To Keep the eyes healthy and bright you need a good diet with plenty of vitamins A, C, and B.
The eyes reflect your physical as well as your emotional health. If you are tired and run down
they look dull and red; if your liver is upset they may well have a yellow tinge to them.
When making preparations for the eyes always sterilize all your utensils.
Use only fresh decoctions of herbs, not infusions when making eye baths so that you do not
introduce infection into this delicate structure. The herbs should ideally be simmered for
about 20 minutes.
Treatment For Puffy Eyes
If there is puffiness beneath the eyes you have a tendency to retain fluid or your skin is
losing its elasticity. Take mild diuretic herbs such as cleavers, nettles, corn silk,
dandelion, leaves or burdock regularly to reduce fluid retention.
When you have time, lie down with cotton wool pads over the eyes soaked in distilled
witch hazel, calendula, elderflower or Indian tea and relax for 10-15 minutes. Chamomile,
coltsfoot, shapherd’s purse or oak bark tea will also help reduce puffiness.
Treatment For Sore, Inflamed And Tired Eyes
For quick relief of sore, tired eyes, relax for 10 minutes with a slice of cucumber placed
over each eyelid. It tones the eye membranes, cools and soothes any inflammation. Herbal
infusions can be used as lotions around the eyes, or laid over the eyelids soaked into
Decoctions can be used in eyebaths, but be careful to wash the eyebath between treating
each eye. Chamomile, Calendula, elderflowers and eyebright are the best herbs to soothe sore
eyes and reduce inflammation. They will also reduce redness due to infections such as
conjunctivitis or blepharitis (inflamed eyelids), as they have antiseptic properties.
Horsetail, raspberry leaves, fennel and rosemary are also helpful.