If you have experienced an allergic reaction to any products for the skin you should seek medical advice before using any of her herbal preparations described in this [blog].
It is recommended that all herbal infusions and decoctions for medicinal or cosmetic use be freshly prepared and used at once or within 12 hours of making up."
"There are a number of herbs which can help in soothing, toning and brightening the eyes. Some herbs can help in reducing puffiness and dark circles under the eyes, while others help to relieve tiredness and eyestrain.
Many people use eye baths, but compresses or poultices are recommended as they lessen the danger of any infection getting into the eye itself. The following preparations must be used fresh and should be stored for no longer than 12 hours.
Eye a compress, cut 2 layers of lint for each eye so they will keep moist for longer. Soak the lint pads in a cold infusion, squeeze slightly and place over each eyelid. Rest for 10 minutes, replacing the soaked lint once it becomes warm. Finally dab the eyes with fresh cold water and pat dry with a soft clean towel.
Eyebright is one of the most helpful herbs and can be used for all eye troubles. Make an infusion using 1 tablespoon of chopped eyebright to 150 ml/1/4 pint/2/3 cup of boiling water. Leave until cold, and strain into a screw top bottle. A good time to apply a compress is while lying in your bath.
Elderflower infusion is mildly stimulant and makes a good compress to brighten the eyes.
Chamomile flowers make an infusion which is soothing and reduces inflammation.
Horsetail decoction reduces swollen eyelids and redness.
Fennel infusion is very good for strengthening the eyes and frequent bathing with cotton wool pads soaked in the solution is effective for watering eyes.
Vervain infusion is cleansing and soothes tired eyes and heavy eyelids.
Golden seal is a very effective herb for soothing and healing the eyes. Pour 450 ml/3/4 pint/2 cups of boiling water on to 1 teaspoon each of golden seal and boracic acid powder. Leave to cool. Strain carefully and use warm or cold.
Wormwood infusion will reduce redness and soothe sore eyelids.
For puffiness and for dark circles under the eyes, for aching, tired or sore eyes a poultice can be very effective. Prepare whichever herb you have decided to use by pulping leaves or flowers, or by finely chopping and bruising them and adding just a little water. Lay this mixture between two pieces of muslin (cheesecloth) for each eye. Place over and round the eyes making sure to cover the skin beneath the eyes. Discard after use.
Chamomile Use two chamomile tea bags, available from health food stores. Pour a cupful of boiling water over the bags and leave them to steep for 3 minutes. Remove the tea bags and as soon as they have cooled sufficiently place them over the eyes. Leave for 10 minutes. Sip the tea while resting.
Rose hip Use the same method as for chamomile. This poultice is particularly good for puffiness under the eyes.
Fennel Mix fresh bruised fennel leaves with a grated raw potato and spread the mixture on to muslin
(cheesecloth). Lay the pad over the lids and outside of the eyes to soothe the delicate skin. Leave on for 15 minutes then dab with cold water and dry with a soft clean towel.
Coltsfoot To reduce puffy eyes, bruise or mince (grind) fresh coltsfoot leaves and add enough water to make a pulp. Place between layers of muslin (cheesecloth) to make 2 eye pads and chill them in the refrigerator for 20 minutes. Put the poultices over puffy eyes and leave for 15 minutes. Dab with fresh cold water and dry with a soft clean towel."-The Herb Book by Arabella Boxer & Philippa Back
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