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Although I’ve been getting 8 hours of sleep every night, I keep waking up in the morning with dark circles and puffy eyes. Has this ever happened to you? What is going on?

Naturally, I had to launch an investigation! Here’s what I discovered:

Seasonal allergies, colds, sinus infections can contribute to swollen, puffy eyes, so can salty foods, insomnia and having a crying spell. When the body feels like it’s not getting enough water, it holds on to whatever water is in the body and results in puffiness. Coffee and other beverages containing caffeine can be the culprits as caffeine is dehydrating. Sugar can also cause puffy eyes.

Hmmmm, none of those except allergies make sense for me. I had to go deeper. I had to go to Ayurveda, where I always turn for additional insight on health.

According to Ayurverda, eye issues can stem from: 

Excessive anger, jealousy, or negative feelings. (Echoing the thought that the eyes mirror the soul).

Suppression of natural urges like hunger, thirst, sleep, and the need to cry.

Suppression or neglect of sleep. Also, changes in one’s regular sleep/wake routine. Therefore, ayurveda has a different way of looking at eye problems. It sees them as the result of disturbed dosha-balance.

Puffy eyes can be an indication of slow digestion, poor appetite, water retention and hormonal imbalances.

What about dark circles? These can be caused by allergies, stress, too much alcohol, nasal congestion. There’s the hereditary cause of dark circles but that doesn’t come on suddenly so let’s rule that out.

Dark circles under the eyes might also be due to an accumulation of toxins in body. For me, the appearance of dark circles and puffiness could very well be a change in the temperature, hormones and maybe seasonal allergies. Its the perfect storm of relatively minor concerns resulting in unpleasant eye issues.

So what can we do? 

*Drink plenty of plain warm water to detoxify the system. Avoid ice cold and carbonated drinks. Stimulants such as caffeine and alcohol are eye-dullers.

*Eyes feel nourished with foods like coconuts, raisins, papaya and sweet juicy fruits. Reduce your intake of sugar. Avoid red meat and heavy fried foods.

*Prop your head up on an additional pillow so any fluid can drain down away from the eyes.

*Increase foods containing vitamins A, C and E which help give skin elasticity.

*Try mixing up a couple cups of water with three or four drops of lavender oil. Soak a few cotton balls in the mixture and placed them over your eyes for a few minutes.

*Almond oil applied around the eye area helps dark eye circles.

*Cooled tea bags on puffy eyes.

*Gently ice the eye area.

Additionally, try this Ayurvedic Home Remedy:

1. Crush a handful of fresh mint leaves to a paste  2. Squeeze ½ a lemon in it 3. Apply the mixture on the dark circles 4. Leave for 15 minutes 5. Wash it off with water and dry.

I just ordered some Pure Caffeine Eye Cream from 100% Pure. Here’s hoping it works!

Ayurveda source/ and here