With the invention of the digital age comes tired, irritated eyes. Add to that stress a lack of sleep and our eyes tell the tale. Here are some common herbs that can be used to soothe the redness in the eye, and soften the delicate skin around the eye itself.
To use herbs in and around the eye, caution is taken to keep them as pure as possible. Make a strong decoction of the herb, and strain twice to remove any bits that may be in the liquid. Using a gauze square, or flannel square (I make simple... squares out of two pieces of flannel sewn together for each square). Use these squares dipped into the decoction, and squeeze just enough so they are not sloppy. Find a place to lie down for 15, quiet minutes and try to relax.
Eye infusions or decoctions are used to remove inflammation, so it stands to reason that you would be using them at room temperature. They work even better if cooled in the refrigerator and the resulting cold liquid is then applied. A trick I like to recommend to my friends is to make your decoction and then freeze in individual ice cube trays. Pop the herbal cubes out, and keep them in a bag with a label. When you need a bit of pampering, use one of these cubes to rub around the area lightly, and allow the cube to slowly melt in a saucer, as you use your cotton flannel to sop up the cold decoction as it melts. Now that my secret is out, everyone can benefit from this little trick.
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Calendula is a gentle herb for all parts of your skin. Calendula is soothing to both the inner and skin around the outer part of the eye. When using calendula, use only the flower petals for making this decoction. For more uses with calendula:
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Chamomile is notorious for being gentle and soothing. Use it as relief for your sunburned face, and since it will not irritate the eye itself, this is a great way to soothe that delicate skin. Chamomile can also help with eyes that are tired from overuse.
For more uses with Chamomile:
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Mallow continues to be a useful herb to keep. Using it as a decoction around the eyes, and mallow will help soften that delicate skin. Dab it on with a piece of flannel or cotton ball, being careful not to stretch or pull the skin. Allow to dry. For more uses with mallow:
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Roses are much more than a pretty face. They are soothing and calming to the skin as well. Use only your own roses or certified organic/wild rose petals for this. The ones you receive as a bouquet have been sprayed numerous times, with chemicals that you do not want on your skin. For more uses with Rose: