Best 12 Herbs to Support Healthy Eyes

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Our eyes are perhaps one of our most valued, and most valuable, of all our senses. We read, surf the internet, watch our children grow, and connect with loved one through these organs that are often referred to as “the windows to the soul.”  However, they can encounter problems, from simply being dry to becoming blood shot, to serious diseases that can lead to blindness.

Whether you are looking for keep your eyesight as healthy as possible, or to try to restore it back to better health, we have a list of 12 herbs that are known to help support healthy eyesight.


1.  Cannabis

Whether you smoke it or eat it, cannabis has terrific benefits for the eyes. In fact, studies show that persons who smoked cannabis had lower eyeball pressure for as long as 3 or 4 hours afterwards. Our eyes even have cannabis receptors, almost as if Mother Nature intended us to use this herb to support our eyesight. Some of the downsides towards using cannabis are the minor side effects: dry eyes, red eyes, reduced blood pressure, oh yes, and that high feeling that is not always desirable. If you live in an area where cannabis is still illegal, this is another obstacle. The good news here is that, since research shows that the eye has cannabinoid receptors, some companies are looking into eye drops that contain cannabinoids to help improve vision health.


2. Eyebright

Well, the name alone should give you a clue that this herb is well known for its support of eye health. Eyebright has small flowers that look like eyes, and studies show that it can soothe itchy or red, irritated eyes, and give relief for those suffering from conjunctivitis. One study followed 12 ophthalmologists and general practitioner doctors in Europe where they were asked to give eyebright eye drops to subjects that had inflammatory conjunctivitis. More than 81 percent of subjects had complete recovery after just 1 dose and significant improvement in another 17 percent of subjects.


3. Turmeric

Turmeric is well-known for its health and medicinal benefits, including supporting healthy vision. By reducing oxidation of the lens of the eye, turmeric can be super beneficial for those who are over 50. Research shows that oxidation of the lens of the eye is one of the major causes of eye problems in those over 50 years of age.  Turmeric is also one of the best anti-inflammatories on the plant, which means it can drastically reduce dry, itchy eyes.

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