As a continuation of the earlier article on reducing Eye strain & keeping your Eyes healthy, let us look at some Ayurvedic herbs, foods and techniques that can help you reduce strain and achieve good healthy eyes.
Herbs for Healthy Eyes
a. Fennel – This herb is rich in Vitamin A and C and is a good way to strengthen your vision. You can either consume it in the form of tea or wash your eyes with fennel water as it helps to cool the eyes.
b. Triphala: As the name suggests, this is a mix of three fruits – Haritaki, Amla, and Bibhitaki. Triphala helps balance the energies in the body and is a good source of antioxidants and Vitamin C, which reverses the signs of inflammation and oxidative stress.
c. Ginkgo Biloba, a herb native to China; this is effective in treating degradation of vision.
d. Calendula: This is an anti-inflammatory, antiviral and anti-bacterial herb that helps in treating various eye conditions. These include redness, swelling as well as mild irritations.
e. Almonds – A very common ingredient, almonds are a good source of Vitamin E. This vitamin promotes growth of healthy tissues and great vision.
Techniques and Lifestyle
Among the many techniques used in Ayurveda to ensure healthy eyes are:
- Shatkarma: This is a combination of six techniques that help to clean the body of toxins. Among the six, Neti and Tratak are remedies to take care of Eye Health.
- Always Use cool or normal water to clean your eyes. Never use hot or icy cold water to splash on your face or eyes.
- In case your body is hot due to the climate, wait for the body to cool down to normal temperature before you splash cool water on your face. Abrupt temperature changes should be avoided.
- Anjana: Anjana is an Ayurvedic preparation applied to the inner part of the eyelids to promote good eye health. Regular use helps retain good eye health.