Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Herbs & Foods for eye care and plantar fasciitis


Hi Folks ~ Thank you all for your comments on my dealing with glaucoma and plantar fasciitis. Encouragement, tips, prayers mean a lot.

I’ve done a lot of googling on both problems on dealing with them naturally and holistically.  Do your own research to get more in depth info. I am not a dr. I am only searching for ways of dealing with these issues for myself.


Will start with Glaucoma first.

Herbs for eyes:

Eyebright, milk thistle, Ginko Biloba, Fennel, Saffron, Bilberry, Green Tea, Turmeric, Goldenseal.

Foods for eyes:

Foods high in carotenoids – Orange and yellow vegetables are critical to provide sufficient vitamin A to keep eyes healthy.

Blueberries and cherries

Wild caught fish

Brewer’s yeast

Fish Oil

Flaxseed Oil

Magnesium – Foods that have magnesium in them – spinach, chard, pumpkin seeds, yogurt, almonds, black beans, avocado, figs, dark chocolate, bananas.


Essential Oils for Glaucoma

Frankincense oil has been demonstrated to improve eyesight, helichrysum oil improves vision and supports nerve tissue and cypress essential oil improve circulation which can improve glaucoma.  Apply 3 drops of any of these essential oils 2x daily on cheeks and lateral eye area but do not put directly into eyes.

Vitamins, etc. for eyes:

Lutein and vitamin E.

Zinc and B vitamins.

Eat in a way that you get abundance of Vitamin A, B, C, And E.

Research has shown that good nutrition works better to cure glaucoma naturally than drugs. In a study one group of patients got large doses of Vitamin A, B, C, and E as well as additional amounts of protein.  Most of these patients saw their eye pressure returned to normal limits within a week.

Limit caffeine intake to moderate levels, because some evidence suggests that high amounts of caffeine may increase eye pressure

Try to exercise daily by doing physical activities such as walking, swimming, or working in the yard.

Wearing a hat and sunglasses outside is suggested also.

Another tip was for anyone sitting in front of the computer for large amounts of time, take at least a 5 minute break from looking at the screen, each hour.

Above is just some of what can be found for dealing with glaucoma naturally. There are also some eye exercises you can do, which you can find on you-tube.


I bought carrot juice, (delicious mixed with apple cider with the good stuff still left in the juice), greens, a wonderful green smoothie drink that I love, filled gelatin caps with bilberry powder that I happened to have in the freezer. I already have some herbs and vitamins, but will take them more regularly.


Now for dealing with Plantar fasciitis naturally.

Magnesium - Magnesium relaxes muscles, is a major building block for muscles and bones. It balances blood sugar, calms the body, improves mood, and helps with constipation.

B vitamins

Garlic caps

Vitamin C

Fish oil

If you look on you-tube, you will find all kinds of exercises, etc. for helping with this problem.

Get good supportive shoes and wear them.

Essential oils for massaging your feet – Frankincense, Helichrysum italicum, lemongrass, cistus and peppermint. I also use PanAway by Young Living essential oils.


Hope this is a help to any of you out there dealing with either of these problems.  Again, I stress the point that I am not a dr. Do your own research and pick what looks like it would work for you.

Love, hugs and best wishes and prayers for healtheir bodies ~ FlowerLady



Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Plum Cottage Happenings


Good morning Folks ~ Earlier this morning a nice rain woke me up, some thunder in the distance. The rain was a blessing, more is predicted off and on throughout this week, which will be great for the gardens.

Thanks for thoughts and prayers for me with dealing with plantar fasciitis and for your love, encouragement and friendship.

Let’s see here, last week or the week before maybe, I printed something with my new printer and there were fine vertical lines in my printing. NOT GOOD. I did several things, didn’t fix the problem then I did an alignment and that did the trick.  What a relief that was! Then my mouse has been acting weird for quite some time, when I would click on something it would open several, or do other weird things. Something nudged me to go get a new mouse, and that also did the trick for that problem.

