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Natural Cures for Blepharitis

Last Modified on Sep 01, 2015


Blepharitis is generally a very uncomfortable eye condition; however, you can treat it. Castor oil, coconut oil, and tea tree oil are three of the best natural cures, but there are other effective options.

What Is Blepharitis?

Blepharitis is a condition that involves inflammation of the eyelids. The inflammation is generally caused by an infection that results as a malfunction in the oil glands located at the base of your eyelashes. If you have blepharitis, you’ll likely experience a variety of symptoms including watery or red eyes, a gritty or burning sensation in your eyes, itchy eyelids, greasiness in your eyelids, crusting of your eyelashes, and light sensitivity.

Can I Treat Eye Inflammation Naturally?

We advise at least seeing a doctor to determine the cause and severity of your condition; however, following diagnosis, you can typically treat blepharitis naturally. Castor oil, coconut oil, and tea tree oil are a few of the best natural remedies for blepharitis; however, there are a variety of others as well. It is also important to keep your eyes clean and to apply warm, moist heat to them each morning and evening.

1. Castor Oil

Castor oil is an effective treatment to relieve inflammation in your eyes. This treatment option also helps relieve itching, irritation, burning, and pain associated with the condition. To use this remedy, apply the oil all over your eyelids and eyelashes using a cotton ball or soft swab. You can also add a couple of drops of the oil to your eyes to prevent crust formation. The best time to apply this treatment is at night right before you head to bed.

2. Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is instrumental for treating pain and irritation in your eyes. This oil contains a variety of nutrients including fats that help restore eye health and reduce inflammation. To apply this remedy, soak a cotton swab in the oil and place it on your inflamed eyelids, leaving it there for approximately 20 minutes. Try to apply this treatment at least 2-3 times a day to prevent flare-ups in your symptoms.

3. Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil helps treat the underlying cause of blepharitis as well as your symptoms. This option also helps reduce inflammation and itching. To apply this treatment, you will need to dilute the tea tree oil by mixing a couple of drops of tea tree oil with a couple of drops of vegetable oil. Then, soak a cotton swab in the oil and place it over your eyelid for 15 minutes.

Continue reading below for more natural remedies for blepharitis or share one of your own with us!


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Blepharitis Prevention Remedies   2  0   

Posted by Max (Bayside, Ny) on 10/26/2009

[YEA]  Blepharitis-prevention. I have not had it in over 5 years. AM-I lie down and put a warm washcloth on eyes. Leave it there for 10 minutes. Shower and put the warm washcloth on my eyes while standing up for 3o seconds. Rub eyes with washcloth 7 x back and forth.Put baby shampoo on eyes and wash for 30 seconds. Rinse. Done. PM-I take a shower and repeat shower instructions. No meds needed greatest prevention.

Replied by Candice
Phoenix, Arizona
04/13/2012

What a frustrating condition! I was a fool when I was younger and used an incredibly strong product to remove my eye makeup and oh, it did the job! As well as beginning the onset of my insanely frustrating issues with blepharitis! For at least 3 years I struggled with this condition and the only thing that I could find to clear it up was a prescribed topical, but it would only last for a short while before coming back full force. I tried everything! It wasn't until I was doing research and saw some info about baby shampoo being gentle and helping out people with this condition. I had already tried everything and was willing to try anything else, so I gave it a go and it was wonderful! I not only washed my eyelids with baby shampoo daily, but I moisturized my eyelids and the skin under my eyes with baby lotion right afterward. Sometimes I use different variations of the lotion, like the night-time baby lotion or I'll mix the creamy baby oil with the baby lotion and use that.. But I always make sure to use a baby lotion product and it's absolutely fabulous! It has been at least 5 years since I've had to deal with blepharitis! I continue to incorporate the baby shampoo (which removes eye makeup like a charm by the way! ) and lotion into my daily regimen. Other than it keeping that horrible condition away (which is enough reason in itself to use the baby products) - I attribute it to my lack wrinkles around my eyes when all of my friends my age have them. I hope this combination helps someone else out there as it has me! :)
Replied by Jennifer
Mesa, Az
08/11/2013

I completely back up the baby shampoo comment. I use coconut oil, though, and take particular care to not put any of my other skin regimen on my eyelids. Before the shampoo, coconut oil, hot compresses, and occasionally topical antibiotic mixed with cetaphil soap- my eye-lid was SO bad that even philosophy miracle worker burned it. I remember a scab on my eyelid. It was so bad that I had to stop my latisse. Any one with this problem should try any and all of the above remedies, along with the other posters suggestions.
Replied by Kerri
Warwick, R.i.
01/02/2014

I have been dealing with this since October. I had it years ago and it never got past redness part. I felt like I had something in my eyes, they burned, when I cry it makes it worse so I don't cry and believe me I would like to! It started in one eye, then went to the other and now both. Some days it feels like it is going away and the next its back.

I have oily eyelids, flaking and then peeling gross skin off my eye area, redness, soreness, itchiness, eyelashes here and there fall out and an ache or pain in my eye.

