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Sty Remedies

Last Modified on Nov 18, 2015

The treatment of sty, a painful lump that appears near the eye, involves home remedies that can relieve pain and shorten the duration of the condition. Green tea, turmeric and castor oil are three such remedies. In most cases, a sty naturally improves and disappears; however, the condition can be quite painful.

What is a Sty?

A sty is a red, painful lump that forms near the edge of the eyelid. Also called a hordeolum, a sty often looks like a small boil or pimple. These lumps are often filled with puss and typically form on the outside of the eyelid; however, the growths can form on the inner part of the eyelid as well. Several factors contribute to sties including poor hygiene, inflammation, agitation and allergies.

Home Remedies for Curing a Hordeolum

Treating a sty involves the reduction of inflammation as well as the elimination of infection causing the sty. A number of natural remedies can be used to achieve positive results including green tea, turmeric and castor oil. Another particularly effective home remedy involves rubbing the band of a gold ring on the sty for relief.

Green Tea

Green tea is a natural anti-inflammatory compound. The tea contains tannins that help diminish the sty. It also contains a variety of vitamins and minerals that contribute to healing and relief.


Turmeric is another ingredient that reduces inflammation. The curcumin found in turmeric is a natural anti-inflammatory agent that reduces inflammation in a sty. Likewise, turmeric cleanses the blood, so it also removes any infection-causing elements or allergens that may be contributing to the condition.

Castor Oil

Castor oil is a plant-based oil that is used for treating a variety of conditions. The oil is comprised of nearly 90 percent ricinoleic acid, which serves as an anti-inflammatory. When applied to a sty, the oil removes pain and reduces inflammation effectively.

Sties are often painful and uncomfortable. Aside from the actual discomfort, sties are also a cosmetic concern for many. In any case, effective home treatment options safely and effectively reduce inflammation and infection of a sty. These options are also much less invasive than most conventional treatment methods.

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Apple Cider Vinegar
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Posted by Lisa (Brisbane) on 04/09/2014

[YEA]  Sty:

I noticed a red rash above my eye yesterday morning and as the morning went on it got puffier & puffier (suspecting it may turn into a sty) so I put 2 Tablespoons of ACV in a cup of water and each hour bathed my eye with cotton wool and the ACV solution. It was alot bettter by nighttime. My eye was still abit puffy when I awoke this morning, so kept bathing my eye every hour for the next 5 hours and its great. Cured. Fantastic site for solutions to problems.

Posted by Vee (Ft. Hood, Texas) on 09/11/2010

[YEA]  Apple Cider Vinegar cured my sty! I was taking it for another issue I was having, and soon after starting, I noticed that a sty that had been on my eyelid for over a year was getting smaller! I didn't use anything different so I am contributing this to the apple cider vinegar. Now it is completely gone and my eye isn't puffy anymore.

Replied by Barnyard Pixie
Denver, Colorado

How did you take or apply the ACV?

Apple Cider Vinegar, White Potato
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Posted by Ladydiana (East Windsor, Nj) on 10/14/2015

[YEA]  I had a stye for a few months. Finally, I tried apple cider vinegar heated with paper towel (did not have cotton balls). I put it on for a few minutes at a time. Then when it looked like it came to a head, lid was very white. I took a white potato and cut it and put it on my lid and directly on the stye underneath the lid. My eye oozed for a few days. It worked, I was so amazed!

You have to try the combination of the apple cidar vinegar and white potato because I tried just apple cidar vinegar and it did not go away.

Baby Shampoo
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Posted by Alina (Uk) on 12/19/2014

[YEA]  Hi from the UK. This site is amazing and I want to share my experience. I have always been plagued with styes and chalazions. For years I wore thick NHS glasses then I got contacts and first time ever got compliments on my eyes. Then the styes and more permanent chalazion came. I've had this particular one for about TEN years. V unsightly. I read this site and started using ACV. Then I bought baby shampoo on a whim. Can't hurt I thought. OMG. Within three days it's no longer visible. It's nearly gone. And it was quite big. I hated mostly kids commenting on it and my little nieces were due to visit which I why I wanted to be rid. Baby shampoo on a cotton pad just made it vanish. Thank you Earth Clinic. Thank you people of Earth Clinic. I salute you! Happy Christmas.

Replied by Andres
Chattanooga, TN

My baby has this and has had it for a while, is really hard to treat him because he doesn't understand that what we are doing is for his benefit. I am intrigued about the baby shampoo and since he is a baby, I want to ensure that this works and make it right. Could you or anyone provide me what brand they used?

Posted by Teresa (Austin, TX) on 08/23/2014

[YEA]  I happened to be looking for holistic remedies for a sty that developed overnight. I have bad allergies and this is what happens. I tried the hot compress first and then applied the baby shampoo for about 2 mins and then ran hot water for about another 2 mins and I treated both eyes because the other one did not present a sty but was just as swollen. It relieved the pain instantly with some swelling left but at least I could see now. It worked within 24hrs, it was all gone.

