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Coconut oil for Chalazion Cysts on eye lids.
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Posted by Alison (Naples, Fl) on 08/29/2015

[YEA]  Before I went to bed, I put coconut oil(virgin, cold pressed, found in most grocery stores) on a piece of gauze bandage, then used medical tape to secure it to my eye. I also taped a cotton ball over the gauze bandage, so it would push the bandage into my eye socket so the coconut oil was kept against my eye. In the morning I could see drainage on the gauze. I repeated this for 2 nights and my chalazion was gone.

I have had chalazions many times. They usually take weeks or months to heal. I have had one surgically removed.

I will never do hot compresses again, the coconut oil is the answer.

I hope this helps many people avoid the embarrassment of chalazions.

Discover Your Food Sensitivities
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Posted by Juliemarie (Front Royal, Virginia) on 09/23/2015

[YEA]  I read all the posts about remedies for a chalazion, such as apple cider vinegar, castor oil, etc., and all of these are great, but I'd like to offer you a way to keep from getting them in the first place. I discovered that there is a compelling link between foods you are sensitive to and the development of a chalazion on your eye. For me, it is eggs, dairy, and anything with sulfites in it, like white wine. You will want to experiment until you find your trigger foods. I learned this concept from a total stranger, who saw me putting expensive eye drops in my eye in a public restroom, and saw my chalazion. Happily for me, she was not shy, and she approached me and asked, "Do you eat eggs?" Imagine my surprise and confusion. She told me that she recognized both the eye drops I was using and the chalazion I was treating. She said she used to get them all the time, until she learned that she was allergic to eggs. I quit eating eggs and the problem went away.

Pay attention to what time of day the problem is worse or gets better. I saw one post where the contributor noted that theirs was worst in the morning. Mine was always better in the morning, and deteriorated after breakfast: of course, since I was usually eating eggs or cereal with milk, and I have learned that both eggs and milk are triggers. The person who wrote that theirs was worst in the morning is probably eating the offending food at dinnertime or later, causing the inflammation to increase overnight.

You will want to do some careful detective work, because you can't assume that a trigger food will give you a chalazion every time: if I eat one egg by itself, I am usually still ok. What happens is that your trigger foods will prompt a chalazion to set in if you either eat the food several days in a row -- or if you are run down or stressed at the time you partake of the food. Or if you eat multiple trigger foods at the same meal. (An egg quiche washed down with white wine would give me one for sure! )

So continue with all the great ACV, castor oil, etc. that are suggested on this blog -- but try to find why you are prone to them in the first place. Food sensitivities can cause a broad array of weird health issues.

Warm regards from the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, JulieMarie

Replied by Juliemarie
It's me again: something I forgot to add in my post above about food sensitivities, is that it often takes several days for a chalazion to emerge after eating a trigger food, so don't just look at what you ate the day before. Once you already have the chalazion, eating the trigger foods will worsen the problem, which is why time of day matters, once you have the problem. But when it first shows up, it might be something you ate in the middle of last week, so look carefully at your overall diet, rather than just the meal from the day before. Some trigger foods go to work faster than others: eggs will cause them for me within about two days. Other foods have a longer lag time. Hope this is helpful!

Egg Compress
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Posted by Sean (Wa., US) on 01/07/2015

[YEA]  My chalazion began when I returned from a camping trip and realized my upper eyelid was red and swollen. I had some antibiotic eyedrops left over from a bout with pink eye that I used a couple times daily. The swelling and redness went away after a few days and I thought all was well... but noticed I could now feel a tiny bump on my upper eyelid if I touched it with my finger. It wasn't visible and it didn't hurt, so I just ignored it.

Two months went by and the tiny bump that seemed dormant the whole time suddenly started growing, and my eyelid again became red and a bit swollen. I found earth clinic and decided to try applying apple cider vinegar (which I heated up in the microwave, soaked up with a cotton ball and pressed to my eyelid for 5 minutes a few times a day). I didnt have "with the mother" ACV so I used some western family 5% acidity ACV. After day 3 of this, MY EYELID BECAME EVEN MORE RED, SWOLLEN, AND IRRITATED. And the bump seemed bigger than ever.

