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Your Eyes & Your Health

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Window To Your Health

The eye reflects one’s health and many common conditions are first seen in the eyes. Similarly many eye troubles are actually a reflection of problems in areas of the body seemingly unconnected with the eye e.g. the liver, kidney or bladder.

When I was a child my eyes were covered in styes sometimes 14 at a time, which made it very difficult to see out at times. My parents and grandparents sovereign treatment was to rub the eye with a gold wedding ring. I assume there is something in the gold that helps this condition but I have never read of it anywhere. Later, as a teenager I learnt that styes can be as a result of lack of Vitamin C. This would fit with my herbal approach, which would describe styes as a manifestation of a run-down condition.

Night Blindness

Most people know about night blindness and eating carrots to remedy this condition. That is because night blindness can be due to a lack of Vitamin A. Carrots contain pro-vitamin A, which is converted to the former in the body. Bilberries will also correct night blindness.

Macular Degeneration

Macular degeneration is on the increase. This is a condition where there is a loss of central vision making people’s faces go blurred. It is a result of free radical damage to the lens of the eye and can be prevented by eating foods with carotenoids e.g. peaches, spinach, oranges, papaya, tangerines, broccoli, celery, kale, peas, red pepper, tomatoes and water melon. Bilberries are also very good for this condition.

In fact Bilberries are excellent for the eyes in general. They enhance vision by increasing the amount of blood that is able to reach the eye by strengthening the capillaries of the retina. Retinal damage is thereby prevented as well as inflammation or haemorrhage. Bilberries are also helpful to correct myopia (nearsightedness) prevent glaucoma and cataract.

Inflamed Eyes

For inflamed eyes a lotion of Rose water or Marigold flowers or Elderflower are all soothing and anti-inflammatory and can be applied to the eye via an eyebath. Infuse the herb in boiled water and when just warm strain and use.

Sore Eyes

Sore eyes and inflamed eyelids respond to fennel seeds. Steep a couple of teaspoons of the seeds in boiled water for five- ten minutes, strain and apply a cotton wool pad soaked in the liquid.