Posted by The Wife Is Always Right!! (New York, New York ) on 10/18/2011

[YEA]  Yup! It works. My husband used baby shampoo on a terrible Sty he had on his lower eye lid. He was skeptical, but used it in the shower and let it just naturally drip on to his eye ( while washing his hair ). Gone in two showers. Too bad he waited so long heeding my advice!! :)

Replied by Darcie
Burlington , Vt

[YEA]   Yes, baby shampoo is very affective at alleviating styes quickly. I tried two applications- yesterday afternoon and evening, on a under-the-lower-eyelid sty. First I used a cotton swab with a drop on the end to target the sty directly. It stung slightly and my eye teared up a bit. Before bed, I washed my afflicted eye with the baby shampoo in the shower, which seemed like the gentler and better method. This morning my sty is almost gone, along with the discomfort and swelling. Remarkable! Does anyone know why this works?
Replied by Mo
Jacksonville, Nc

How exactly do you apply the shampoo... am I to, for example, dab a qtip in it and let it drip into my bottom eyelid...?
Replied by Angela
Cary, Nc

No, you wash the eye thoroughly inside and out for at least two minutes. Try to do this at least three times a day. It helps believe me. It will sting a bit but the relief is worth it once you start soaping it up. Be sure to wash your hands anytime you come in contact with your eye and hot compresses are a good relief as well. Good luck!
Replied by Olglory
Amado, Az

Baby shampoo for styes. When I worked as an ophthalmic tech, I saw many styes successfully treated with the use of baby shampoo. The basic technique is to use very warm compresses on the affected eye first - to open the offending glands - and then gently scrub the lashline with a clean washcloth that has been wrung out in warm water and has only a drop or two of the shampoo applied. If you can manage to use the warm compresses at least two to three times a day, that actually seems to work at least as well as the shampoo.
Replied by Bunny
Ontario, Ca

My husband had the beginnings of a sty a few years ago and we just took a 14 K ring cleaned it and rubbed it on the sty about 3 times a day (just wiped it across about 15 times)and it went away without getting really large. Such a simple thing to do and it saved him alot of pain.

Posted by Bee (Mo, Usa) on 09/10/2009

[YEA]  I just wanted to say that the baby shampoo is working for stys. I tend to get them around my eyes, look like little whiteheads about the size of a pinhead. I have a couple now...the first one has been there a lil longer, just below my lower lash line and it's improved, but the new one that just popped up directly on the edge of my eyelid, touching the eye, is very noticeably shrunken. I think it'll be gone soon. It was irritating my eye so bad because everytime I blinked it felt like grit in my eye. But I just rubbed some baby shampoo on the spots while washing my face last nite and then rinsed with water. I would recommend it's probably best to do ASAP, probably easier to get rid of the sooner you treat it, like any other problem really.

Posted by Moses5 (Rochester, NH, USA) on 12/15/2008

[YEA]  Baby shampoo will cure a sty in no time. Look closely at the infected eyelash and you will see a waxy substance at the hair line. Take a Q-tip dipped in baby shampoo and simply wipe along the infected eyelash wiping at the waxy substance. The sty will not break, but will discharge the infection back out of the eyelash. The baby shampoo will not burn your eyes and cleaning both eyelids, with shampoo and water, will make yours eyes feel great. I cannot remember where I found this remedy but wanted to share.

Replied by Lady Z
Rosharon, TX

[YEA]   Thanks Moses5 for that remedy. It really works! Yesterday I had a sty under my right eyelid and decided to try the Baby Shampoo by dabbing some with a q-tip to the top of my eyelid as well as on the sty. I only did this twice and to my amazement, the sty was gone and I no longer had the pain that came along with it. I wish I would have taken a picture of the before and after to show others who probably won't believe me. I am hooked on this website and am telling family and friends about it so that they may find some comfort in finding easy rememdies for their ailments. Thanks Again!
Replied by Joanne
Battle Ground, Wa

[YEA]   I too started getting a sty yesterday. I got on my favorite website, ( and read about the baby shampoo, fortunately I had some.. I had a function to go to, my eye was hurting everytime I blinked, was red and swollen. I applied the baby shampoo with a Q-tip and almost instantly the pain went away, it stung for 15 seconds at the most. I used the baby shampoo several times yesterday and evening, before bed and this morning, it's almost gone. Who would of thot?? Love Love Love Earthclinic! :)
Replied by Sjaan
Slc, Ut, Usa

