Natural Cures for Blepharitis

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Blepharitis is generally a very uncomfortable eye condition; however, you can treat it. Castor oil, coconut oil, and tea tree oil are three of the best natural cures, but there are other effective options.

What Is Blepharitis?

Blepharitis is a condition that involves inflammation of the eyelids. The inflammation is generally caused by an infection that results as a malfunction in the oil glands located at the base of your eyelashes. If you have blepharitis, you’ll likely experience a variety of symptoms including watery or red eyes, a gritty or burning sensation in your eyes, itchy eyelids, greasiness in your eyelids, crusting of your eyelashes, and light sensitivity.

Can I Treat Eye Inflammation Naturally?

We advise at least seeing a doctor to determine the cause and severity of your condition; however, following diagnosis, you can typically treat blepharitis naturally. Castor oil, coconut oil, and tea tree oil are a few of the best natural remedies for blepharitis; however, there are a variety of others as well. It is also important to keep your eyes clean and to apply warm, moist heat to them each morning and evening.

1. Castor Oil

Castor oil is an effective treatment to relieve inflammation in your eyes. This treatment option also helps relieve itching, irritation, burning, and pain associated with the condition. To use this remedy, apply the oil all over your eyelids and eyelashes using a cotton ball or soft swab. You can also add a couple of drops of the oil to your eyes to prevent crust formation. The best time to apply this treatment is at night right before you head to bed.

2. Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is instrumental for treating pain and irritation in your eyes. This oil contains a variety of nutrients including fats that help restore eye health and reduce inflammation. To apply this remedy, soak a cotton swab in the oil and place it on your inflamed eyelids, leaving it there for approximately 20 minutes. Try to apply this treatment at least 2-3 times a day to prevent flare-ups in your symptoms.

3. Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil helps treat the underlying cause of blepharitis as well as your symptoms. This option also helps reduce inflammation and itching. To apply this treatment, you will need to dilute the tea tree oil by mixing a couple of drops of tea tree oil with a couple of drops of vegetable oil. Then, soak a cotton swab in the oil and place it over your eyelid for 15 minutes.

Continue reading below for more natural remedies for blepharitis or share one of your own with us!

Apple Cider Vinegar

4 User Reviews
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Posted by Dianne (Phoenix, Az) on 07/29/2017 6 posts
5 out of 5 stars

ACV for blepharitis

Okay guys just want you to know I've done this treatment with ACV and distilled water now for 3 days. Scrubbing my lashes with a Q Tip on my eyes and my eyes have not felt this good in almost a year. This is definitely working for me. Thank you all.

Replied by Nima

Did you just use equal parts of ACV and distilled water?

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Dianne (Phoenix, Arizona) on 07/27/2017 6 posts
5 out of 5 stars

I had gone to my ophthalmologist about 3 weeks ago, with complaints of itchy red eyes. He told me I lived in Phoenix, where the weather was hot and to drink more water. Last night I discovered what was wrong with my eyes (blepharitis), through this EC site. I used ACV mixed with water and a Q Tip, and literally scrubbed my eyelashes with it. It stung a lot, so I think I probably did not use enough water, but I repeated it again this morning, and my eyes feel SO much better. I will continue to do this 3 times a day, until I am healed. Thanks again for providing this wonderful site for those of us who know doctors just "practice" on us, which is why its called "medical practice."

Replied by Hope


How are your eyes doing now? Has anyone heard of wet ones to use for blepharitis? Also, my eyelashes are falling out. Has this happened to anyone else?


I bought a bunch of benzalkonium chloride mini wipes, which is the ingredient in wet ones. I can see how it could help some people but it dried my eyes out way too much. The skin around my eyes peels and gets raw too easily now. It took years but yes, every thick dark eyelash has now fallen out and all I have is the thin lighter lashes. I believe this is permanent at this point. I bought lots of cool tinted glasses to help me feel better. It sucks but at the same time, along with losing the thick lashes I've also experienced way less of the painful infections and inflammation.


Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by One Red Bug Eye (Van, Bc) on 09/10/2015
5 out of 5 stars


10 min ACV EYE BATH 3x/day for 3 days: Submersion: 2 Tablespoons Apple Cider Vinegar in one large salad bowl of warm water.

