Natural Cures for Blepharitis

Tea Tree Oil

6 User Reviews
5 star (6) 

Posted by Billi (Toronto) on 06/12/2016
5 out of 5 stars

Blepharitis - Tea tree oil - Inhale steam

Last winter had a cold + sinusitis which, among others, battled by inhaling steam - few drops of essential oils in pot of boiling water. As I was alternating nose and mouth opening over pot briefly under the towel, happened to move over and cover eye lids as well (with eyes closed). Having eye infection frequently (must be related to contact lenses solution), I noticed this time eye infection got cleared without using any creams or eye drops. Itching stopped almost instantly after first steam - inhale session.

Steam with few drops of tea tree oil also seem easier to apply, compared to poultice or oil mixture.

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Posted by Narendra (Ontario) on 11/11/2015
5 out of 5 stars

I felt I must add my experience since this site has help me. I use tea tree oil mixed with coconut oil and it has help me tremendously for blepharitis.

I must also mention for blepharitis, mix a cup of boiled water with one half teaspoon of baking soda. Clean eyelids with solution when cool using q- tips. Also, for dry eyes, drink flax seed oil, omega 3 and primrose oil. Primrose oil has GLA which help the oil gland produce the lipid that prevent evaporation of the tears

To keep the bad bacteria away, strengthen the immune system. Use anti inflammatory once a day. This is found at most health store. Use probiotics to help balance the gut flora and get rid of the bad bacteria, otherwise, blepharitis returns.

This approach has work for me. I hope everyone recovers from this terrible infection.

Replied by Linda
(Massachusetts, Usa)

How much oil do you "drink"? Do you mix it with something?

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Posted by Cured (Ireland) on 12/26/2014
5 out of 5 stars

So to start off I was using my computer a lot and my eyes became itchy and progressed to being very bloodshot. I had no idea what it was and after trying to clean my eyes every day for a few months with the condition worsening and getting a little better sometimes I went to the doctor. By this point it was very bad and I was prescribed an anti-biotic. The first anti-biotic did nothing and the eye drops didn't help either so I went to a specialist where I was finally told it was blepharitis. I was given Maxitrol which is an anti-biotic which slightly helped but made me extremely sick for about 2 weeks and eventually didn't cure me either. The specialist told me to apply sodium bicarbonate (mixed with water) to my eyelids every day also which I did and continued to do and I must say it does help a bit.

But the biggest problem I had was my eyes were dry still and would return to being very bloodshot if I was looking at any screen. 6 months after I first felt symptoms I found this site and say the suggestion of tea tree oil and decided to try it. Massive success..! It can sometimes sting but its been 5 days since I started applying it and I don't even need to put it on eyes lubricate again don't itch when looking at screens. After 6 months I was desperate and I'm really glad I tried:)

Replied by Sam
(Miami, FL)

Eyes and liver are connected.

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Posted by Snazzy (London) on 11/01/2014
5 out of 5 stars

I am writing enthusiastically endorse the tea tree oil treatment -- it seemed to have worked overnight! This is only the second time I have ever had belpharitis and this treatment worked much faster than the antibiotic I used the first time.

The first time I got blepharitis, I went to the doctor and got an antibiotic ointment perscription. It took almost a full month for the ointment to work and for the irritation to go completely away. Because I am not in my home country (I am American), I did not want to have to go to the doctor again. In part, I also wanted an alternative way to deal with this because I did not want to have to deal with the uncertainty for an entire month again - it took so long before!!!

So, I searched, found this forum, and saw the tea tree oil cure. I happened to have it at home, so I decided it would be easy enough to try out.

I mixed, in a bowl, in two drops of tea tree oil and about 1 tablespoon of olive oil. I then stirred the mixture with a q-tip for about 10 seconds and rubbed some on my eye before bed. Overnight it became much better.

I continued to apply the mixture about 3 times a day for about 3 days just to be safe. It has now been another four days since I stopped applying the treatment, and the symptoms have not returned. I am so freakin' happy! Maybe what I had was not serious and would have gone away on its own, but really it felt exactly like the symptoms I had two years ago (which lasted for a whole month even with a perscription).

So, if you have these symptoms I really suggest trying out the tea tree oil treatment out! From what I can tell, it saved me a lot of time, pain, and anxiety. I hope it works for you too!

Replied by Aida

Hi Snazzy,

I have been struggling with it for a while and it seems that as much as I wash my eyes with Ocusoft and do warm compresses my eyes are not getting any better. Actually, I think it's getting worse. And, it's worst in my left eye :( I have noticeable eyelid inflammation. I read your comments and was wondering if you think it will help bring the inflammation down?

P.S. I have seen an optometrist twice and all they keep saying is that its chronic and to keep up the warm compresses, lid scrub, and the fish oils. During my last visit, they recommended using an antibiotic a few days a month. I am not convinced that it will be enough to deal with the chronic inflammation.

Replied by Toni
(New Jersey)

I'm struggling, did the entire doxycline maxitrol thing. How do I put the tea tree oil on? Not to get in my eyes. I did that one time. Any help is greatly appreciated!

Replied by Mark
(Exeter, United Kingdom)
12 posts

With difficulty!!

