This week's vote went to tired/puffy eyes and dark circles, so that's the remedy you got! An easy-to-whip up home remedy that includes hydrating aloe vera, soothing cucumber, anti-inflammatory chamomile, and skin-tightening witch hazel; this has got all your bases covered.
What you'll need:
- 50g fresh aloe vera gel (approx. 1-2 leaves, depending on their size)
- 1/2 whole cucumber
- 1 tb. dried chamomile
- 1 tb. dried witch hazel
How to make it:
Cut the aloe vera leaves length-wise, and scoop out the gel (careful not to get anything other than the gel – the other parts of the leaf can be irritating – and put aside. Chop the cucumber roughly and place in a juicer, blender, or food processor. If using a blender or food processor, you'll need to run it through muslin afterwards. Place the cucumber juice in a small saucepan and add one tablespoon each of dried chamomile and witch hazel (available at health food stores). On a low flame, bring to a boil and then turn off the heat. Stir well and let the herbs infuse, covered, for 5-8 minutes. Strain off and keep the cucumber-herb infusion.
Whisk the infusion, one teaspoon at a time, in to the gel. You'll only get three or four teaspoons in before it gets runny. We don't want it too runny; it's meant to be a gel!
Pour in to a glass jar, seal, and store in the fridge for no more than one or two weeks. Apply under the eyes as necessary.
Enjoy! And be sure to check back tomorrow for this week's herb-nerd vote!