I had a nice outing with my dear sis-in-law Sue this past Sat. Went to A & B Flea Market in Stuart, and walked to the shoe booth, which was really close to the entry. Yay for me and my feet. She was really bummed out because they did NOT have much compared to times in the past when she’s bought from them.  The lady said they didn’t have the same supplier as in the past. I did buy two pair, some creamy beige sandals for wearing out, a pair of cranberry mules also for wearing out.  They did not have a walking shoe in my size. Sue suggested we stop at Dillard’s on the way to her house because they did have a store that carried them. We walked into Dillard’s, some place I’ve never been too before, I’m a flea market, thrift store, yard sale girl, and right off I was taken by these gorgeous Tommy Bahama shirts. I ooohed and aaahed then GASPED when I read the price tag, $118 EACH. I’ll keep shopping the thrift stores. 

Anyway, the shoe place did have some Vionics walking shoes, and the salesman showed us ones that just went on sale, marked a third off normal price.  I tried them on and decided to buy them. (This was using more gift $, which is dwindling, but at least I have it.) The color of these shoes is perfect for working in Plum Cottage gardens don’t you think?  Sue told me she had a pair of Vionic sandals at home that were too small for her and might fit me. We checked them when we got to her place, and although, they are ‘not’ my style with all of the bling stones, they work well for my ‘home’ shoes. I have to say though, the bling is kind of growing on me.


The shoes are so dang comfortable. Although, I am having to get used to them, and other areas of are sore from being realigned by the great arch support. I can tell a difference though in how my feet feel.  I am also doing exercises for the plantar fasciitis, and massaging in essential oils into me feet also.

Next, last week I ‘lost’ my regualr eyeglasses in their case. The last place I wore them and switched them out for my sunglasses was at my little ladies group meeting/luncheon. I got in touch with ladies and they are no where to be found. I thought ok, I’ve been proscratinating long enough on going for new glasses, so yesterday morning I went for one. Well, I ordered new glasses, and found out I have pressure of 26 in my left eye, normal is 10-21. The dr. lady there referred me to a specialist for more thorough testing. I took her card, paid my bill and left.  Glasses will be ready sometime next week.

I came home, ate some lunch then started Goggleing about natural and holistic ways of taking care of glaucoma and that’s what I’m going to do. I read that the drops from drs. have side effects, well duh, a chemical in your eye is not going to? I read about change in diet, more leafy greens, carrots and other ‘good for your eyes’ veggies. Also about vitamins and herbs and exercises for eyes too.  A young man who had just finished his training and was learning the office routine at the optical place, told me to drink carrot juice and to add some cinnamon too. I thanked him and told him I was all for natural ways for healing, and he said he was too. The dr. who examined me did not tell me any exercises, or anything else about how to take care of this. No.o.o.o. it’s send me off to a ‘specialist’ that will charge me out the ying-yang, and my simple Medicare does not cover eye drs. So, today starts my new regime/routine for eyecare and a healthier life.

I read that stress can be a factor, and since losing my dear husband 3 1/2 years ago, I certainly have been under stress. Plus I’ve plopped my fanny down in front of the computer more and way too much, to fill the void that his leaving this earthly planet has caused in my life. I’ve not been out gardening as much, so that’s lack of exercising. I read that gardening is good exercise for this. Smile I saw online that you should at least take a 5 minute break away from your computer every hour that you are in front of it.

So, keep me in your prayers as I start on this next part of my journey.


Ok, here are some blooms at this time in my gardens.

Left to right clockwise: Spicy Jatropha, Amaryllis, Beauty Berry, Thryallis




Clockwise: Garlic vine, Tradescantia fluminensis (of some form)

and blue Spiderwort


Orchids below.



Bon Silene (I think)

Angel Face ( I think)


Wine Cup





We die daily.

Happy those who daily come to life as well.

George MacDonald

Love and hugs and thanks to all of you ~ FlowerLady