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Eye Health and Eye Drops that Work! How to Effectively Reduce Inflammation

Want to see better?  Well, so did I and so do most Baby Boomers.  In my 40’s I was so proud to be the only person in the English Department at my college who did not wear glasses…those days are long gone because of astigmatism.  I have been wearing trifocals for a few years – one prescription for reading, one for the computer and one for distance, but a recent prescription didn’t work for me.

I visited my now retired eye doctor who said my prescription was 2X too strong for me!  BUT, he added that it might not be the other doctor’s faulty prescription because inflammation can cause the eyes to swell.  So I started doing some things I knew to do and one thing he suggested that has really made a difference (I’ll get to that in a bit).

If you want great eyesight, follow the “doctrine of signatures” Link to photo and eat more carrots and kiwi fruit (they both look like the eye when cut open) ; better yet, drink carrot juice.  Eat kale, spinach, egg yolks, goat milk, bell peppers and sweet potatoes.  Sunflower seeds and other seeds increase vitamin E as do eggs. Lutein has been established by science to help our eyes, so supplement or add plenty of spinach, non-GMO corn, kale, broccoli and Brussels sprouts.  By adding these foods regularly, your vision will hold its own or even improve.

One good option is to make a smoothie, using some high antioxidant foods:  The recipe below is from Going Green…the Smoothie Way; try this link if you want more recipes – Going Green on Amazon

Elderberry/Citrus Strengthener

1/2 c. elderberries, fresh or dried (may substitute blueberries)

1/2 peeled lime with white outer skin

1 small orange

1/2 grapefruit

1/2 inch fresh ginger root

1 T. flax seeds or oil

3 cups of water

Blend and enjoy.

What makes a difference almost immediately are two types of drops:

  1.  5% Salt solution eye drops
  2. Dr. Christopher’s Eyebright formula with Cayenne

5% Salt solution is available at the drugstore for about $25.00 for a tiny bottle…or you can make your own.  Just follow this easy recipe:

  • Add 1/2 teaspoon of pure salt (pink or high quality sea salt) to 1 cup of distilled or filtered water.  Boil gently for 15 minutes.  Let cool and poor into a dropper bottle.  Use this solution 2X daily and notice the improvement in your eyesight.  It might burn for a few minutes, but you’ll get used to it and begin looking forward to better vision.

Dr. Christopher was one of the foremost herbalists of our time.  You can learn about him and his products  at http://www.herballegacy.com.  The company is now run by his son, but they still maintain high standards of practice.  I buy his Eyebright formula from http://www.southernherb.com, as they have a wide assortment of his products and beautiful flower essences, Hannah Kroger products, and more.

Use the Eyebright Herb Formula in an eye cup; add 3-5 drops of the tincture to an eyecup of distilled water. (Do not use alkaline or tap water in the eyes, as they are slightly acidic)  Rinse the eyes each morning for a shocking but relieving eye wash.

If you are a serious herbalist and want to make your own eye formula, this one is for tea or capsules, try this one for a very effective and nurturing one:

HERBAL FORMULA FOR THE EYESIGHT

1 PART EYEBRIGHT HERB

1 PART GOLDENSEAL ROOT

1 PART BAYBERRY Bek

1/8 PART CAYENNE

Mix the herbs together and make a tea using 1 T. of the mix to 1 pint of boiling water.  Simmer for a few minutes and then steep for 10-15.  Drink throughout the day.  Another option is to put the mixture into capsules and take 2 capsules 2X a day.

If you follow these suggestions, you’ll be seeing better in no time at all.

 

 

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