My Dr. gave me at first eye drops, ointment, but it didn't seem to clear and then I went on an oral antibiotic and just did the ointment and I have OTC drops. I went back 2 days before Christmas and he said looks good, the next day I started getting tough skin in the eye area and then it flaked and peeled off and it was gross. I am on a new eye ointment and one oral antibiotic a day.

I have too much going on I don't need another issue. I think that is all for now. I know now I am not alone, but it still stinks.

Replied by Mmsg
Somewhere, Europe
01/03/2014

Kerri, some have had relief from dabbing Castor oil on the eyelids nightly, and some have done so with honey.
Replied by Kerri
Warwick, RI
01/05/2014

I use an eye ointment at night now. How am I supposed to use the castor oil or the honey? I just find it strange putting honey there. How do you do it and how much? I am fed up with everything. The other day I thought it was clearing and then bam! It is back. My skin is tight again and it is going to start to peel. This isn't a way to start the New Year off.
Replied by Mmsg
Somewhere, Europe
01/06/2014

Kerri, the only way I have seen it (honey or castor oil) applied, is dabbing it ON the eyelids, not INSIDE the eye. It probably works a bit slower than inside the eye, but to me it sounds safer. I imagine you can dab it on during the day and wash it off in an hour or so.
Replied by Kerri
Warwick, R.I.
01/06/2014

Well I will try that. I have to give my Dr a call because I am so tired of this.
Replied by Kerri
Warwick, R.i.
01/10/2014

Okay I saw my eye Dr. again the other day. I was told that this blepharitis has to do with the weather and that it is common. Why do I get all this crappy stuff? I was told to use the Systane drops a few times a day and to use the Tobramax (I think I spelled it right) all around my eyes. This thing has got me so irritable and moody and I can't cry because it hurts! I don't know if I can post pics here or not and don't see a link. I told someone I feel like/look like a reptile zombie. It is all red, sore, peely/blistery and I look horrible! I want it to ease already. :-(

EC: Hi Kerri, feel free to email us your pics and we can post them in your thread. However, our form doesn't allow upload of pics at the moment... sorry!

Replied by Sp
Wb, Nj
01/11/2014

Hi Kerri, I don't know if your medication has steroids in it, but if it does or if you have ever used a product with steroids in it please do a search for "international topical steroid awareness network", their forum has a section on steroid induced eye irritations, or "topical steroid addiction", or "topical steroid withdrawal". Good luck.
Replied by Kerri
Warwick, R.i.
01/11/2014

This is what I am on; TOBRADEX? (tobramycin and dexamethasone ophthalmic suspension) is a sterile, multiple dose antibiotic and steroid combination for topical ophthalmic use.

Between what I read online and what dr's say or don't say I get scared. I am not feeling good on top of this today. I am beginning to think my obgyn could help me better!

I don't see the email to send photos.


EC: It's on the contact us page: ec1(at)earthclinic(dot)com

Replied by Sp
Wb, Nj
01/12/2014

Hi Kerri, can your doctor offer you a non-steroid medication? Some people are very sensitive to steroids and have a very bad reaction. Unfortunately, most doctors will not acknowledge that steroids are not a wonder drug for everyone. Please search and read about other people's eye experiences with steroids. You may or may not identify with what you read, but if it is a bad reaction steroids it will only get worse as long as you use the steroids. Think back to what ointment you have used around your eyes - did it have a steroid in it? From what you posted it sounds like a bad reaction to steroids. I think you should look into this possibility. There is a usually a long healing period with multiple flares where you get worse again before you get better. Good luck!
Replied by Catherine Weiss
Umina Beach
03/13/2014

[YEA]   I just read an Article on Google about a man who had this condition for 8 years. Well, I've had mine for 1 and its so painful and irritating hurts, well this man cured it in himself with... guess what it is? Honey. So I'm all for natural treatments and in Australia I'm learning about the aboriginal cures they work so I'm looking into plants also natural but mananuka honey has in fact got an antibacterial ingredient in it. Any honey, but pure is better the "mananuka" tree or flower in Australia, has the quality, if it worked for him it will work for me, I'll get back to you guys on what works, ok? But the honey twice a day I'm trying, he said that he cured it, 100% and he looks happy. Thank you.
Replied by Stephon
Serbia
01/04/2015

[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]   I am suffering from this condition for 3 years. My current own therapy is:

-face wash and warm compress 10 minutes (when I wake up)

-ordinary honey on lids 10 minutes, face wash, lid cleaning with q-tip (15h and 19h)

-face wash and warmcompress 10 minutes (before midnight)

-castor oil (2 drops) mixed with tea tree oil (1 drop), before I go to sleep, around midnight

It's better but not cured, will keep doing this for few weeks. Will try manuka honey if this fails, and/or get another oil instead of castor (coconut, or fish oil with omega supplements)

Replied by Jenn
Coborra, Australia
01/04/2015

I would suggest you read the post which is above you. They cured the same condition as yours in 48 hours with potent Manuka honey....
Replied by Rose
Tn
05/06/2015

I have read in one of the books that using steroids near the eyes can cause catarach so be careful, instead I am using the coconut oil around my eyelids at night before I go to bed, it helps some.
Replied by Chloe
Lexington, Ky
06/25/2015

I have been suffering from blepharitis for years and finally there is a professional in-office treatment for it. It is called Bleph EX, the doctor cleans your lids under microscope with a special tool. You will get your before and after pictures, the difference is astonishing. I am symptoms free and finally not embarrassed by my appearance.

