The following article gives some information about eye and eyesight trouble.

As part of our regular newsletter there will be examples of successful natural alternative treatments.

Improve eyesight and eyes

As the name of the herb suggests, Eyebright is a traditional remedy for eye problems, since the fourteenth century. First records of such use are from the 14th century herbalist Hilegrade who recommended it to "strengthen the head, eyes, and memory". The fact that the herbs' French name, loosely translates as 'throw away your glasses' testifies to its reputation. Culpeper wrote: "If the herb was as much used as it is neglected, it would half spoil the spectacle makers trade".

Eyebright herb

Today eyebright is recommended by herbalists where there is a discharge from the eyes, for treating conjunctivitis and for allergic reactions that affect the eyes. Eyebright is an astringent, anti-inflammatory and relieves catarrh.

Chervil and Fennel

Chervil comes from a Greek word meaning 'leaf of rejoicing'. This herb enjoys a fine reputation for treating eye disorders, including severe inflammation of the deeper structures of the eye, detached retina and cataract. When combined with eyebright the results can be quite astonishing.

In folklore snakes ate fennel before shedding their skin to restore youth, and after shedding their skin to revive their eyesight! Fennel is an anti-inflammatory and herbalists use it to treat inflammation of the eye.

Use goldenseal and echinacea
to boost your immune system

Goldenseal is a celebrated Native American medicinal plant. Modern herbalists value the healing action of the root, its astringent properties make it suitable for tired, irritated and itching eyes. Goldenseal contains berberine which constricts the blood vessels, helping to decrease the bloodshot appearance of strained eyes. It also has slight anaesthetic properties which can help to relieve pain. Use as a compress or wash.

Echinacea can also be used, as it boosts the immune system and acts as a natural antibiotic.

Some other natural eye treatment

Marigold takes it botanical name from calend, Latin for the first day of every month, to emphasise its long flowering period. An infusion of the flowers is a soothing eyewash for sore, irritated eyes. The versatile marigold also has useful cosmetic properties. A strong infusion of the petals makes a healing and toning skin lotion for blemished skins, or a softening hair rinse that brings out red highlights in brown or reddish-brown hair.

Fresh cucumber slices placed over the eyes for 10 to 15 minutes refresh sore, tired eyes.

All of these herbs can be used in their tincture form and added to the diet.

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