Said to be the
windows on the soul, your eyes are often the first thing people notice about
you. Sparking eyes are an indication of good health. The most
to maintain that inner sparkle is by resting your eyes with sufficient sleep
and not overstraining them with inadequate lighting and overlong periods of
close work or computer use.
Tired eyes and
eyestrain are common problems. The most obvious causes are long
hours spent in artificial or bad light, reading and doing close
work, especially in front of a computer screen, others include day
to day stresses, incorrectly prescribed glasses and pollution.
Feelings of tightness around the eyes, difficulties in focusing and
headaches can all ensue.
Preventing eyestrain can
be simple. Make sure you work or read in a good light, take brief breaks
every hour from a computer screen or close work and focus on distant
objects for a few seconds to alter your depth of vision. Have you eyes
checked regularly and do not watch television in the dark. Closing your
eyes and pressing very gently on the eyelids with your palms can also
help (remove contact lenses first if you wear them). A simple remedy is
to lie down in a darkened room, place slices of cucumber or cotton wool
pads dipped in chilled milk over the eyelids and relax for 10 minutes.
Bags and circles
suffer from puffy or dark circles
beneath your eyes they may be heredity, in which case you cannot get rid of them
although you can help them. Manual lymphatic drainage massage in conjunction
with a good eye product may help reduce puffins, drinking plenty of water and
using an eye product that strengthens the under eye area will help dark circles.
Otherwise there is very little you can do about them, other than disguise them.
If the puffiness beneath your eyes
is due to excessive alcohol, rich foods and little sleep, the following exercise
is beneficial in conjunction with an eye cream but bear in mind that continual
excesses will cause the delicate skin beneath the eyes to stretch and may result
in a permanent problem. Using the ring finger of each hand, press firmly but
gently for the count of three at small intervals along the eye socket, working
from the inner corners out to the temples. Keep going until your reach the 'dip'
just to the outside of your eye sockets. This is the point where the toxins you
have moved along from the under-eye area will be released into your bloodstream.
A number of herbs
can help for soothing, toning and brightening eyes.
Eyebright is a
particularly helpful herb for various eye troubles and makes and
effective eye compress. Make and infusion using 1 tablespoon of
chopped eyebright and 150 ml (1/4 pint) of boiling water. Leave until
cold, strain into a screw-top bottle and use within 12 hours. To make
a compress, soak two cotton wool pads in the cold eyebright infusion,
squeeze slightly and place one over each eyelid. Rest for 10 minutes
-an ideal time is while lying in the bath -replacing the soaked cotton
wool once it becomes warm. Finally, dab the eyes with fresh cold water
and pat dry with a soft clean towel.
An infusion of
elderflower made in the same way is a mild stimulant and can be used
in a compress for brightening the eyes. An infusion of camomile
flowers makes a soothing compress and reduces inflammation.
Camomile or rosehip
teabags available from healthfood stores, can be used for
puffiness and dark circles under the eyes. Steep two teabags for three
minutes in boiling water then remove and set aside. When they are
sufficiently cooled place one over each eye. Leave for 10 minutes and
sip the tea while resting.
Another remedy for puffy
eyes is to apply the grated flesh of an unpeeled potato to closed
eyelids for about 20 minutes.
Cucumber juice applied
to the area below your eyes every night at bed time may help if you
have dark circles.
Contact lens care
Spectacles have become a
wonderful fashion accessory nowadays but you may prefer wearing
contact lenses to
glasses. Always wash you hands and dry them well before handling your
lenses. Avoid perfumed or medicated soaps and remember to apply make up
hand creams and lotions after inserting your lenses to avoid getting
particles in your eyes which cause irritation
Plenty Of :
Carrots, sweet potatoes
and dark green vegetables, for beta carotene.
Fruit and vegetables for
Seafood and wheatgerm
Lean meat, poultry,
fish, nut, whole grains,
seed and green vegetable for their B vitamins.
Seed oils and avocados
Dated 28 July 2012