Castor Oil   3  1   

Posted by Maryalice (Eugene, Or) on 09/27/2013

[NAY]  I tried putting castor oil in my eyes for a couple weeks. At first, I thought it was working, but then my eyelids became puffier. Very sad this did not work, because at first my eyes themselves felt so much better. I am 43 and I thought I was relatively healthy - not on any prescriptions, but for some reason I have not had any luck with getting rid of this blepharitis/dry eye issue. I even moved from SW Colorado to Eugene, OR for more moisture! I may try the castor oil again, but would love if someone would post additional remedies - homeopathy, herbs, etc. Also, my blepharitis is just redness, I can't see any scaling, but it does cause red, dry eyes.... doesn't help that I am a computer programmer.

Replied by Jaime G.
Montrose, Co
02/10/2015

[YEA]   Maryalice, how weird. I live in SW Colorado and am moving to Oregon soon to be near 2 of my kids. I just got Blepharitis the first time last year and today is the third time I've had this annoying condition. I keep it at bay by using a lotion I have with tea tree oil as the main ingredient. I went to Arizona over the weekend and did not bring my lotion. Guess what I woke up to Monday morning?

Posted by Matt C (Phelps, Ny) on 07/09/2011

[YEA]  I have tried the hot towel method with no results. It is too hard to maintain the heat and moisture at the levels needed. What I have found effective is using castor oil; I found a good video on youtube that elaborates.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HOqHBz0FOy8

Replied by Nakedbigfoot
Eureka, Ca, 95501
12/11/2011

[YEA]   I also had terrible eye pain-mucus, redness, unbearable itchiness.... I thought it was pink-eye, except for it lasted 11 days!! So I finally saw an opthomologist who diagnosed me with Blepharitis (super irritated angry eyelids that don't produce enough oil).

The eyedrops he gave me worked alright; but my eyes would still "flare up" and become extremly irritated. My eyes always seemed to have a red tinge to them-which really really annoyed me.

I tried castor oil, and after only a few nights it seemed to provide a lot of relief! I use a cotton swab to dab the oil on my eyelids, and drop a few drops into my actual eye before bed. It does blur your vision a bit, so before bed is the best option.

:D

Replied by Celeste
Southwest, Missouri
01/20/2014

(I hope folks are not using drugstore castor oil processed with hexane. Hexane can cause blindness so everyone be sure to use only hexane free castor oil from the health food store or online.)

Castor oil has only very slightly helped my eyes. I've noticed that my symptoms are usually held at bay while I'm wearing foundation and either putting fresh foundation on before bed usually works at keeping it under control. However, this winter it's been worse than ever and so I've been washing with baby shampoo and using psoriasis lotions very lightly around my eyes (burns like the dickens for a few minutes) which helps tremendously but hasn't completely relieved it. I've also noticed when I eat fungus promoting foods like I did last night, it's absolutely horrible by morning (no matter what I put on my eyelids before bed) with much more redness, swelling, itching, burning etc than usual. Those foods would be sugar and grains for starters. I had popcorn and chocolate last night and I'm paying for it this morning!!

Replied by Anna
Barrington, Ri
01/02/2015

How do I know what the castor oil is processed with? It says 100% castor oil on the bottle with no other ingredients. Am I ok? I hope so as I just put some in my eye before I read this. :(
Replied by Suzanne
Florida
06/24/2015

My bottle of caster oil says it's hexine free. So, you might want to get another bottle that says this.

Coconut Oil   1  0   

Posted by Clayton72 (Dallas, Tx) on 01/11/2012

[YEA]  I recently came down with an eye infection. At first, I assumed it was Pink Eye but my actual eyeball was not red at all. There was swelling from the inner corner of my eye to the middle of the lid and my eyelid was pretty red. By the next day, my eye hurt really bad whenever I blinked. When I realized it was probably Blepharitis, I put coconut oil on it. I did that only trying to keep the scales from forming on the lid. Some of the pics I saw online were disgusting and some of the people had major crust forming around the lashes. I figured that coconut oil would probably keep the skin from collecting.

To my surprise, I found that as long as the coconut oil was on my lid, there was no pain. I never saw any scales form and within 2 days, my eye was not swollen anymore. You have to keep putting the coconut oil on (2-3 times a day), you will notice when it dries because your eye will be itchy and will hurt again. So happy it worked!

