Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Natural Remedies for Pink Eye

This past week I had pink eye (conjunctivitus), and it was absolutely miserable. My eyes itched, hurt, and were filled with gooey stuff. My eye lids were glued shut in the mornings. It was most unpleasant.

I tried several natural things to remedy it, and I will share all of them with you.

What is Conjunctivitis (pink eye)?

Conjunctivitis (pink eye) is an inflammation and redness of the eyes caused by either a bacterial infection, a viral infection, or allergies. 
If it is caused by allergies, it is not contagious; otherwise it is very contagious. 

Try to avoid touching your eyes, and wash your hands every time you do. 

How to cure Pink Eye naturally:

There are several good remedies that are cheap and easy.

1. Breast milk!!
The absolute best remedy for pink eye is breast milk. It works quickly, is very soothing, and I started seeing results immediately. If I had tried this remedy first, I don't think I would have had it for more than a day.
I just expressed some milk into a cup, and used my baby medicine dropper to put several drops in each eye. I then put it in the refrigerator so that I could use it every hour.

2. Black Tea.
Brew 2 cups of black tea. Using a baby medicine dropper to drop a couple drops of tea (once it's cooled) into each eye. (Be careful not to touch the eye with the dropper!). Do this once every hour, or as needed. 
You can put the tea bags on your eyes as well. It is very soothing, especially if they are warm. Place one on each eye and let them sit for 10-15 minutes.
This remedy works because the tannins in the tea draw out the infection.

3. Chamomile Tea.
Use Chamomile tea the same way as the black tea. Green tea can be used as well. For high quality organic green tea, go here.

4. Colloidal Silver.
Colloidal Silver is a gentle infection fighter. Drop a drop or two in each eye every hour or so, or switch it up between tea and silver every hour.

5. Coconut Oil.
Organic Coconut Oil is full of antibacterial and antimicrobial and anti-everythingelse properties. I rubbed it on my eyelids and all the way around my eyes. It really soothed the itching.

I kept a cup of tea and some cotton balls beside my bed, so that when I woke up in the middle of the night, I could wipe my eyes down with that to clean them and keep them from gluing shut.

I wasn't able to express much milk the first couple days for some reason, so I tried the above remedies. They worked well, just not as well as the supermilk.

Every hour, I dropped tea in my eyes. About every third hour, I used colloidal silver instead. Every half past, I put coconut oil around my eyes. The oil helped with the itching better than anything else.

Once I was able to express some milk, I only used that. So if you have it, use it! If not, the above remedies should bring you some relief and speed healing.

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  1. Thanks for sharing your remedies...interesting reading!

  2. I have used raw cows milk since I don't have breast milk for eye irritations and it worked great. I would go to it for pink eye as well. Worth a try anyway!

  3. Great ideas! Breastmilk is always my first go-to as well.

    The appropriately named herb Eyebright is wonderful and usually works very quickly. We take it in water, orally.

    1. Thanks for the info! I have Eyebright, but didn't think to use it.

  4. A friend of mine recently had pink eye wish I knew this then. However I did suggest using some bilberry and plantain as a eye was. Don't know how it worked, her dog had an eye issue as well and she said it worked great for the dog. Pinning to my health and wellness board.

    Thanks for sharing on Tuesdays With a Twist.

  5. Great tips! I never would have thought to use tea!

  6. We keep learning more about the benefits of breast milk! I appreciate the other suggestions--I knew about the soothing nature of teabags, but I'm glad to hear about the benefit you found with coconut oil.

  7. I've had pink eye since Friday. Its now Tuesday night. I've used liquid silver everyday and nothing. Started using the tea bags tonight (wednesday night) there really helping with the itching. Thank you. Tomorrow I'm getting breast milk from my friend.


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