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Viral Conjunctivitis - Pink Eye

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Green Tea Bags   12  0   

Posted by Molly (Bard, CA) on 05/01/2008

[YEA]  I tried soaking my eye in green tea to cure my pink eye several hours after I realized I had it. It worked great! Within 24 hours my eye was no longer ichy and a lot less red! I used two tea bags in cup hot water, let it cool down, spooned some up and held the full spoon up to my eye for a minute several times throughout the day. The next morning it was notably better and I didn't have to spend any extra money or see a doctor. Thanks!

Posted by samara (compton, california) on 04/27/2008

[YEA]  2 days ago i got "pink eye" and i didnt notice till later on. and i went to the mall and starbucks and everything and i was so embarrased to buy something or talk to someone of my pink eye. so when i came home i looked at this website and i did the "green tea bag method" so i boiled a cup of water, poured it into a cup and put 2 green tea bags in there. later when it cooled down ALITTLE bit i placed it on my eye. also i let some drip into my eye. its been 1 hour already and its clearing up already. its like 90% white :] thanks to this method i can go in public embarasse freeeee<3 thanksss :]

Replied by A
Orange Park, Florida
Urine will also get rid of pink eye... Just put it in the eyes and it'll knock it right out... Do not do this if you have an STD though.

Posted by Scott (Wareham, Ma) on 02/24/2008

[YEA]  REMEDY GREEN TEA BAGS Ailment Pink eye,I had pink eye for about a week and I went to two different pharmacys and they didn't help one little bit nor did they seem like they wanted to.So I am was thinking to myself that there must be some type of remedy besides going to the doctor for something as minor as a eye infection.Well I discoverd this website and read about the green tea solution,and let me tell you I had A PRETTY BAD CASE OF THE PINK EYE AND it WAS getting worse.Well,so I went to the local super market and they had the green tea and I brought home and made a cup of tea just like one of the other people that I read about and put the tea bag on each I while it was still warm for about a minute or two and what a relief. I wouldn't have believed it but it really did work incredible well.I am thinking maybe any tea might work,WHO KNOW.I WILL HALF TO test it next time I have pink eye.-Scott

Replied by Mesem
Porto, Corsica
Sambucus nigra. Collect the flowers and pour boiling water over. Let the maceration cool and then dab your eyes with the solution.

Posted by Joseph (Boston, Mass) on 01/23/2008

[YEA]  I would like to thank everyone for there help. Well I have pink eye and needing to do something to help, my eyes felt like sandpaper or grit in them. So I tried the green tea method using two bags of long life Tea herbal tea. First I boiled one cup of water then placed the two bags in the cup I made a cup of tea to drink ,,LOL,, then placed the two bags one on each eye after cooled but still warm and it was amazing my eyes felt great I left the bags on while lying down for only ten minutes and after my eyes felt great.

I did hear of warm compress for pink eye but never thought of using a tea bag.

Posted by Carla (Media, PA) on 12/11/2007

[YEA]  I treated my 6 1/2 year old with soaked green tea bags when he came home, later before bed and once more the following morning - and the pink eye is GONE! THANK YOU EARTHCLINIC.COM

Posted by Ruth (Hortonville, Wisconsin) on 08/26/2007

[YEA]  I didn't believe the tea bag cure, but figured it was worth a try to save time and money of going to the doctor. I treated both eyes as I knew from past experiences that they would both be infected soon. I brewed two tea bags in a glass of water, let the bags in the boiling water until it cooled down. I then put the bags without squeezing them dry on my eyes for 15-20 minutes. They did leak a bit so I put a towel around my face and sat back in the easy chair. I also did let some of the liquid drip in my eyes. I did this three times yesterday, and today I'm ready to go out in public! Even my family couldn't believe how fast they cleared up! Thanks so much for your help!

Posted by kimberly (Pembroke pines, Florida) on 08/06/2007

[YEA]  Thanks for this website, When I woke up on August 3 I had the pink eye. I tried that day treating it with saline solution but it continued to ache and the eye was red. However, I checked this site and found a remedy. That evening, I made green tea and applied the bag to my eye and allowed some to drop in my eye. Instantly the pain and redness was gone. When I woke the next morning the pink eye was completely gone. Thank you, this is awesome. Now I have a natural cure for the rest of my family.

