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Cucumber for Puffy Eyes


Cucumis sativus
E. Blackwell 1737

Cucumbers have been used medicinally in the Far East for more than 3,000 years. Cucumbers spread west and were used by the Greeks and Romans. They are a traditional remedy for puffy eyes, but some authorities believe that cucumbers help mainly because they are cooling.

Try cucumbers for puffy eyes


  • Slice two thin rounds of cucumber.
  • Lie down and place a cucumber round over each eye.
  • Relax for 15 minutes, and then remove.
  • For bags under the eyes, you can grate cucumber and apply it as a poultice to the skin under the eyes.
  • Leave in place for fifteen minutes.

Why It Works

Cucumbers contain an astringent that may help to constrict blood vessels around the eye. Cucumbers also have a cooling effect on inflamed, irritated skin.


See a doctor if you wake up and one eyelid has swollen up dramatically compared to the other eyelid, if eyelids don’t close all the way, or if you have hives or a rash around your eyes. Puffy eyes and swelling around the eyes could be caused by conjunctivitis from seasonal allergies or an eye infection.
M. Consult a doctor if you have pain, irritation, swelling or discoloration in or around the eyes.

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