Most people cherish their eyes, but rarely take good care of them. One should always wear sunglasses or a hat when outdoors, maintain a healthy weight, and try to avoid stress. Losing your eyesight can be devastating, but with some herbal care, you can have 20/20 vision in to your elderly years.
The worst thing for the eyes is the pressure that builds up from high blood pressure, stress, or eye disease such as glaucoma or cataracts. Taking care of your eye early in life can keep you seeing for the rest of your life.
The very best herb for the eyes is Eyebright. The name says it all since the flower looks like an eye staring at you.
Nicholas Culpeper, the first physician to share the medicine with common people, says this about Eyebright:
” Eyebright is something hot and dry, the very sight of it refresheth the eyes ; inwardly taken, it restores the sight, and makes old men’s eyes young, a dram of it taken in the morning is worth a pair of spectacles, it comforts and strengthens the memory, outwardly applied to the place, it helps the eyes.”
Herbs for Healthy Eyes
Eyebright (Euphrasia officinalis)
Eyebright (Dr. Christopher’s Herbal Eyebright) comes in an eye drop form combined with cayenne, bayberry bark, golden seal root, and red raspberry leaves. It prevents and heals glaucoma as well as cataracts. It will clear up a staph infection, conjunctivitis or what is usually called pink eye, and brighten stressed out tired eyes. It’s one of the best for “taking the red” out in bloodshot eyes.
Bilberry (Vaccinium myrtillus)
Bilberry has been used since Dioscorides spoke highly of the berries. Although, you can also use the leaves to make an infusion to calm the eyes. Many people take it to control the bold sugar, but it works on the blood vessels in the eyes. The higher the stress level, aka, high blood pressure, the vessels in the eye enlarge. Using bilberry as an eye wash or take internally will lower the pressure of the blood vessels in the eyes. The same as Eyebright. Recent bilberry studies show significant improvement in night vision when taken internally.
Ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba)
Ginkgo helps improve light sensitive eyes and improves vision in those who suffer with glaucoma. It protects the nerve cells and has a high antioxidant property.
Cannabis (Cannabis sativa)
Recent studies show people with glaucoma who smoke pot have a reduction of pressure in the eyes. It lasts for about 3 to 4 hours. The development of eye drops is being studied at this time. However, the benefit of oral or inhaled cannabis will help relieve the pressure in the eyes caused by high blood pressure, stress, or glaucoma.
Garlic (Allium sativum)
Garlic is great for protection against vampires, but it may also help prevent cataracts. Adding a clove or two of garlic to your daily diet will protect your eyes against damages later in life.
Turmeric (Curcuma longa)
Turmeric protects against cataract formation, plus, it contains antioxidant and vitamin E, which is necessary for cell formation.
Green tea (Camellia sinensis)
Green tea is loaded with antioxidant, which are very good for your eyes to prevent chronic eye disease including glaucoma, macular degeneration and cataracts. Green tea protects the retinal cell damage from ultraviolet light.
Bilberry — Bupleurum — Calendula — Chrysanthemum — Coleus Forskohlii
Cornflowers — Elderberry — Flax seed — Goldenseal — Grapes — Rue — Sea Buckthorn Oil and Witch Hazel are all good for your eye. Include them as often as you can since they contain all the nutrients your eyes need to see well.