Put side of face in water bowl to keep breathing through corner of mouth, submerse eye, blink open while looking different directions to cover all areas.

Cured red bug eye with pussy node at bottom of eyelash sandy feel at tear duct. Eye was glued shut in AM from crust.

Note: Wore eyepatch to alleviate nocturnal scratching.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Diana (Flushing, Michigan, USA) on 08/30/2009
5 out of 5 stars

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.

Baby Shampoo

2 User Reviews
3 star (1) 

Posted by Gert#5 (Usa) on 06/12/2017
0 out of 5 stars

I had itchy, flaky skin above my eyelids (not the lids, but the area above the lid & below the eyebrow). I thought it was blepharitis and proceded with the baby shampoo/tea tree oil mixture to wash the area several times/day. I washed my whole head with this mix, which may have been a mistake, because now behind my ears is dry and flaky and oh, so itchy! . I have since stopped using it on my whole head, but this itchy dry skin doesn't seem to be getting better. Also, for the other area, I'm still washing 2x/day with the shampoo mix but then I'm using theives oil w/ a drop of tea tree on it for overnight (apply w/ a qtip). That seems to have improved, but it still itches and gets flaky every 5th day or so. What changes should I make? I have wet ones at work, so I can swab off with those if I should. I don't want to make any changes until I get some advice from you all here at EC.

Replied by Mama To Many

Dear Gert,

I guess it isn't known if the baby shampoo or tea tree oil are causing the reaction. It could be the chemicals in the baby shampoo. My daughter has skin outbreaks if she uses the wrong shampoo. For that reason, I would hesitate to use baby wipes which often have chemicals in them which can cause skin reactions. (I had to make home made baby wipes for one of my children because of sensitive skin issues.)

Perhaps you would consider the honey? It is healing to skin and 100% pure. A local honey in a glass jar would be ideal.

I also really like castor oil for skin issues. It is quite nourishing to dry skin.

You might check out Earth Clinic's pages on perioral dermatitis, as perhaps that is what you are dealing with and the remedies may be helpful either way.

~Mama to Many~

(Tyler, TX)

I was thinking manuka honey would work well because sometimes it is caused by a staph infection.

Also, I use baby shampoo and not the typical brand. I make sure it is free of red dye. BB's.

Replied by Sue
(Fairfax Va)

On the blepharitis page, some people report success using baby shampoo, but no brands are specified. Can anyone recommend a natural/organic brand free of dangerous additives that has worked? Thank you.

Replied by Missm
(New York)

Blepharitis, if you are older, is often caused by demodex mites. Baby shampoo will not stop them, only wash them away temporarily.

You can use sulphur soap - Mites hate sulphur. Mind you it's sulphur and has some smell. But not horrible.

Braunfels Labs SAL3 is also commonly used as a calming sulphur face wash for relief from demodex mites, and acarid.

What I used -

Pet MD Benzoyl Peroxide Dog & Cat Shampoo.

Benzoyl Peroxide Dog & Cat Shampoo, 12-oz bottle

This is HIGHLY effective. It does not smell. I use as a facewash and shampoo.

You can add a couple drops of teatree oil. Teatree oil is the most effective essential oil again demodex mites.

You must stop consumption of dairy as this is mite food.

You need to change your bed linens as often as possible washed in detergent and borax. Dry at high heat.

I had a severe case on eyes and head. And though above was very good, I finally got prescription for Ivermectin two weeks apart and it stopped the mites.

FYI Mite irritation comes in two week episodes so you have to be vigilant in eradication.

Many doctors don't even know about this as cause for blepharitis!

If you feel your eyes get bad in the evening then its most likely demodex mites! I know! Yuck but everyone has these but if your immune system is down or if you are older they turn into an issue.

Keep your face clean, demodex love face oils.

Also you makeup feeds mites. If you want to get rid of them ditch eyemakeup. Use only aloe gel on your face.

These can be extremely hard to get rid of.

Replied by Sue
(Fairfax Va)

Thank you, Missm, what great information!

