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Natural Remedies to Cure Eye Issues
Periorbital puffiness, known as puffy eyes, is the build-up of fluid in the tissue surrounding the eyes, called the orbits, giving the appearance of eye bags and a puffy face. This is actually a form of edema that can gradually increase with age but usually dissipates on its own.
Puffy eyes can be caused by mononucleosis, oversleeping, not enough sleep, factors increasing fluid retention (such as excess salt in the diet, or even crying), skin disorders that cause inflammation such as dermatitis, alcohol and tobacco use, hypothyroidism, periorbital cellulitis infections, chagas disease, trichinosis, and tear gland disorders. Additionally, the first sign of nephrotic syndrome is puffy eyes. Allergies are often to blame, partly as a side-effect of rubbing sore, itchy eyes.
Find a Home Remedy for Puffy Eyes!
On this page you can find dozens of remedies for puffy eyes. Our most popular remedy is currently apple cider vinegar, but some other remedies are aloe, black tea bags, eliminating sugar or dairy, green tea, and honey. Let us know here on Earth Clinic what it is you use to treat your puffy or swollen eyes; and if you know or use a remedy we don't know about, feel free to share it here!
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What can be done about this illness where an amoeba attacks the cornea of the eye and can result in decreased eyesight, maybe even blindness? Any help would be much appreciated!
Hello Earth Clinic, I have had debilitating adult strabismus for over two years caused by Myasthenia Gravis. Everything is under control except for my eyes. One eye goes up the other turns inward and I can only see straight if wearing a patch. I have tried homeopathy, acupuncture, craniosacral therapy, vision therapy, have a pretty good diet whereby I try not to eat healthy foods in moderation. Has anyone ever encountered any cures?
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YEA (1) 50% NAY (1) 50%Posted by Patricia (Austin, Texas) on 07/01/2009
[YEA] 4 oz of Aloe Vera juice quickly helped my eye. I recently had a bad looking popped blood vessel in my eye. I read that it generally takes about 2 weeks to go away/heal. I immediately started taking 4 oz a day and it completely cleared up in 3 days. I have continued to take it because it has done wonders for my skin, has given me more energy,I am now back to having regular bowel movements.
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YEA (1) 100%Posted by Billie (Roy, Wa.) on 08/17/2011
[YEA] For a cold in the eye(s), a sty, pink-eye or minor irratation of the eyes, try using an apple. Simply grate part of an apple (about 1/2), wrap it in a piece of cloth or paper towel. Place it on the eye for approximately 20 minutes. Repeat this process again every 2-4 hrs. Within about 24 hrs. The problem will be gone. We did this for our son when he was about 9 yrs. old and found that having him pretend to be a pirate along with eating part of the apple was the easiest way to get his co-operation. The apple is extremely soothing and works quickly.
YEA (6) 100%Posted by Daffodil (Seattle) on 09/12/2014
[YEA] My eyelids had been inflamed for a couple of months-- very puffy, red, itchy, teary. I finally was able to get this under control with apple cider vinegar by applying it to the outside of the lids. I made an ACV solution of 50% apple cider vinegar/50% water, dipped two cotton balls in it so they were drenched, closed my eyes and held the cotton balls there. The first time it stung like %#*@ so it was probably only 10 seconds or so that I applied the ACV mixture. I made sure to wipe the entire eyelid with the ACV mixture. Then rinsed well with cold water and patted dry, then once dry I applied a zinc oxide diaper creme and left it on for a few hours (I like sudocrem. Do this when you have some time to hang out at home- the diaper creme really soothes the sting). Initially it makes the eyelids very red and they appear worse, but the ACV mixture kills the infection and the eyes start to heal.
I did this once a day (after work, or right before bed)-- I think more is too often as the ACV mixture does tend to make the eyes very red initially. I don't recommend doing this in the morning if you have to leave the house. Keep doing this until after the eyes are healed to make sure the infection is completely gone.
