Many eye-beautifying herbs - for eye bags, eye puffiness and dark eye circles - work wonderfully when applied directly to the eye area. Herbal wraps, washes and masks provide a worthwhile complement to your eye-beauty program. And they feel great. Herbal wraps especially promote relaxation and deep-tissue cleansing around the eyes. Simply dip a small towel in the hot water in which your herbs have been soaked and hold the warm towel to your eyes. The best times for warm applications of herbs are in the morning upon rising and in the evening before retiring.
Some of the recommended topical herbs below are better applied as a mask – that is, by rubbing or patting thick, sticky mixtures onto the skin. Or you can simply wash the area with the herbal liquid being careful not to splash it into your eyes.
Please note: since the eye area tends to be very sensitive, you should test any eye wash or mask in your inner wrist for 24 hours to make sure you are not allergic.
Chrysanthemum Flower Wash
This is an exceptionally pleasant treatment for the eye bags. Boil about 3 grams of loose, dried chrysanthemum flowers in 6 ounces of water for 10 minutes. When the water cools down enough, use the liquid to wash the eye areas thoroughly.
Or they this variation: Boil 3 grams of dried chrysanthemums along with 1 green tea bag in 6 ounces of water for 10 minutes. When the water cools down, take out the tea bag and place it right on your puffy eye bag without squeezing it out. Leave it there for 10 to 15 minutes. Do this on each eye.
As a blood moving herbs in Traditional Chinese Medicine, rose petals are great for dark eye circles. Rose flowers move blood and detoxify the body, relieving swelling around the eyes. Buy or pick fresh roses and wash the flower petals thoroughly after you separate them. Then make a paste by crushing the petals with water and flour (oat, whole wheat or soybean). Apply the mask for 15 minutes and wash off. Peach blossoms also work fine.
As an external wind-relieving herb in Traditional Chinese Medicine, the volatile oils in the fresh peppermint and or other garden mints are very effective for reducing dark circles and eye bags. Dampen and press the leaves directly to your problem areas but do not place over the eyelids.
Rosemary is well known as a fine tonic for the scalp which is why it’s an ingredient in many commercial shampoos. It also helps keep the skin free of wrinkles and also will rejuvenate the area around the eyes. Simply boil a handful of fresh rosemary leaves and flowers and use the cooled-down (but not cold) liquid as a face wash concentrating on the area around your eyes.
“Moving” Dark Circle Mask
This simple blend lets you take advantage of pearl’s skin-purifying function and Dan Gui’s (Chinese angelica root) ability to promote blood flow around the eyes. Make the mask by mixing 1 gram each of pearl powder and Dan Gui powder with 8 drops of fresh carrot juice or vitamin E oil. Apply the blend under each eye making sure you avoid contact with the eye itself. Leave on for 15 minutes and then gently wash it out. Follow up with a light application of olive oil.