Natural Cures for Blepharitis

Manuka Honey

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Posted by Catherine Weiss (Umina Beach) on 03/13/2014
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I just read an Article on Google about a man who had this condition for 8 years. Well, I've had mine for 1 and its so painful and irritating hurts, well this man cured it in himself with... guess what it is? Honey. So I'm all for natural treatments and in Australia I'm learning about the aboriginal cures they work so I'm looking into plants also natural but mananuka honey has in fact got an antibacterial ingredient in it. Any honey, but pure is better the "mananuka" tree or flower in Australia, has the quality, if it worked for him it will work for me, I'll get back to you guys on what works, ok? But the honey twice a day I'm trying, he said that he cured it, 100% and he looks happy. Thank you.

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Posted by Butterflycari (Ut) on 04/07/2018 2 posts
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I was reading about this condition and it seems like it is in the eczema "family" of ailments, some people call it "eyelid eczema". I remember this pine tar shampoo I have used in the past that advertises that it is for dandruff, psoriasis, etc. and it helped me to come up with a good chemical-free protocol for this condition, I believe. I have also upped my intake of omega 3's internally.

This has been working really well: I do this at least 3x per day. Once upon waking, sometime in the middle of the day or after work, and once before bed. I wash my hands really well before doing this. I keep all of these items in a small plastic tub and just pull it out when I need it.

Item list:

pine tar shampoo, shot glass, washcloth, sterile gauze pads or cotton balls, 10 or 15ppm colloidal silver, coconut honey balm(equal parts manuka honey and virgin coconut oil heated gently and mixed thoroughly together, they come together as they cool)

-I first dilute a bit of pine tar shampoo in hot water in a shot glass and use one corner of a washcloth to gently scrub my eyelids with it, keeping them tightly closed. (sometimes the crusty skin will flake off, this is good.)

-I then use another corner of the washcloth to rinse with warm water and gently scrub them. I pat them dry with a dry part of the cloth.

-I use sterile cotton balls or gauze to dab them gently with 10ppm colloidal silver. I let them air dry.

-Then I treat them with a thin layer of a mix of equal parts manuka honey and virgin coconut oil (I tried manuka honey on its own, but my eyelids felt too sticky. I tried coconut oil on its own, but it would drip into my eye and it felt uncomfortable for all day. The combo seems to keep the stuff right where you need it, and not as sticky.)

I have never had this condition before and I send blessings to anyone who has it. I hope you find relief using something on this site, whether it is my remedy or another one. I am so thankful for this forum! Love and peace to all of you.

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Posted by G (Australia) on 08/16/2016
5 out of 5 stars

Warm Compress for MGD Chalazion, Blepharitis & Sterile Honey Eye drops that work!

Okay first up,

I would like to say, if you have dry eye symptoms - check them out with a optometrist asap! (it could prevent a whole host of issues from developing - I didn't because I live remotely so couldn't and the doctors said "it was nothing", so I trusted, but I dearly wish I had acted then, now!)

About me: 45, female, genrally very healthy. I experienced dry eyes on occasion through out my life- then I moved to a climate where aircon is required almost all the time and started seriously getting dry eyes after a few years, then came the lumps and now the blepharitis...

Secondly I have not used this Warm Compress method yet, but as someone experiencing all the listed issues I have tried many many types of compresses and treatments with little success and really felt very in the in the dark about how to make a compress effective.

Then I came across this link from an optometry site and just had to share!,0

Lastly I have also just started using this product which feels amazing and is natural! (yes it will sting - but as I have been putting straight honey in my eyes prior, it is fine to me ;)

Manuka Honey Antibacterial Gel (you can find it on ebay)

I have also discovered there could be a hormonal link that isn't being addressed - so here is the info in case it can help you.

Kindest regards,


Replied by Marie
(Hartford, Ct)

Wow!!! Thank you for taking the time to post this!! Excellent material from a reputable source.

