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Natural Ways to Revitalize Eyes

Natural Ways to Revitalize Eyes

Nothing can make you feel more tired than less-than-perky eyes. My favorite organic beauty formula book, Organic Body Care Recipes (Storey, 2007) by Stephanie Tourles has these all-natural tips to combat tired, strained eyes. To relieve puffiness and dark circles, apply any of the following to your eyes while reclining and resting for 15 minutes:

1. Cold, damp black or green tea bags or cotton squares soaked in brewed, chilled tea of catnip, rose petals, chamomile flowers, elder flowers, eyebright, fennel seeds, lavender buds, or blackberry leaves

2. Thin slices of cold cucumber or white potato.

3. Cold, witch hazel-soaked cotton pads

4. Cold, whole milk-soaked cotton pads.

5. Chilled rose or lavender hydrosol–gentle enough to spritz directly into and around eyes or use as an eye wash.

6. Chilled, metal teaspoons; the cold temperature constricts blood vessels, decreasing puffiness, redness, and irritation. Place 4 teaspoons in ice water to chill. Leave two spoons chilling and take two spoons and apply one to each eye, concave side toward skin, following the contour of the eye socket. When spoons begin to warm, switch them with the spoons still chilling in the ice water. Continue, alternating spoons until puffiness subsides or for up to 20 minutes.

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Melissa Breyer

Melissa Breyer is a writer and editor with a background in sustainable living, specializing in food, science and design. She is the co-author of True Food (National Geographic) and has edited and written for regional and international books and periodicals, including The New York Times Magazine. Melissa lives in Brooklyn, NY.

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5:31AM PST on Feb 1, 2013

Let's go natural

1:31PM PDT on Jun 1, 2012

Good ideas, thanks.

2:01PM PDT on May 22, 2012

Sweet. Thanks.

5:15AM PDT on May 12, 2012

I will try the teaspoon one right now

9:06AM PDT on May 11, 2012

I've used tea bags before!

3:29PM PST on Mar 2, 2012

Thanks.

8:41AM PDT on Jul 19, 2011

Thank you

5:22AM PDT on Oct 26, 2010

Thanks for the article.

3:11AM PDT on Jun 5, 2010

Very useful, THANKS !!! @}-,-'-,-'-,------

12:29AM PDT on May 8, 2010

great ideas thankyou

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