green apple

NATURAL CURES - MORE THAN HOME REMEDIES

On these pages are natural cures for the eyes and ears that we have used ourselves or have verified with health books. These alternative cures may use herbs, pure essential oils, vitamins, and/or food. They are more than home remedies, folk medicine, or old wives' tales!

Children and babies should not be exposed to cigarette smoking or even the lingering smell on a smoker's clothes. Studies show that children and babies who are exposed get more ear infections and the infections last longer.

Talk to your doctor before making any major change. Starting a natural remedy may require your doctor to change the dose of your prescription medicines. You can read more about this in our articles.

Rubbing your eyes (from allergies, smog, etc.) can actually damage your eyesight.

EYES AND EARS SHOULD BE PROTECTED

EYES

Contrary to the belief of some teenagers, sunglasses were not made to make you look cool. Sunglasses really do protect your eyes from the sun's glare and its harmful rays. They also help prevent crow's feet - those wrinkles on the side of the eyes - so they keep you looking young longer.

Extra protection is needed in some situations. Goggles can be worn to protect your eyes from flying snow on the slopes or flying debris when sawing wood or doing yardwork.

EARS

Several things can damage our hearing, including smoking and loud noise.

Loud noises do not only mean a motorcycle engine or jackhammer. Listening to music that is too loud can also damage your hearing. Kids are at extra risk because they use earphones or ear buds. Using these increases the danger since the noise is actually inside the ears. Earphones or muffs that sit on the outside of the ears are safer, but turning the volume down is essential.

For unexpected noises, put your fingers in your ears. Humming also helps because it forces the inside of the ears to close, keeping out some of the dangerous waves.

Smoking as a cause of hearing loss is surprising to many. It should be no surprise to anyone who smokes at home. Just as the walls, ceiling, mirrors, etc., the insides of your ears get covered with a greasy yellow film. Inside the ears are tiny hairs, called cilia, and these cannot do their job if they are covered in nicotine. The good news is that there is hope of them eventually getting back to normal when they are no longer exposed to cigarettes.

CONTENTS