I was asked by a member of Completement Now! about dry eyes. This person was told that dry eyes are just another indication of aging! I get kind of riled up when I hear that excuse from doctors. After age 50 it’s as if doctors are taught to put everything in the age basket. Now, that’s just plain wrong!
In Completement Now! I recommend eye exercises and strategies for improving your eyesight. But, here, I just want to give you a few tips to keep your eyes perfectly healthy.
- Hydration and Mineral Repletion: Drink 1/2 your body weight (in pounds) in ounces of water. If you weigh 150 lbs, you will drink 75 ounces. Sea salt or Himalayan salt: Add ¼ tsp to every quart of drinking water – to one of those bottles you will later add ReMag and ReMyte.
- I recommend homeopathic eye drops by a company called Similasan. Before I started using these drops I had tired and burning eyes from all the computer work I do. Also I have my overhead fans running in the house day and night and I think that dries out my eyes. I get my Dry Eye formula from a health food store or www.Vitacost.com.
- Castor oil drops in the eye! OK, now I’ve really shocked you. But you may know that castor oil is a great poultice for promoting lymphatic circulation. Buy organic castor oil and put it in an eye dropper. At night, while lying in bed, put one drop only into each eye (or have someone do it for you). Two drops will just run out of your eye and make a mess. If it’s difficult for you to put drops in your eye, put a Q-tip in the bottle and run the oil along your upper eyelid. Some of the oil will seep into your eyes while you sleep. What’s the point? Ayurvedic practitioners recommend this remedy to prevent cataracts, floaters and for general eye detoxification.
- Cayenne pepper drops in the eye. Opps, yes, this sounds even worse than castor oil. It’s all a matter of the amount. I’m talking about a pinch of organic cayenne powder in 4 ounces of distilled water. A pinch! Put 1 TBSP of the cayenne water in an eye cup and rinse your eyes. You have to adjust the amount you use or dilute the solution more if it does burn a bit too much. I also put 1/8th of sea salt in the 4 ounces of water to make the water more compatible with the saltiness of eye secretions. Cayenne helps open up the tear ducts. (The small, soft bumps found in each corner of your eyes.) It also improves the blood circulation in the eye. A word of warning. It may be difficult to find an eye cup. I recently had to replace my eye cup and couldn’t find one in three different drug stores. I had to buy a bottle of eye rinse that also included an eye cup.
It’s important to have remedies like these on hand so you can take your power back. My Future Health Encyclopedia is loaded with commonsense advice and remedies for over 134 conditions.
Carolyn Dean MD ND
The Doctor of the Future®
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