I immediately stopped using it and went to the doctor. The doc said I had a chalazion and I would have to see a specialist to get it lanced (they turn your eyelid inside out and cut open the chalazion to let it drain. heal time supposedly = 2 days). I decided to try some other natural cures before resorting to this, so I went out and bought the works... "with the mother" ACV, silver hydrosol (colloidal silver to drop in my eye), Activated charcoal capsules, and fankincense essential oil. I began with only using silver hydrosol drops five times daily. This seemed to take down the swelling and redness of the eyelid, but didnt do much for the bump. I proceeded to try all other above treatments, as well as FINALLY trying a warm moist compress 3 times daily. THE WARM MOIST COMPRESS REALLY SHOWED RESULTS!!!

Heres what I did that really seemed to work...

BOIL AN EGG- this acts to retain the heat for the warm (more like hot) compress

WRAP IN A COTTON SHIRT- you may want to fold over a couple layers of material, then take away layers as the egg cools off so the contact is always nice and hot (don't burn yourself, but you want it to be as hot as seems reasonable)

DIP THE SHIRT COVERED EGG IN THE HOT WATER- to get it moist, the steamy warmth feels great on your eye and I'm convinced helps.

APPLY TO YOUR EYELID- I would kinda push the bump around with the egg while I did this, to kinda massage it and stimulate it.


I did this 3 times daily and immediately after would rub some frankincense oil on the eyelid. On the third day I could really feel the bump on the inside of my eyelid, like the skin was hardening and becoming slightly more abrasive on my eyeball. It literally felt like it was about to pop from the inside! The next time I applied the egg compress, I swear I felt the blocked oil duct in my eyelid open up, and the chalazion felt like it had popped. I looked in the mirror and the bump (that was about the size of a small pea) was considerably smaller, and there was gunk in the corner of my eye that easily wiped away. Over the next 2 days my eyelid felt much better, and I continued applying the egg compress, each time getting more gunk out of my eye and the bump becoming smaller and smaller until it was gone!

I really encourage anyone suffering from a chalazion to be persistent with the egg compress, I think off all the treatments out there this is the one that really produces some real results!!!

Replied by Kate
How many days to remove it?
Replied by Linda
[YEA]   Thanks so much for advice, egg compress and ACV worked wonders and my cyst has gone, so thrilled

Epsom Salt
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Posted by Adaneth (North Cali., US) on 02/02/2015

[YEA]  I've had styes before which responds well to warm compresses, washed with mild soap. However the swollen area on my eyelid didn't respond well this time. My whole lower lid was swollen and itchy and warm as it is when a stye begins. I noticed an oil duct on my lower lid was not expelling oil as all the others were when I was pressing it. Then after a few days the swelling subsided and there was a small- med lump inside my lower eyelid. I could not see where there was any opening, besides the oil duct opening along my eyelid. That lump began to grow slowly. At first warm compresses helped to loosen it up a little. And I began to push on it and tried to squeeze it. I didn't do them religiously and the lump began to harden over time (a few weeks) and left what looked like a permanent stye. I was walking around with this for months.

By this time the warm compresses did not help anymore bc it had hardened. Then I did some research and learned that Epsom salt mixed with water, a ratio of half and half worked well. Tried it, and saw immediate results that same night. I read online that someone's chalazion came to a head and broke open under their eyelid as they applied the epson salt mixture. I kept having discard in that eye during the treatment, so I opened up the lower lid and saw that the chalazion had came to a head and a string of white exudate and oil was coming out of it. The epsom salt was drawing all the oil and fluids out.

Now I realized that this is the process of osmosis I learned in physiology and chemistry. Fluids or molecules from a less concentrated state will always pass through a permeable membrane into a more concentrated one. I was so relieved. I could see instant results as I pushed and same more of it come out, and the gradually decreasing size of the chalazion. But I don't think pushing on it is a good thing, because it can create more inflammation and cause the chalazion opening to swell and close like a zit. I pushed on this same chalazion when it first started months ago while I was doing hot water compresses, and after that it just sealed up. After seeing this, I just applied more compresses of the mixture and it was completely gone in two -three days. There is still a tiny small lump inside my lid, too small to be visible, but I think it's because all the tissues were stretched so much by the chalazion that it left a small space/cavity.

