We tried this 2-ingredient natural remedy to get rid of our swollen allergy eyes

Katie Mather
·2 min read

What better way to ring in the start of spring than by testing out whether tea bags work for puffy eyes?

When you have allergies from culprits like pollen, dust or pet dander, your body reacts by releasing histamine, a chemical that causes swelling and inflammation. Even if swollen eyes don’t ruin your daily routine, it can still be uncomfortable.

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Over-the-counter allergy medications can help, but as an alternative, In The Know’s Phoebe Zaslav wanted to see if she could come up with a quick, natural remedy to soothe the discomfort.

What you’ll need:

  1. Two bags of caffeinated black tea or caffeinated green tea

  2. Iced water

“Place your two tea bags in your ice water and steep them for definitely longer than you would your hot water,” Phoebe said. In this case, she steeped the tea for about 15 minutes.

“Let them drive off just a little bit on a paper towel so that the tea isn’t dripping down your face when you put it on your eyes,” she added.

Caffeinated tea is great when it comes to soothing redness and puffiness around the eyes.

“Caffeine actually narrows the blood vessels around the sensitive area and helps reduce puffiness and inflammation around the eye,” Phoebe said. “Green tea contains vitamin K, which also helps lighten the dark circles around your eyes and reduces the appearance of wrinkles as well.”

For full benefits, try to leave the tea bags on your eyes for as long as you can. Phoebe sat with them for 20 minutes.

“It felt really nice,” Phoebe concluded. “I think it definitely made a difference.”

Phoebe found that it helped the puffiness on her eyelids, but not so much her under-eye area, although for that she joked that she might just need more sleep.

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