Replied by Theresa
Caerphilly
08/31/2015

[SIDE EFFECTS]   I've been using coconut oil for blephritis for couple of days and my eyes are sore and itchy.

Doxycycline   0  0   

Posted by Helen (Durham, County Of, UK) on 01/25/2015

I've suffered with this condition for a year, the warm compress, massage and cleansing doesn't seem to do any good at all, I hate having to look at people because I know my eyes look so bad, 2 months ago, my doctor prescribed me a weeks course of doxycycline, an antibiotic, before the week was up, my eyes were back to normal, I was so happy and relieved, but the condition has gradually started to come back, I did some research, and it is recommended that a 100mg capsule a day be taken for 1 month, then a 50mg capsule a day be taken for 2 months. Am going back to the doctors, will let you know how I get on.

Replied by Helen
Durham, County Of
02/15/2015

2 weeks in to a 3 month course of doxycycline and there's a definite improvement already, my eyes aren't as sticky, crusted, red or watery as they were, I've got another 2 weeks of 100mg a day, then 2 months of 50mg a day, it seems to be working so far.
Replied by Helen Watson
Co.durham, England
04/23/2015

I have completed a 2 month course of doxycycline, 100mg a day for 1 month, then 50 mg a day for 1 month, I put lacrilube ointment in both eyes at night, and the blepharitis has gone, I urge all sufferers to give it a try.
Replied by Mirella
Miami
05/16/2015

Do you put the honey in the whole eyelid or just in the eyelid margins? Does it gets into your eyes ? How long do you leave it. Thank you for your help

Hand Wipes   2  0   

Posted by Ophelia (Dana Point, CA) on 08/07/2014

[YEA]  This is not my cure but I found it tonight and wanted to share.

I no longer have Blepharitis. There is a cure.

Benzethonium Chloride is the medicine in the products that get rid of Blepharitis. It is found in the antibacterial hand wipes known as WET ONES. It comes in a red box. Walmart or drug stores or grocery stores here carry it. I checked on the internet to find what products Benzethonium Chloride was in. You may have to order from a drug store on line if you can't get it there.

Let me explain how I got rid of it. I tore each hand wipe into 8 pieces and rubbed each eyelash are twice-4 times a day to start. After a week or two I went down to 3 times a day. After a month I went down to 2 times a day for several months. This is an infection in the roots of the eyelashes. Putting medicine in the eye doesn't do much. I tried 3 times with antibiotics. Did nothing.

When a friend said she got rid of it I jumped on it right away. She had it going up her eyelids.

Two people have gotten rid of this horrible itching. It is not a hit and miss thing. I kept at it for 3-4 months and it is gone.

The 3 Dr.'s who looked into my eyes tried to find it and couldn't. One was the Dr. who gave me the prescriptions for antibiotics and diagnosed the Blepharitis. This is not just a temporary relief thing I am writing blogging about. I learned how to blog to try to help others learn about the way to get rid of this infection in the eye lashes. The Dr.'s didn't seem to be interested in a cure. I did blog on one Dr.'s comment and he was interested and wanted to know if I washed my eyes off after using the wipes. I told him no I did not.

There is no need to suffer with this when there is a cure. Please be diligent and work at it for the 3-4 months. You do start to feel better. When I was done it itched once or twice and I used the wipes and it was gone.

Relief is not far way, Lynda

Replied by Cat
Allentown, PA
09/29/2014

Lynda,

I tried the Wet Ones trick and yes it worked for a while to get my puffiness down, but it actually started to make my eyes worse after a while. The ONLY thing that has provided me some sort of relief is Blephamide Ointment that you put in your eyes.

It would be best that you also include that the Wet Ones tip may only work for a while for some.

Replied by Day
Usa
10/27/2014

Hey I have a bump on my eye filled with puss I believe and its on my eyelid and a doctor prescribed me with a medicine for blepharitis so I guess its blepharitis do you think it will work for me? Ifs o can you please like tell me how you applied it on? and how it worked for you? Did you put it in your eye or on the outside skin prt for it to go away!! ??? Help me. Iv'e been depressed so much and I cry myself to sleep wondering if it will ever go away I need a true miracle . LET ME KNOW!!!
Replied by Mmsg
Somewhere, Europe
10/28/2014

Day, two helpful Blepharitis remedies are: castor oil and honey. Read up on it right here on EC.

http://www.earthclinic.com/cures/blepharitis.html

Replied by Craig
Victoria, Australia
10/28/2014

Hi Day (Usa)

I had the same problem 2 months ago and used diluted Apple Cider Vinegar (10 parts water-1 part ACV. I placed 2 drops in each eye, one in the morning and one at night, the next day it was gone.

I have recently had 2 bouts of mild conjunctivitis and sprayed Colloidal Silver on to them both times. They were also gone the next day. Either one will fix your problem. Good luck with it.

