Top Natural Remedies for Dry Eyes - Internal and External Applications

Baking Soda
Posted by Dave (Fountain Inn, Sc) on 01/10/2017
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I've found that my burning eyes could be helped by applying a solution of Baking Soda in water to eyelids and get instant relief. And a while back my sister reminded me that my grandmother (who lived to 103) would start her day off with Baking soda in water and wash her eyes out with the solution...not just applying to eyelids. I've been doing that for a few weeks now and find my eyes don't burn nearly as much, even when I've had too much acid foods during the day (coffee, Tex-mex).

Castor Oil
Posted by Wolf (Nj, Usa) on 01/05/2017

I just reread my previous post. I didn't mean to discount the fact that the ricin protein can be denatured by heat - all proteins can be denatured (sorry Kelly). And that method is in fact used to destroy residual ricin in some (cost/quality trade-off) processing methods. I was too focused on addressing that therapeutic grade castor oil (cold pressed, hexane free, etc) use better processing methods for extracting the oil so that there is no need to use heat to "clean up" the oil.

Castor Oil
Posted by Wolf (Nj, Usa) on 01/05/2017

Kelly is correct that the castor seed contains the cytotoxin ricin. She is also correct that castor OIL does NOT contain ricin. But she is mistaken as to why.

Ricin is a water soluble protein and is partitioned out during oil extraction - whether hot or cold. That said, it is possible for small amounts of ricin to be present if the processing is not pharmacy grade, or therapeutic grade (such sub grade castor oils might be sold at a grocery store). So while it may seem obvious, if someone is looking to use ANY product in their eye (or body) significant thought and care must be taken to choose a quality product.

Note: Both the medical and natural health communities agree that (quality grade) castor oil is safe for use in the eye. And it has been literally used for millennia. Any of this information can be easily verified by doing very simple searches using your favorite search service (google anyone?). For instance, "Does castor oil contain ricin"?

Oil Pulling
Posted by Kayle (San Diego) on 11/26/2016
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I saw 7 doctors for dry, inflamed, red, itchy eyes. Total waste of $ and time as usual. My dry eyes were really bad at night I had to wake up several times a night and use drops. I read about oil pulling and that you should do it longer for severe cases. I considered my case severe.

I mixed 1 big teaspoon of organic virgin coconut oil and 3 drops of oregano oil together. I oil pulled for 45 minutes a night and sometime I would do it twice a day. I also started alkalizing twice a day (squeezed lemon juice, baking soda in glass of water).

Oil pulling naturally CURED my red, severe dry itchy eyes, and my brain fog is gone as well something seven doctor could not cure!

Castor Oil
Posted by Rebeccah (Ca) on 11/04/2016

Cold pressed oils are by definition not heated during extraction...

Posted by Rexreid1111 (Sarasota, Fl, Usa) on 10/17/2016
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I work in moms nutrition store every now and then. I just heard a good testimony so I'm posting it. There is a supplement "Eye formula" that you take internally that helps relieve dry eyes rather quickly. Ingredients in the "Eye formula" are: omega 3 (70% better absorbed then regular fish oil), lutein, zeaxanthin, astaxanathin, blueberry extract, grape seed extract).

Castor Oil
Posted by Sherry (Phoenix, Az.) on 10/16/2016

All castor oil is not the same. Home Health does not burn my eyes. I tried others and burned badly.Put in a bottle with dropper use at bed time and during the night store larger original bottle in refrigerator. Also use a soft cloth over my eyes when sleeping as my eyes do not close completely when asleep. This helps but must be done daily.

Castor Oil
Posted by Anonymus (Ohio) on 10/10/2016

Have your hormones checked? Progesterone and estrogen.

You can suffer from dry skin, eyes, etc.

Castor Oil
Posted by Tigerlady01 (U.s.a.) on 10/09/2016

I made my own DHEA (Dihydroepiadrosterone) eyedrops. And took the OTC Supplement also. I used 2 bottles of "SYSTANE" Eyedrops to suspend into them 100 mg ground fine Dhea. Refridg'd applied with " clean technique" using each hand on one eye @ a time.

