Eye Health Equals Eye Beauty
Ever wondered what women did to relieve puffy, tired eyes in the days before commercial cosmetic preparations were available for all skin and hair conditions? Your grandmother, and possibly even your mother, probably placed chilled cucumber slices over their eyes to alleviate swelling and dark circles, and that remains a viable alternative to expensive and sometimes ineffective over-the-counter eye treatments, but there are other plant products that do the trick as well. The following are five natural ways to brighten eyes that you can pick straight from your garden or purchase at your local farmers market.
Strawberries offer excellent quick fixes for swollen, puffy under eye areas. Besides being loaded with antioxidants, they also contain natural alpha hydroxy acids that help smooth fine lines. Slice off the tops of two chilled, ripe strawberries, place them under your eyes while you relax for five or ten minutes, rinse the area with cool water, and eat the berries. Strawberries contain a compound known as ellagic acid, which promotes skin elasticity. Eating strawberries on a regular basis also decreases risk of developing macular degeneration.
Potatoes have lots of vitamin C and potassium, which makes them an excellent choice for those seeking ways to decrease dark circles under the eyes. To brighten skin and reduce swelling, place chilled potato slices under each eye for 20 to 30 minutes while listening to beautiful, calming music.
Among it’s many other cosmetic uses, rose water soothes, brightens, firms, and hydrates the skin under the eyes. Keeping a bottle of rose water in your refrigerator provides a convenient way to give tired eyes a pick-me-up whenever you feel it’s needed. Simply sprinkle a little on a clean, cotton pad and apply to your eye area and relax for 20 or 30 minutes. Rose water’s pleasant fragrance provides this beauty ritual with an extra degree of enchantment.
The anti-inflammatory properties of mint make it a perfect remedy for puffy eyes. Like other under eye treatments, mint is best applied when chilled. Simply press the cold leaves against the area under your eyes for several minutes and enjoy the cooling sensation while the mint works its magic. To craft an overnight treatment, mix a few crushed mint leaves with a teaspoon of raw honey and a couple of drops of almond oil. Apply before bedtime and wake up to fresh, bright eyes.
Like strawberries, fennel plays double duty when it comes to cultivating bright eyes. To make an eye-cleansing solution that reduces redness, boil a teaspoon of fennel seeds in two cups of distilled water until the water is reduced by half. After it cools, use it as an eye wash to soothe tired, red eyes. Fennel contains antioxidants that help improve eye health when eaten, so use its chopped, feathery leaves or whole seeds as seasoning in food as often as possible.
Don’t forget to blink often, especially if you spend significant time in front of a computer screen for work or personal reasons. Try these simple and delicious foods for natural eye health and let us know how they work for you!