Craig

Replied by Jenni
Agoura Hills, Ca
01/28/2015

Fabulous & word of caution. This is absolutely fabulous information & I will be retaining this very detailed process in a folder for future reference. One thing to bear in mind is that there is a strong possibility that our bodies will develop a resistance to this treatment. If you do find that this happens, the Manuka Honey &/or tea tree solution are extremely effective as well.
Replied by Judy
Anaheim, Ca
06/10/2015

[YEA]   I have had blepharitis since 2009. My tear ducts plugged with yellow waxy substance and were inflamed, red, painful, and runny. I daily removed strings of pussy mucous from my eyes. I just wanted to close my eyes and not open them again. I read Posted by Ophelia (Dana Point, CA) on 08/07/2014 about Wet Ones wipes and followed her advice. Today after 4 months of using them I went to the ophthalmologist. Seven or eight times he used words like pristeen and stellar when describing the condition of my eyelids now. Midway I did go through a crisis that it wasn't working. But I stuck to Ophelia's recommendation to treat my condition for a full 4 months with these wipes and diluted baby shampoo washes. I did find that I needed to moisturize my eyelids and surrounding areas once a day. But from what was a great suffering to being apparently cured, I am so grateful for the advice to use them. My doctor told me to just go to cleansing my eyes with the shampoo once a day. He didn't see any need to do any more. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! I am 73 years old, what a relief! $6 cure! Judy
Replied by Theresa
Caerphilly
08/17/2015

Can wet ones hand wipes damage my eyes because they are not for eyes?

Histamine Allergies   0  0   

Posted by Daffodil (Seattle, Wa) on 08/05/2014

Blepharitis can be caused or exacerbated by histamine allergies. Foods that are high in histamines are: alcohol, aged cheeses, fish, tomatoes, and bananas. The body uses an enzyme called DAO to process excess histamines in the body; alcohol inhibits the production of DAO. So if you have chronic blepharitis, try not drinking alcohol for a while. You can also minimize consumption of foods that are high in histamines. There are also DAO supplements you can take. For me, not drinking alcohol and taking the DAO supplements has allowed my eyes to get back to normal. I also plan to use the other suggestions in here for keeping my eyelids clean.

Replied by Jenni
Agoura Hills, Ca
01/28/2015

Thank you so much for this information regarding histamine blockers. Root cause analysis is critical when addressing a serious issue like Blepharitis... Your information, particularly regarding wine, allowed me to continue research & to begin testing some theories on myself so I can better understand triggers & find the right solution for me.

Honey   4  0   

Posted by Chris (London) on 12/06/2014

[YEA]  Tried manuka honey no15 after getting no relief from using wipes recommended by optician...results were instant, itching stopped immediately and skin surrounding eyes felt moisturised....I'm a convert. It is expensive but well worth it.... also tastes good! Smear on eyes with clean finger, might sting a bit...leave for 5-10mins then rinse.....twice a day is working for me.....

Replied by Denise
Redondo Beach, Ca
04/16/2015

Manuka honey... got the $20 jar at Whole Foods. It's going away in my eyes - already feel 50 percent better after 3 application of the honey. Miracle!
Replied by Danielle
London, Ontario
08/31/2015

Hey everyone!

I've had blepharitis for a few years now. When I was first diagnosed the symptoms were bad and of course my nurse wanted to put me on medication. I don't believe in conventional medicine unless necessary and prefer natural remedies. So I never really tried doing anything about it other than polysporin. It didn't work but I didn't realize it can be a chronic condition. It seemed to improve on it's own.

The only thing I do is use sunflower oil to remove make-up. Maybe it helps. But when it flares up it's embarassing, so I wanted to find natural cures. You guys have a lot of good tips! It's great to share info and your own success stories. I'm definately trying some raw honey. I don't know if I can get the other honey mentioned.

Also just one tip- my mom thinks it's better to heal your body from the inside out. I've seen another tip about taking omega 3 fatty acid supplement. I would say it's better to simply include more food in your diet that's rich in this nutrient. I hope this may help.

Posted by Rosy (Uk) on 12/21/2013

[YEA]  Yes the honey works brilliantly for blepharitis. We treated my father-in-law with honey drops and they succeeded in keeping it completely pain and irritation free. His belpharitis was connected to his glaucoma and he was told he would always have it. He was given many different types of eye drops from the hospital, non of which worked, so the honey was a blessed relief for him. I would heartily recommend it.

Replied by Wendy
United Kingdom
01/06/2014

I have bought a jar of Manuka Honey - please let me know how to make the eyedrops or can I just smear a small amount on my upper and lower lids?
Replied by Mama To Many Donate

Tennessee, Usa
01/06/2014

Wendy,

You could try both. Put a little bit of the honey wherever you have irritation. You can also dilute 1 teaspoon of the honey in a Tablespoon of warm water and use that as drops. I would use purified, filtered or distilled water, if possible.

I hope you have relief soon!