I ended up doing one eye at a time, placed 2 drops tea tree to cotton bud, 1 drop to wet the cotton and 1 drop to make wet.

1st I used a tincture / homopathy solution using Euphrasia of mother tincture (also called eyebright), few drops in boiled but cooled water, using cotton pads to wash eyes and lashes, softening any crust build up...I also added a couple drops of marigold tincture to the wash, both worked well but looking at bottles I have there is no marigold left but just under half bottle of eyebright, so I used marigold more than eyebright. Eyebright tho as the name suggests is the Eye healing herbal tincture, choice is yours.

Trust me do not pick it off dry, wosens and spreads creating lashes to thin and scar eyelids!!

Once crust buildup removed and lashes washed, leave to dry naturally, else tea tree will run into eyes.

Take cotton bud, close eye to treat making sure it stays shut then wipe the bud across ends of lashes and then further down lash,

i wouldnt wipe the base of lashes as extremely painful stinging of the eye if tea tree gets in. Keep eye shut for 5 or so mins (pain in ass but unavoidable if treatment to work)

Then repeat with the other eye if needs be.

You have to keep at it everyday and for a couple months to make sure alls well. I did this up to 3x a day as went on too long causing loose of lashes and chunks of skin scarring from dry picking it - b4 I knew proper way.

Mine is almost cleared now, so perservere with tea tree, if gets in eyes and u cannot bare the stinging rinse and flush with cold water and dab dry, it eases off, then try again.

only 1 doctor I came across said that his patients came in, he laid them on the table and cleaned the eyes, then he used a tiny brush to coat the lash with tea tree, then the nurse took over, he kept his patients on the table for 10 mins to let the oil take effect and they offered ways to keep the eye shut once painted, cant remeber what tho.

So maybe if you teach someone how to apply the oil for you while u lay on yr back lessoning the oil entering eye.

the eyebright and marigold tinctures I got from a health food shop that caters a selection of meds.

produced by

A.Nelson & Co LTD / 5ml bottle of:

1. Euphrasia of mother tincture.

2. Calendula of mother tincture (marigold)

It's a strong solution that only requires 1 - 2 drops in cup of water.

Hope that helps


Replied by Gina

Hi, can I reuse the ingredients over again or do I I have to make them fresh every day? Thank you. I'm going to try this. I'm going crazy, my eyes are so bad I have a prescription that cost $600 and it didn't work.

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Posted by Charlotte (Brooklyn, Ny) on 10/24/2013
5 out of 5 stars

I tried a million different treatments for blepharitis and dry eye for many months and this was a real b-----. I tried warm compresses, tea bags, supplements, still more misery. But here is something that worked for me. I did some research and found out about "Demodex mites" that infest the eyelashes ( I know it's gross but you can look it up and see if it matches your symptoms). The remedy for these is tea tree oil. Of course it would hurt like hell if you put it on your eyes "straight" but bc I don't like to use petroleum products (for ecology reasons, but especially near my eyes) I got some Waxelene and put one drop of tea tree in a bit of it, then applied it to my lid margins with a wet q-tip. It stung a little, but actually when the proportions were right produced a kind of warm pleasant relief. Did my eyebrows too, and also as recommended I started washing my hair with tea tree oil infused shampoo every day too. Also wash your face with a tea tree soap ( I just put a few drops in Dr. Bronners eucalyptus liquid castille soap.) Kept doing this procdure, no warm compresses, nothing else. Voila--much relief!

Replied by Beaner
(United States)

Honey works for me.

Replied by Rita

I have blepharitis both eyes for one year now. I also have the crawling feeling. I read a lot about demodex blepharitis after nothing seems to help. I tried Cliradex (expensive) wipes which helped me as they contain tea tree oil which erradicates mites. Lately I tried a new product called Frex Clean-T, which also contains tea tree oil and calendula. Works really great, and for 1/4 the price of cliradex. My blepharitis is under control now, thank god.

Warm Compress

1 User Review
4 star (1) 

Posted by Chzzmonkee (Columbus, Oh) on 10/11/2018
4 out of 5 stars

I have found the wet towel compress to be a very troublesome procedure. Try this regimen twice a day for BLEPHARITIS LID MARGIN DISEASE

Warm Compresses Twice A Day

1. Use a Small, Microwavable, Hot/Cold Reusable Compress (A Walmart Equate brand compress measures 11” by 5” and costs about $6.00)

2. Microwave the compress at High for 50 seconds (1400 watt microwave) (adjust as comfortable/necessary)

3. Take one sheet of a paper towel and fold it in half and then fold it into thirds to achieve a paper ‘bandage' of 10” by 2”

4. Run water (warm or cold) over the paper ‘bandage' to saturate it

5. Squeeze the excess water out of the paper ‘bandage'

6. Set you alarm (cell phone or kitchen timer) for 5 minutes

7. Lean your head back in a chair or sofa

8. Place the wet compress over your eyes

9. Place small compress on top of the wet bandage (lightly press the compress into the bandage to make better contact with your eyes))

10. Turn off alarm and use your fingers to hold the ends of the bandage and gently ‘massage' (for 10 to 15 seconds) the bandage from the corners of your eyes towards your nose for 10 to 15 seconds to help squeeze oil out of the eyelid glands

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