The healing tradition of India – ayurveda, for centuries has used herbal medicine to promote eye health. It matches herbs and treatments with your dosha (bodily constitution): pitta (water and fire), vata (space elements and air) or kapha (earth and water).
Your health suffers when your doshas become unbalanced and one dominates the other too much. The result of a vata or pitta dosha imbalance could be common problems such as burning and dry eyes, minor infections, irritation. Recommended herbs that cool and soothe pitta and pacify vata are gotu kola, shatavari and jatamansi.
People who have a predominate kapha dosha, usually worry about more serious conditions like cataracts and glaucoma. Helpful herbs are punarnava and shankapushpi.
Try triphala for all-around eye health. Its formula is made from dried fruit of the amalaki, haritaki and bibhitaki plants. It detoxifies the eyes and also calms stressed-out eyes.
Try brewing a triphala tea:
– First, mix ½ – 1 teaspoon triphala powder with ½ – 1 cup of hot water. Let it steep for 5-15 minutes.
– Strain the tea through a coffee filter.
– Fill an eyecup with the liquid and then bathe your eyes.
If you want to relieve dry, burning eyes irritated by pollution, stress, or allergies, put a drop of room-temperature, clarified butter (melted ghee) into each eye before going to bed.