Failed Experiment

One of the things that I keep harping on is that you must experiment with herbs to see what works for you.  Case in point:

I have dark circles under my eyes.  It’s not that I have an underlying physical condition or that I’m not well-rested.  I am just darker complected than the average Caucasian and since the skin under the eyes is thinner than the rest of the face, the pigment shows more readily. I dislike looking tired when I’m not so started searching for a solution to my problem that wouldn’t cost me an arm and a leg. 

I came across a recipe that called for a paste of milk and powdered fenugreek seeds to be applied to the affected area nightly, and then washed off in the morning.  After about a month, I did notice a difference – the skin under my eyes was lighter than the rest of my face.  But it didn’t do a darned thing for the circles!  However, I’m going to file this recipe away … perhaps it will work on the age spots people get on their hands as they get older.

As you can see, what worked for someone else didn’t work for me.  So, it’s back to the drawing board or, in this case, the workbench.  (Total cost of the experiment: less than 50¢.)

BTW, with the holidays coming up before you know it, everyone wants to look their best at the company party.  After a long day at work, the area under the eyes tends to get a bit puffy.  Before you climb into the shower, take two black tea bags, wet them thoroughly and put them in the refrigerator.  After you get out of the shower, lie down with the tea bags over your eyes for about 10 minutes.  The tannins in the tea will tighten up the skin and reduce the puffiness.