Take half a cup of Epson salt and add half of cup of boiling water. Mix and pour into another cup and sit down on the sofa. Test the water. You want it to be hot enough to place on your face without burning it. Take a face towel and dip it into the cup, wring out a little of the solution, but you want it to be wet and a little dripping so that the solution can actually soak into your eyes. Press this hot towel to your affected eye and let it seep in. Hold for 3-5 minutes. Repeat again and change water when it gets cold. Do this a few times throughout the day. I got lazy so I only did it twice a day or so.

Hopefully this helps.

Replied by Adaneth
North Cali., US
I also want to add that I thought the epsom salt mixture was going to burn real bad. To my surprise it didn't hurt at all.

Fish Liver Oil, Vitamins
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Posted by Jack (Scranton, Pa) on 02/24/2010

[YEA]  Fish Liver Oil or Cod Oil with Vitamin A and D

Been suffering from recurring and embarrassing Chalazions for many years, having useless surgery where they completely missed the Chalazion altogether or it came back in the same spot weeks later... Surgery doesn't unclog the problem, which is a blocked meibomian gland. You can even see them if you look closely on your eyelid, separate from the eyelashes on the moist edge of your eyelids, you see many tiny hole openings. Some will be filled with fatty white blockage.

Within 60 days my Chalazions were gone for good after researching Vitamin A and D from Fish Liver oil. Being deficient in both, I took two softgels per day for sixty days and by the sixtieth day, the Chalazions were gone completely, though it is a gradual process that requires patience for those who want instant results from the awkward eye bumps. Warm compresses never helped me unfortunately, as the doctor suggested. Hope this helps. If you try it, be consistent and don't overtake vitamins per day.

This is available at most stores that have vitamins. Now I take one per day and it's been over two years and no Chalazions have recurred since. It really worked.

Keep in mind, there is no instant solution other than surgery, which leaves a big black and blue mark, swollen eyelid for a week, and the glands are still blocked, so it came back in the same spot weeks later... The doctor didn't even mention that vitamin A or fish oil could solve it. I think he either didn't know, or rather have more business when there's more problems.

Replied by Tony
Santa Barbara, California
Jack, will regular fish oil pills work? Or does it have to be fish liver oil? Or cod oil? And what does the vitamin A anf D do to help? Thanks. Also was wondering why would people get the surgery if a steroid shot does the same thing pretty much? Or does it? I appreciate sites like these and all of everybodys input. Ive had this chalazion problem for almost a year. Started out as just one on my upper lid, then a month later the lower. Ive had them pop and form a scab, super annoying and embarrasing, I wear sunglasses at night, (people think I'm on drugs). Now there is two on my upper lid and still one on the lower. One on the upper has grown and is pretty large, it is sore and painful at night, why? And how did it grow? Ive been to a Dr. and researched the internet. I don't want surgery cuz most people say it comes back anyway and leaves huge scarring. Thinking bout the steroid shot?

Anyhow, internet research says chalazion will go away on its own but can take as long as a year or possibly longer. That's why I still have it, I guess, just been toughin it out, as its almost been a year. But it has gotten super worse!! Can't handle it anymore. And yes I've done hot compresses, but not that much at all, (doesnt seem to help). I started taking fish oil capsules, hopefully that helps. Thanks for reading, and I appreciate any input or advice.

Replied by Maria
Hi Tony, how is your chalazion using Oil fish? is it gone? I got chalazion for less than a year and tried almost most of the remedies here, as well Omega 3 (oilfish), chalazion got smaller, but still exists. How is your result?

Thank you, Maria

Replied by Maria
[YEA]   Just to give a heads up. Omega 3 and vitamin A(tablet) worked for me. Chalazion is gone!

