Stilleben mit Tontopf und
Kartoffeln, Van Gogh, 1884
Potatoes are a South American plant, originally from Peru. They were imported to Europe in the 16th century. Made up mostly of starch, potatoes also contain citric acid and phosphoric acid.
Use potatoes to treat puffy eyes
- Peel a raw potato.
- Grate the potato and pound it into a plaster.
- Wrap the raw potato hash in clean cloth.
- Lie down and apply the potato poultice to your eyes.
- Leave in place for fifteen minutes.
Why It Works
Potato starch has anti-inflammatory properties which make it good for soothing redness and irritation. However, potatoes are not an astringent and will not reduce swelling.
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. Consult a doctor if you have pain, irritation, swelling or discoloration in or around the eyes.