Replied by Danielle
Stockton, Ca Usa
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]   oh my goodness.i just literally used the green tea method on myself about 15 mins ago. i have to say right away green tea was dripped in my eye it felt 5 times better. so far i havent seen any improvement on the swelling but the redness is etter too (still slightly red). but better than it was before. i think im going to do it again in another few hours and see if there is anymore imporvements. i will update as it happens.

what i used was the organic green tea. i just waited tell the tea cooled a little then dripped the green tea into my eye then closed my eye and rested the warm tea bag on my eyes. i let it sit for 15 mins.thats about how long it took for the bag to turn cold. thank you guys so much for such a helpful tip.

Himalayan Salt   1  0   

Posted by Elodie (Melbourne, AU) on 08/11/2014

[YEA]  I developed conjunctivitis whilst with a nasty flu, but could not muster the energy to get to the shop to buy sea salt. so I used the himalayan salt I already had in the house (which I use for neti pot and cooking) and used about 2 tea spoons to half a cup of water - super concentrated! I dropped a few drops in the infected eye of the evening. Early next morning my eye was worse and was so crusty and gunky my lids were pursed shut. My other eye was also starting to feel a little cloudy. Immediately I repeated the same procedure but instead this time I FLUSHED each eye with the salt solution, around a quarter of a cup to each eye. End of day 2 and my eye feels 95% better, not red or swollen, a tiny bit of gunk in the tear duct but no build up of the crusty sticky gunk of the night before. I believe that himalayan rock salt (can be purchased in rock form, fine or powdered) is less drying than sea salt and actually helps to moisturize the eye. I have also read that the black form of himalayan salt is high in sulphur, which is anti bacterial, which would also be a good remedy. I do have some black himalayan salt and will try this if it returns.

Replied by Elodie
Melbourne, AU
ok so I discover that the himalayan salt does not get rid of the conjunctivitis, only keeps it at bay. So I reach for the green tea bags. I use organic, unbleached green tea bags. I steep in boiled spring water and remove and let cool and place over the eye lids whilst the bags are still a little warm. I also drop some of the green tea water from the bags into each eye. I leave them on for arround 10-15 minutes. I did this twice a day for 3 days and no more conjunctivitis, third day on. However now I have the problem of having intensely dry eyes, in the morning I am having to peel open my eye lids. so now on to curing my dry eye...

Honey, Comfrey, Olive Leaf, Salt   1  0   

Posted by Siafu (Private, GA) on 03/26/2009

[YEA]  Pink Eye - My Remedy

Hi there. I saw a section concerning pink eye and just wanted to throw in something I learnt a little while ago. I work in a medical facility and conjunctivitis comes around every so often.

I have had this a few times before and they always send you home for it. Well one day I made a mixture:
* About a cup of warm water
* 2 Table spoons of locally procured honey
* A dropper full of Comfrey Extract
* A dropper full of Olive Leaf Extract
* About a teaspoon of salt

I mixed it all together very well and used a dropper to place a few drops into the infected eye as often as I thought about it. All together probably around 10 times or more that day. By the next morning it was all over with.

What I had done was went and got a note and a prescription and decided that if the above had not improved anything within a day or two I would start taking the RX, but that was not necessary.

I've had to do it a second time, but did not add the salt or Comfrey and it still worked. I think it's the honey to be honest. Comfrey is said not to be safe internally, so perhaps not a good idea to squirt into the eye.

Anyway, thought I'd share and hope this is a help to someone.

Replied by Jon
New York, Ny
Putting sugar (honey) into your eye seems like a bad idea. I'd recommend leaving that part out.
Replied by Om
Hope Bc Canada
According to Ayurveda, honey is an age old remedy for eye diseases. Honey is NOT ordinary sugar. It is successfully used to cure diabetes. I have used my own urine in curing pink eye in pets, and similar problems. Cured in a day or two. Om

Hydrogen Peroxide   0  0   

Posted by Anonym Turk (Portland, Oregon USA) on 05/22/2009

Hydrogen cured pink eye within a few hours.