Frankincense Oil
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Posted by Teresa (Singapore) on 03/24/2015

[YEA]  My daughter has been having chronic chalazion since she was 5. She has had 2 surgeries under GA. 3 years on she started having another just 2 weeks ago. It grew so large that we could see the pus from the surface of her upper eye lid. But we were not keen to go down the surgical route. A church friend strongly recommended frankincense oil and a night after applying it on her head n neat on the chalazion, it popped and pus oozed out. We kept up w the frankincense application and it's reduced to less than half of it's original size! We are amazed by the healing properties of frankincense!

Replied by Dee
Mechanicsburg, Pa
Just out of curiosity, what brand of frankincense did you use?
Replied by Mama To Many Donate

Dear Dee,

When we are treating something serious or of a delicate nature and want to use a high quality essential oil, we use Mountain Rose Herbs or Heritage Essential Oils. Both companies use high quality oils and we have found them very effective. For "everyday" type use, though there are a number of oils that we have found to work just fine. We have been using Now oils for many years. I avoid oils sold through Multi-level Marketing companies though. Their oils end up being so expensive. I am not saying they aren't high quality or effective, but I don't think think it is necessary to buy super expensive oils.

I would get a high quality oil for use near the eye and be careful not to get it into the eye. (And if you do get it into the eye, flush with whole milk or olive or coconut oil.) Also, test an area of skin (perhaps the abdomen?) before using a new oil on a delicate area like near the eye to make sure there is no adverse reaction.

While the original poster used the oil straight on the chalazion, I would probably dilute it a bit with a carrier oil and see if that would be just as effective, and if not, then consider using it straight.

~Mama to Many~

Replied by Anna
[NAY]   I've been using frankincense for the past week but nothing has changed. I found this site two weeks ago when a chalazion arrived on my eyelid. I've tried the hot compress with hot eggs and frankincense but it hasn't gone away. Anyone else has anymore suggestions??

Posted by Anon (Malaysia) on 10/15/2014

[YEA]  Hi everyone, I just want to share what really worked for me. I have been suffering from chalazion for about 2 months now, I have tried apple cider vinegar, hot compress, salt solutions, antibiotic eye ointment, but none of them seemed to really help me. I was feeling quite down that it wasn't getting any better, so I started praying, and God answered my prayer when I stumbled upon essential oils. I read online, and saw other had good results with frankincense essential oil. I have only started using fankincense essential oil 2 days ago, and my chazalion is improving and decreasing in size. I use the oil 2-3 times a day on my eye area. but I think the one at native american nutritionals has some good reviews as well. Just want to thank God for answering my prayer and I pray that everyone who suffers from chalazion will have full recovery!

Replied by Terri
Do you dilute the essential oil will a carrier oil, or did you apply it full strength?
Replied by Mama to Many Donate

Dear Terri,

Frankincense essential oil is pretty gentle and I use it straight at times, but not near the eye area. Using near the eye I would dilute with a carrier oil. Maybe 1:5? Maybe less. Even diluted, I would try a small amount and make sure it isn't irritating the eye, and then dilute more if needed.

~Mama to Many~

Replied by Priscilla
Can I apply frankincense oil straight away to my daughter's inside eyelid aged 2yrs?

EC: Essential Oils are never to be used in the eyes.

General Feedback
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Posted by Lee (Matawan, New Jersey) on 02/24/2015

While this is not a natural cure, I can attest that it absolutely works. I suffered from a chalazion for over 4 months & had basically tried every single treatment to fix it that I could possibly find on the internet with no avail. I came across a tube of Fluocinonide .5mg in my drawer when looking for something else, it is a steroid cream. I put a Tiny dab of that cream on the chalazion with a clean Q-tip three times a day and I also used over the counter dry eye drops 3 to 5 times a day. The giant chalazion was gone in less than two weeks. I was thrilled to call the eye dr and cancel the surgery.

Hot Compresses
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Posted by Lovelygirl36 (Georgia) on 06/24/2014

[NAY]  Eye chalazions: I been having this problem for a couple of years but there not inside my eye I have them outside of my eye. I have tried hot compresses and no results I've even popped them and they come right back..