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Posted by Puffymama (Ny, Ny) on 01/12/2014
I am 43 years old, diagnosed a few months ago with hyperthyroidism caused by graves disease. For several years I have been suffering from severe pitting periorbital edema. I try to cut out salt from my diet nothing seems to help, endo said it could all be the thyroid so I am hopng that my treatment will bring results. Can Apple Cider Vinegar help with the edema?
Posted by Caroline (Ramelton Co Donegal, Ireland) on 11/24/2012
[YEA] Tried Apple Cider Vinegar for an eye infection I had last week and within a day and a half it had cleared up. Saved me a trip to the doctors. All I did was put a couple of teaspoons of Apple Cider Vinegar in a small bowl of water and cleaned my eye using cotton wool dipped in it about four or five times and hey presto no eye infection.
Posted by Diana (Flushing, Michigan, USA) on 08/30/2009
[YEA] ACV with honey and distilled water cured my eye inflammation.
I had blepharitis in both eyes, with painful ulcerations on my eyelids. It was like I had toxic tears. Dr. said to use a 10% solution of baby shampoo in water and use it to scrub eyelashes with cotton swab. Condition worsened.
Mixe together 5 parts distilled water, 2 parts organic honey, and 1 part ACV. One drop in each eye 2x each day. The solution does not need to be refrigerated. I made it in a clean liquid measuring cup, then transferred it to a droppper bottle. The solution packs quite a sting. More if the inflammation is more severe. It is important to get the solution all over the eye by moving the eye left, right, up and down while closed. It will sting each time, but IT WORKS!!! For me after 2 weeks the inflammation was completely gone. I'm thinking of trying it once a week for maintainance.
Found this receipe in a book: Healing for the Age of Enlightenment by Stanley Burroughs.
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Posted by Zozo9 (Miami Beach, Florida, USA) on 08/15/2009
[YEA] I have trouble with one of my contacts and what happens is it floats around my eye, so at nighttime when I am ready to take it out, I have to find it. Consequently, I have pinched my eyeball several times thinking I had it.. The next morning I woke up with a nasty eye infection and like others here, it felt like I had a piece of sand in my eye. So, I found this website and tried what one of your other patients said to do... I mixed a half a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar in a shot glass and filled the rest up with filtered water. Then I put it up to my eye and did a quick rinse. Yes, it burned a little and my head felt like I had a headache for a couple of hours. I took some aspirin and I laid down for about an hour. My head swell cleared up and by about 4 hours later, I could tell my eye was well on it's way back to being normal. Of course the next day, it was. Thank you so much for this website! It saved me a lot of money for the doctor!
Posted by Marty (Nashville, Tennessee -- Music City, USA) on 04/21/2009
[YEA] I use organic apple cider vinegar for several things, and have noticed that the whites of my eyes do not appear blood shot anymore. They look white, white and crystal clear. Since I have severe allergies, this is a wonderful benefit from the ACV! Organic apple cider vinegar is simply awesome.
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Posted by Angie (American Fork, UT) on 10/03/2008
[YEA] If you have the little black floaties in your eyes, get ACV, mix with water and dip a cotton ball in it and wash your eyes out with it. Just brush it over your eyes in a few days they will be gone. As you brush your eyes lift your eye lids a little bit. It will sting a little but it works. Every morning and night or as often as you feel is right for you.
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YEA (2) 100%Posted by Blue Silver (Santa Ana, Ca ) on 06/04/2011
[YEA] Special Formula for Eye Drops by Stanley Burroughs from his book The Master Cleanser with Special Needs and Problemas. I recently had film in my eyes, I made the home remedy formula and my eyes cleared up. Based on the book if you take the drops, you should have no dangerous side effects. Many cases of glaucoma, cataracts, spots, film, and growth of varios kinds have completely disappeared. The drops may be applied one at a time to both eyes serveral times daily. Continue use until the condition has cleared up.
