Effective Natural Remedies for Chalazion

Warm Compresses, Massaging

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Posted by Christa (West Bengal) on 07/14/2018
3 out of 5 stars

I am suffering from a chalazion for about a month now. It started as a stye which got healed with meds but the chalazion remained. It is inside my left lower lid. I have tried homeopathy but it doesn't seem to be making much of a difference. Have gone to the eye doctor but he only gave me antibiotic drops and ointment which stopped the infection but didn't reduce the chalazion.

I have been doing warm compresses with salt. The chalazion gets small after the compresses but returns to its original size within a few minutes of the compresses. I have read about sea salt compresses and just started with. Not sure if it would help! Also started applying organic hexane free castor oil on the skin outside of the chalazion and light massages.

My chalazion keeps changing shape and consistency. Sometimes it's soft and sometimes it gets a little hard. But when I massage it with castor oil it's size decreases considerably for an instant and almost becomes flat but gets back its shape soon.

Has anyone else experienced this? I need some help please.

Replied by Teena
(Melbourne, Australia)
194 posts

Dear Christa, my son used to get these chalazions one after another, initially what I researched said to give him raisins and apply colloidal silver. So nutritionally something is lacking causing a deficiency and to apply assistance topically. He gets them less frequently now but says the silver stings. Last chazalion I used baking soda paste, mixed with water, it was soothing so he was able to leave it on half hour, and it acted as a poultice drawing the pus out. I only did this twice, morning and night, and there was significant improvement. For you, since you are having good results from castor oil, I would apply a thick layer to the eyelid when I went to bed, so that as you sleep you have constant action of the castor oil, as it is a very slow absorption. I have done this myself, as it helps me go to sleep, if you are using organic cold pressed hexane free it is not an issue if it goes in the eyes. Best to you

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Posted by Nap401 (Omaha, Ne) on 07/19/2013
5 out of 5 stars

Hello All- I have had chalazion a couple of times 8 months ago I actually had surgery to remove one on each eye. If you have had them for a while and they start to harden and form a shell over them, then it's to late for hot compress surgery is the only way. I was happy with my surgery, I have a tiny red scar but beats to big red bumps on my eyes. I currently have a chazalion on my lower left eyelid. Went to the doc to confirm and yes she said one is forming. I caught it early so warm compress has helped some but it has only been 3 days since I got my chalazion. You have to get very warm water. I warm up in microwave till nearly boiling and redip every 2 to 3 minutes for a total of 10 minutes. You are suppose to this 7-8 times a day, I know it sucks!! After you compress first thing in the morning grab some baby soap and put a dab on your finger and rub in where the chalazion is forming, repeat after your last compress at night. This will take some time but is really the only way. Trust me I looked for the fastest way possible and there is no such thing. Slow and steady wins the race. I would also suggest artificial tears to help with dryness... GOOD LUCK

Replied by Steve
(San Diego, Ca)

Re your comment about "being too late" when treating a long-term chalazion: I had one for about four months and didn't do anything about it until another occurrence started forming over the existing one. I started with ACV and compresses but the lid swelled and got MUCH worse.

I switched to castor oil and compress, and within two days the new bump was gone, and now another day later the old bump is 90% gone as well.

Castor oil will be my primary treatment if I ever get another one of these buggers.

Regards, Steve

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Posted by Jennifer (Sunrise, Fl, Usa) on 06/11/2012
5 out of 5 stars

I have been struggling with allergic reactions to something - with what I suspect is a food allergy - the past several weeks and have been dealing with constant eye infections/irritation, and almost daily eczema flare-ups. Just a few weeks ago, when I arrived in France, I developed a chalazion over my left eye, something I've never had before. I tried applying some tea tree oil over it to no avail. Some days it would go away, some days it would come back with a vengeance. It seemed to worsen when my general allergies worsened. Like another reviewer commented below, there seems to be a connection between the two.

I looked for some remedies on Earth Clinic and the internet and saw that a lot of people recommend warm compresses and massage. I am in France at the moment and some people told me that in France, the cure is to rub the chalazion with a gold ring or gold cross. Strangely enough, the folk remedy is similar in the U. S. , to rub it with a gold wedding ring. It seemed like a strange remedy, but I decided to give it a try. Every day I would rub the area with the back of my gold ring gently. I'm not sure if it's just the massage or if it really matters if the ring is gold or not, but it works. I also applied warm tea bags over the eye several times a day.