Replied by Missm
(New York)

You are welcome!

Additionally if you have a mild case, you can try this if its demodex.

Tea tree oil dilute one part tea tree five parts fracionated coconut oil (this oil is odorless, and available on Amazon. Its also called MCT oil) in dropper bottle. Tea tree oil kills demodex it's the number one solution unless you cant get rid of them and need ivermection. Tea tree oil is quite strong and you need to dilute. If unfamiliar with it, it has a bit of a gasoline terpentine smell. You either love it or hate it.

Other oils are lavender, but tea tree most effective.

You will take a q tip and put some of the tea tree solution at the base of your eye lashes, after washing face.

At night if your eyes are making you crazy from demodex, get unscented baby wipes and put a splash of 70/30 alcohol in package. Alcohol kills them too. And if you're groggy a quick wipe to the eyes will allow you to sleep.

How can you tell its demodex? If you take a 10x mirror and look at the base of your eyelashes and see those eyelashes coated with white spots those are an indicator. If you wake up with gunk in your eyes, if your eyes bother you especially at night and early morning. If your eyes are itchy.

Demodex are a BIG PAIN. I had no idea they existed except all of a sudden I got monster chalazion eye styes which started my adventure with them. After that the blepharitis, and then the discovery about demodex!!

Replied by Sue
(Fairfax Va)

Thank you so very much, Missm, I will try this!

Baby Shampoo
Posted by Doreen (Middlesex Uk) on 12/20/2015
3 out of 5 stars

Worked Temporarily

When you use Baby Shampoo for cleaning eyelids for blepharitis, it must be NO TEARS Baby Shampoo.

I found this tedious. My symptoms have worsened. The burning is like strong soap in my eyes. Running eyes and a lot of pain in the night. I can't open my eyes and they are very sticky and stuck together. I am now going to try Bhephasol (multi buy ) through Amazon, and eye gel (also multi buy) 3 in all and try this. Consistency is the key to any successful treatment. And then I will tailor down what I do to see how manageable my condition is. Cleansing the eyelids is the key to treatment.

Replied by Mmsg
(Somewhere, Europe)

Doreen, read up on Castor Oil for the eyes (some people just put it on the eyelid, not into the eye).

And some people are helped by applying honey.

Replied by MissM
(New York)

Please read about démodéx mites and blepharitis.

Another easy solution instead of baby shampoo and a lot cheaper than climates products.

Purchase Garnier Micellar water from drugstore, you cannot remove the top FYI. Add two drops of lavender essential oil, two drops tea tea oil at the top dispensing hole. Close top and shake to disperse. Use with cotton pads several times a day and especially at night time.

This will cleanse the eyelids and lash line and it's easier than baby shampoo.

Older people get demodex mites. Everyone has them by the way!

You must be religious keeping eye are clean with above for at least 6 weeks as there is a life cycle with the eye mites.

See post regarding washing laundry with borax.

Diet! Eliminate dairy. I was using heavy cream for coffee and this made the eye mites happy.

Baking Soda

2 User Reviews
5 star (2) 

Posted by Elaine (Los Angeles, California) on 04/10/2016
5 out of 5 stars

I have had blepharitis for many years. I can't count all the treatments my opthalmologist prescribed. Everything he gave me either didn't work, made my eyes sore or made me sick. Recently, I tried the treatment advised on Earth Clinic for dry eye and found it has cleared up the blepharitis. About two weeks ago, I started dabbing my eye lids with a solution of 1/2 cup distilled water with 1/2 tsp. baking soda. I do this with my eyes closed. When they are dry, I redo. At first I was doing this 3 times per day. Now I just do it regularly morning and night. All the crusts that would form overnight are just about gone. My eyes are less sensitive to light, grittyness is gone, and my vision is improving. And, best of all, my eyes feel really good. Apparently, baking soda alkalizes and germs can't live in an alkaline environment. Hope this helps someone.

Replied by Rob
5 out of 5 stars

From Book – Merck's 1899 Manual of the Materia Medica page 94. Sodium Bicarbonate is listed as one of the remedies used to treat Blepharitis by Doctor's at the turn of the 1900's. It is an Old – Folk remedy for the eyes.

