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Earl Grey Tea, Turmeric
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Posted by Karen (Lethbridge, Alberta) on 07/10/2014

[YEA]  Woke up this morning with my eye almost completely closed from a painful sty I developed yesterday, it is allergy season and my eyes are very sensitive. I looked on EC for cures and also talked to my mom, who used to get sty's often. I read about the anti-inflammatory effects of turmeric and my mom said tea works well too. So I made myself a morning cuppa and used the spent tea bag to nurse my poor dilapidated eye. Here's the method:

  • Boil enough water for a cup of tea
  • Place 1 earl grey tea bag in cup
  • pour boiling water over bag
  • steep 3 minutes
  • remove tea bag and let cool (without squeezing the water out)
  • rub some ground turmeric on the wet bag
  • place bag on eye for 60 minutes
  • add cream and sugar (or honey) to tea
  • lay back and relax

enjoy :)

So after 20 minutes I checked my eye and shock and awe, the swelling went down considerably but there was still a bump right over the little pimple, I decided to leave it on for another 20 minutes. After that time elapsed I checked again and the sty was almost gone but still a very small bit of swelling remained on the outside of my eyelid which I hadn't noticed was swollen because of how severe the swelling was when I woke up! Another 20 minutes and my eye is darn near perfect! Definitely worth the 60 minute rest and the nice cuppa tea. I hope this helps others as it has myself, what a relief. Oh also I took 1 tsp turmeric powder orally as well to stave off any inflammation that may brew up over the course of the day.

Eye Drops Containing Boric Acid
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Posted by Cab (Sharon, Sc) on 09/19/2010

Sty relief.. With onset of sty irrogate eye 3 to 4 times daily with eyedrops that have boric acid in ingredients. Irrogating eye removes debris and opens ducts. I woke up on a Friday sore. Friday night worse. 2 days pain almost gone. Sty never developed and head never formed. Do everyday until redness is gone. Try it.. It worked for me. I have low immune system and it gave my eye the edge to heal itself. Of course keep hands very clean as not to reinfect or spread to other eye. I know these things hurt.. But this is the fastest and most reliable healing I have found!

Gold Jewelry
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Posted by Erin (Tuttle, Ok, Usa) on 04/08/2010

[YEA]  My boyfriend had a pretty nasty sty pop up so I ran to earthclinic for the cure. I was floored when I saw that a popular cure was rubbing a gold wedding band on it! The only thing I had that was gold was a tiny 14k earring. I didn't think it was large enough to work, but he was desperate so we gave it a shot. We sanitized the earring with rubbing alcohol, he rubbed it on his sty, and we went to bed. In the morning we couldn't believe his eye (ha)! The sty was completely gone. Thanks again to earthclinic and all the fine folks that post here!

Replied by Remixx
Palmdale, California
How many times did you rub it?

Gold Wedding Band
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Posted by Elaine (Thailand) on 09/08/2014

[YEA]  My 11 year old daughter had a sty last week on her upper and lower eye lids. I read on here that many people recommend: Gently rubbing a gold band on it as a cure. We did this for a few minutes 3 times a day for 2 days; within a couple of hours, the stys were less painful and completely gone by day 3. I don't understand how it works, but it does!

Also we've had great results treating warts and verrucas with ACV.

Posted by Sly (Philly, Pa ) on 09/29/2011

[YEA]  Wonderful advice. Have to admit I did not think it would work to be honest but I figured what do I have to lose. I took off my ring cleaned it well and started to rub, did for for a hour. My eye went from being red sore and puffy to very little redness Not as sore ( can touch it now) and the puffyness is almost gone, that was for a hour of rubbing. Will keep doing. THANKS AGAIN. Great website.

