Are you among the 75% of American adults who wear glasses or contact lenses? I certainly am!
In the event of a long-term emergency such as an economic collapse, we may be faced with the need to be able to deal with any number of vision and eye conditions, both routine and serious.
Whether you want to be proactive in taking care of your health now or you want to at least be prepared to deal with eye issues in the event that medical care becomes scarce, here are some recommendations that have worked for me, my clients, and many others!
Nutrition & Eye Health
Scientists have long known the connection between proper nutrition and eye health. People with diets severely deficient in Vitamin A, for instance, can develop night blindness which can eventually lead to full-scale blindness if not addressed. Extreme Vitamin D and calcium deficiencies are reported to lead to nearsightedness and even more severe problems including cataracts. Omega 3 fatty acids may also be important in eye health.
My absolute favorite supplement that helps not only with eye health, but potentially hundreds of other conditions (including heart disease, diabetes, fatigue, and much more) is NingXia Red. 1 oz. of NingXia Red has even more Vitamin A than carrots, and has the equivalent of 4 lbs. of carrots in terms of antioxidants. NingXia Red is particularly rich in the carotenoid zeaxanthin which has been shown in studies to have a protective influence on the retina and the eyesight.
Just as we need to exercise our bodies in order to have optimal health, our eyes can benefit from some simple exercises. Do these simple yoga eye exercises demonstrated by Paul McCartney below several times per week as you sit at your desk at work and strengthen and tone the muscles that help you see.
These eye exercises done regularly can potentially improve your eyesight now, and be indispensable in the event eye care is difficult to come by.
Easy Yoga Eye Exercises
Essential Oils for Eye Health
Last but certainly not least, essential oils can be enormously helpful for several types of eye conditions. Start using the oils now and store them for future use so you can be sure to keep your vision sharp no matter what happens in society.
Never put essential oils directly in the eyes, but dab them sparingly around the bony parts of the eye sockets. For babies and children, dilute the essential oils in a carrier oil. For additional effect, the essential oils can be massaged into the reflexes on the feet that correspond with the eyes — the bases of the second and third toes.
Glaucoma and Cataracts — Take clove and/or lavender oil in homemade capsules 2-3x/day. The oils can also be diluted 20/80 and applied around eye socket and temples 1-3x/day. 1-6 oz. of NingXia Red should be taken daily depending on how fast you want results. The other supplements for eye issues listed above are also highly recommended.
Pink Eye – Purification, lavender, frankincense, and Thieves may be used to help heal up pink eye or conjunctivitis, and have helped many people heal extremely quickly from these infections while avoiding antibiotics.
Diffuse, or apply strait or diluted around the eye socket 2-3x/day for a few days, taking care not to get in the eyes. Apply to base of 2nd and 3rd toes, the areas that correspond to the eye reflexes.
Stye — Carefully apply a drop of frankincense and/or lavender directly on the stye 2-4x/day until it heals. For children, dilute the oil. For babies, apply the essential oils to the bases of the 2nd and 3rd toes.
Blocked tear duct — Apply a drop of lavender oil over the bridge of the nose.
Dry eyes — Apply a drop of lavender oil over the bridge of the nose daily or as needed.
Additional Ideas for Preparedness –
If you use contacts or glasses, you will want to have an extra pair of glasses on hand in case of emergency. This is a lot easier and cheaper than you might think. Go through venues such as Zenni Optical online to order a pair of glasses for less than $10 in some cases!
If you wear contacts, consider storing extra contact solution as well as extra lenses.
Eyesight is precious — take the steps you need to take now so you can ensure your vision will be there for you in the long run!
Julie Behling-Hovdal is a reflexologist/holistic healer and founder of Essential Survival where she teaches people how to prepare for the #1 cause of death in the event of an economic collapse — lack of access to medicines. In 2005 Julie was able to get off 4 prescription drugs and heal from a 6-year stint of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and fibromyalgia with products from Young Living Essential Oils. Get a free copy of her report “Fast Track Survival Medicines” at http://essentialsurvival.org/fast-track-survival-medicines/.
Statements made about the essential oils that come in the Essential Oil Survival Kit and other products offered by Essential Survival have not been evaluated by the FDA. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Anyone suffering from disease or injury should consult with a physician.