Take a 1/4 – 1/2 teaspoon of Sodium Bicarbonate (baking soda) and mix with small glass of boiled water that has recently cooled. Dip a cottonwool bud into the solution and scrub the edges of both upper and lower lids. This should be done at least once, at night-time and if possible, in the morning too. Remember treatment can sometimes take 2 or 3 weeks to work, so perservere!!

Bees Wax Cuticle Cream

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5 star (1) 
4 star (1) 

Posted by Barefoot (Oregon) on 05/19/2022
5 out of 5 stars

10 yr blepharitis sufferer here, and in the beginning mine was worse than any picture I've even seen online. I've tried, do use, and most definitely rotate many things. However, once I discovered how much Burts Bees cuticle cream helped, I do not go anywhere without it. I have tins everywhere and use it several times a day. Definitely night and morning before my hygiene routine. I have made my own with bees wax and different oils like jojoba. It was really easy to make actually, just melt it together. I love these little tins though and it works fantastic. It's one of many things I do, but definitely one I use daily and cannot go without or I suffer a whole lot. Its cheap, so give it a try. And what I've learned, it is incredibly important to rotate treatments, and use actual antibiotics very very sparingly and carefully. The bacteria/fungus/etc shifts and changes and so should the treatments. What works well once may make a flare another time, then work again another time. I'm going to try the borax + Hydro Peroxide soon too, I just read about that one on here. One more thing to keep in the cupboard. But always always Burts Bees cuticle cream. BTW, it MUST be the cuticle cream because the other ones do not contain beeswax. I hope this helps:)!

Replied by Barefoot
4 out of 5 stars

Over the last few months I have tried the benzalkonium chloride wipes and the hydrogen peroxide/borax mix, and they both dried my eyes out horribly and made them super raw. My blepharitis may be too advanced for such harsh treatment. I also tried blephagel, and same thing... made my eyes dry and raw. But I just posted about the ecoessence lotion I discovered. With the lotion, the olive oil, and beexwax salve (I also posted about) once in a while, I have my blepharitis very much under control, finally. I also cut up dozens of microfiber cloths so I can easily do my hygeiene routine. I no longer sit with a giant washcloth on my face for minutes, or facemasks you put in the microwave. I fold up a tiny piece of my microfiber and run it under a stream of very hot water and press it into my eye over and over and gently vibrate my hand. In 1 minute I get better results than if I tried to lay down with a cloth on my face for 10 min. I hope this is helpful:)

Blepharitis Prevention Remedies

1 User Review
5 star (1) 

Posted by Max (Bayside, Ny) on 10/26/2009
5 out of 5 stars

Blepharitis-prevention. I have not had it in over 5 years. AM-I lie down and put a warm washcloth on eyes. Leave it there for 10 minutes. Shower and put the warm washcloth on my eyes while standing up for 3o seconds. Rub eyes with washcloth 7 x back and forth.Put baby shampoo on eyes and wash for 30 seconds. Rinse. Done. PM-I take a shower and repeat shower instructions. No meds needed greatest prevention.

Replied by Candice
(Phoenix, Arizona)

What a frustrating condition! I was a fool when I was younger and used an incredibly strong product to remove my eye makeup and oh, it did the job! As well as beginning the onset of my insanely frustrating issues with blepharitis! For at least 3 years I struggled with this condition and the only thing that I could find to clear it up was a prescribed topical, but it would only last for a short while before coming back full force. I tried everything! It wasn't until I was doing research and saw some info about baby shampoo being gentle and helping out people with this condition. I had already tried everything and was willing to try anything else, so I gave it a go and it was wonderful! I not only washed my eyelids with baby shampoo daily, but I moisturized my eyelids and the skin under my eyes with baby lotion right afterward. Sometimes I use different variations of the lotion, like the night-time baby lotion or I'll mix the creamy baby oil with the baby lotion and use that.. But I always make sure to use a baby lotion product and it's absolutely fabulous! It has been at least 5 years since I've had to deal with blepharitis! I continue to incorporate the baby shampoo (which removes eye makeup like a charm by the way! ) and lotion into my daily regimen. Other than it keeping that horrible condition away (which is enough reason in itself to use the baby products) - I attribute it to my lack wrinkles around my eyes when all of my friends my age have them. I hope this combination helps someone else out there as it has me! :)