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Posted by Julie (Bc) on 07/19/2016
5 out of 5 stars

Blepharitis cure all

I first tried vinegar and water, nasal salt rinses etc and nothing was soothing my eye lids. Then I tried honey and due to its natural antibacterial properties as well as being very nourishing and healing, I got relief. But here's ultimately what worked -

Get cystane eye wipes and cystane high performance eye drops from the pharmacy.

Also get baby wipes that are (and this is key) parfum or scent free, sensitive, non-alcohol, non-chlorine. Wipe and cleanse the eyes. Then take medical grade vitamin A & E oil that you can find in a health food store.

Combine that oil with a couple of drops of tea tree oil. Massage all over face. Watch as your skin thanks you and you finally find ultimate relief and a preventive measure that will keep another reoccuring infection at bay. Continue even after the rash is gone to add the vitamin A&E oil into your moisturizer to build up the eye lids and keep them strong.

Finally, keep a bottle of nizoral on hand. Most people get this because they have a slight to major dandruff issue by producing too much cebum and the flakes are actually fungus and can cause infection. Even now and then, you have to cleanse your scalp if you're prone to this. As it is a fungus and not a bacteria based infection, please do not get prescriptions of antibiotics from your doctor. All you are doing is killing the good and bad bacteria in your gut and compromising your immune system further.

Get your rest. Go to bed early. And another thing I did was I threw out all my makeup and washed and cleansed all my makeup brushes. Bacteria and fungus can linger in those products and brushes wish can also cause this. Do a thorough clean-up.

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Posted by Seeing Red (Elizabeth City, Nc) on 06/27/2016

First, your eye doctor will tell you to wash with baby shampoo. If you're lucky they will tell you to dilute it. Most baby shampoos contain sodium laurel sulfate so if you're allergic to this, it's not the way to go. I use an SLS free baby shampoo diluted. Eye professionals generally do not tell you to change your pillow cases every night, wash and double rinse them in hot water. They do not tell you to make sure you are cleaning your eyeglasses twice daily making sure to clean well around the nose pieces. Pushing glasses up on your nose throughout the day pushes oil, makeup, bacteria into the tear ducts and eyes. It's surprising the goo that accumulates and more surprising people who do not clean this out. If you haven't had your nose pieces changed in three months, this needs to be done. You will not get control of this infection without paying attention to eyebrows, facial skin, and hair. Clean your hairbrushes.

I've had great results using a tea tree pad along the lid margins ever so gently, but I also use this pad on my entire face giving extra attention to the brows and nasal creases. I always do a final rinse with saline water around the eyes as chlorinated water is not good with this condition and may even be the cause by damaging the oil glands. I use a clean bath cloth on which I squirt saline water and nuke for twenty seconds twice daily. Over top of this I place an eye mask. But please make sure you are not reinfecting by considering the above suggestions. I hope someone is helped by this.

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Posted by Lena (Okc, Ok) on 05/27/2016

Thank you all for posting your experiences! It helps to know there are some things I can do topically along with what I'm doing below.


Went to my naturopath about this condition. He said my case was due to yeast overgrowth and put me on a candida killing diet along with:

Undecyn (2 caps 2X a day. Kills candida--which is essentially yeast overgrowth.)

Pau d'arco (2 caps 2X a day. Sooths rashes etc.) and

Probiotics (2 caps 2X a day. Healthy gut flora to replace candida).

It worked! (Granted, it took a couple of weeks for this to work.)

Interestingly, after having to go on 500 mg of Amoxicillin 2X a day to kill a tooth infection (in the bone) this flared up again. (Antibiotics kill good gut flora.)

So, back to the original cure... Meanwhile, I'm trying honey and coconut oil topically.

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Posted by Rachel (Spain) on 08/19/2015
3 out of 5 stars

Worked Temporarily

I too am suffering this horrible ailment:( About 2 years ago, after about a year of washing lids with baby shampoo & my hair & eyebrows with Head & Shoulders on the doctors advice, I was finally referred to a consultant at the hospital. He prescribed a 3 month dose of an oral medication that was originally used for the treatment of acne & rosacia. I was desperate so agreed to take it. 1 tablet in the morning 1 at night, easy. Amazingly within a week it had completely gone! I never needed to do the ridiculous time consuming washing procedures.... Until now! As I say, it's now about 3 years and I am temporarily in Spain. My eyes have got worse again. Very swollen lids and very red. My whole right eye was completely red, it looked as though I had been punched in the eye it was that bad. I went to the pharmacia who very willingly gave me an antibiotic eye drop. I knew this was not going to help the lumpy red eyelids but after 2 days it has got rid of the redness of the eyeball.

