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The best home remedies for rings under the eyes
Dark circles are generally considered a sign of a lack of health and vitality, which is particularly difficult for young people. We show which home remedies help against the dark shadows. These can arise if you drink or sleep too little, but also due to a lack of vitamins and minerals, especially a lack of iron.
Simple measures against these deficiency states are remedial measures through adequate sleep, hydration or the increased intake of vitamins and minerals through nutrition or food supplements. Mineral therapy with Schüßler salts is also suitable for self-treatment of dark circles if the appropriate remedy has been found by observing visible signs.
First aid for dark circles: lots of sleep and a healthy diet
If lack of sleep is the reason for rings under the eyes, this should be remedied if possible. If you have trouble falling asleep, it is advisable to go to bed early and avoid exciting films, arguments and other stressful activities beforehand.
While recent sleep research says that missed sleep can be made up for, for example by sleeping well at the weekend, naturopathy generally believes that the sleep-wake rhythm should be adapted to the natural day-night rhythm, because a disturbed biorhythm can lead, among other things, to chronic fatigue (and thus to the edges of the eyes).
Traditionally, it is recommended to eat as little as possible of fried, preserved and frozen food and to largely avoid ready meals, salty snacks and fast food. Very salty foods in particular promote the accumulation of body fluids in the tissues and can cause eye bags and dark circles.
To avoid internal dehydration, which can also be accompanied by shadows under the eyes, you should always drink enough liquid (at least one and a half to two liters a day). After all, it should help to put your legs up against a wall for five to ten minutes several times a day.
Since excessive cigarette and alcohol consumption should contribute to the formation of dark edges under the eyes, minimal use should also be ensured here.
Which foods are best for dark eye rims?
A balanced, varied diet with little meat and lots of fresh vegetables usually covers our need for the necessary vitamins and minerals.
If you have shadows under the eyes, you should make sure that you get enough iron, zinc and vitamin C. A lot of iron is in meat and offal (e.g. liver or kidneys), legumes (such as lentils, peas or white beans), whole grains, oatmeal, mushrooms and green vegetables such as Spinach, Brussels sprouts or lamb's lettuce.
Oysters, nuts (especially pakan and peanuts), sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds, certain types of cheese such as Emmental and Gouda, mushrooms, legumes, oatmeal and whole grain bread are rich in zinc.
The best sources of vitamin C are fresh fruits and vegetables. Fruits with a particularly high content include acerola berries, black currant and sea buckthorn berries, kiwi, mango and citrus fruits (oranges, lemons, grapefruit).
With vegetables you should regularly e.g. Use parsley, cress, kale, cauliflower, broccoli, raw sauerkraut and green peas to provide the body with sufficient amounts of vitamin C.
Local applications for dark circles
The local home remedy applications for ring circles are the application of cucumber slices, quark extracts, tea bags (for example with chamomile or black tea) and cold compresses.
The following home remedies have been handed down, especially from the ancient Indian art of Ayurveda:
Fresh peppermint leaves are crushed in a mortar and placed directly on the closed eyes. Alternatively, the fresh mint juice can be dripped onto a cotton pad. If there is no fresh mint available, you can use a damp tea bag if necessary to minimize the shadows.
Cotton pads or cotton wool can be soaked in cold milk, rose water or fresh fig juice and left on the closed eyes for about ten minutes. For better blood circulation and an optimal supply of nutrients, it is advisable to gently massage the delicate skin around the eyes with almond or saffron oil regularly in the morning and evening.
Very effective: cold applications against dark circles
Cold is very helpful for fighting dark circles and swelling of the eyes. Because this causes the vessels to contract and the metabolism to be boosted.
A good home remedy is cold spoons, which are placed in the freezer for a few minutes and then pressed onto the eyes.
Make sure that the spoons are not too cold to avoid cold burns. Alternatively, you can also use ice cubes, cold compresses or a special gel mask.
Go outside regularly
Fresh air promotes blood circulation and can therefore minimize shadows under the eyes. Especially when the eyes B. are heavily burdened by daily computer work, the muscles need additional oxygen in this area.
So stay outside as often as possible and walk to work in the morning, for example. Regular breaks in which the screen deliberately turns away also relieve the strain on the eyes.
Schuessler salts for dark eye shadows
From naturopathy, mineral therapy with Schüßler salts is recommended for self-treatment against dark circles. The examining look in the mirror can provide information about which mineral is lacking. If the uncertainty is too great, it may be advisable to consult a naturopath with knowledge of face diagnostics.
If there is a reddish-brown to reddish-black shade from the inner lower corner of the eye over the upper eyelid, it may be a deficiency in Calcium flouratum (No.1). As a further sign, there are fine vertical folds on the skin under the eyelid, which are cut by equally fine transverse wrinkles.
These so-called cube folds are particularly easy to recognize when the person concerned looks upwards (of course you need help). Because Calcium flouratum works very slowly, it should be taken in potency D12 over a longer period, e.g. one tablet three times a day.
Ash-gray shadows around the eyes, which are particularly noticeable at the outer corner of the eye, indicate a lack of potassium phosphoricum (No. 5). If a generally dingy gray complexion and sunken temples appear, this should be seen as a clear sign.
There is often severe nervous exhaustion because potassium phosphoricum is of particular importance for the functioning of our nerve cells. In addition to regular intake of the Schüssler salts, attention should also be paid to rest and relaxation.
Ferrum phosphoricum in dark circles due to iron deficiency
The most common one is the Ferrum shade, which runs brownish-black to bluish-black from the inner root of the nose below the eye. The length and depth of color of the edges of the eyes are assessed as a sign of the extent of the existing lack of Ferrum phosphoricum (No. 3).
Another indication can be red ears that are noticed continuously or after physical exertion. In potency D6, Ferrum phosphoricum should be taken daily until the iron stores are replenished. In addition, there are numerous other ways to counter iron deficiency using nature's means.
If the ferrum shade is colored bluish-red, there is probably a lack of magnesium phosphoricum (No. 7) at the same time, which should then be taken as an additional salt. (jvs, nr)
Author and source information
This text corresponds to the specifications of the medical literature, medical guidelines and current studies and has been checked by medical doctors.
Jeanette Viñals Stein, Barbara Schindewolf-Lensch
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