Eyebright herb (Euphrasia officinalis) has been traditionally used for promoting eye health. Eyebright is “the most widely recommended herb for eyestrain, eye inflammations, stinging and weeping eyes, and oversensitivity to light. It can also relieve runny, sore, and itchy eyes due to colds or allergies. Eyebright has anti-inflammatory and astringent properties that make it useful in treating congestive states such as hay fever, sinusitis, and nasal congestion”. (Herbal Healing, Phyllis A. Balch p. 65)
Coptis – is given in the Chinese herbal tradition in relieving fever, red and sore eye, and sore throats.
Bilberries are high in compounds called anthocyanins, which help dilate blood vessels. “Anything that helps blood vessels dilate reduces the risk of an angina attack because wider blood vessels make it easier for blood to get through. Anthocyanins can also help prevent blood clots. A 1993 evaluation of anthocyanins in fruits found the highest amount in bilberries and then, in descending order, blackberries, black currant, blueberries, cherries, cranberries and red raspberries”. (The Green Pharmacy guide to Healing Food, James A. Duke p. 45) “Dried, not fresh, bilberries and blueberries are best. And studies suggest that eating blueberries may reduce your risk of colon cancer to boot” (The Green Pharmacy guide to Healing Food, James A. Duke p. 152) Bilberries help heal diabetes, diarrhea, kidney stone, IBS, ulcer and varicose veins. “Clinical trials from 1964 onward have shown the bilberry fruits protect the peripheral circulation and capillaries”. (Enclyclopedia of Herbal Medicine, Andrew Chevallier, p. 147)
Lycium Key actions: Adaptogenic, tonic and protect liver. Lycium “improve the circulation and absorption of nutrients by the cells and help with many symptoms, including dizziness, tinnitus, blurred vision and wasting conditions”. (Enclyclopedia of Herbal Medicine Andrew Chevallier, p. 113) Protects the liver from exposure to toxins and are great for failing eyesight. “In one Chinese study, forty-two men with infertility (low sperm count and/or motility) were given ½ ounce lycium fruit per day. After two months of treatment, thirty-three patients had returned to normal levels of fertility and all of them were able to eventually father children”. (Adaptogens, D. Winston and S. Maimes p. 180)
Hawthorn Berry (Crataegus laevigata) – Hawthorn has high levels of flavonoids, which are antioxidants linked to lower blood pressure. “Hawthorn is used today to treat angina and coronary artery disease. It improves heart function and is useful for mild congestive heart failure and irregular heartbeat… Combined with Ginkgo hawthorn is used to enhance poor memory. It works by improving the circulation of blood within the head, thereby increasing the amount of oxygen to the brain”. (Encyclopedia of Herbal Medicine, Andrew Chevallier p. 90)