I have also tried honey with some success but it always comes back again. I think Manuka honey may be my next course of action. I have noticed that when I swim in the swimming pool here, with my eyes open, almost swishing my head around to wash my eyes with the water, they are always much better for about a week. Maybe it's the chlorine that temporarily eases it. Also, swimming in the sea does help, again it's probably the salt. But, it never goes away. It can be so debilitating some days. Thankfully I can wear my dark sunglasses through the the day, but am going back to England soon. Another appointment with the doctor! I will also try the tea tree oil, again.

Hopefully someone will come up with a cure for this horrible illness.

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Posted by Forest Grove (Forest Grove, US) on 06/03/2014

Re: Remedies for Blepharitis. Red clover and cleavers are suppossed to help the cond, but have not tried them yet. The manuka honey sounds promising. The baby shampoo only helps a bit.

Potato Pack

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Posted by Maryalice (Eugene, Or) on 09/27/2013
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I tried the potato packs on my blepharitis, but they did not seem to work. In fact, they seemed to make my eyes redder. My blepharitis is causing really red eyes and pain. I do put warm compresses on my eyes every day. I use homeopathic eye drops. I have tried the castor oil, but it seemed to actually cause the blepharitis to get worse, though made my eyes feel better. Any other insight as to how to deal with this issue is much appreciated. Thanks!

Potato Pack
Posted by Mark (Christchurch, Canterbury New Zealand) on 01/05/2013
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I have had blepharitis for about three years now tryed everything suggested on earth clinic and with the exception of cider vinegar and hydrogen peroxide which only partly works at best. Decided to try Edgar Cayces suggestion of grated potato packs for half hour to hour each day (this draws out the infection)on both eyes. Even after the first treatment I saw a big improvement. Three days later swollen and red eyelids have almost returned back to normal.

Replied by Chris
(Chch, New Zealand)

Hi Mark, have you had any progress with this? I've struggled with this for 9 years now.. It's basically ruining my life.

Replied by Molly
(Ithaca, Ny)

This sounds interesting, Mark. How did you make the potato packs?

Replied by Chris

Hi there, did you find this potato treatment worked?


Being that you are in New Zealand, you have access to the purest form of Manuka Honey which people on here keep saying works well. I want to try it but it's so hard to determine whether or not it's genuine.

Replied by Bob

Was your potato selection specific to a white or yellow flesh? What inspired me to contact you is I have s blepharitis...........and its annoying indeed .....I believe in the potatoe remedy.

25 years ago I picked up some planters warts in a squash court shower ( I guess ? ) and researched slices of potatoes .......unbelievable .......I put potatoe slices in my socks and wore shoes ......2-3 days later the the warts were completely gone ......never returned! Awesome! Bob in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Replied by Michael, New Zealand
(New Zealand)

Hi Michelle,

N.Z.Manuka honey, has been hailed as a wonder product for many years. Unfortunately, some unscrupulous people have climbed on the band wagon. They try to get "a slice of the action" as the stuff sells for SO much more than regular honey, which does not apparently have the "X factor"! N.Z. was a bit slow to implement standards and was too trusting that people would do the decent thing and NOT misrepresent products that were not up to scratch. Ha! However, you can now source Manuka honey that should state that it is the genuine article and have that claim backed up by conforming to a national standard.I would recommend a product by the C-----A, company from New Zealand, but there will be others also.Good luck with your quest and check out carefully before you buy!

Sea Buckthorn Oil

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Posted by Mary Beth (Fl) on 07/13/2020
5 out of 5 stars

For Blepharitis, I've had great success treating the cause rather than the symptoms by taking Omega 7 and fish oil daily. The Omega 7 is Sea Buckhthorn with Omega 3 and 7.