Leave eyes closed for 2 -5 minutes, then take a clean double tipped Qtip DIPPED IN Strile Saline to GENTLY Clean the whitish muck from the corner of each eye. DO THIS CAREFULLY! KEEP THE BOTTLES REFRIDGERATED.

I GOT WELL. I had been ON Restasis, 2 WEEKS. Hated IT! Punctal plugs!? I Refused. Dr a$$ "punished" me for that. I am doing fine, its been years. I am now only intermittently taking Dhea by mouth! I researched and found out about Pekingnese dog trials using "DAKRINA DROPS" I copied the recipe (sorta') ;)

Flax Seed Oil
Posted by Cindy (Northern California) on 09/20/2016
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1 capsule a day of Flax Seed Oil keeps dry eyes away for me.

Posted by Eva (St. Louis) on 09/08/2016
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Magnesium, potassium etc. are electrolytes. Dry eye is a symptom of hyperosmolarity, or low water=high salt, probably from evaporation of tear water and hence loss of electrolytes. So you are replacing them orally. Thera tears for contact lenses has electrolytes in it. Am using a drop, mother Oasis Tears Plus, one drop....has a lubricant and hyaluronic acid which attracts and holds water. This has worked.

I believe hyperosmolarity, and loss of electrolytes with Dry Eye mirrors what goes on in the lens that creates Cataracts. Can't figure out how to get the same cure to the lens. Suggestions?

Mouth Guard
Posted by Robin S. (Cairns, Australia ) on 07/18/2016
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Thanks for your detailed post. I've had two nights and days of improved dry eyes since using mouth guard (chemist bought - found one with an added thin separate layer which I removed after heating and fitting. It is thin, comfortable and doesn't fall out). I've had dry eyes for 3 yrs. I'm 66 yo woman.

Manuka Honey
Posted by Titanium (Perth, Australia) on 07/14/2016 1 posts
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We see a lot of people with dry eye. Recently, we have had a number of client start using a manuka honey drops for dry eye that is caused by inflamed eyelids. This is known as meibomian gland dysfunction of posterior blepharitis.

In the drop form it is dosed 4 times per day and in the ointment form once or twice per day. People report that its stings a bit especially the ointment.

People find that it helps and when we look at their eye lids they do look a little less inflamed. We have more information on our blog I won't mention the product name, we don't sell it but the drops are widely available in pharmacies. The ointment is only sold through certain optometrists.

Alkaline Water Eye Drops
Posted by Juliana (Ufa, Russia) on 07/06/2016

When I visited ND for dry symptoms, he looked my eyes through light and said my eyes are acidic.On my own, I used very weak solution of baking soda and water. It helped me for while, but later my eye sight started to be affected negatively by it. I went to Russia and saw Russian eye professor and she checked my eyes through eye machines and said that my eyes are dry because the lids of my eyes are inflamed, and I started to loose some of my eye lashes and that was enough to stop the tear and natural eye lubricant flow from my eye lids to my eyes.She used some simple tool almost as tweezer and under eye machine for 10 days in a row, squeezed some stagnated and stocked oil lubricants that plugged my eye lids.

These 10 treatments which was very cheap to treat, the dry eye symptoms.From time to time, I do have dry eyes only if eat and drink milk product.which indicates that candida is in my body. I hope this will help someone. Thank you

Castor Oil
Posted by Rita (Hawaii) on 05/17/2016

What is VCO?

EC: VCO = Virgin Coconut Oil

Baking Soda
Posted by Dave (Fountain Inn, S.c.) on 04/26/2016


  • This might be me you were writing to. I have been using baking soda mixed in water and gently applying to closed eyes ...eyelids... for a number of years now. Dry eye situation is much improved. Whenever I have too much coffee or too many acidic products if I use the baking soda and water this always helps immensely and usually completely relieves me of the difficulty. You asked which quantity is correct. There is no certain amount but I typically use about a third of a teaspoon baking soda and a half glass of water. It can be less it can be more. Whatever suits you.

Baking Soda
Posted by Karen (Smithville, Tx) on 04/25/2016

I see two different amounts of water and baking soda:

1/3 teaspoon in 1/2 cup of water in your first post, then

1/4 teaspoon in 1 cup of water in a follow-up post.

Am curious which one is preferable. Thanks.

