Since the dawn of civilization, herbs have functioned as a source of healing and sustained health. From shaman, to apothecaries, to modern day medicine, mankind has found relief thanks to nature's plant population — and now it's your turn to try your hand at a homemade eye mask infused with the stuff. Beauty and self care is not excluded. Rather, its genesis can be traced back to antiquity — the Romans were known to utilize mint to aid digestion and ancient Asian cultures reportedly ground the herb into a paste to apply as a skin-brightening mask. Sounds worth a shot, no?
It doesn't take much digging to uncover a plethora of testimonies and scientific studies that support the benefits of integrating herbs into your daily routine. Thankfully, this process can be low effort and high impact, case in point: a do-it-yourself eye mask infused with herbs that you can make with simple ingredients, likely already in your kitchen. In less than five steps — precisely four, if you include the relaxation stage — you can elevate any at-home spa day with this eye treatment. Perfect for reducing redness and minimizing puffiness, this mask is meant to help you indulge in relaxation and restore your healthy glow.
Step One: Supplies & Set Up
You'll need a small piece of absorbent material (like a washcloth, head warmer, or sock), twine, scissors, green tea bags (choose one that includes various herbs, like chamomile), a sprig of mint, and a small cucumber. Once you've gathered all the necessities, create a relaxing space for yourself. Consider all your senses — find somewhere quiet, play a soft relaxing playlist, light your favorite candle, and lay out your softest throw blankets.
Step Two: Cut &
Place your fabric against your face to guestimate where to cut it; it doesn't have to be perfect. If need be, laying back and with the fabric against your face, use a sharpie to mark dots on either temple, above the eyebrows, and on the highest parts of your cheekbones. Use these guides to cut out a simple rectangle. From there you can get as creative as you'd like, you can leave it as is or opt to cut out the nose and round the corners. Lastly, make a small slit about a half inch from each side of your fabric and tie on your straps with a Lark's Head knot — be sure to include enough string to secure your mask.