Replied by Mism
(New York)

Sea buckthorn oil is slightly effective for mite caused Blepharitis. Diluted essential oil tea tree most effective.

Sea Salt and Coconut Oil

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Posted by Rosalind (Manila, Philippines) on 07/29/2014
5 out of 5 stars

I have suffered from blepharitis on and off since 2007 and it has been such a pain. Red, teary eyes, itchin' like a b*tch. This last bout has been the worst.

I'd been thinking about real, natural salt without additives being a great cure-all, and I wanted to try this on my condition. At this point, I was willing to try anything.

I dissolved a teaspoon of Sea Salt in a cup of lukewarm distilled water, and used this as an eye bath. At first, I did it 3 times a day. After about 5 days, I reduced that to twice a day, and then after several more days I noticed I'd forgotten to do the eye bath in the morning. My eyes were 90% itch-, redness-, and tear-free! The eye bath burns a little, but not bad. It's just like swimming in the ocean. ;)

This morning I did the eye bath again 'cause I felt some itching, and it quickly made it go away. By the way, this is important: after the salt water eye bath, I let my eyes dry for a few minutes and then apply VIRGIN COCONUT OIL to my upper and lower inner eyelids. I simply dip a Q-tip in the coconut oil, let the excess drip, and swab my lids gently. I only use 1 Q-tip for both eyes (one end per eye). It makes your vision blurred for about 15 minutes, and then you see clearly again.

As a side effect, I also found that my eyelashes had become freakishly long! I believe it's the coconut oil that's responsible for this.

At present, I would say my blepharitis is under control with the salt water eye bath and coconut oil method. Try it--it might work for you!

Replied by Lilac
(Northern Usa)

Beautiful. Thank you for posting this. The salt water makes sense, since blepharitis is caused by bacteria, and salt kills bacteria. I think WARM salt water would be best, since the heat helps the circulation, and that helps get rid of infections too, and warmth is known to help blepharitis. I'm wondering if it might be a good idea to rinse off the salt water with plain distilled water after the treatment. I don't know...I'll try both ways. I'll use Celtic salt, which is really high quality. Regarding your long lashes, it may be from controlling the bacteria. My eye doctor told me my eye lashes have fallen out as a result of my blepharitis. You used your creativity. Bravo. I'm going to try it.

Replied by Rosalind
(Manila, Philippines)

Thanks, Lilac! You can rinse after the eye bath if you like. For me it was just more effective without rinsing. This morning there was a little bit of itching again and in the rush of getting my kids ready for school, I forgot to do the eye bath. No problem! I'll do it after I drop them off. The itching has subsided anyway, and I'm so happy I've got this thing managed.

Replied by Anna
(Dayton, Oh)

Brilliant, the salt-method. My eyes were flaring up badly today and nothing really helped to relieve the stinging and redness around my eyes. Since I always get rid of throat pain by deep gurgling with a sea salt solution, your suggestion made perfect sense to me. It made me actually want to swim in the ocean. Maybe beach vacations are the super cure for Blepharitis and the soul :)

I soaked two cotton balls in the warm solution and carefully cleaned the entire eye area. Then I soaked two new cotton balls, squeezed the excess water out a bit and laid down for ten minutes. It faintly tingled. No rinsing afterwards, but a generous application of organic Manuka Honey cream to moisturize.

Since this is the first time doing it, I can't vow for future results, just yet. My eyelids are still bright red and swollen, but finally there is no stinging or discomfort anymore right after the treatment.

Let me continue this for a few days and see if the redness and swelling will go down. Not to be in pain right now is a very welcome change. Of course, I hope the salt/Manuka routine will eventually transform me into my normal self.

Shea Butter

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Posted by Candice (Mesquite, Texas) on 09/19/2014
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I am the same Candice that commented on the baby shampoo/lotion cure for blepharitis a couple of years ago. I wish that I could say it was still a success, but sadly its not. A few months ago, out of the blue - an annoying little scaly patch revealed itself on one of my eyelids. I was in total shock! Of course, no amount of commercial moisturizers or cleansers could help my problem. For some reason, the baby products had run their course. I also suffer from eczema behind and around my ears. In an attempt to heal these two conditions and just be a healthier me - I eliminated all unnatural beauty and skin health products out of my routine.