Replied by Jennifer
(Mesa, Az)

I completely back up the baby shampoo comment. I use coconut oil, though, and take particular care to not put any of my other skin regimen on my eyelids. Before the shampoo, coconut oil, hot compresses, and occasionally topical antibiotic mixed with cetaphil soap- my eye-lid was SO bad that even philosophy miracle worker burned it. I remember a scab on my eyelid. It was so bad that I had to stop my latisse. Any one with this problem should try any and all of the above remedies, along with the other posters suggestions.

Replied by Kerri
(Warwick, R.i.)

I have been dealing with this since October. I had it years ago and it never got past redness part. I felt like I had something in my eyes, they burned, when I cry it makes it worse so I don't cry and believe me I would like to! It started in one eye, then went to the other and now both. Some days it feels like it is going away and the next its back.

I have oily eyelids, flaking and then peeling gross skin off my eye area, redness, soreness, itchiness, eyelashes here and there fall out and an ache or pain in my eye.

My Dr. gave me at first eye drops, ointment, but it didn't seem to clear and then I went on an oral antibiotic and just did the ointment and I have OTC drops. I went back 2 days before Christmas and he said looks good, the next day I started getting tough skin in the eye area and then it flaked and peeled off and it was gross. I am on a new eye ointment and one oral antibiotic a day.

I have too much going on I don't need another issue. I think that is all for now. I know now I am not alone, but it still stinks.

Replied by Mmsg
(Somewhere, Europe)

Kerri, some have had relief from dabbing Castor oil on the eyelids nightly, and some have done so with honey.

Replied by Kerri
(Warwick, RI)

I use an eye ointment at night now. How am I supposed to use the castor oil or the honey? I just find it strange putting honey there. How do you do it and how much? I am fed up with everything. The other day I thought it was clearing and then bam! It is back. My skin is tight again and it is going to start to peel. This isn't a way to start the New Year off.

Replied by Mmsg
(Somewhere, Europe)

Kerri, the only way I have seen it (honey or castor oil) applied, is dabbing it ON the eyelids, not INSIDE the eye. It probably works a bit slower than inside the eye, but to me it sounds safer. I imagine you can dab it on during the day and wash it off in an hour or so.

Replied by Kerri
(Warwick, R.I.)

Well I will try that. I have to give my Dr a call because I am so tired of this.

Replied by Kerri
(Warwick, R.i.)

Okay I saw my eye Dr. again the other day. I was told that this blepharitis has to do with the weather and that it is common. Why do I get all this crappy stuff? I was told to use the Systane drops a few times a day and to use the Tobramax (I think I spelled it right) all around my eyes. This thing has got me so irritable and moody and I can't cry because it hurts! I don't know if I can post pics here or not and don't see a link. I told someone I feel like/look like a reptile zombie. It is all red, sore, peely/blistery and I look horrible! I want it to ease already. :-(

Replied by Sp
(Wb, Nj)

Hi Kerri, I don't know if your medication has steroids in it, but if it does or if you have ever used a product with steroids in it please do a search for "international topical steroid awareness network", their forum has a section on steroid induced eye irritations, or "topical steroid addiction", or "topical steroid withdrawal". Good luck.

Replied by Kerri
(Warwick, R.i.)

This is what I am on; TOBRADEX? (tobramycin and dexamethasone ophthalmic suspension) is a sterile, multiple dose antibiotic and steroid combination for topical ophthalmic use.

Between what I read online and what dr's say or don't say I get scared. I am not feeling good on top of this today. I am beginning to think my obgyn could help me better!

I don't see the email to send photos.

