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This “Organic” Thing Has Gotten Way Out Of Hand

My affliction of dry eyes, thanks to my Perceptual Processing Disorder, has gotten worse, thanks to being over the age of forty-five. Dry eyes is a common perimenopause symptom, and therefore at least half the month – or so it seems; I haven’t actually kept track – my eyes feel like sandpaper.

I became so desperate this last cycle that I contemplated buying eye drops. The thing is, the relief they bring is very temporary, say, five to ten minutes. Once upon I found a recipe for and made homemade “tears”. To my recollections, they weren’t any better than the manufactured eye drops, but since it costs mere pennies to whip up a batch I decided to try them again. After all, ten minutes of relief is ten minutes of relief, right?

Not wanting to look at a computer screen anymore than I had to, I asked J to find a recipe for homemade eye drops for me. He did, and began reading the ingredients.

“One cup organic distilled or purified water…”

He stopped, and I raised an eyebrow. “Organic?” I questioned in disbelief. “What the heck is organic water? Water grown without pesticides, herbicides, or synthetic fertilizer?”

J smiled, as amused by the verbiage as I. “Maybe it means water that doesn’t have any impurities in it.”

“But distilled water or pure water don’t have any impurities, by definition!” I argued. Not that my husband didn’t know this, but I think he was grasping at straws – as was I – to come with a reason to label water as “organic.”

Maybe organic water is water that has not fallen from the sky. Because between the jet fuel and weather modification chemicals and goodness-knows-what-else that are constantly being poured out into the atmosphere, rain water definitely has had artificial chemicals added to it of late.

Too bad, so sad. I made the homemade tears using the Berkey-purified rainwater that we collect for household use.

Then I applied a drop to each eye. Ah, sweet relief!

For seven or eight minutes.

Darn. Maybe if I’d used organic water, it would have lasted for ten.

 

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