I began using the oil cleansing method (look it up - it's awesome) to wash my face at night. I have a few different mixtures that I use. Mostly my cleansers are comprised of 20% cold-pressed castor oil to 80% other oil (I interchange almond oil, olive oil, avocado oil, jojoba oil, etc). Contrary to what you may think, this really cleanses the face well (the blackheads on my nose are no longer visible to me), but it didn't do anything for my blepharitis.

I then began experimenting with different moisturizers to use after oil-cleansing my face. I started with one type of oil like coconut or olive and while they were good for my overall facial skin - they weren't healing my dry patch which by this point had actually extended into the corner of my eye and was causing a painful little split in my skin (not fun! ). Then one day a friend gave me a moisturizer that she had made. She had whipped together (literally, in a bowl with a mixer) shea butter, coconut oil, and almond oil. The texture of this stuff is AMAZING. I actually even use it as my oil cleanser sometimes. For the first time I could tell that although the patch wasn't healing - it was being soothed. This was the first time I've ever used shea butter and because I'm insanely inquisitive - I decided to do some research. I found tons of info where people vouched that shea really helped many of their flaky, irritated, dry skin issues. I decided to give it a try and I am so glad that I did!! I got online and ordered 100% unrefined organic shea butter; grade A; ivory color. I was able to get 1 pound (16 ounces) of the stuff for $15.99 (and I got a free ebook with body butter recipes which is handy trying to go all natural). I began using the shea butter immediately. I didn't mix or whip it with anything else - just the pure shea! I used a spoon to scrape some off of the block (mine came in a 1lb bar) and then I rubbed it between my forefinger and thumb for a minute just to make it more malleable, then I massaged it into the scaly spot on my eyelid and all around my eye. I did this several times throughout the day. By the 4th day of my new routine with the shea - my blepharitis is gone again!!! The sore crack in the corner of my eye is completely healed and my eyelid looks normal again! I am so happy to have found something that works again and I hope this helps someone else find relief as well.

Replied by Prioris

I just submitted a post on something called Palmitoleic Acid (Omega 7) under the Dry Eye. It could help blepharitis.

Steam Room

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Posted by Jg (Pa) on 11/18/2018
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I've suffered with this miserable condition for over 9 months that seemed to get worse and worse. My lids were inflamed and it was to the point where I had a hard time opening my eyes in the morning they were so dry. So, I had read about these steam googles they sell for a million bucks (exaggeration, but they are expensive) and decided, "What the heck, I'll try the YMCA steam room).

I went in for about 10-15 minutes. I hydrated well beforehand, and it initially felt weird, then burning. I carried on. I left, hopped in the warm showers, and just rinsed my face and eyelids with warm water and rubbed over it a bit with my fingers - no shampoo, not excessive rubbing, and just water. My eyelids looked *terrible.* I thought I had made a huge mistake.

I took 2 aleve when I got home and probably for two days...but noticed that once the swelling and redness went down, (maybe two days) my eyes were producing their own tears again. They looked terrible for a while...but whatever that gunk that clogged my glands were, seemed to be melted. I still use cliradex wipes once a day...but this was the thing that seemed to make the most difference.

I've tried those beaded eye masks, and a million things. I was so desperate. This really helped me so I thought I would share.

I only did it once. I now don't use drops at all, and put some organic olive oil on my lashes at night, but that's it.

Tea Tree Oil

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Posted by Tania (Perth, Western Australia) on 11/13/2019
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Washing along the eye lid with Tea Tree soap twice a day is making a world of difference for me. Have tried numerous other remedies over the years without success and have ended up with complications of ingrowing eye lashes etc. Now four weeks into this regime starting to turn things around at last, and dry eye symptoms improving too. There are a couple of studies out there now confirming this method especially for Ocular Rosacea sufferers.

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