~Mama to Many~

Replied by Wendy
United Kingdom
03/19/2014

[YEA]   Many thanks for the advice to use Honey - it is brilliant - my eyes are cured. Much love, Wendy
Replied by Meiday
Portland, Or
04/08/2014

I have been diagnosed with Bleparitis. Only one eye. Warm compresses and eye lid scrubs are not working. I was using antibiotic/steriod ointment for one week and it appeared to help, but off of it for one week and it is all red, irritated and swollen again with tearing now. Doc keeps saying the same thing over and over. I can't even go to work it hurts so bad. I see that folks use coconut oil and honey to help. Mine is in the inside of the eyelid, so it involves the oil gland. I am also on a lot of flax seed oil. There has to be a better way!
Replied by Amyk
Los Angeles, Ca
04/11/2014

[YEA]   Hi Meiday,

Do you have allergies to dust, outdoors, grass, pollen etc.-- meaning airborne allergies? You should see if that is the cause. I have had airborne allergies all my life and then about 3 years ago I developed blepharitis in both eyes, which was due to my allergies. My eyes were burning, peeling, crusty, wrinkly and made my eyes droop. It was horrible! I tried castor oil, that made it worse for me. I kept changing out washcloths and even put frozen foods on them hoping it would help the burning, but it didn't. I also used an eyewash they sell at the drugstore, but that didn't matter either. Somehow I finally stumbled on MSM pills and after 3 days I was better. I bought MSM pills (it's the sulfur content) from CVS (1000mg per capsule), took 2 capsules 3 times a day, and that helped completely-- no more burning eyes! And then for the crusty, flaky, droopy part, I just used Cetaphil face lotion, just something really moisturizing, and really piled it on at night, and that took care of that. After about a month or two, I reduced my dosage to 2 capsules 1 time a day. I still take this dose today everyday on an empty stomach in the morning with some water and it keeps my blepharitis away. If for some reason I don't take it for a few days, my eyes start to feel the burn. Also, I had read that MSM and Vitamin C works well when taken together, but this wasn't so for me. For some reason for me, the Vitamin C canceled out the effects of the MSM, and made my eyes burn again. So I suggest that you take the MSM on an empty stomach with water, and not with orange juice or any kind of Vitamin C. Good luck!

Replied by Dave Donate

Fountain Inn, Sc
04/11/2014

Hello Meiday,

Re your eyelid condition;

On this EC website, if you look under Ailments, you'll see the introduction which states the cause of Blepharitis is a bacterial or viral infection that impacts the oil gland of the eye lid.

In that case, assuming an infection is the cause; if me, I'd consider applying Colloidal Silver to eye lid using an unscented handkerchief. I do this three times daily for four or five days. If improved in a few days, I'd continue until infection resolved.

I use CS when I get Pink Eye; two drops in each eye, twice daily for two days. Knocks out PE quickly...at least for me. So even if I get a bit of the CS in the eye when applying to eye lid, I know that won't hurt the eye.

Replied by Crystal
Waco Tx
08/24/2015

Hi I read your post and my 3 year old son is going through blepharitis. The light sensitivity is the worst for him and he itches and rubs his eyes. Could you please tell me what kind od honey you used? Would mean so much to him and me.

Manuka Honey   2  1   

Posted by Karl (Bellevue, Wa) on 01/04/2015

[YEA]  So, my wife, Julie, has been dealing with blepharitis for 14 months now. It started with a flaky, itchy rash (like eczema) on her upper eyelids and then it spread to her lower eyelids. It would also cause her left eye to water and tear up. She went to an allergist, a dermatologist and a esthetician to seek treatment. She tried creams, ointments, steroid creams, air purifiers (in case it was caused by an airborne allergen) and vitamin therapy. On a few occasions, it went away and then came back even worse. Needless to say, she was getting enormously frustrated that this condition might go on forever since nothing that the doctors prescribed was working.

I started looking for alternatives for her and came across a few people touting the claims of Manuka honey. The more I read up on it, the more I was convinced that it might do the trick. We went to Whole Foods and bought the most potent manuka honey we could find (+16). A higher number means higher potency. It was an expensive jar of honey, and if we were going to eat it, it would be nuts, but this was medicine. Julie put it on for 10 minutes at a time and left it on lightly overnight and, after one night, the upper eyelid inflammation and rash was GONE! After 48 hours, the entire thing was gone. She burst into tears after the first morning and is just absolutely stunned by how fast it worked and how effortless the application is. No side effects, no danger of a chemical in the eye...just all natural pure manuka honey did the trick.

If you are in that same boat and nothing is working for you, I highly recommend that you give Manuka Honey a try. It's really a miracle cure for this condition.

Replied by Gerda
Waukegan Il
01/13/2015

[YEA]   I am also dealing already with Blepharitis for 14 month. So far I have seen six different Doctors (nothing helped). After reading your article with Manuka honey, I thought I will give it a try. The Manuka honey +16 came in the mail yesterday.The minute I put it on my eyelids, I too was stunned how fast I saw a change. The swelling is going down. My face starts to look more normal again. I hope the honey will do the trick! Gerda
Replied by Stephon
Serbia
01/18/2015

[NAY]   I am suffering from this condition for 3 years, it ruined my life. Finally I bought jar of manuka honey (+15) a week ago. In the beginning it was better, I really hoped that I got rid of blepharitis, however, after 4 days it became worse. I put it on my lids, 3 times a day for 10 minutes, than wash it, and before bed time without wash. Maybe that was too much, too often, so now I will try only with over-night aproach for few days. Every therapy started great but ended bad. Guys, do you have seborrheic skin? Should I put some honey or tea tree there too?

