Like so many people, my work is computer intensive. I feel like my eyes are working overtime adjusting to the type of light given off by computer and smart phone screens. After long days in front of the computer my eyes feel tired and strained.
I was speaking with a colleague and master herbalist a few months ago about dealing with eye strain, which she suggested a tea made from Chrysanthemum Flowers and Goji Berries. These herbal ingredients are known to be beneficial for the eyes. I have been making a pot of it most mornings for about a month and just sip it throughout the day. I’m happy to report I can feel the positive difference! My eyes feel more relaxed and less strained.
Chrysanthemum Flowers are known as the flower that calms, cools and clears. Widely used in Asia, the flowers have a cooling or Yin property that is famous for supporting vision and eye health. The flowers are used to brighten the eyes, improve vision and to clear minor irritation from the eyes. They also help support natural eye moisture.
Goji Berries are tasty little morsels that offer many health benefits including eye health. In China’s first herbal encyclopedia, Shen Nong’s Materia Medica, written in the 1st century B.C., Goji was classified as a “superior tonic,” a class of herbs that people should take on an on-going basis to preserve youth and to promote general well-being of life.
Goji’s superior tonic classification has stood the test of time. Two thousand years later, Goji berries are being consumed regularly throughout the world for those purported reasons. We now know that Goji berries are a “high-ORAC,” antioxidant-rich, super-fruit featuring important phytochemicals; such as, beta-carotene, zeaxanthin, betaine, polysaccharides (LBPs), trace minerals and vitamin compounds that are beneficial for your eyes and overall health.
Chinese Herbal-ism is still the most sophisticated and effective system in the world. It differs from other systems in healthcare in that herbal-ism emphasizes the promotion of health at any age rather than the masking or management of disease.
- One tablespoon Chrysanthemum Flowers
- One once Goji berries
- 4-6 cups water (personal preference on strength)
- Simmer for about ten minutes and then let them just sit in the water for another 15-20 minutes or as I prefer, leave everything in the pot all day and just strain as I pour each cup.