Using tea bags on your eyes is a popular home remedy. Tea bags may help to improve the appearance of your eyes by reducing dark circles, puffiness, and redness. They may also help to treat irritation, styes, and pink eye.

Tea bags are an affordable, natural option that you can easily try at home. Placing them on your eyes gives you the chance to rest and unwind. Do the treatment several times per day until your symptoms have abated.

How to use

Steep two bags of tea as you would normally if you were going to drink the tea. Then squeeze out the excess liquid from the bags. Allow them to cool down so they’re warm, or chill them in the refrigerator for 10 to 20 minutes. Apply the tea bags to closed eyes for 15 to 30 minutes.

You may use your fingertips to apply gentle pressure to your eyes or gently massage the area around your eyes. If you’re using chilled bags, try covering them with slices of cool cucumber for added relief. A restorative yoga pose could help you relax from the stresses of your day while you’re doing your tea bag treatment.

What types of tea can I use?

There are several types of tea that can be used to treat eye concerns. It’s best to use organic tea when possible to avoid any chemicals.

Black, white, and green tea contain caffeine and antioxidants that may help to treat eye concerns.

Herbal teas are calming and soothing. They may help to reduce inflammation, puffiness, and irritation.

Popular herbal teas used to treat eye conditions include:

  • rooibos
  • chamomile
  • lavender
  • eyebright (clary sage)
  • calendula
  • comfrey
  • fennel
  • fenugreek
Inflammation, or puffy, swollen eyes

The caffeine in black and green teas has a positive effect on puffy, swollen eyes and can help to keep skin taut. Caffeine constricts the blood vessels within this sensitive tissue. This aids in reducing puffiness and inflammation.

Black and green teas also contain antioxidants called flavonoids and tannins that have an anti-inflammatory effect. The tannins can help to tighten the skin and draw out fluid to further alleviate any puffiness. Green tea may be slightly more effective due to its higher flavonoid content. Use black or green tea bags as a cold compress to treat bags under the eyes.

Other teas that have been shown to reduce inflammation include:

Rooibos and green tea may also be useful in reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.