What is Burdock Root (Arctium Lappa)?
Burdock root is a liver tonic and lymphatic cleanser. Herbalists have traditionally used burdock for skin conditions, such as styes, boils and carbuncles. Burdock root is a good source of many important nutrients known to have antioxidant, disease preventing, and health promoting properties.
It has been used in for many years in traditional remedies as one of the best blood purifiers and contains certain diuretic properties, which help expel toxins from the blood through urine.
What is Forsythia (Forsythiae fructus)?
Forsynthia is recognised in Traditional Chinese Medicine as a "cooling" plant and has been shown to inhibit viral and bacterial infections, including staphylococcus, streptococcus and salmonella.
It has been documented that the ancients in China ground up the fruit for treatment of symptoms of fever and chest pain.
What is Goldenseal (Hydrastis Canadensis)?
Goldenseal is gaining popularity for its natural yet potent antibiotic and antiseptic qualities. It has been used for more than hundreds of years as an eyewash for eye inflammation and eye infections called conjunctivitis, or “pink eye.”
Goldenseal is also used for the common cold and other upper respiratory tract infections, as well as stuffy nose and hay fever. Some people use it for digestive disorders including stomach pain and swelling (gastritis), peptic ulcers, colitis, diarrhea, constipation, hemorrhoids, and intestinal gas.
What is Honeysuckle (Lonicerae japonicae)?
Honeysuckle, like forsythia, clears the "heat" of infection and inflammation and alleviates the swelling of styes. A natural antibiotic, it has been shown to inhibit viral and bacterial infections, including staphylococcus, streptococcus and salmonella.
Honeysuckle is also beneficial in easing sore throats and eliminates flu and cold symptoms. One of the oldest Chinese flowers used in their medicine, it can also ease headaches and help eliminate toxins associated with swellings and abscesses.
What is Chrysanthemum Flower (Chrysanthemum morifolium)?
Chrysanthemum Flower is used in the treatment of many eye conditions for its antibiotic effect. It is useful in relieving heat in the eyes, such as in the conditions of styes and conjunctivitis. Chrysanthemum can help the body fight off a range of infections including streptococcal and staphylococcal infections.
The traditional Chinese have used the tea to treat influenza, fevers, inflammations and even heatstroke due to its cooling effect. It provides relief for sore throat, redness in the eyes, itchiness in the eyes, dryness in the eyes and dark spot in the eye area.
What is Eyebright (Euphrasia officinalis) ?
Eyebright has been shown since the Middle Ages as a universal eye remedy for both internal and external inflammatory conditions. In Europe, it has been used for centuries as a rinse, compress, or bath against eye infections and other eye-related irritations.
When taken by mouth, eyebright has been used to treat inflammation of nasal mucous membranes and sinusitis.
What is Chamomile (Matricaria chamomilla)?
Chamomile is very effective when used externally as a compress to help with inflammatory conditions of the eye. Extensive scientific research over the past 20 years has confirmed many of the traditional uses for the plant and established pharmacological mechanisms for the plant's therapeutic activity, including antipeptic, antispasmodic, antipyretic, antibacterial, antifungal, and anti-allergenic activity.
It has been used to treat eye inflammation and infection. Cooled chamomile tea can be used in a compress to help soothe tired, irritated eyes and it may even help treat conjunctivitis.
What is Red Raspberry Leaf (Rubus idaeus)?
Red Raspberry Leaf is an astringent that helps to break up excess mucous in the eyes. It has been traditionally used by American Indians in the form of an infusion, which they applied to sore eyes for healing them.
The lutein content in Red Raspberry is beneficial to good eye health.
What is Marigold (Calendula officinalis)?
Marigold, also referred to as Calendula, is very effective in the treatment of inflammatory conditions when used externally (taken internally it aids digestion). Calendula has a high content of flavonoids, chemicals that act as anti-oxidants in the body.
It is one of several herbs used traditionally to treat conjunctivitis, blepharitis and other eye inflammations as it helps to reduce the swelling and redness of eye infections.