Friday, 17 June 2011

Eyes - Ayurvedic Care

Ayurveda has a number of excellent suggestions for maintaining your eyes in strength and health.

Cool Water Wash : Early in the morning when you wash your face, fill your mouth with cool water and hold it there, then splash cool water over your open eyes. Traditionally, you're not supposed to swallow or spit you sprinkle the cool water on your eyes. This has a double cooking effect, both from outside and from the oral cavity, that will make your eyes feel fresh, happy, and cheerful.

Ghee lamp : A traditional Ayurvedic way to strengthen and soothe the eyes is to gaze at the flame of a ghee lamp. Prepare a ghee lamp by taking a small bowl, placing a cotton wick in it, and adding ghee. Be sure the wick is made of genuine ghee. Be sure the wick is made of genuine cotton, synthetic cotton will burn up in an instant. Also be sure the wick is not too thick. Apply a little ghee to the tip of the wick and then light it.

Salute the sun : Another effective way to keep eyes strong is to the Sun Salutation exercise. Performing 12 sets of Sun saluatations is one of the best exercises for the entire body, including the eyes.

Read sitting up : While reading, keep your vertebral column straight. Avoid reading while lying down.

Use a non glare computer screen : If you are using a computer, be sure it has a non glare screen, or use a protecting filter to reduce glare so it won't hurt your eyes.

The following six remedies are especially helpful for pitta types, who are more likely to find their eyes burning.

Triphala eyewash : Boil 1 teaspoon of triphala in a cup of water for 3 minutes. Cool the tea and strain it with double or triple folded cheesecloth or a paper coffee filter so that no particular of triphala is left in the tea.

Castor oil remedy : At bedtime, put 1 drop of pure castor oil , with no preservatives, into each eye. Also rub 1 teaspoon of the oil into the soles of your feet. Next morning your eyes will feel really happy and fresh.

To soothe burning eyes : For a burning sensation in the eyes, put 1 drop of lukewarm liquid ghee in each eye at bedtime. That will lubricate the eyelid and eyelashes and will also soothe and strengthen your eyes.

Rose Water : you can also pure 3 drops of pure rose water into each affected eye. Rose water is cooling.

A Healing salve : Collyrium is effective for soothing your eyes. It is available in most of Indian grocery stores. Ask for Kajal. It is made of castor oil and natural camphor. It is black and people use it cosmetically as an eye liner, but it is actually medicinal and good for the eyes. Scoop out a small amount of salve with your little finger. Make sure the nail is well trimmed,. With the other hand pull the lower eyelid down while looking in the mirror and with your little finger apply the salve sparingly to the inner edge of the eyelid.

Stress Reducer : For eyestrain, Ayurveda also suggest taking a sterilized cotton ball or a piece of gauze, dipping it into cool goat's milk, and putting it over your closed eyes. This will ease stress and make your eyes feel better.

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