Posted on: March 8, 2016 at 1:03 pm
Last updated: October 9, 2018 at 11:09 am

Many of us have a simple yet effective evening routine for our face, including washing away the impurities (picked up throughout our busy day) and then applying some kind of facial moisturizer or even my baggy eye solution. But what happens in the morning? That’s when it’s time for my homemade morning under-eye solution, especially for those who want to get rid of bags under the eyes.

Bags under the eyes are a common development of age and a frequent complaint among my patients who no longer feel as youthful as they once did. To describe what happens a bit more, the normal fat that helps support the eyes sometimes moves into the lower eyelids, which causes the lids to appear puffy. Additionally, fluid may accumulate in the area below your eyes, which adds to the swelling.

Using this homemade morning eye solution can help get rid of bags under your eyes by relying on the four key ingredients that make it up. The most prominent ingredients are witch hazel, a plant extract with high levels of healing active ingredients that reduce inflammation, cellular damage, and swelling, while also soothing wounds. [1]


In a small glass jar, combine witch hazel with two key essential oils that aid the skin, chamomile oil, and lavender oil, in addition to benefit-rich aloe vera, which is loaded with anti-inflammatory properties. [2] Place the jar in the refrigerator overnight.

Upon waking, apply a small amount of the solution around the eyes and let it sit as long as possible. Gently remove with a homemade facial wash. Then apply a moisturizer.

Witch Hazel Essential Oil for Eye Bags

Total Time: 10 minutes
Serves: 20 uses


  • 1/2 ounce witch hazel extract
  • 10 drops chamomile essential oil
  • 1/2 ounce pure aloe vera gel
  • 10 drops lavender essential oil


  1. Combine all ingredients into a small glass jar with a lid and blend well.
  2. Place the jar in the refrigerator overnight.
  3. Upon waking, apply a small amount of the solution around the eyes and let it sit as long as possible. Gently remove.
  4. Apply a natural moisturizer.

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Original Article: Axe, J., Dr. (n.d.). Homemade Morning Eye Solution with Witch Hazel. Retrieved from

[1] Thring, T. S., Hili, P., & Naughton, D. P. (2011, October 13). Antioxidant and potential anti-inflammatory activity of extracts and formulations of white tea, rose, and witch hazel on primary human dermal fibroblast cells. Retrieved from

[2] Langmead, L., Makins, R. J., & Rampton, D. S. (2004, February 17). Anti‐inflammatory effects of aloe vera gel in human colorectal mucosa in vitro. Retrieved from

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Josh Axe
Doctor of Natural Medicine
Doctor of Natural Medicine at Exodus Health Center Dr. Josh Axe, DNM, DC, CNS, is a doctor of natural medicine, clinical nutritionist and author with a passion to help people get well using food as medicine. Dr. Axe is the author of Eat Dirt and Essential Oils: Ancient Medicine , and he's also the founder of , one of the world's top natural health sites that draws more than 11 million visitors each month.

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