Herbs for Eyes: Easy Recipes for Natural Eye Care

Use calendula, chamomile, lavender and other nourishing herbs in these simple, all-natural concoctions to soothe, refresh and care for your eyes.

| May 5, 2011

Natural Beauty Basics

Avoid the chemical additives and mystery ingredients often lurking in commercial body care products by learning how to make your own using herbs and other natural ingredients. “Natural Beauty Basics” offers recipes for more than 150 all-natural, easy, economical, allergen-free body care products such as oatmeal herbal face treatment, citrus lip gloss, avocado hand cream and jasmine body bar.


The following is an excerpt from Natural Beauty Basics by Dorie Byers (Square One Publishers, 2001). A registered nurse, master gardener and lifelong herb enthusiast, Byers shares homemade formulas to care for everything from your eyes to your feet, including hand creams, sunscreens, shampoos, deodorants, bath oils and much more. Natural Beauty Basics also provides an index of common herbs and essential oils. This excerpt is from Chapter 8, “Eye Care.” 

The skin around the eyes requires extra care because it’s more fragile than the skin on the rest of your face. It should not be rubbed or scrubbed hard, as this can stretch the skin too much and help to cause the formation of wrinkles and lines.

The simple act of getting enough sleep will go far to reduce redness and dark circles under the eyes. If you haven’t been getting enough sleep, use one of the following Eye Soother recipes and close your eyes and rest for 15 minutes. You and your eyes will feel refreshed afterwards.

Special Precautions Regarding Your Eyes

Report eye redness that doesn’t go away, itching or burning eyes, visual disturbances, and unusual drainage or discharge from the eyes to your health care professional.

Do not introduce any drops or foreign substances into your eyes without professional supervision.

Avoid putting concentrated substances such as essential oils around your eyes. These can cause burning, stinging, redness and watering.

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