Nine Herbs for Healthy Eyes

By Linda B. White, M.D.
The Herb Companion

Sight is one of our most cherished senses. We read, appreciate art, observe nature and connect with loved ones by gazing into these “windows of the soul.” We spend good money on cosmetics to enhance the eyes’ natural beauty, and it just makes sense to promote our eyes’ health as well.

Easy steps include wearing sunglasses and hats outdoors, eating well, maintaining a healthy weight, managing stress and avoiding cigarette smoke. Some medicinal plants also might be worth incorporating into the routine.

Eyebright (Euphrasia officinalis) has long been a folk remedy for the eyes. Most natural food stores contain teas, tinctures and homeopathic eyedrops made from this herb. A South African study found that eyebright-containing eyedrops hastened recovery from conjunctivitis (redness and discharge caused by irritation of the outside lining of the eye). Extracts lower blood sugar in diabetic rats. Whether the same effect holds for humans isn’t yet known. (Diabetes raises the risk for several eye diseases.)

Ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba) improves blood flow to the retina (the light-sensitive tissue at the back of the eye). Preliminary research suggests extracts improve vision in people with glaucoma. It is also antioxidant and protects nerve cells, including those in the eye.

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3 responses to “Nine Herbs for Healthy Eyes

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  2. As a student of gastronomics, I would like to understand the herb consumption in Europe, especially UK and Germany. I am interested to understand three processes –

    1. How do you procure herbs (some grow it some buy it)
    2. How do you store it and finally (some just drop it on kitchen table, others put it in fridge while others might grow it in pots and pluck them fresh)
    3. How do you consume it (As a garnish? As an ingredient? as a side dish? As a salad?)
    But the difference is that the entire process should be captured in photograph format (even good cell phone snaps would do)
    Help me with my research by sending in the photographs from your own kitchen or from your friends. I understand people would hate to send out mails to strangers, hence the best way is to upload your pictures on the following survey link, created by Impetus Research, whom I have requested to kindly help me on my project and they have obliged.

    http://questionpro.com/t/AE8cOZJw3x

    Thank you all for your help
    Regards
    Ankit Bhanot

  3. My husband started taking one AIM GinkgoSense™ capsule a day for the effect that ginkgo had on the memory. He stopped seeing “floaters and sparkies.” Last year in November, he went to the eye doctor where he learned that the pressure was 23 in one eye and 24 in the other and his eyes were showing signs of macular degeneration. He doubled his intake to two capsules a day. In three months, the pressure had gone down a little. He upped his intake of AIM GinkgoSense™ to three a day and when he went back in August of this year the pressure was down to 18 in one eye and 19 in the other. Best of all, the doctor said that his eyes were healthier than last year. -Ruth, my rep is Chris Byrnes @ http://www.chrisbyrnes.com/2011/06/19/think-again/

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