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Posted by Rachel (Spain) on 08/19/2015

[WORKED TEMPORARILY]  I too am suffering this horrible ailment:( About 2 years ago, after about a year of washing lids with baby shampoo & my hair & eyebrows with Head & Shoulders on the doctors advice, I was finally referred to a consultant at the hospital. He prescribed a 3 month dose of an oral medication that was originally used for the treatment of acne & rosacia. I was desperate so agreed to take it. 1 tablet in the morning 1 at night, easy. Amazingly within a week it had completely gone! I never needed to do the ridiculous time consuming washing procedures.... Until now! As I say, it's now about 3 years and I am temporarily in Spain. My eyes have got worse again. Very swollen lids and very red. My whole right eye was completely red, it looked as though I had been punched in the eye it was that bad. I went to the pharmacia who very willingly gave me an antibiotic eye drop. I knew this was not going to help the lumpy red eyelids but after 2 days it has got rid of the redness of the eyeball.

I have also tried honey with some success but it always comes back again. I think Manuka honey may be my next course of action. I have noticed that when I swim in the swimming pool here, with my eyes open, almost swishing my head around to wash my eyes with the water, they are always much better for about a week. Maybe it's the chlorine that temporarily eases it. Also, swimming in the sea does help, again it's probably the salt. But, it never goes away. It can be so debilitating some days. Thankfully I can wear my dark sunglasses through the the day, but am going back to England soon. Another appointment with the doctor! I will also try the tea tree oil, again.

Hopefully someone will come up with a cure for this horrible illness.

Posted by Forest Grove (Forest Grove, US) on 06/03/2014

Re: Remedies for Blepharitis. Red clover and cleavers are suppossed to help the cond, but have not tried them yet. The manuka honey sounds promising. The baby shampoo only helps a bit.

Potato Pack   1  1   

Posted by Mark (Christchurch, Canterbury New Zealand) on 01/05/2013

[YEA]  I have had blepharitis for about three years now tryed everything suggested on earth clinic and with the exception of cider vinegar and hydrogen peroxide which only partly works at best. Decided to try Edgar Cayces suggestion of grated potato packs for half hour to hour each day (this draws out the infection)on both eyes. Even after the first treatment I saw a big improvement. Three days later swollen and red eyelids have almost returned back to normal.

Replied by Chris
Chch, New Zealand
04/29/2013

Hi Mark, have you had any progress with this? I've struggled with this for 9 years now.. It's basically ruining my life.
Replied by Maryalice
Eugene, Or
09/27/2013

[NAY]   I tried the potato packs, but they did not seem to work. In fact, they seemed to make my eyes redder. My blepharitis is causing really red eyes and pain. I do put warm compresses on my eyes every day. I use homeopathic eye drops. I have tried the castor oil, but it seemed to actually cause the blepharitis to get worse, though made my eyes feel better. Any other insight as to how to deal with this issue is much appreciated. Thanks!
Replied by Mmsg
Somewhere, Europe
09/28/2013

Maryalice, someone cured their Bleph with honey. Google it.
Replied by Kerri
Warwick, R.i.
01/02/2014

Can I ask how to make a potato pack?
Replied by Molly
Ithaca, Ny
11/18/2014

This sounds interesting, Mark. How did you make the potato packs?
Replied by Chris
Auckland
03/09/2015

Hi there, did you find this potato treatment worked?

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Posted by Rosalind (Manila, Philippines) on 07/29/2014

[YEA]  I have suffered from blepharitis on and off since 2007 and it has been such a pain. Red, teary eyes, itchin' like a b*tch. This last bout has been the worst.

I'd been thinking about real, natural salt without additives being a great cure-all, and I wanted to try this on my condition. At this point, I was willing to try anything.

I dissolved a teaspoon of Sea Salt in a cup of lukewarm distilled water, and used this as an eye bath. At first, I did it 3 times a day. After about 5 days, I reduced that to twice a day, and then after several more days I noticed I'd forgotten to do the eye bath in the morning. My eyes were 90% itch-, redness-, and tear-free! The eye bath burns a little, but not bad. It's just like swimming in the ocean. ;)

This morning I did the eye bath again 'cause I felt some itching, and it quickly made it go away. By the way, this is important: after the salt water eye bath, I let my eyes dry for a few minutes and then apply VIRGIN COCONUT OIL to my upper and lower inner eyelids. I simply dip a Q-tip in the coconut oil, let the excess drip, and swab my lids gently. I only use 1 Q-tip for both eyes (one end per eye). It makes your vision blurred for about 15 minutes, and then you see clearly again.

