I was down with an eye infection again recently. It left my eyes really sore and itchy. The medicines left my eyes really red and the constant rubbing due the irritation caused an inflammation around the eyes. And the boys illness left me tired and the keeping awake for long duration’s just added some extra colour to the already dark circles under the eyes.
A quick search on the internet for some eye relief directed me to loads of remedies, but I zeroed into these easy to follow remedies because most of the ingredients are easily available at home.
5 DIY Eye Soothers
Soothing Tea Bags
All you need to do is to steep two bags of tea – either black or green tea in water that you have just boiled for 3 minutes. Now remove these tea bags and place it in the refrigerator till it cools. Place each tea bag on your eyes and relax for 15 minutes. Green and black teas contain a compound called tannins and it also contains caffeine. Tannins have astringent properties and when applied around the sensitive skin of the eyes, it helps to shrink the swollen tissues. Caffeine constricts blood vessels and also helps to reduce the swelling.
Use cold milk
Did you know that cold milk has the tendency to reduce the swelling and also constrict the blood vessels? It is specially beneficial when the area around the eyes gets dry. The fat content in the milk helps to moisturise the area around the eyes.
Take half a glass of milk in a glass and soak four cotton balls in it. Keep the milk in the freezer for a few minutes till it turns very cold. Now, take out the cotton balls by lightly squeezing about excess milk. Place each cotton ball on your eyes. Let the cotton balls warm up till you replace it with the other set. Do this for atleast 15 minutes thrice a week to provide relief to your sore and tired eyes.
Try cool cucumbers
This is one of the most oldest remedies to cure a sore eye and all of us would have tried it at some point of time. All you need to do is cut circles from a cucumber and place them in the refrigerator to cool for a while. Place these on your eyes to provide instant relief and reduce swelling. Do not place the slices for more than 15 minutes. Remove the slices and wash your face with cool water.
Awesome green figs
This one is going to be seasonal option but I love this recipe so I included this eye soother as well. I use slightly firm green figs ( anjeer), not the squishy ones. Slice slightly firm figs in circles and keep it in the refrigerator to chill. Place on eyes and let the slices turn warm.
Use Aloe Gel
What I prefer is to use the gel extracted from the plant itself because it is fresh. If you have an aloe plant at home ( if you don’t try growing one!) take a bit of the leaf and scoop out the gel gently. Apply this gel directly with a drop or two of water around your eyes. You will find instant relief for the tired eyes.
If you are really lazy, you can try the Omved Eye Contour Gel every night to soothe tired eyes. Dab just a bit around the eyes and let it dry before you sleep. I have been using this for the past month and it did provide relief to the tired eyes.
These simple yet effect DIY Eye Soothers are good to relax the tired eyes and provide relief to them. All you need is less than 15 minutes a day to take care of your eyes. Most of the recipes I recommend in my blog posts are what I have tried and have suited me. A word of caution here is that check for allergies before you try any of the recipes.
Note: Some images have been sourced from the web.
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