Pomote eye health and relieve puffy eyes and dark circles using these gentle,soothing and healing herbs internally and externally.
Our eyes usually tell few lies.Lack of sleep and increased stress can be abundantly obvious when it comes to our eyes–not to mention the wear and tear age shows in,around and through them.But nature offers a wealth of support for the eyes.Dietary additions can support healthy eyesight,and topical applications to the tissue surrounding the eyes can alleviate the appearance of weariness.
Caring for your eyes as an integral part of the body will help them function properly.To begin with,eyes need adequate water just like the rest of our bodies.The aqueous humor is the part of the eye made up of watery substance delivering nutrients to the cornea and the lens.Insufficient water intake could reduce the infusion of nutrients to the eye structures.In addition,inadequate water for tears dries eyes leading to variuos complications.
Eat your veggies!
The old adage.”Eat your carrots so you can see in the dark.”didn’t come about simply to encourage kids to eat their vegetables.The vitamin responsible for carrots’ bright orange color is beta carotene (which the body converts to vitamin A),and it is vital for eye health.According to the World Health Organization.vitamin A deficiency causes partial or complete blindness in about 350,000 children in more than 75 countries every year,which goes to show that a healthy diet is also vital for eye health.
Supplementing a healthy diet with foods and herbs high in vitamins and minerals can improve eye health and vision longevity.Another stellar eye health food high in vitamin A and beta-caroteneis squash.Any type will do,but the darker and richer the color,the greater the amount of vitamin A,beta carotene,lutein,zeaxanthin and other antioxidants to support the eyes.Just one cup of butternut squash offers up more than the U.S. daily recommendation for vitamin A.And ,interestingly,cooking this power viggie and then pureeing or mashing it makes the beta-carotene more easily absorbed by the body and eventually delivered to the eyes.
Also vital to the eye is zeaxanthin,which protects eyes from harmful blue-wave light,protects vision cells and helps the eye repair itself.Most healthcare authorities recommend 4 mg daily for those with macular degeneration and 2 mg as a preventive measure.You’ll find high levels of zeaxanthin in corn,egg yolks and green vegetables.Alternatively commercially avaiable spplements combine zeaxanthin nad lutein in caplet form.
Proof that spinach is good for more than Popeye’s muscles,these power leaves are high in vitamins B,C and E,as well as beta carotene,iron,lutien nad potassium.When eaten regularly,spinach may reduce your chances of cataratcs and age-related eyesight loss.
Note: For best results.flash-boil fresh spinach for one minute before using.Cooking spinach even slightly reduces the oxalic acid,which can leach minerals from your body.
Herbs and Supplements
In order to match the amount of lutein (the yellow pigment in the retina that also protects eyes against sun demage) that research suggests would make a difference in your eyes,you would need to eat a huge amount of leafy greens regularly (6 to 10 mg per day of dark green leaves). But nature offers several herbs with high levels of lutein,such as calendula(Calendula officinalls) ,which is well known for its yellow colored petals that contain significant lutein.Allergy precaution:If you’re allergic to members of the asteraceae family,such as ragweed,you may be sensitive to calendula.
A lose blueberry cousin.bilberry (Voccinium myrtillus) is belived to significantly support vision and eye health,When ripe,this blue-black of avoiding cataracts,as well as inhibiting macular degeneration,In fact.WW II British pilots are said to have eaten bilberry jam before night missions to improve night vision.And alrhough studies have not indicated improvement of healthy,above-average eyesight,some have indicated improvement in nearsighted individuals (specifically with yeast-fermented bilberry).
Additionally,the high levels of anthocyanins (antioxidants) can incerase levels of protective enzymes.essentially increasing the eyes’ ability to counteract oxidative demage.
Studies suggest eye support is impacted by the high concentrations of the vital ingredients in the fruit.not the leaves,so double-check labels before purchase.
If you suffer from eye inflammation,or stinging and weeping eyes,eyebright ( Euphrasia officinalis) may offer some relief,as its antiinflammatory and astringent properites dissolve and prevent the formation of mucus.
Some stuides suggest it may aslo alleviate conjuctivitis (pink eye) when taken internally as tea and applied externally as a compress:however formal clinical studies have not been done to prove its efficacy.
Due to high levels of gamma-linoleic acid(an unsaturated fatty acid known to reduce inflammation and support healthy cell membranes) evening primrose (Oenotherabiennis),when taken internally offers relief of dry eyes.
(Passiflora incarnata), which can be taken orally to reduce eye inflammation and eye strain,and Siberian ginseng (Eleutherococcus senticosus)– a powerful antioxidant-rich herb,which can reduce the development of potential eye conditions,such as macular degeneration and cataracts.