EC: It's on the contact us page: ec1(at)earthclinic(dot)com

Replied by Sp
(Wb, Nj)

Hi Kerri, can your doctor offer you a non-steroid medication? Some people are very sensitive to steroids and have a very bad reaction. Unfortunately, most doctors will not acknowledge that steroids are not a wonder drug for everyone. Please search and read about other people's eye experiences with steroids. You may or may not identify with what you read, but if it is a bad reaction steroids it will only get worse as long as you use the steroids. Think back to what ointment you have used around your eyes - did it have a steroid in it? From what you posted it sounds like a bad reaction to steroids. I think you should look into this possibility. There is a usually a long healing period with multiple flares where you get worse again before you get better. Good luck!

Replied by Rose

I have read in one of the books that using steroids near the eyes can cause catarach so be careful, instead I am using the coconut oil around my eyelids at night before I go to bed, it helps some.

Replied by Chloe
(Lexington, Ky)

I have been suffering from blepharitis for years and finally there is a professional in-office treatment for it. It is called Bleph EX, the doctor cleans your lids under microscope with a special tool. You will get your before and after pictures, the difference is astonishing. I am symptoms free and finally not embarrassed by my appearance.

Replied by Priya
(United Kingdom)


Can I ask you how long you have to use the baby shampoo mix before seeing any results? I've just started cleaning lids with that mixture. Just after doing it my eyes feel fine but the gritty feeling and soreness comes back after half an hour. Thanks.

Replied by Mama To Many

Dear Priya,

I think raw honey or manuka honey would be safer than baby shampoo. Many have found it cures blepharitis.

~Mama to Many~

Replied by Linda
(West Hollywood)

BlephX treatment is a gimmic, I know, I work with my doctor that does it, They are all shocked. How patients even pay for this treatment. But these patients are suffering so they would do anything to help them feel better, this treatment uses saline and some tea tree oil with a rotating brush to clean the lids, that's all but they charge a LOT of money for it you can do yourself at home.

Blepharitis Triggers

Posted by Jessica (Va) on 03/29/2016

The dry eye/blepharitis market is a 4 billion dollar industry and growing. Considering that it is possible to contract the bacteria that causes some forms of blepharitis is it possible that patients are contracting blepharitis during eye exams? This would also explain the dramatic increase in the prevalence of the problem. I never had any symptoms associated with blepharitis until approximately two weeks after my routine eye exam. From that point on I have been suffering with MGD/blepharitis. As I recall that day, I did not see the physician, nor assistance wash their hands. They also used the same bottle of drops to dilate pupils on several patients. I am convinced that I, and many others contracted blepharitis at the hands of our health care professionals.

Replied by Lucy
(Mpls, Mn)

I agree. I never had any eyelid swelling or eyelash loss, nada, zip. The dr convinced me I had to put plugs in to be prescribed a dry eye medication as he insisted I had (which I don't believe I did have because I never had any indication or symptoms). I was there for a regular exam! Turned out my insurance did not require this to decide whether I needed dry eye formula or not. I was furious because my eyes were a complete mess with a lot of swelling under and upper lids both. This was five years ago and to this day I have nothing but misery with my eyes. I have some days they are symptom free but this is short lived. I have tried everything and whenever I've went in for advice on this they get worse. I'm completely done with that and refuse any treatments, just check my eyes and let me go! I insist they wipe off all of the equipment before exams.

I put a gate on my bedroom door to keep my dog out and this has been helpful somewhat. I will say that we have had dogs for 35+ years and I never reacted to them, they are a hypo allergenic breed. I was just reading a gal insisted to try borax for eyelash loss as she explains it is a mite. This is what the eye clinic did say and that some people are "just allergic" to it. Well I highly doubt some are just allergic to it after getting an exam and turning up with it. I am going to try the borax and see how that works. Right now I use a clean warm washcloth on them at least 3 times a day and wash them with a gentle cleanser.

(Tyler, TX)

I swear I would have mine under control and we would go back to this one eye doctor who had geriatric patients and I would get it again right away. I found that spraying the house with Lysol disinfecting spray helps fight it. I am going to try Borax and manuka honey separately. I believe this will cure it.

