3 main herbs for eyes are commonly used.
An infusion of about 1 tablespoon of herb (fresh) 1 tspn (dried) to 3 tablespoons of boiled water.
Used to soothe inflamed eyelids.
An infusion of 1 tablespoon fresh fennel leaves or 1 teaspoon dried in 3 tablespoons of boiled water.
Used to soothe inflamed eyelids, watering eyes or strengthening the eyes and improving sight.
An infusion of 1 tablespoon fresh eyebright or 1 teaspoon dried in 3 tablespoons of boiled water.
Used to soothe red or itchy eyes.
People used to commonly use eye baths - it's a bit messy and can be uncomfortable unless you get it right! You end up with liquid running down your arms if you're not careful and it's a bit irritating.
The best way of using infusions for eye problems is to make pads out of a cotton wool ball or lint/gauze then soak in the solution and apply the pads to your eyes for a while.
Use one pad for each eye and then throw them away - don't re-use or swab to both eyes - keep the pads separate for hygiene reasons - do not double dip, it is really important that you remember that.
General instructions for use:
Leave the herbs and hot boiled water to brew for about 10 minutes then strain.
Allow to cool - you could even pop it into the fridge which will be soothing on hot, inflamed eyes.
Soak two pads in the solution.
Squeeze out the excess - you can keep the infusion for about 3 days in the fridge - don't contaminate the solution with used pads.
You can wipe your eyelids with the solution (one pad for each eye) or squeeze out the excess, lie back, close your eyes and put the pads onto your eyelids.
Do not double dip your pads - just use each pad once and then throw them away. It is very easy to contaminate the solution and it will easily breed bacteria which could give you a much bigger eye problem than you started with.
Relax for 10 to 20 minutes.
Do this once or twice a day until your eye problem is resolved.
If the symptoms have not improved in about 3 days, then consult your doctor.
The information on this website is in no way intended as medical advice and nor should it be taken as such.
If symptoms don't improve, consult your doctor.
If you have a medical condition, you must consult a Herbal Practitioner or a Medical Doctor.
If you are pregnant, you must consult your doctor or nurse before trying any herbal remedy.
If you are already taking pharmaceuticals, then speak to your doctor about taking herbs - some drugs react badly with herbs and you need to know that you are not going to do more harm than good.
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