Replied by Pf
Philly, Pa
[YEA]   I thought this sounded just crazy enough to work. It did!!!! It was sore and hurt to blink. I rubbed one of my gold rings on the inside of my lower lid for a few minutes before bed. When I woke up it was almost gone! It didn't bother me much at all today, but is getting a little sore so I'm going to do it again for longer this evening.
Replied by Alexandra
Cheshire, England
My brother, when he was a child, used to often get an eye sty. My mother used to take off her wedding ring and give it to him to rub on the sty for a minute or two. I don't remember her ever sterilizing the ring. The sty would be gone by the next day. I think it is better if the ring has a high gold content, but I did get rid of one myself with a 9ct ring.
Replied by St
Tokyo, Jp
The gold wedding band cure works. I was developing a painful style where I could even feel the lump rubbing on my eye. My mother had one a while back and tried the baby shampoo and potato cures but neither worked so she had to go to the doctor and have it lanced as well as take antibotics and it took 2 months to fully heal. Therefore, I decided to try something different and went for the gold band method. I had my doubts but I since I had a ring on hand and it would be completely free to try, I thought I would try it. I cleaned my band, pulled up my eyelid (the sty was inside my eyelid), and I rubbed for about 1 minute. The sty had a puss filled yellow tip but the ring did not cause the puss to come out on my eye, thank goodness. The band felt really good and gave a lot of relief, but still I thought "this can`t work". I figured it was just the coolness of the ring that was giving relief. I had to go to a meeting so I stopped rubbing after 1 minute and left. About 2 1/2 hours later I returned home and suddenly realized my eye wasn`t hurting anymore so I checked it and it no longer had the puss tip and it had shrunk and was the color of my skin. That night I rubbed the sty a little more and woke up with no pain. A little of the sty was still there but no pain and no puss. 3 days later it was gone.
Replied by Julia
Gonzales, California
[YEA]   Wow! This is an amazing home remedy. I had the worst sty on my lower lid inside corner of my eye. It was very swolen and red. The whole area under my eye was also swollen and red. I rubbed a gold earing as I did not have a gold ring, for about 5 minutes and an hour later the swelling and redness is about 50% gone! As I was rubbing it, I could actually see the clear liquid draining out of the sty! Thank you!!!

PS: I washed with Green Tea afterwards and felt even more instant relief.

Posted by Jacqui Wiskar (Qld, Australia) on 09/13/2011

[YEA]  Gold ring to fix stye/ sty

Suprisingly... It has worked!! Yesterday I could feel that around my tear duct, it was starting to swell and become painful. It was feeling infected, and I was worried I would get a big sty, and I attempted the tea bag method (placing a tea bag- as hot as you can possibly stand- over the area for 10mins). This morning it was not worse nor better. My mother suggested rubbing a gold ring over the area to which I laughed and rolled my eyes (painfully) thinking she was losing the plot. Desperation got the better of me and I boiled my 14ct ring for a couple mins to steralize it. Once dry and cool enough, I rubbed it gently over the affected area. Did this every half hour for 2 hrs from about 8am this morning- It is now 9:25pm and it has completely gone!!! No pain or swelling and the pain began to subside within about one hour. Im not sure why this works, but it may be due either to the slight heat applied, or due to golds antibacterial properties. Either way, as long as you thoroughly sanitize the item and rub it gently, it may work for you. It may also be dependant on the amount of gold in the item, but would stick to real gold, not plated. I was weary about putting foreign matter in my eye but as long as you don't touch your eyeball, santise it with chemicals or rub too hard, you may also be pleasantly surprised :)

Posted by Regulator555 (Grand Rapids, Mi, Usa) on 06/02/2010

[YEA]  I saw the gold wedding band cure for an eye sty here. My husband had a nasty one. So, he rubbed my 14K, white gold wedding band on the sty for 5 minutes. He said that it instantly stopped hurting. It was gone the next day. Who'd a thought!

Posted by Tiana (Flower Mound, Tx) on 12/13/2009

[YEA]  Used gold wedding ring to rub on a sty. Within 1 hour it was feeling better. And after rubbing it about 4 times within 24 hours, it was gone. THANKS!

