Lana Farson, M.S., L.Ac., Licensed Acupuncturist and Herbalist

Soothing Eye Compress

Certain herbs can be used to make a soothing eye compress.  Which herbs are best for you depends on the condition.  Some herbs are used to tighten the skin around the eyes, reduce puffiness and reduce dark circles.  Other herbs can be effective for pink eye or conjunctivitis. As with all things medicinal, it is wise to consult an herbalist before choosing the herbs so as not to misdiagnose and cause further irritation.


Add boiled water to herbs and let steep for 5 minutes with a saucer over the top of the mug.  Lift out bag with a wooden spoon and allow it to cool slightly.  Cover remaining liquid with a saucer in order to keep it warm.  When the temperature is comfortable to the touch, lie back and place the compress over one or both eyes.  If it is more comfortable, you can apply the compress cold.

Save the remaining tea liquid to use as a wash.  To help clean the eye lashes and clear away gummy discharge, dip a cotton ball or pad into the liquid and wipe the eyes gently.  After wiping, use a new piece of cotton to re-wipe the area.  To avoid reinfection, do not reuse cotton balls. If you use a muslin bag for the compress, it can be reused once washed.


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    I need a good remedy for my dry itchy allergic eyes…

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