As we age, our vision is one of the senses that become affected over time. Our eyes are probably the most important thing we have because they receive about 90% of the information from the real world.

The science has become very developed so as we know there are glasses and contact lenses we can use to improve our vision. But, natural medicine has become a greater and greater substitute to traditional medicine.

A plant based diets that provide ample amounts of vitamins, minerals and carotenoids is the first step in maintaining and restoring your eyesight.

When that is in place, the next phase is adding herbs and remedies that support and heal the eyes. Here is a list of the top herbs for vision and eye health.

1. Pycnogenol is a powerful antioxidant derived from French maritime pine tree bark and the subject of more than 180 studies. Of particular note is its ability to reduce leakage into the retina by repairing capillaries in the eyes. While still largely unknown to American doctors, Pycnogenol is the leading prescription for diabetic retinopathy in France.

2. Saffron is better known as the kitchen spice that gives curry its yellow color; however, it can have wonderful results for eye problems, including cataracts. In a recent trial, every participant who took saffron had vision improvements and the researchers said the aromatic herb “may hold the key to preventing the loss of sight in the elderly”.

3. Eyebright has flowers that resemble eyes and has been used for centuries to treat eye irritation. The name is also thought to have been given the plant because of its valuable properties as an eye medicine that preserved eyesight and so brought gladness into the life of the sufferer.

4. Silymarin, the primary component of milk thistle, is a major liver support compound. The liver is the key organ for the eye, since all the fat soluble vitamins and glutathione are stored there and B vitamins are activated in the liver. The eye is subjected to bright light throughout the day and important ingredients for repair are stored in the liver.

5. Bilberry is high in a type of bioflavonoid that speeds the regeneration of rhodopsin, the purple pigment used by the eyes’ rods. British air force pilots in World War II ate bilberry jam to improve their night vision during evening sorties.

6. Bentonite clay poultices have been used successfully by many people with eye problems. Bentonite clay pulls out toxins that cause any different eye issues and is especially good for infections and eye strain. It has been reported to help restore vision in the instance of cataracts.

7. Jaborandi is a herb that grows in the rainforest. It’s been used for well over 100 years in patients with glaucoma and it contains pilocarpine, an alkaloid compound which causes constriction of the pupils and reduces pressure within the eye.

8. Cayenne is an anti-inflammatory for the mucus membranes and it increases blood flow to the eye when taken internally.

9. Use fennel eaten raw, made into tea or used as an eyewash to help with vision problems, including cataracts.

10. Mix one-half to one liter of a combination of carrot, celery, and parsley, and chicory juice to help nourish the optic nerve and muscular system. Amazing results have been reported using this formula.

11. Finely grind seven kernels of raw almonds together with half a gram of black pepper and place in a half cup of water. Sweeten with raw honey and drink the mixture to help the eyes regain vigor and clarity.

12. Place a few drops of raw organic honey in the eyes twice or more each day. This is an ancient Egyptian remedy which is reported to have benefitted many people with cataracts.

13. Eat two or three cloves of raw garlic daily to clean the crystalline lens of the eye. The cloves should be chewed slowly.

14. Mix an equal quantity of aniseed and coriander powder together with one teaspoon of brown sugar, and take the mixture in doses of 12 grams in the morning and evening.

Source:http://realfarmacy.com

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