Borax and Peroxide

Posted by Devon (Johnson) on 03/19/2017

Breakthrough for Blepharitis

Major Pending Breakthrough: H202+Borax misted directly into eyes... Thanks to Earth Clinic I basically cured my 20 year long Rosacea thanks to this remedy. Strongly about 3 years ago I discovered it was re-manifesting even after treatments. This really upset me and I expanded my research and somehow amazingly stumbled upon Zinc Pyrithione by considering DErmitis as another option maybe intermingled with the Demodex Mite based Rosacea that was clear after my initial success.

Anyway recently I felt it time for a Zinc Pyrithione touch-up after some allergy symptoms hitting my eyes and upper cheek (which I have also considered as a possible side-effect to sinus allergy trying to purge through the face) All of a sudden a day later my eyes got worse and for the first time in my life I became convinced I was having severe EYE allergy. I do have three cats and am in the end of our long Vermont winter not cleaning enough with closed windows etc...

Since I have always freely sprayed h2o2+borax onto my face, head and neck with eyes closed; and then opened my eyes after under a minute and endured the sting, dabbed the corners of my eyes, and was fine 1 minutes later: I decided to make absolutely sure I got my eyelids this time and actually opened my eyes briefly during the misting. This time the sting lasted a bit longer but I was fine in 3-5 minutes, no burning at all just a slightly residual sting and watering eyes... This morning NO itchy burning eyes at ALL. Wow, I might be premature here with this excitement but right now I am thinking since the Zinc Pyrithione is so irritating to my eyes -- I never get closer than eye brows under-eye bag area and bridge of nose -- that maybe the mites migrated up tiny my eyes after the last Zinc treatment. My next move is to find the right amount of borax (no h202) to add to my Neti Pot instead of Salt!

Part of this testimonial is with in mind Ted's mention (I'm sure for good reason) of avoiding the yes by wearing Goggles. I say no need to avoid the eyes. If anything my vision is usually better in the morning after a misting -face Borax treatment. The sting spraying heavily with closed eyes after opening them last about a minute maximum -- and about 3-5 if done with eyes open. No other side effects here to report except like I said: Improved Vision...

Replied by Devon

Update I almost can not believe it.

I did another treatment to make sure last night. Borax H202 Misted directly into eyes...

Major eye irritation of a week completely gone instantly. Reminds me of my first discovery of this Rosacea Cure.

The crazy thing is when you read about Tea Tree Oil taking three weeks?

Borax/H202 seems immediate!

I am going to start taking baths with this combo.

And I'll try and wash my pillow cases more often too.

I guess I had mites in my eyes...

Bye Bye mites.

I'm starting to think the Dry skin side effect is totally worth it.

But of course one can always use their favorite moisturizer..

But here's the irony: Too much Coconut, Jojoba, Squalene, Argon -- you-name-it oil -- TOO close to the eyes creates day long irritation. Borax H202 solution misted straight to the EYES stings for maximum 5 -- but last night less than 3 minutes. I think I killed the mites around my eyes and I am very happy!

Replied by Dedabea

Can you tell me specifically the proportions of the solution you used to mist?

Replied by Devon

I usually just saturate 3% H2O2 with Borax. Even with eyes closed -- when opened after misting the corners of the eyes and eyelids get a pretty good treatment. I consider it safe myself and like I said I can even open my eyes and allow a little solution to get in while misting with no side effects other than a couple of minutes of sting which goes away after you blink a couple dozen times...

Replied by Farhat

Can you please explain what you mean by 'just saturate 3% H2O2 with Borax'? I'd like to try this. Having problems with blepharitis for a while now.

Replied by Marnie
(Madera, Ca)

To make a saturated solution of H202: Add borax to the 3% hydrogen peroxide until you see that no more borax will dissolve. If your hydrogen peroxide comes in a dark or opaque bottle, you'll want to mix it with the borax in a clear glass or plastic container (preferably glass). After adding enough borax you'll notice the additional borax will no longer dissolve in the solution, but instead remain un-dissolved at the bottom of the container. At that point you've got a saturated solution. You can pour off the solution and separate from the un-dissolved borax. It's not necessary but will prevent your spray bottle from clogging. Cheers!

