Hiro’s eyes are a problem case. Always dirty, black icky stuff in the corner of his eyes. And when we don’t do something about it, it only gets worse. It gets hard and it will only get more and more. But Angelswhisper gave me a good tip last year!
I use a herb called Euphraisa (also called Eyebright). The herb is often used to treat eye infections. The flowers are blue-white, purple or violet. Some species of Euhprasia also have yellow markings.
Most herbalists use eyebright to make tea out of it, and make a compress out of it for redness, swelling and visual disturbances caused by conjunctivitis and blepharitis (chronic inflammation of the eyelid). Eyebright can also be used to relieve inflammation caused by colds, coughs, sinus infections, sore throats and hay fever. Typical preparations are a warm compress or tea.
Alternative names are Augentrostkraut, Euphrasiae Herba, and Herbe d’Euphraise.
How I Use Euphrasia.
I make tea out of Eyebright, and I use that tea (when it has cooled down) to make Hiro’s eyes clean with it. You can also buy Euhprasia in stores, in a liquid form or in tablet. But tea is the cheapest. I can buy it on the market here for less than 2 euro’s.
I notice that when I keep cleaning his eyes with it, the fresher and less watery they look and the less faster they and less dirtier they get. I started with cleaning his eyes two or three times a week, and now I changed it to once a week.
What Do You Need?
- Dried Eyebright.
- A glass.
- A container to put the tea leaves in, and into the water.
- Make up pads.
How Do You Use It?
I assume everyone knows how to make tea! But you never know!
- Put some tea in the container. No need to use a lot! I only use a little bit, and the stronger the tea is, the more Hiro will hate it.
- Fill the glass with boiling hot water
- Put the container in the glass with water
- Wait till the water changes color.
- Let the tea cool down.
- Put a bit of tea on the make-up pad. Only a bit is needed.
- Squeeze out the make up pad if needed, to get rid of too much tea. It doesn’t need to be super wet.
- Clean your cat’s (or dog’s or rabbit’s) eyes with it.
- Give a treat!
Does your cat’s eyes get dirty a lot?