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How to get rid of the puffiness around the eyes

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There can be a variety of reasons behind the puffiness of the eyes, but whatever the reason, it never looks good. However this can easily be remedied with just a little bit of care.
Brew 1 tablespoon of chamomile in one cup of boiling water and cover for 10-15 minutes. Put a cotton ball dipped in infusion over the eyelids for another 10-15 minutes. This popular recipe also helps with eye inflammation. Instead of chamomile you can also use dry linden blossoms, dry or fresh peppermint leaves or eufrasia (a.k.a. eyebright).
You can also use a mixture of herbs. A very good combination is chamomile with tea. Mix 1 teaspoon of black or green tea with 1 teaspoon of chamomile and proceed as above.
If your eyelids are puffy, try the following:
Soak 5-6 fresh birch leaves overnight in 1 cup of cold mineral water. Or scald the leaves with the same amount of hot water, cover and leave for about 2-3 hours. Strain and use cotton balls to apply to eyelids for 10 to 15 minutes.
The potato, aside from being a popular folk remedy for dark circles also helps reduce puffiness and deals with bags under the eyes. The easiest way to use it is to just put circles of raw potato over the eyes for about 20-25 minutes. You can also mix shredded potato with equal parts of parsley and dill and apply a spoonful of mixture directly on each eyelid. Cover with a moist piece of gauze or tissue. For greater convenience you can use boiled potatoes, or better yet, mashed potatoes. Of course you will have to do this while lying down to prevent the substance you are using from falling off your eyes.
The cucumber mask removes puffiness of the eyelids as well as dark lines beneath them. Place circles of fresh or a spoonful of shredded cucumber over the eyes. On top, put cotton balls dipped in cold milk. Keep mask on for 20 minutes and rinse with cool water.
Another great homemade remedy for puffy eyes is cosmetic ice. You can make it yourself using pure mineral water or infusions of different herbs. For this reason it will be handy to have dry or fresh linden blossoms, chamomile, arnica, salvia, rosemary, parsley or dill. Scald one tablespoon of any of abovementioned herbs, cover and leave until completely cooled. Strain, pour into ice-tray and freeze. Rub gently around eyes every morning.
To refresh tired eyes, cut up a few peppermint leaves and place them on your eyelids. Above put cotton balls dipped in cool water or, better yet, green tea. Keep mask on for about 15-20 minutes.

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