Iodine, Neem Extract
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Posted by Carolyn (Central, Va) on 09/09/2009

[YEA]  After my doc put me on an iodine pill, my chalazions went away, except for a very tiny remnant of one that wasn't noticeable to anyone but me. A few months later, after starting daily doses of neem extract (10 drops taken internally), the remaining chalazion went away, as well as most of my rosacea bumps.

Replied by Taylor
Wilder, Vermont, Usa
I've had a chalazion for the past year or so in both of my eyes. One stayed very small, only noticing it by the feel of the bump when I rubbed my eye. The other got very large and swollen, affecting my ability to open my eye. This only happened because it got infected, and I needed a steroid shot in the chalazion to reduce the swelling. It stayed away for a half a year, and now it's returning. I'm wetting a washcloth and placing in the microwave on one of those beanbag/rice heating pads and laying down with them over my eyes. Also, I'm going to start washing my eyes with baby shampoo mixed with water because that reduces the oil blockage without pain. My chalazions do not hurt as well.
Replied by Tricia
My 5 yr old got one last August which we tried treating as a sty. This obviously didn't work.... Because it wasn't hurting her in anyway the docs advice was to leave it alone. If it started to hurt this would mean infection and then sonething would have to be done about it. So I decided to go with his advice. Out of the blue, on the last day of March, it just disappeared. Literally overnight. But her "eye allergy" started up within 2 days. Every year during April her eyes get mucus and itchy. We had her checked out the first year it happened and this was the diagnosis. She doesn't suffer any other form of allergy. I can't help but wonder are the two related. If the chalazion reappears I am going to try local honey to see if the pollen helps.

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Posted by Mmsg (Somewhere, Europe) on 07/18/2013

Does anyone have experience in using milk compresses for a chalazion?

Multiple Remedies
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Posted by Stephanie (Long Valley, Nj) on 07/26/2015

Hi Timh and earth clinic,

I have all of the autoimmune disorders, sjogrens, lymes, etc... so I don't heal fast, but, I now have a giant pea size chalazion on my right, upper eyelid, for 2 weeks, and growing. 4 doctors later, and opthamalic antibiotics, and Tobradex, it is worse every day. They are doing the surgery on it tomorrow. I don't feel that I heal well enough to have surgery. I am desperate to find a natural remedy. If the chalazion shows improvement by tomorrow morning then I can cancel the surgery. I have tried natural stye drops by simil _ _ _ _, hot wet washcloths, ACV externally, I do take a tbsp internally 4 days/wk, tea bags, internal turmeric capsules 1daily, I dont have any jewelry so I can't rub gold on it, I have washed the lid with baby shampoo, massaged it, I tried ice, I have tried a warm hard boiled egg wrapped in a warm wet washcloth, I have put aloe on the lid, I am taking 500mg lysine, 2x/day. What can I do? it's so large that it even covers part of my eye and impairs my vision, plus the lump is so big that my eyelid skin is stretched out and sensitive and purplish. Please advise. Thank you soooooo much. Steph

Posted by Aishah (Oakland, Ca) on 09/05/2013

[YEA]  My 4 year old has regular chalazions. I notice that he is more likely to get them when he eats or drinks certain milk products. What I do now, is give him probiotics when I give him milk products. I also give him fermented cod-liver oil daily. These two combined has really helped him.

When he has an actual chalazion, I give him colodial silver and a children's echinacea for his immune system. This has helped decrease the time that the chalazion stays on his eye.

Posted by Sheila (San Diego, Ca, Usa) on 05/18/2011

[YEA]  Unfortunately, I cannot say which of the remedies I have been using (for other conditions) did the trick to heal my chalazion. The chalazion appeared on my lower left eyelid a little over 5 months ago. In those 5 months I used warm compresses, tea bags, colloidal silver drops, rue fennel wash, etc. It would decrease in size on occasion after one of the above treatments, but stayed noticeable. My PCP recommended an opthalmologist, but I didn't want to see more doctors for something that wasn't an emergency so I searched Earthclinic.

