Natural Relief for Puffy Swollen Eyes
Simple and Natural ideas for Puffy Swollen Eye Relief
I often have customers asking me for a product for their puffy eyes. Our Skin Replenishing Serum is wonderful for soothing puffy eyes, I want to share some idea on how to prevent the common situation.
Swollen eyes happen for a number of reasons. In this article, I am addressing how to calm puffy swollen eyes caused by the most common reasons; sleeping face-down on a pillow, environmental or food allergies, and crying are a few.
If you follow these general suggestions, you might find that your eyes wont swell anymore:
Get 7-8 hours of sleep every night
Stay well hydrated with plenty of water
Avoid salty, sugary and processed foods which can cause water retention and swelling
Eat a balanced diet with plenty of fruits, vegetables and lean protein
Avoid harsh chemicals and excessive rubbing around the eyes
Use sunscreen and other eye protection while in the sun
Wear a sunhat with a large brim or stay in the shade
Sleep on your back with your head elevated (to help gravity keep the fluid moving down away from your eyes)
Stay away from anything you are allergic to or get tested if you aren’t sure
In general, cold helps to reduce swelling on any part of your body by constricting the blood vessels. This is why we put an ice pack on a sprained ankle.
Cucumber slices are probably one of the oldest and most well known home remedies for swollen eyes. Many sources claim that due to a cucumber’s high water content and natural anti-inflammatory properties, it is the best natural choice. If you tend to have a lot of heat in your head, cucumber is a perfect match for you.
To use: Place a cool cucumber slice over each eye for 10 – 15 minutes.
Green Tea Bags
Green tea contains antioxidants, anti-inflammatory properties (found in the chemical EGCG) and a small amount of caffeine. Some people find this to be soothing on puffy eye lids.
To use: Steep two green tea bags as directed in a small container and put the container in the refrigerator until cool. Gently squeeze out excess tea. Place the cooled tea bags over each eye for 5 – 10 minutes.
Chamomile Tea Bags
Chamomile is soothing, calming and anti-inflammatory. However, if you have an allergy to ragweed, do not use chamomile!
To use: Steep two chamomile tea bags as directed in a small container and put the container in the refrigerator until cool. Gently squeeze out excess tea. Place the cooled tea bags over each eye for 5-10 minutes.
It may sound weird but there is nothing magical about using cold spoons to reduce swollen eyes. They fit nicely into the eye sockets and don’t involve any sort of mess. You can keep them in the fridge (not freezer) and place them on your closed eyes as you meditate on your day. What a nice way to start your day! Cold spoons treat eye puffiness by simply being cold.
To use: Place two metal spoons in the refrigerator or in a glass of ice water until cold. Place spoons over each eye until puffiness improves.
****If you have extreme swelling, angioedema or any other such symptom, you should see a healthcare provider.
****If you are allergic to ragweed, do not use chamomile.
****This is not meant to be medical advice. Seek the advice of a licensed health care provider.