Natural Remedies for Tired Eyes

Of all the purposes of sight, staring at screens was not the intent.  The constant adjustments from bright images to text result in the muscles surrounding the eye becoming overworked. But, of course, there is a solution—natural remedies to improve circulation and maintain eye health.  

“Palming” 

The natural response to tired or burning sensations is applying pressure to the eyes.   Unfortunately, the act can cause damage beyond the surface level; instead, start training yourself to use a home remedy called “palming.”  The goal is to relax tired eyes, reducing eye strain.  After vigorously rubbing the palms together to create heat, close your eyes, and place the palms gently over the eyes.  Enjoy the moment for 30 seconds, three to five times a day! 

Massage the Eye 

A second therapy is to hold your eyebrows between your thumb and index finger and rub gently; then, with light pressure, use one finger to roll the eyeball. Engaging in this action two to three times daily will improve blood circulation around the eyes and stimulate the tear ducts. 

Blink Often  

Did you know with each blink, the eyelid spreads tears over the surface of your eyes, applying a liquid comprising mucus, water, and lipids? Humans blink on average between 15 to 20 times each minute, depending on sleep quality.  While rest is a vital part of bodily functioning and preventing stinging, burning, or redness around the eyes, blinking is also a solution; so, start training yourself to take moments through the day to blink intentionally.  

Hydrate 

Consuming a minimum of eight 12-ounce glasses of water daily is essential to help your body’s organs function correctly, which includes your eyes!  Not limited to one type of liquid, broth, soups, freshly squeezed juices and herbal teas contribute to good health. As you make choices, consider the types that lead to dehydration, such as alcohol, caffeine, and sugary drinks. 

Anti-inflammatory Applications  

The skin surrounding the eye is one of the first places to detect signs of aging.  As a delicate area, it contains very little fat tissue.  Natural ingredients have unique properties that reduce swelling, inflammation, and lines due to stress.  Coffee grounds, rich in antioxidants and caffeine content, are one perfect example! Studies show that skincare products including antioxidants and caffeine help prevent aging and stimulate blood circulation around the eyes.  

Additional natural remedies are: 

  • Coconut Oil: Possessing the anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial fatty acid, and Lauric acid, coconut oil is an essential moisturizer to the skin.  Try combining coconut oil with coffee grounds to form a paste; then, apply it under your eyes.  Allow it to sit for about ten minutes before dabbing to remove with a warm washcloth, or by rinsing.  
  • The Cucumber: Combining vitamin C and folic acid, the cucumber is an essential ingredient for wellness and beauty products.  The juice contains healing properties to soothe damaged or reddened skin and reduce swelling.  Try applying slices of chilled cucumber over the eyes, sit back for 30 minutes, and allow nature to rejuvenate the tender tissues! 
  • Chamomile: A natural ingredient to ease body pains while helping the mind relax. After drinking a cup of hot Chamomile tea, place the bags into the refrigerator for 20 to 30 minutes; then, lie down and apply to your closed eyes for ten minutes.  You’ll discover this potent flower can also reduce swelling and eliminate puffy eyes! 
  • Honey: The antibacterial properties of raw honey are medicinally therapeutic to heal infection and reduce puffy or tired eyes.  Combine honey with water and apply from the eyebrow to below the eyelash.  Afterward, splash on some water and dab with a towel. 

Eat Healthily 

Begin a home remedy with a diet rich in vitamin A, antioxidants, beta-carotene, and omega-3 fatty acids! 

  • Dry Fruits and Nuts: High in fiber, almonds, raisins, and figs are the ideal elixir for the eyes. Eat a handful daily to acquire the necessary amount of fiber and vitamins! 
  • Carrots: A fantastic additive for a juice or smoothie recipe; carrots are rich in beta-carotene and vitamin A.
  • Green Leafy Vegetables: Arugula, kale, spinach, and watercress are packed with antioxidants and vitamin A. If you are not fond of leafy greens, try kale chips or recipes incorporating greens into your meals. 

Most eye conditions arrive slowly.  Unfortunately, over time, age becomes the excuse for noticeable symptoms.  While annual eye examinations can prompt treatment, start today with a conscious effort to adopt a daily eyelid care routine.

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