Bright eyes are often considered to be a sign of good health – for us or our animals. But sometimes this can be difficult to achieve – dust, pollen, sunshine, tiredness to name but a few things, can all be a challenge to having bright eyes. This post is about one of my favourite herbs that can be used to help keep the eyes soothed and refreshed!
The herb Euphrasia is also known as “Eyebright” – and what a good name that is! I’ve found this a great natural way to soothe my eyes for years.
The Liz Earle Eyebright formula, is the only skincare product that I use that isn’t one of my Aloe Vera products from the Forever Living range. (If you want more info on those, then drop me a line at info @ taranet .co .uk)
But did you know that Eyebright can also be used for our animals too?
So what is Eyebright?
It’s a plant that grows in many kinds of grasslands – from coastal, heathlands to uplands, and there are several species of it which can look similar.
How to Buy & Use?
You can buy Eyebright as a straight dried herb or as a tincture. Horses can have the dried herb added to their feed.
It’s unsuitable to feed the dried herb to dogs. But you can make an eye-bath for use with your dogs – or your horses (or other animals too).
An eye bath can be made by placing some dried Eyebright into a pan, adding some water and bringing to the boil and simmering for a few minutes. Cool and strain the mixture (using muslin to help remove any impurities). The liquid can be used to bathe the eyes – keeping it in a fridge for up to 2 days, or making it fresh each time you want to use it.
You can also use the Eyebright Tincture to make an eyebath, but as it needs to be very hot to burn off the alcohol, the dried herb is often preferred to use for an eyebath.
It’s possible to buy the Eyebright from a variety of high quality sources, such as Hilton Herbs.
It goes without saying of course, that if your animal has an ailment affecting the eyes, that you should ALWAYS consult your veterinary surgeon first before trying any remedy (of any kind). As the eyes are delicate and so important, take nothing to chance!
Until next time,
Director, Taranet Complementary Therapies for Animals (Business Development Consultancy, Social Media Training and Forever Business Owner)
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