5 Parts (measures) distilled water
2 parts best grade of honey
1 part pure apple cider vinagar
(Sterlin or other good brand)
Mix together and store in a bottle. It need not be referigerated as contents will not spoil. If eyes are in good condition, keep them that way by regular use as no harm can ever come by using it. It has a strong smarting effect for a moment, then the eyes clear and feel very good after each use. The drops have proven to be superior to most commercial drops.
In my opinion, what really does the job here, is ACV, it's a cure all. Good luck!
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YEA (1) 100%Posted by Bev (london, england) on 07/28/2009
Hello, please could you tell me what your eye symptoms were that you had cured. Also i'd like to knoew what ACV is, so that i can purchase it. My eyes are extremely puffy and i look very old. Ineed to get rid of it but im thinking the puffiness could be due to a digestive problem. Thanks
EC: To find out what ACV, BSM, etc means, please visit the following page: http://www.earthclinic.com/guides.html
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Posted by Natalie (Evans, Georgia) on 10/31/2007
[YEA] Thank you Elizabeth for posting on 10/08/06!! I have such bad congestion in the Fall that I cannot function without lots of medicine for several days just to go to one 4-hour social event, and then I have to be off of them for several days just to rehydrate and get some sleep. Most of the time I feel like a zombie and have chosen to stay home with the kids because I just could not function like every one else could. Reading Elizabeth's comments really hit home with me! I immediately went out to get cayenne pepper and felt unbelievably better. That night I also downed some ACV and could not believe how good I felt. It's been 2 days now and I can actually function somewhat and my eyes aren't nearly so swollen. I've also started taking lactobacillus probiotics and a quercetin Ester-C Bromelain complex. I also got some L-Theanine to help me sleep (I think the cayenne and ACV are keeping me up at night). I could not tolerate the taste of drinking down straight cayenne and water again, so I got some Wal-Mart supplements and they kind of burn a little going down, but that quickly goes away. I don't seem to get the immediate runny nose like if I sprinkle the cayenne on food (which I do), but I still think there are real benefits. The ACV and baking soda in a shot glass or bathroom cup was tolerable (poured it down my throat trying to avoid teeth) but I still felt like there was so much acid on my back teeth that I went out and got supplements. I tend to be super dehyrated from antihistamines, and I think excess salt in the baking soda might really bother me. After reading Ted's comments though, I wonder if I should add some baking soda and water to my diet every day. I guess I'll see how it goes. I plan on also trying tumeric, olive leaf and bee propolus also. I feel sooo much better! I had experimented with OTC and prescription drugs for 14 years, used a dehumidifier for 7 years (too dehydrating), eliminated junk foods and soda, took megadoses of antioxidant vitamins, exercised, and tried to be so healthy mentally and physically...nothing has helped like the supplements and advice I have discovered on this website. I've been thanking God all day!!! Love, Love, Love this website! I will try oil-pulling soon. Thank you so much!
YEA (1) 100%Posted by Beehive (London, Uk) on 05/01/2013
[YEA] WHITES OF EYES APPEAR RED OR YELLOW:
For as long as I can remember the whites of my eyes were yellow. My eyes were very sensitive. Driving at night made my eyes go red (or bloodshot), going into a mall with the artifical lighting made my eyes go red or even stepping outside on a windy day would have this effect. I accepted the fact that the whites of my eyes were "naturally" yellow and that the little blood vessels in my eyes were very quick to appear prominent and angry and that my eyes would become very red at the drop of hat. I began taking a vitamin b complex supplement (sublingual liquid) as well as cod liver oil. I began taking the vitamin b complex in the hope of reversing grey hair. It has now been a month. A few days ago I noticed that the whites of my eyes are actually WHITE!! My eyes don't feel sensitive or irritated like they did before. I believe it is the b complex that has had this effect. I take double the recommended dose every day. It may be possible that the cod liver oil together with the b complex may be working well together. In the past I have taken cod liver oil on its own but still had sensitive eyes with "yellow" whites.