Natural Remedies: Preventing Vision Loss, Eye Exercises and Homemade Eyedrops

The Natural Remedies column shows you how to create your own homemade eyedrops, and shares optometrists' tips for eye exercises and preventing eye strain and vision loss.


| August/September 1996



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Let the store-bought eyedrops stay on the market shelf.


ILLUSTRATION: KENNETH LIN

The Natural Remedies column shares information on how to create your own household remedies. 

Homemade Natural Remedies

The wink of an eye may attract a love partner. The scorn of the eyes may result in enemies. The literature of our civilization is full of such references, but whatever their romantic or symbolic use in literature, most people take their eyes for granted and seldom take precautions to protect them or have them examined regularly. We usually get around to having them checked only when they are sending signals that something might be wrong.

Considering this part of the body that is so important to daily living, it's virtually incomprehensible that we don't know more about how to take care of them. And such care doesn't have to be complicated; there are some simple home remedies we can prepare to insure a useful life for our eyes.

Let's begin with some preparations that clean and strengthen the eyes. One of these consists of placing a cup of boiling water over a teaspoon of borage leaves, which can be obtained at local health food stores if you don't have any in your herbal garden. Steep this mixture until it is cool, then strain through a piece of cheesecloth and place in a clean, preferably sterile, bottle. You can put a few drops of this in your eyes each day or place some of the solution on cotton or cloth and use as a compress.

Another good home remedy consists of adding one teaspoon each of parsley and calendula (marigold) to two cups of boiling water. Steep for 10 minutes and strain. When the solution has reached room temperature, but not before, you are ready to use. An eyecup is the best method for applying this solution. You can make yet another eye-strengthening remedy by placing a teaspoon each of fennel, elder flowers, and verbena in a cup of boiling water. Strain this mixture, cool to room temperature, and use as an eyewash.

Some eye-strengthening remedies are not solutions applied externally to the eyes but rather good dietary intake which helps them internally. Two of these are carrots and sunflower seeds. Both of these vegetables contain vitamins and minerals that are beneficial to the eyes. Each day eat a raw carrot or a half cup of sunflower seeds. Make sure, of course, that the sunflower seeds are unsalted. Strengthen those eyes so you can get a better look at her (or him).

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bryandonovanjr
8/24/2015 9:00:10 PM

Thanks for the article. You have certainly provided a number of different remedies and taught me a lot. I must confess though, I just signed up for this website before leaving this comment. So to put it plainly, I'm a MOTHER EARTH NOOB and The only remedy I was able to follow was the cucumber one! I have absolutely no clue what "fennel, elder flowers, and verbena" even are.. Can I buy these items in a store? or do I need my own Herb garden (as i believe you mentioned), and have to grow them? Thank you for your help! -Bryan






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