|Eyebright flower c/o Ehow Health see below|
Eyebright is so variable that botanists distinguish a number of forms of which seventeen are British; it is a semi-parasitic plant attached to clovers and plantains, and is found throughout the British Isles, especially around coastal regions.
They are found on heath and grassland giving us a carpet - coloured white or violet, streaked with yellow and purple, when they appear from May to September, where the common name is Meadow Eyebright.
The flowers resemble bloodshot human eyes from the spotted and stripy surface of the flower. Today herbalists may prescribe an eyebright lotion for treating conjunctivitis and other eye problems, or a poultice for the treatment of styes. This follows on the tradition of Culpeper and Parkinson.
Eyebright – Euphrasia Officinalis ... is derived from the Greek words meaning ‘to see well’; Herbalists were known in the Middle Ages to prepare a powder for brightening the eyes from this plant.
The herb is also recommended for eyestrain and to relieve inflammation caused by colds, coughs, sinus infections, sore throats and hayfever.
That is Eyebright – that is what E is for ...
Part of the ABC - April 2011 - A - Z Challenge - Aspects of the British Countryside
About Eyebright Herb - eHow Health shows the flower Eyebright
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