This morning my 17-month-old son woke up with an infected eye. His eyelid was swollen and red and his left eye was only half as big as the other eye. I gave him some water in which I dilluted a few drops of 35 % food grade Hydrogen Peroxide and repeated it a couple of times until the evening. In the evening, when my husband came home, his eye looked completely normal again as if nothing had happened!!!

Kelp   1  0   

Posted by Ginny (Boise, Idaho, United States) on 06/05/2010

[YEA]  Sea kelp will get rid of pink eye. I had 5 steers, all with pink eye. Took them to the vet, he gave them a shot of something in the eye (very painful) took them home, 4 got better but 1 got pink eye again. Took him back to the vet and he gave him the treatment again and said if this doesn't work, then he will have to go blind. It did not work. My friend suggested that I give them sea kelp, which I did. I gave it to them free choice and within 5 days his pink eye was completely gone. For livestock, I bought in 50 lbs bags from a company in Maine. From what I understand, pinkeye is a lack of minerals.

Keratoconjunctivitis Remedies   0  0   

Posted by Jaynemim (Florida) on 08/14/2013

I did see my optometrist and he made the diagnosis of keratitis conjunctivitis in my eyes. Prescribed Tobradex drops, but I don't know that I want to go that route and it is very expensive. I have been treating myself with collodial silver and it helps, but does not completely take it away. Does anybody know of any natural or home-made remedies?

Replied by Mama To Many
Tennessee, USA
Jaynemim, I would try Activated Charcoal. it is very effective against conjunctivitis. It is also good for inflammation (which is what the keratitis is.) Mix 1 t. activated charcoal powder (from your health food store.) with 4 oz. water. Strain out the charcoal with a coffee filter. Put a drop or two of the strained charcoal water into your eye 3 times a day. (Right before bed as one of the times.) You can do this indefinitely.

Chamomile is also great for conjuntivitis and inflammation. You can just get the tea bags at the grocery store and health food store. Pour hot water over two tea bags in a cup, just to moisten them. When they are a comfortable warm temperature, put a tea bag over each (closed) eye. Keep the tea bags on for 5-15 minutes. Do this 2-4 times a day.

Both remedies could be safely done together.

Let us know how you are doing!

~Mama to Many~

Lemon Juice   4  0   

Posted by Jennifer (Dallas, Tx) on 11/09/2009

[YEA]  I used lemon juice to treat pink eye. I read about a number of natural cures, and in the end lemon juice won because it's what I had on hand. My 16 mo old daughter had been fighting a case of viral pink eye for a few days and I was starting to show symptoms as well. I diluted approx. 1 teas in 8 oz of water. I found this to sting only for a few seconds. I treated myself and the signs of pink eye onset were gone almost immediately. I also snuck into my daughter's room and dropped the diluted lemon juice in her eye several times while she was sleeping, and applied it several times throughout the day today. Her eyes is almost completely healed and I am confident she will be back to normal tomorrow. Thanks!

Replied by Jennifer
Dallas, Tx
This is Jennifer again. Just wanted to update that daughter's pink eye was in fact completely gone the next morning.

Posted by Mellisa (Lake Placid, New York) on 04/06/2009

[YEA]  When my 7 month old came down with pink eye from a toy at wal mart, I was searching everywhere on how to clear it up and i found several different ways but i was looking for something that wouldn't harm a baby. Then i found the lemon juice and the tea bags so while she was sleeping i cleaned all the crust off her eyes and put the lemon juice diluted with warm water of course on her eye and then put the tea bags on her eyes and when she woke up 5 minutes later she was perfectly fine

Posted by Browns (Sahuarita, AZ) on 10/01/2008

[YEA]  I am both amazed, happy and angry! Amazed and happy because of how quickly 2 drops of fresh lemon juice diluted with water could cure my pink eye. Angry because I feel bamboozled by doctors and the medicine they've prescribed me for years! Thank you so much. I'm going to share it with everyone I know.

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