[YEA]   Last night I noticed a Sty starting on the edge of my eyelid. I have been reading this site for another ailment so decided what you guys would have for a fast growing sty, this thing was getting big and painful in a hurry. I tried the baby shampoo this morning and after 3 applications within 2 hours of each other... It's gone! Thank you soooo much! I really didn't need yet another ailment on my face. (I will explain further in a comment on dermatitis and ACV... Another big hit with me. ) I so appreciate all of you.
Replied by Lala
Bronx, Ny

i have a question... My sty is under my upper eyelid .. So do I apply the shampoo inside the eyelid where the sty is and on top threw the outside of the eye lid?
Replied by Rebekah
Toccoa, Ga

Thank you guys so much! All of you are amazing! This ailment is saving me from a lot of pain. Im so happy that this stuff works!
Replied by Sky
London, Uk

[YEA]   I can't believe how this has worked so fast! I had one stye on lower lid that had kinda burst and was still quite big and painful. I also started feeling another one was growing on upper lid which was reaaally hurting. I came across this site at about 5:00pm, it is now 8:30pm and I can already blink again and the pain is pretty much nearly all gone. My eye is also looking pretty normal! I just can't believe it has worked so well! I have an interview soon and was really worried it wasnt going to clear up in time. I am so grateful for this site. Absolutely amazing!!

Baked Potato
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Posted by Cathy (Lakeside, US) on 08/22/2014

[YEA]  For over a week I tried every remedy known to man to get rid of my sty. I just had surgery on my hip, then a couple weeks out of hospital I developed a sty which made my eye terribly swollen. I was using a cane for my hip and because the sty looked so terrible I started wearing sunglasses when I went out. (All I needed was a seeing eye dog to complete the picture. ) Feeling very discouraged I prayed for a cure and heard "potato" as a divine answer. Well after trying at least 6 or 7 remedies which failed, I finally decided to listen. I cut a raw potato in half and microwave for 30 seconds. I applied it to my eye (test temperature tentatively first so you don't burn eye. ) After less than an hour my sty was 90% gone! Thank you God!

Posted by Stella (Cleveland, Ohio) on 02/27/2008

[YEA]  My husband had a sty eye he cut a Baked Potato in half and put it on his eye for a few minutes, did this a few times and it took the infection away. It absorbs the infection into the potato.

Castor Oil
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Posted by Mama To Many Donate
(Tennessee, Usa) on 09/24/2013

[YEA]  My 5 year old son had a sty on his eye over the weekend. I put a little bit of castor oil onto the swollen part of his eyelid twice a day for several days and it is about gone by now. I will treat another day or two. It took seconds to treat him and he didn't mind. I used to get styes all the time as a child and wish I had known about this. I never treated them and they always went away on their own, but it took a while and it was uncomfortable.

~Mama to Many~

Posted by Eunice (Nyc, Ny) on 10/30/2012

[YEA]  I tried the castor oil, tea bags and baby shampoo on a very big sty, and these remedies have worked wonders. First l washed the eye with baby shampoo, and amplied hot to warm chamomille and green tea bags. Then applied with a cutetip the castor oil. I have been doing this for the past three days and the inflamation is almost gone. I was looking like a monster, was really scared to the point l was ready to go the an eye doctor although l do not have insurance. Thanks for being Earth Clinic!

Posted by Bee (Mo, Usa) on 09/26/2009

[YEA]  I just wanted to share my success with using castor oil for stys. I frequently get little bumps around my eyes that look like whiteheads, had some particularly irritating ones just on the edge of the eyelid that rubbed the eye. Ouch! I tried the baby shampoo which got rid of most, but some stubborn ones remained so I tried castor oil. First of all it's very soothing and didn't bother my eyes like the shampoo, especially since it was unavoidable to get in the eye bc of location. I just used a qtip and smoothed it over both lash lines and around the eyelid and let it sit overnight. My stys cleared up around 24-48 hours. I kept at it a little longer, it feels nice and hopefully will prevent anymore.

Posted by chd (PD) on 12/02/2007

[YEA]  STY - CASTER OIL REMEDY -I developed a big sty on my eye, it was in the evening and I did not have any sty medecine, I had read that caster oil would get rid of a sty so I decided to put it to the test, I put the caster oil on with a cue tip, within an hour my stye was half the size, I put some more on before I went to bed, and in the morning the sty had gone all the way down.

Copaiba Oil
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Posted by Hannah (Singapore) on 01/27/2013

[YEA]  My 2yr old son had stye more than a month. After 2 weeks of using the anti inflamation cream prescribed by doctor, the stye was still there and got worse and bigger. So I decided to read up on which essential oil to use.

I found Copaiba essential oil to be suitable for skin and decided to apply 1 or 2 drops on the cotton bud and applied on the stye. The next day after the 1st application (at night), the stye got smaller. By the 3rd application, the stye became very small and disappearing. I was so amazed by the effectiveness and how cheap Copaiba essential oil cost, $3. 50 for 1oz.