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Organic Eye Cream: Preventing Eyestrain

Thursday, November 26th, 2009

Eyestrain causes a dull aching sensation around and behind the eyes that can expand into a generalised headache. It may feel painful or difficult to focus the eyes. Eyestrain is commonly the result of overuse of the eyes or wearing improper lenses (wearing the wrong strength or improperly made glasses).

Tips for preventing eye strain:

Take a vitamin A supplement – read instructions on the label.

Take a Vitamin B complex supplement containing at least 100mg of each B vitamin. Use as directed on label.

Take eyebright in capsule or tea form or use a good natural eye cream containing eyebright.

If you have pain, lie down, close your eyes and place a cold compress on your eyes. Relax for 10 minutes changing the compress as required. The cold shrinks the swollen blood vessels and alleviates discomfort.

Take measures to avoid eyestrain. Vary your tasks so your eyes change focusing distances often. When doing close focus work for long periods take regular breaks where you just shut your eyes. Every 20 minutes or so look away from your work and focus on something else for a minute or two.

If you work with computers for long periods of time, take a 5 or 10 minute break every hour. Focus on distant objects as often s possible. Position the computer monitor to reduce glare from all light sources. Use a glare reduction filter.

Get sufficient sleep. Fatigue promotes eyestrain.

If pain is severe and comes on suddenly and especially if vision is disturbed or the pain is accompanied by nausea and vomiting seek professional help at once. This may be a sign of an acute glaucoma attack.

Organic Eye Cream: Bilberry – Vaccinium myrtillus

Monday, November 2nd, 2009
Bilberry - Vaccinium myrtillus

Bilberry - Vaccinium myrtillus

Bilberries (Vaccinium myrtillus) are known by a very wide range of local names which include blaeberry, whortleberry, whinberry, myrtle blueberry and fraughan. The fruit is smaller than that of the blueberry and similar in taste. Bilberries are darker in color, and usually appear near black with a slight shade of blue.

Bilberries are extremely difficult to grow and are thus seldom cultivated. Fruits are mostly collected from wild plants growing on publicly accessible lands, notably Finland , Sweden , Norway, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, parts of England and northern parts of Russia.

As a deep blue fruit, bilberries contain high levels of anthocyanin pigments, which have been linked experimentally to lowered risk for several diseases, such as those of the heart and cardiovascular system, eyes and cancer (1,2,3).
Bilberries are mentioned in a popular story of World War II RAF pilots who consumed bilberry jam to sharpen vision for night missions. It is believed that by stimulating visual purple, bilberry improves vision, especially night vision.

Laboratory studies have provided evidence that bilberry consumption may inhibit or even reverse eye disorders such as macular degeneration (4).

Also known to be anti-inflammatory, have the ability to strengthen blood vessels, act as a vein tonic and contain Vitamin A. Bilberries’ is the perfect ingredient in an eye cream. Strengthening blood vessels and toning veins helps reduce dark circles and puffiness. Anti-inflammatory action helps reduce redness of the eyes and Vitamin A helps the skin cells stay healthy. Because of the thin skin of the eyelid, applying an eye cream containing bilberry to this area ensures it is easily absorbed and effective.

1. ^ Bell DR, Gochenaur K (April 2006). “Direct vasoactive and vasoprotective properties of anthocyanin-rich extracts”. Journal of Applied Physiology 100 (4): 1164–70. doi:10.1152/japplphysiol.00626.2005. PMID 16339348.
2. ^ Chung HK, Choi SM, Ahn BO, Kwak HH, Kim JH, Kim WB (2005). “Efficacy of troxerutin on streptozotocin-induced rat model in the early stage of diabetic retinopathy”. Arzneimittel-Forschung 55 (10): 573–80. PMID 16294503.
3. ^ Roy S, Khanna S, Alessio HM, et al. (September 2002). “Anti-angiogenic property of edible berries”. Free Radical Research 36 (9): 1023–31. PMID 12448828.
4. ^ Fursova AZh, Gesarevich OG, Gonchar AM, Trofimova NA, Kolosova NG (2005). “[Dietary supplementation with bilberry extract prevents macular degeneration and cataracts in senesce-accelerated OXYS rats]” (in Russian). Advances in Gerontology 16: 76–9. PMID 16075680.
5. ^ Zafra-Stone S, Yasmin T, Bagchi M, Chatterjee A, Vinson JA, Bagchi D (June 2007). “Berry anthocyanins as novel antioxidants in human health and disease prevention”. Molecular Nutrition & Food Research 51 (6): 675–83. doi:10.1002/mnfr.200700002. PMID 17533652.

Natural Skincare: Perfect Eyes

Thursday, October 29th, 2009
Rejuvenating Eye Cream for Perfect Eyes

Rejuvenating Eye Cream for Perfect Eyes

  1. Do not use heavy creams around the eyes, they can cause puffiness. Eye creams that have a light gel like consistency is preferable.
  2. Elevate your head when you sleep to encourage fluid to drain away from the eye area. Use a comfortable pillow.
  3. Cucumber slices can be placed over eyes to reduce puffiness and soothe tired eyes.
  4. Avoid salty food, this causes fluid retention and can lead to puffy eyes.
  5. Do not rub or apply pressure to the eye area, this can cause the small capillaries in the area to burst causing dark circles.
  6. Eye creams that contain bilberry and eyebright help rebuild the delicate capillaries in the eye area. Look at Rejuvenating Eye Cream ingredients for more details.