Replied by Aly
(Alberta, Canada)

Can you say exactly this recipe? How it you use for eyes? It is safe to use under eyes?

Calendula, Baby Wash

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Posted by Rob (phoenix, Az) on 03/22/2021
5 out of 5 stars

We used Cetaphil Baby Wash with Organic Calendula for our child with stubborn blepharitis they had for 2 years. Google "Calendula for Blepharitis" for info. Nothing else worked, Antibiotics/Steroid drops only treated symptoms only for it to return. We used it for 4 weeks once at night in the shower with gentle wiping to relieve symptoms. Hope this helps.

Replied by Trista
(Sydney, NSW)

Wondering if this got rid of the issue altogether or only made the symptoms better?

Castor Oil

6 User Reviews
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Posted by Marj (Deer Park, Ny) on 02/28/2017
5 out of 5 stars

I had painful dry eye/blepharitis. Went to a dry eye "expert" and went back and forth with all kinds of prescriptions that I am sure made things worse. After over a year of that nonsense, I did this:

I put a heated gel mask over my eyes when I woke up and before I went to bed. That helped "melt" the plugged up gunk clogging the oil glands on my lash line. Importantly, after warming up the lash line for about 15 minutes, I washed my eyelids with baby shampoo. That helped to further break up and dissolve the gunk build up. Finally, the third part of this process is to take a dot of castor oil (organic, hexane free, cold pressed), and swipe your eyelids with it.

My eyes felt better immediately. It took a week or so to see an uninflamed eye margin. Since my gunk is all cleared out, I only use the castor oil. I swipe my eyelids with it before I go to bed. My eyes are perfect. I've been back to the dry eye "expert" for a complete exam to see if the castor oil might be doing something bad to the insides of my eyes or something. No. They are perfect.

I will never stop putting a drop on my lash line every night. Honestly, when I was suffering with dry eye, I thought I would have it forever. I was depressed. I couldn't wear eye makeup for a year. My eyes hurt like hell just from air! I was constantly putting drops in my eyes. That helps the symptom temporarily. For me, the cause was clogged up oil glands related to my lashes. Why that happened in the first place, I have no idea. But now, I am fine. If anyone can take what I've shared and heal themselves as I have, I'd be real happy about that. Good luck!!!!

Replied by Jaimee
(Valencia, Ca)

Do you apply castor oil just on the lash line or on complete eyelid? and do you apply with a q tip?

Castor Oil
Posted by Kathryn4 (Maryland) on 01/18/2016
3 out of 5 stars

Castor oil for blepharitis - I am sure it was beneficial for me short term, but I had to stop it completely as it made my eyes red around the skin area.

Castor Oil
Posted by Maryalice (Eugene, Or) on 09/27/2013
1 out of 5 stars

I tried putting castor oil in my eyes for a couple weeks. At first, I thought it was working, but then my eyelids became puffier. Very sad this did not work, because at first my eyes themselves felt so much better. I am 43 and I thought I was relatively healthy - not on any prescriptions, but for some reason I have not had any luck with getting rid of this blepharitis/dry eye issue. I even moved from SW Colorado to Eugene, OR for more moisture! I may try the castor oil again, but would love if someone would post additional remedies - homeopathy, herbs, etc. Also, my blepharitis is just redness, I can't see any scaling, but it does cause red, dry eyes.... doesn't help that I am a computer programmer.

Replied by Jaime G.
(Montrose, Co)
5 out of 5 stars

Maryalice, how weird. I live in SW Colorado and am moving to Oregon soon to be near 2 of my kids. I just got Blepharitis the first time last year and today is the third time I've had this annoying condition. I keep it at bay by using a lotion I have with tea tree oil as the main ingredient. I went to Arizona over the weekend and did not bring my lotion. Guess what I woke up to Monday morning?

Replied by Lee
(New Zealand)

Can you tell me the name of the lotion you use please or its ingredients?

Replied by Sylvia
(Mississauga, Ontario)

Blepharitis treatment using castor oil. Do you wash the castor oil off your eyelids the next morning and do you also wash out your eyes with water due to putting a drop of oil in them the night before. Nervous about this treatment.

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