As a side effect, I also found that my eyelashes had become freakishly long! I believe it's the coconut oil that's responsible for this.

At present, I would say my blepharitis is under control with the salt water eye bath and coconut oil method. Try it--it might work for you!

Replied by Lilac
Northern Usa
07/29/2014

Beautiful. Thank you for posting this. The salt water makes sense, since blepharitis is caused by bacteria, and salt kills bacteria. I think WARM salt water would be best, since the heat helps the circulation, and that helps get rid of infections too, and warmth is known to help blepharitis. I'm wondering if it might be a good idea to rinse off the salt water with plain distilled water after the treatment. I don't know...I'll try both ways. I'll use Celtic salt, which is really high quality. Regarding your long lashes, it may be from controlling the bacteria. My eye doctor told me my eye lashes have fallen out as a result of my blepharitis. You used your creativity. Bravo. I'm going to try it.
Replied by Rosalind
Manila, Philippines
07/29/2014

Thanks, Lilac! You can rinse after the eye bath if you like. For me it was just more effective without rinsing. This morning there was a little bit of itching again and in the rush of getting my kids ready for school, I forgot to do the eye bath. No problem! I'll do it after I drop them off. The itching has subsided anyway, and I'm so happy I've got this thing managed.
Replied by Anna
Dayton, Oh
04/28/2015

Brilliant, the salt-method. My eyes were flaring up badly today and nothing really helped to relieve the stinging and redness around my eyes. Since I always get rid of throat pain by deep gurgling with a sea salt solution, your suggestion made perfect sense to me. It made me actually want to swim in the ocean. Maybe beach vacations are the super cure for Blepharitis and the soul :)

I soaked two cotton balls in the warm solution and carefully cleaned the entire eye area. Then I soaked two new cotton balls, squeezed the excess water out a bit and laid down for ten minutes. It faintly tingled. No rinsing afterwards, but a generous application of organic Manuka Honey cream to moisturize.

Since this is the first time doing it, I can't vow for future results, just yet. My eyelids are still bright red and swollen, but finally there is no stinging or discomfort anymore right after the treatment.

Let me continue this for a few days and see if the redness and swelling will go down. Not to be in pain right now is a very welcome change. Of course, I hope the salt/Manuka routine will eventually transform me into my normal self.

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Posted by Candice (Mesquite, Texas) on 09/19/2014

[YEA]  I am the same Candice that commented on the baby shampoo/lotion cure for blepharitis a couple of years ago. I wish that I could say it was still a success, but sadly its not. A few months ago, out of the blue - an annoying little scaly patch revealed itself on one of my eyelids. I was in total shock! Of course, no amount of commercial moisturizers or cleansers could help my problem. For some reason, the baby products had run their course. I also suffer from eczema behind and around my ears. In an attempt to heal these two conditions and just be a healthier me - I eliminated all unnatural beauty and skin health products out of my routine.

I began using the oil cleansing method (look it up - it's awesome) to wash my face at night. I have a few different mixtures that I use. Mostly my cleansers are comprised of 20% cold-pressed castor oil to 80% other oil (I interchange almond oil, olive oil, avocado oil, jojoba oil, etc). Contrary to what you may think, this really cleanses the face well (the blackheads on my nose are no longer visible to me), but it didn't do anything for my blepharitis.

I then began experimenting with different moisturizers to use after oil-cleansing my face. I started with one type of oil like coconut or olive and while they were good for my overall facial skin - they weren't healing my dry patch which by this point had actually extended into the corner of my eye and was causing a painful little split in my skin (not fun! ). Then one day a friend gave me a moisturizer that she had made. She had whipped together (literally, in a bowl with a mixer) shea butter, coconut oil, and almond oil. The texture of this stuff is AMAZING. I actually even use it as my oil cleanser sometimes. For the first time I could tell that although the patch wasn't healing - it was being soothed. This was the first time I've ever used shea butter and because I'm insanely inquisitive - I decided to do some research. I found tons of info where people vouched that shea really helped many of their flaky, irritated, dry skin issues. I decided to give it a try and I am so glad that I did!! I got online and ordered 100% unrefined organic shea butter; grade A; ivory color. I was able to get 1 pound (16 ounces) of the stuff for $15.99 (and I got a free ebook with body butter recipes which is handy trying to go all natural). I began using the shea butter immediately. I didn't mix or whip it with anything else - just the pure shea! I used a spoon to scrape some off of the block (mine came in a 1lb bar) and then I rubbed it between my forefinger and thumb for a minute just to make it more malleable, then I massaged it into the scaly spot on my eyelid and all around my eye. I did this several times throughout the day. By the 4th day of my new routine with the shea - my blepharitis is gone again!!! The sore crack in the corner of my eye is completely healed and my eyelid looks normal again! I am so happy to have found something that works again and I hope this helps someone else find relief as well.

Replied by Prioris
Fl
09/19/2014

I just submitted a post on something called Palmitoleic Acid (Omega 7) under the Dry Eye. It could help blepharitis.


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