Today, the chalazion came to a head, and I sterilized a needle and drained the chalazion myself. It relieved a lot of the pressure and now my eye looks so much better. (However, due to the obvious danger of putting a needle that close to your eye, I seriously warn against it unless you have a steady hand and - like me - you are a contact lens wearer who doesn't flinch when you touch your eye. If you have any doubts, please go to a doctor to drain it professionally. ) I've also been taking coconut oil every day which has stopped a lot of my allergic reactions.

I hope this helps someone else - best of luck, Jennifer

Replied by Erin
(Tucson, Az)

My daughter had an allergic reaction to makeup remover cloths the other day and had a lump under each eye suddenly appear. After washing her eyes with water, one completely dissapeared, and the other is now quite large and red. I agree that it is an allergic reaction, so she won't be using the cloths any more. Thank you for your imput on this site, we are trying the rubbing and warm tea bags you recommended.

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Posted by Ry (West Warwick, Ri, Usa) on 02/03/2012
5 out of 5 stars

I have had multiple problems with chalazions forming on my eyelids, on and off, for almost 20 yrs. There was a period of about 10 yrs, where I wasn't affected at all, but now, at 41, they have made quite a comeback. There seems to be no warning, and I've had many surgeries to remove them, from the same doctor I went to 20 yrs ago, and one thing I'd like to warn any of you about is.. Scar Tissue. Please note that, over time, and after many removal surgeries, Scar Tissue begins to form, unknowingly, on the inside of the eyelid, and, as in my case, causes problems for the surgeon to remove further chalazions! As I write this, I have another, formed about a wk ago, and from what I now realize, after yrs of warm compresses, and surgeries, and recurrences, I may not be able to have the surgery again! The ever-recurring advice of the "warm compress" and massaging, seems now to be the overall best remedy for chalazions. Even if it doesn't seem to reduce the chalazion at first, I highly recommend several attempts at this, BEFORE resorting to the surgery. Also, if anyone has any other revelations on prevention, or treatment, I am all ears for any further help in this recurring problem. Thank you,

Ryan. (rypuppy1(at)gmail.com)

If any of you are in, or anywhere near new england, I happen to know the BEST doctor in this field, at least locally, and his name is Peter Diblasio, North Providence, RI.

Replied by Chris
(Portland, Or)

Hi Ry and All, My 2 year old son had an issue with chalazions for about a year. During that year we tried most of the above remedies, including the warm compresses 5 times a day, on each eye of A 2YR OLD! We had multiple doctors tell us once he is 5 to look into surgery to have them removed. We left the last doctor visit with two perscriptions, one for an external steroid and one for an oral steroid, he left the option up to us. Up to this point they were about 85% of each of his upper eyelids and about 20% of one of his bottom eyelids. None of the remedies had helped to reduce them much they stayed about the same size although the warm teabag compresses did appear to remove some of the redness.

We met a vendor who farms bees at our Portland Farmers Market in downtown Portland, OR. He was schooling us on the nutritional benefits of bee pollen and the way he herds his bees to different types of fruits to influence the taste of the pollen, we were sold on it as a vitamin suppliment. We began giving our son 1/2 of a teaspoon twice a day and taking it ourselves as well. Within 2 weeks we had noticed our son's chalazions were 1/4 of their normal size. A month later they were gone, only the little pink spots of where they were are left on his eyelids.

It has been almost 8 months now and we still buy our pollen from the same guy and still take it as a vitamin suppliment. My son has not had any chalazions since.

I am not comfortable posting someone else's contact information online but if you are interested in trying some of the pollen to see if it helps, feel free to shoot me an email.

Thanks for listening and sharing!


Replied by Chris M
(Portland, Or)

Hi All, I have received an amazing amount of inquiries regarding my post here so I put up a small web page explaining our experience with the pollen and chalazion. Please have a look and if you have any questions you are still welcome to email me!


Replied by Zalmi
5 out of 5 stars

Thanks for the advice re Vinegar. This is my first Chalazion and I was getting worried from internet info that it would last weeks. Tea bag compresses didn't help.

After reading your posts, I went to the larder but could only find some Japanese Rice Vinegar. So I figured, maybe .... and dabbed it on the bump, rubbing it lightly with a cotton bud. Almost instantly it opened and the yellow gunk started flowing out. After that, a little blood smear and now it's just an empty swelling. Hope it will be gone by morning.

Replied by Claudia
(Massapequa Park)

i wanted to ask how many times you applied the vingear and if you did any warm compresses before? Ive been dealing with this problem for 2 months. It's depressing. Thanks.