An antioxidant and antihistamine, chamomile tea also contains flavonoids and acts effectively as an anti-inflammatory agent. While best taken as a cuppa during the day, chamomile tea can also be used as an eye compress. The compress provides a cooling effect to swollen, red eyes caused by hay fever and reduces irritability considerably.
When to take: Daily – as a cuppa, or as an eye compress. Make sure to use a fresh compress for each eye to avoid infection.
Making and using a compress:
Step 1 – Submerge an instant chamomile teabag in water. Leave it there for at least 3 mins.
Step 2 – Dump out the water and gently squeeze the excess water from the teabag.
Step 3 – Refrigerate the chamomile tea bag for 15 to 30 mins and remove from the fridge once cool.
Step 4 – Hold the cool tea bag against the swollen eye for up to 5 mins at a time.
Step 5 – Allow your inflamed eye to breathe for an hour before attempting to re-apply a new compress.