For red irritated eyes: Steep 2 tablespoons eyebright (Euphrasia; available at health food stores) in 2 cups hot water for 3 minutes or until cooled. Strain. Dip a cotton ball into the liquid and wipe eyes. Reduces redness.
To improve night vision: Mix together 30 drops of Bilberry (Vaccinium myrtillus) with 8 ounces water, drink 3 times a day. Or drink 2 glasses of blueberry juice a day.
Improve weak eyes: Drink a glass of carrot juice daily.
Relieve eye strain: Place slices of cucumber over closed eyes for 15 minutes. It’s cooling and refreshing to the eyes.
Reduce swelling or puffiness: Use green tea that has steeped for 5 minutes and cooled. Wipe the eyes with this solution several times a day. Drinking tea helps to deter cataracts.
Vitamins and Minerals for eyes:
- Vitamin A improves night vision. Sources for vitamin A are dark green leafy vegetables, carrots, broccoli, eggs, cheese and butter.
- Vitamin B complex is good to reduce redness in eyes and can help eyes that are sensitive to light. Food sources for vitamins B1 (thiamin), B2 (riboflavin), B3 (niacin), B6 (pyridoxine), B12 (cobalamin) include pastas, breads, milk, dark green vegetables, mushrooms, tuna, nuts, avocados, bananas, liver.
- Carotene helps improve weak eyes. Good sources of carotene are carrots, broccoli, cabbage and peas.
Reprinted with permission of Pioneerthinking.com