Welcome to the latest issue of The Right Tea Newsletter!
This has been a challenging period, hasn’t it? Day after day of lockdown with many of us having to work and study from home.
It’s not only the increase in the number of hours in front of our computer screens, but it’s fair to say that we forget (or forgo) our typical tea breaks during the day, or we tend to do a lot more overtime in less-than-optimal conditions.
We’ve all been guilty of working on our laptops and forgetting to turn on the desk lamp or open the window to let in the sun during the day. As we move away from the screen, that’s when it hits us!
Our eyes hurt and feel dry, we even begin to have trouble focusing from the exhaustion. Since we can’t put our eyes inside a bowl of cold water, we have to find other ways to help soothe eyestrain.
So, let’s take a look at some herbal teas that may help calm and soothe the pain.
We may all be a little guilty of “working just five more minutes” or “writing just this one more sentence” before getting up from our desks to turn on the light when the sun sets. And in the winter, night comes so early for some of us.
Our eyes and our minds suffer from overwork and fatigue. Herbal teas may help you by strengthening your vision or by providing a soothing sensation.
Remember: before applying any tea to your eyes, make sure to test beforehand so as not to have or worsen an allergic reaction. And make sure to sift your tea properly so as to not get any harmful particles into your eyes.
Here are some herbal teas that may help with eyestrain:
Bilberries are also known as whortleberries or huckleberries and they grow in small shrubs that are native to Northern and Central Europe.
These dark blueish fruits are rich in anthocyanosides and vitamin C, and they not only make a great infusion for your eyes, but have the added benefit of having a delicious flavor.
Bilberry tea is said to be particularly helpful when you’ve been at the computer for long hours as it may protect the eyes against strain and fatigue.
While it is believed that bilberry tea may strengthen the blood vessels around the eyes, improving night vision and preventing degenerative ocular diseases, please make sure you have enough light while reading and see a doctor if you have blurry vision.
There are two varieties of chamomile: Roman and German chamomile. Both take the shape of a lovely bush with scented white flowers.
Chamomile tea is a natural sedative that is said to promote relaxation of the nervous system and produce a calming sensation. So, if you are feeling the effects of fatigue, this tea may help relieve some of the stress.
Start off with a simple chamomile poultice to help relax and cleanse overtired eyes and reduce those dark circles under your eyes.
Additionally, this tea be useful to treat infections and inflammations, such as conjunctivitis, and relieve symptoms of hay fever such as itchy eyes.
Find out more about this tea here.
(chrysanthemum morifolium or chrysanthemum indicum)
This beautiful and fragrant flower is native to Asia and Northern Europe. It is a staple in traditional Chinese medicine for its cooling and cleansing properties.
Chrysanthemum tea is a great tea to drink when you’ve been sitting for long hours working on your computer. It helps to relieve redness and eyestrain.
Additionally, if you are working in an air-conditioned room, this tea may be a good remedy for dryness of the eyes. If you are exposed to dust or pollution, try using a clean cotton ball soaked with a cooled infusion to clean impurities from your eyes.
Read about this and other benefits of chrysanthemum tea.
Eyebright is a small shrub native to Europe, Asia and North America with small purple or blue flowers. The dried flowers and leaves are used to create an infusion that has a big reputation as a remedy for the eyes.
Have you ever had a bad night and woken up with red and puffy eyes? If so, then consider soaking a clean cotton ball with cooled eyebright tea and let it soothe and bring down the swelling around your eyes.
Also recommended when your eyes feel tired or dry from dust or pollution. Take a break or, if you’ve reached the end of your day, take a long bath and as your rest, place an eyebright poultice to help your eyes recover.
You can also drink this tea to help boost your immune system and strengthen your eyes to make them less prone to inflammation or infection.
Fennel seeds are a famous seasoning from the Mediterranean region. As an ingredient to make herbal infusions, fennel enjoys a reputation for helping digestion and cleansing toxins from the body.
What is less known is that a fennel infusion may be used as a way to reducing soreness and swelling around your eyes. Applied gently, it may help to calm your eyes, reduce pain and redness.
Every cup of fennel tea you drink will also help your eyes by providing your body with antioxidants that help your immune system fight infections and inflammations and possibly prevent diseases that could harm and weaken your eyes in the long run.
If you are curious about this herb, then check it here.
Just remember that while these teas may help you in the short term, it is good practice to take regular breaks, make sure you have adequate lighting. And, if you can, alternate between digital and non-digital mediums to work or study.
If you tend to experience regular headaches after a couple of hours of work or if you are beginning to have difficulty studying, then, I’m sorry to say, it’s time to talk to your doctor about wearing glasses.
You may want to check out other herbal teas for other eye related issues here:
Make tea drinking a moment to rest your eyes and your mind!
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