Herbs and Remedies to Use for Natural Eye Care

Eye Health Natural Eye Care

I’m often asked, “What is good for eye health?” I get the question so often that I really should create a healthy eye blend for our tea line. I’m working on it!

Anyway, the truth is, most things good for the eye are best eaten or applied fresh.

Eye Health: Natural Eye Care Remedies

Here is a list of my favorite eye strengtheners, soothers, and natural eye care remedies:

Cucumber Juice

There is a reason why we envision cucumbers on the eyes of celebrities when we think about spa treatments. Cucumber slices, or better yet cucumber juice, are anti-inflammatory and can greatly reduce redness in and around eyes.

Beets

Yellow beets in particular, or the greens of both yellow and red beets, are high in the phytonutrients lutein and zeaxanthin. These are both known to benefit eye health when consumed regularly.

Chamomile (Matricaria recutita)

Chamomile is a perfect anti-inflammatory wash for the eyes. It is gentle enough to use on any eye in your house, but strong enough to handle anything from a minor irritation to a full blown infection. I like to use chamomile tea as a wash after I have been out weeding all day, or after mixing up teas in our commercial kitchen. It’s a soothing remedy – cool and refreshing at the end of a long day of hard work. (Find organic dried chamomile here.)

Orange Peel

Right about now, you may be wheezing and sneezing through the thick of allergy season. Did you know that orange peel contains chemicals that have been shown to calm the histamine response in the body? Try some candied peel, or add some orange peel powder to your next smoothie and see if it doesn’t help with your itchy nose and watery eyes. (You can find organic orange peel powder here.)

Cabbage

There are so many benefits to eating cabbage, especially if you ferment it first! Our eyes are supported with the high levels of beta-carotene found in this delicious vegetable.

Bilberry (Vaccinium myrtillus)

The bilberry fruit is high in antioxidants. This characteristic has earned it a long reputation for use with all kinds of disorders of the eyes. Its relative blueberry is also worth munching on if your eyesight is getting weaker. Just one summer of eating these delicious berries will give you a surprising improvement.

Rose Petals (Rosa spp.)

While tea bags may be popular for puffy eyes, damp rose petals placed on the eyelids do wonders for soreness and puffiness. I usually pour hot water over a few petals and allow them to cool in the fridge. Use the petals over the eyes after they have been strained out. And the resulting tea can be used as an astringent on the skin for a few days.

Basil (Ocimum basilicum)

Basil is high in Vitamin A and is therefore good for the eyes. So when someone calls you out on your overindulgence in fresh pesto this summer, you can simply reply, “It’s all the better to see you, my dear!”

Eyebright (Euphrasia officinalis)

Seems like a no-brainer, right? Eyebright has a long reputation as a topical (and) natural eye care remedy for eye irritations such as conjunctivitis.

Goldenseal (Hydrastis candensis)

I learned long ago that goldenseal was a great herb for the eyes and had a few chances to try it out myself. I’ve combined a nugget of goldenseal root with a chamomile or eyebright tea for inflamed or infected eyes in children and animals with great success. (Find organic goldenseal root here.)

Ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba)

The leaf of the ginkgo tree is best known for its ability to improve the memory. However, it benefits the eyes at the same time. Ginkgo has been shown to improve circulation to the back of the eye, supporting improvements in such conditions as macular degeneration and glaucoma. It is easy to find ginkgo tea, capsules, or tinctures if you would like to try it out.

What’s your favorite go-to herb for eyes? There are quite a few more I could add to the list, but I would love to hear what you’ve tried and liked!

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Comments

  1. Hello, this is great and good timing too. I just recently developed floaters in my left eye. I’m only 16 so it’s really frusterating me to think I may have to live with these pesky spots and lines in my vision for the rest of my life. My mom has them too but only just got them a few years ago. I’m worried since I developed eye floaters so early (it usually comes with age) that I might be at greater risk for more serious eye problems in the future. Do you have any specific suggestions to possibly help the floaters and overall improve my eye health? Thanks so much.

    • Hi Kabsage, I developed them at a later age (55 or so) and have been on a herbal prescription since then – until I moved out of my hometown in Belgium, into the mountains of southern Spain! Here I am preparing for myself Ginkgo Biloba tincture, because as Dawn has mentioned in her article, it helps the arteries at the back (and inside) the eye to function better. Therefore, with more blood passing through, eye conditions like floaters and other forms of “degeneration” may cure or at least not get worse. And I hope this is proper to give as advice: avoid as much as you can any form of EM-radiation (wifi, microwave, the lot…)!

      • Hello, Herman Van Roey. I really appreciate the advice. I’ve heard of the Ginkgo Biloba tincture as a possible solution (or at least help) for floaters. How much do you take and would it be different for me, if you don’t mind me asking? I’m currently taking a 100mg bilberry capsule and rubbing diluted Frankensense eo around my eyes (I’m very careful not to get it too close) once a day. I don’t feel the bilberry is doing anything. I’m thinking it might just be the brand. I know it’s probably not the best quality. I don’t want to stop the eo because I do think since I started that it at least hasn’t gotten worse. Which I felt like it was. As for the radiation I’m not sure what I can do about that because as I said, I’m 16 so it’s really not my choice if we have and use a microwave. Thank you again for your advice.

  2. Hi my daughter has eye problem when is itching her she crys nd also develops dark circle around d eyes ,she’s just 4 years old,pls need ur help on what to use .tnks

    • Hi Samira, this isn’t why I first left a comment as you can see but I love helping people. So I hope this is helpful to you and your daughter. :)

      Have you ruled out allergies? It seems that’s a very likely possibility. Have you noticed any other symptoms and when did the itchiness and irritation start? Did anything change when she first had this issue? Any new environment, food or did it start when the seasons changed?

      If it is allergies than essential oils may help. Lavender, lemon, and peppermint are all great for allergies. Make sure you find eos that are pure. (don’t fall for the therapeutic grade claim) Mountain Rose Herbs has a great selection. They come recommended on this website. Make sure to properly dilute the oils. Don’t take or give eos internally because they are very potent! If you want/need to learn more about eos this website is a good place to start.
      I’m sorry this was so long or if you knew this information already, just trying to help the best I can. I hope you can find a way to help your daughter quickly. Wishing you the best, Kabsage. ?

  3. Is it best to apply cucumber juice/ slices straight onto your eyes, or to comsume them?

    Actually same question with all of these?