Posted by Barbara (Raleigh, NC) on 12/02/2008

[YEA]  Rubbing my gold wedding ring on my eye actually worked to get rid of my sty. I couldn't believe it. I was very skeptical of this idea but figured I might as well give it a try, and it actually worked. I rubbed it a couple of times a day for maybe two or three days.

Posted by Christine (Clifton, NJ) on 10/22/2008

[YEA]  I rubbed my 14 carat white gold ring on my sty (gently!) A couple of times in one day- it's gone! One day later! Amazing !!!!! I love this site!

Posted by Sheila (Little Rock , Arkansas, USA) on 10/11/2008

I have a sty. My eye is really swollen, red & painful with every blink. It is 6:58pm (CST) & I just tried the 14K gold ring trick. I will let you know if it works for me. I am guessing I need to give it 24hrs & I will get back with you.

Posted by Carolyn (Abilene, Texas) on 08/22/2008

[YEA]  I suffered greatly from stys when I was a child in the 50s. People didn't go to doctors then like they do now, you just got over it. I learned to tell my mother as soon as I felt a sty coming, and she would remove her gold wedding ring then rub it across the sty. Relief from pain was immediate and the sty healed quickly. I use this same remedy on my grandchildren. Mom said the ring had to be at least 14K to work properly, and I usually rub their sty a few times throughout day for good measure.

Posted by Anne (Boston, MA) on 06/20/2008

[YEA]  I've had a sty for longer than I care to admit to. I was about to try the potato remedy, but then thought, "Why not give the gold ring a try?" I used a thick, 14k gold ring... and almost immediately, I noticed a difference! It's not completely gone, it could be in the process of still healing, but at least it's not noticeable anymore!

Replied by Toni
Fort Worth, TX
does it have to be yellow gold or can it be white gold???

Posted by Anna (Winnipeg, canada) on 01/15/2008

[YEA]  rubbing a gold wedding band on my sty got rid of it over night. I read this cure somewhere on the web but i don't remember where. I tried castor oil but it didn't work for me. It could be anything made of gold so long as it is smooth. so you guys with styes give it a try.

Replied by Brad
Kansas City, Mo
[YEA]   When we were children, my grandmother would rub her gold ring on our stys. It was pretty amazing how quickly it seemed to work. After about 5 minutes of rubbing the ring on the sty, we were off playing again and never gave it a second thought. As an adult I've had a couple of stys in the past 30 years and I've always gone back to the gold ring remedy. Has never failed.

My partner woke up this morning with a sty. He's flying to Chicago today to speak at a conference. Needless to say he's not happy about the sty. After convincing him to rub my gold class ring (from the 1970's when they were still gold) on the sty, the pain immediately subsided. I'm confident by Saturday morning his sty will be gone and he can enjoy his conference.

Green Tea
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Posted by Brooke (Montgomery, Tx, Usa) on 08/12/2010

[YEA]  I had noticed last week that I had a sty forming on my left lower lid and after a couple of days it grew to the size of a pin head and under it it was all swollen. I had to go to a party around 3 pm on Saturday and it was Saturday morning when I woke up to this annoying sty!! I immediately cam to EC and looked up the remedies on here. I found that I had some Green Tea bags and decided I would give it a try. This is what I did: I put about a cup of water in the microwave and got it real hot and put in 5 Green Tea bags. I then got out my honey and dabbed honey on the area under my sty and tried to get it as close as possible to the sty - trying to get it in the sty. I then took one of the tea bags and put it on top of my whole eye. I left it there for approx 4-5 minutes - until it cooled off and then repeated the exact same thing for all the tea bags. First the honey, then the next tea bag, etc.. I then showered and went to my party. I did have a little drainage - so I just kept a cloth with me and dabbed my eye corner. After I got home around 7pm - I looked in the mirror and the swelling was gone and the sty was so small! After I woke up the next morning - there was no problem at all! I believe in the Green Tea bags - used with honey for stys!