye. This decoction is recommended for people as a prophylactic, especially for those who spend a lot of time at a computer monitor.

    • 1 tsp dried eyebright inflorescences,
    • 0.3 l of purified water.