Home Remedies for Dry Eyes
Suffering from dry eyes? Get relief with these natural dry eye remedies that are as close as the spice aisle or produce section of your grocery store. Some might already be in your pantry!
Our friends at All About Dry Eye offer up these top home remedies for dry eyes worth investigating.
Spices to Help Cure Dry & Itchy Eyes
Often known as curcumin, the Asian spice turmeric is said to be a protective agent against a number of diseases, including dry eye.
Try out this quick recipe that spotlights turmeric:
- Warm a little almond milk
- Sprinkle a teaspoon of turmeric
- Add ½ tsp cinnamon and 1/8 tsp cloves
- Add a dollop of raw honey
- Whisk together
Known for its extremely high concentration of vitamin A - which helps ward off dry eye - paprika is a very versatile ingredient. Consider adding paprika to your next recipe to boost flavor and add nutrition. Sprinkled it on eggs, chicken, potato salads and many more dishes.
Bilbery is a shrub that’s closely related to the blueberry and is known for its health benefits, including protection against retinal diseases and macular degeneration. Bilberry also is great for itchy or dry eyes. Bilberry extract can help improve your oxygen supply, boost blood circulation and improve tear gland functions. With their added dose of vitamin P and citrin, bilberry helps decrease swelling and inflammation within the body, which is often a common trigger of dry eyes. Try bilberry in a supplement form, or drink it in a tea made form bilberry leaves. Easy, though. It’s recommended that you ingest no more than 220mg of bilberry on a daily basis.
Don’t run those stinging or itchy eyes. Instead, wash your eyes out with spearmint.
To make a spearmint eye wash:
- Boil about a dozen spearmint leaves in water
- Let the solution cool about 20 minutes
- Apply with a clean washcloth
The active ingredient in spearmint is menthol, which helps stimulate tear production. It also smells great!
Often drunk in tea form by those looking to relax, chamomile also features anti-inflammatory properties that can soothe tired eyes and restore moisture.
See also: include thyme, fennel, marigold and calendula, which are all purported to be dry eye relievers.
As always, check with your doctor before using new spices or herbal dry eye remedies.
For more information on Dry Eyes visit AllaboutDryeye.com
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