Herbal medicine has been existing for centuries on every continent. I found out that there are a few types of berries that are very powerful in restoring microcirculation of blood in the eyes and the whole body, hence, they could be used to prevent and treat many eye problems.
The first of them is called Chinese Schizandra Berry (Magnolia Vine) that grows in East Asia and Mongolia. It is mentioned in early medical texts of China as one of the “superior herbs”. Schizandra is capable of promoting mental function and benefiting some aspects of learning and memory, may also boost mood, and is ideal for lack of energy and for nervous exhaustion from stress. It is called “adaptogenic herb” – whether you are too anxious and stressed or too tired and fatigued this herb will return you from any extreme to a balanced state. Schizandra has traditionally been taken to beautify the skin, strengthen blood vessels, and promote mental function. In Russia Schizandra is considered eye food and is a registered medicine for vision difficulties. You can either just chew a pinch of dried berries (just don’t eat the seeds, they don’t taste good) or add 12-15 berries to your tea whenever you drink it.
Another berry that is used in herbal medicine to fight eye problems is called Bilberry (Vaccinum myrtillus). Bilberry is famous for night vision improvement. Dried leaves of bilberry make exceptionally tasteful tea that is also good for the eye blood vessels. Rich in antioxidants and vitamins bilberry is the ultimate “eye food”. As a purple fruit, bilberry contains high levels of anthocyanidin – the water-soluble pigment which has been linked in several studies to lowered risk for many diseases, such as heart and cardiovascular system, eyesight, diabetes, atherosclerosis, and cancer. The suggested daily dosage of bilberry is either ¼ of a glass of freshly squeezed bilberry juice or 1 teaspoon of ground berries mixed up with ½ glass of water. To learn more about bilberry go to Biberry – benefits and medical uses.
People that suffer from myopia should take hawthorn with raw honey and eat it like jam. Use either fresh or dried leaves of hawthorn to make tea.
We are what we eat – there is nothing new about it. Scientific research and experience of generations showed that eyes need vitamins A, B, C and E to be included in our everyday diet.
Here is the list of the most common fruits and vegetables that have certain vitamins:
Melon, cantaloupe, honeydew
Siberian Pine nuts
Please go to my article Improve eyesight with eye food to read about why vitamins are important, which eye food is ranked best for certain vitamins and the daily requirements of some vitamins and minerals.
Don’t be afraid to experiment in the kitchen, just try to mix up some vegetables and fruits together and you will definitely come up with some new art of vitamin-rich salads!
Here is the list of raw food recipes (including my own).
Carrot juice is extremely helpful, especially if you add 1 tablespoon of freshly squeezed parsley juice. Never overdose intake of parsley juice. One tablespoon is a maximum. But you may safely add large quantities of parsley into salads throughout the day.
A very good refreshment for the eyes (and for the whole body) is beet juice. You may even mix up all three of them – half a glass of carrot and beet juice and 1 tablespoon of parsley juice.