In early April 2011, I started using the Castor Oil for the chalazion, and had started ACV as a tonic for my overall health.

I believe my consumption of diluted ACV (2 teaspoons in 10 ozs, once sometimes twice a day) did the most good, but I was also taking very low doses of Potassium Iodide (300 mcg a day), and I had also started using Castor Oil in/on my eyes (at bedtime, one drop swiped on each eyelid, or one drop in the chalazion eye.

Cautionary note: The ACV I consumed also triggered or boosted my immune system, and possibly raised my body's histamine levels. I've been recovering from a bout of Contact Dermatitis (Dx as per an MD), or a bout of Urticaria/Angioedema (self-Dx'ed).

Replied by Sheila
San Diego, Ca, Usa
One last thing to note, my chalazion is hardly discernible; no bump, but a tiny shadow on the eyelid margin, and the tissue on the interior of the lower lid is soft again with only some discoloring at a darker pink/reddish. I'm pretty pleased with my results... and no prescribed meds! Now I'm just waiting for a lash or two to grow back out at the spot.
Replied by Sheila
San Diego, Ca, Usa
My chalazion is gone.

There is a tiny bit of a 'scar' or discoloration on my eye margin, but my eyelashes have grown back in that spot, and there is no longer a bump. There is also no longer 'structural damage' as my PCP called it on the inside of my lower lid.

To the other things I was using, I added Vit A (25000 IU) per day to my supplement regimen, and as an added boost, I used one drop of colloidal silver on the inner lining for two days before bedtime to kill off any infection. I had used colloidal silver before, for pink eye.

Replied by Yana
Utica, Mi
Where can I get colloidal silver? Can I get it online?
Replied by Beege
Sonoma, Ca
[YEA]   After reading about castor oil on this site, I had to try it, as it removed warts on my fingers as a child... I bought the castor oil on Saturday, applied it once then, once Sunday, and once so far today, on a cotton pad, covered with a warm gel eyemask, and a heating pad. When I got out of the shower today, the chalazion, which was birthed in December, was 3/4 gone. Props to castor oil.
Replied by Shina
Abilene, Tx
What type of Castor oil did you buy? Was it an eye drop? How long did it take the chalazion to disappear? I have one for 6 months and I want to clear it. I don't want any surgery. Thanks so much.
Replied by Nina
Boston, Ma
I've had this chalazion on my upper left eyelid for a little more than a month. After reading your comments, I've decided to try all of these multiple remedies (castor oil, applying the ACV and drinking the teaspoons of ACV daily, washing my eye with baby shampoo and added Vitamin A to my diet). I've been doing this for about 2 days as well as continuing wih the warm compresses. I'll let you all know if my chalazion shows any improvement in about a month.
Replied by Sarah
Ottawa, Ontario
Nina! DO you see any improvements on your chalazion? Has it gotten any better for you? I have been suffering from chalazion for the last 2 years. I have gotten several surgeries. I will try the ACV and the castor oil and let you all know if I see any improvements also.
Replied by Bossi
Boston, MA
To all suffering from the Chalazion or sty on the eye. My younger brother got these frequently and my Mother would grate the skin of a green apple into a white 100% cotton kerchief or cut T-Shirt. She would put the cotton sack of green apple skin and juice on his eye. And it only took days to heal without leaving a scar. I think he sat for at least an hour with it on his eye.

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Posted by Chanda (Germany) on 04/14/2015

hi I need some suggestion for using pulsatilla 200. how should I use it I want to know the dosage how many times per day and for how long. I am asking for eye problems like styes and chalazions.

Replied by Angela
If you are using Pulsatilla 200 and have never used it before you can take 3 doses 1/2 hour or one hour between each. 1 dose can be one pill if they are large or 2 if they are small. The quantity of pills is not the issue so much as the frequency of taking the pills. Why? because homeopathic remedies don't have any amount of the original substance, it is the energy of the substance that is curative.

It may be that the right remedy for you could be another one like staphisagria. I took pulsatilla about a week ago and no change. Went to see my homeopathic dr yesterday and he suggested staphisagria 200 and it has started to seep since last night.