Sep 10 2014 In Ask the Herbalist By Kenneth Roberts
Herbs for the Eyes and Whys
We have recently had several questions regarding the best herbs for the eyes. So what would I recommend for overall eye health? Good nutrition and a liver cleanse.
First seek to support the eyes by ensuring adequate levels of beta-carotene are in your diet. Carrots are high in beta-carotene, but they are not the only source. Almost every herb and spice in your kitchen contains decent levels of beta-carotene. Turnip greens, kale and sweet potatoes also contain great levels of beta-carotene. I have always believed starting with good foods and nutrition are the best places to start with any health issue.
Most do not realize it but the liver is connected to the eyes and skin, as well as almost every organ in your body. In the case of the eyes, many of the bio-chemicals which support your eyes are either stored or activated in the liver, such as Glutathione or vitamin B’s.
Supporting your liver can help the eyes as well as strengthen your whole body and immune system. We have a great herbal blend for supporting and cleansing the Liver, Kidneys and Lymphatic system called Gentle Cleanse. A combination of herbs that increase circulation, reduce inflammation and support the Liver in cleansing the blood. It also supports Kidney function. Both the Liver and the Kidneys are a major part of the cleansing and elimination of toxins from the body. Gentle Cleanse also flushes out the Lymphatic system, and combined with a mild diuretic action, helps assist in eliminating toxins from the body. In the long run a great liver cleanse and support is one of the best measures you can take to support your eyes!