Avoid Fan Use
Posted by Danamarie (California) on 02/24/2016
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I was starting to get dry, red, irriated eyes and the eye doctor told me to stop using a fan. it worked.

Black Seed Oil
Posted by Tammy (Las Vegas, Nevada) on 02/18/2016
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Black Seed Oil in just a few days relieved my terribly dry eyes. They were so bad that I had to use ointment in them at night, sometimes if I didn't, when I would wake up they would be so painful and feel like they were ripping. I had an antibiotic ointment by the side of my bed, and I would put over the counter ointment in my eyes regularly. I was amazed that in just a few days, taking a tiny dosage (1/4 teaspoon) of black seed oil, I had no trouble with dry eyes at all when I woke up in the morning! I do not know if I have Sjogren's, but I do have some of the symptoms, I just haven't been tested yet.

Castor Oil
Posted by Mahniah (Connecticut) on 02/14/2016

You could try MG probing. It's fairly new and it might be hard to find an ophthalmologist who does it. It changed my life.

Hydrosol Silver
Posted by Mindy (Denver, Co) on 01/31/2016
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How much silver hydrosol do u use? Is it safe to use it everyday? I have been using it 3 times a day but I am not sure if I can helps my dry eyes thou.

Castor Oil
Posted by Mama To Many (Tennessee) on 01/24/2016

Yes, I too find that castor oil burns a bit and blurs the vision because of the oil. By morning though it is not blurry.

You could try just putting the castor oil on your eyelids. It is quite penetrating and that may achieve your goal, even as well as putting it into your eyes.

Or try Dave's formula for dry eyes.

~Mama to Many~

Castor Oil
Posted by Melanie (Unicoi, Tennessee) on 01/23/2016
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I recently started using castor oil (at bedtime) for my dry eyes. Has anyone found that the castor oil "burns" their eyes? It is uncomfortable and causes my vision to be blurry.

Hydrosol Silver
Posted by Hwkmn05 (Nh) on 01/04/2016 109 posts
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Dry Eyes:

Hydrosol silver worked for me after suffering for one week.

Also, at night, I applied coconut oil on outside lids and inside eyes. This helped with the grit build up. You may have to get up a couple of times in the evening to re apply, but it does offer some relief for sleeping.

Humidifier, Change of Location
Posted by Rhonda (Lakewood, Ca) on 11/29/2015
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The symptoms of my dry eyes are watery eyes. I live in LA, where the air has been dry, hot, and polluted. I notice that every time I leave town to go up to Northern California, my dry eyes goes away. I've made about four trips this month to visit my mother and sisters. I also notice that using my humidifier has also made it all but disappear.

Coconut Oil and Coconut Milk
Posted by Lilypad (Australia) on 11/30/2015
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Dry Eyes:

For those of you whose eyes are too sensitive to agree with anything (eg. castor oil), I highly recommend using coconut oil and coconut milk internally. I had very bad dry eyes for 3 nights, could not open my eyes when I woke up and stressing about the long term pain made it even worse. Also trying everything from OTC to natural remedies in my eyes all made them worse. I decided to eat coconut oil and drink coconut milk and eat a lot really healthy food, have faith in my body's natural healing and plenty of sleep for 2 days and my eyes have gone back to pretty much normal. Your body has a natural healing power with the right fuel and you need to have faith in it, too.

Good luck!

Alkaline Water Eye Drops
Posted by Jose (Walnut, California, Usa) on 11/22/2015

I would also like to know about alkaline drops for eyes, I have dried eyes but prescription eye drops don't do much for me. Thank you

Castor Oil
Posted by Sridhar (India) on 11/15/2015

Tell me in detail castor oil means which one? *hexane free? or pure organic cold pressed is enough?

Alkaline Water Eye Drops
Posted by Debbie ( Phoenix, Arizona ) on 11/03/2015

What are alkaline water eyedrops and how did you get them or make them?

Castor Oil
Posted by Jennysmom2 (Idaho) on 10/23/2015

Hi, I am glad you have found relief. I use castor oil in my eyes from time to time. I don't know about the other medications, but I just wanted to comment that Restasis contains castor oil. Just another example of drug companies trying to make money off of us when natural remedies are at our fingertips for pennies. Best wishes

Castor Oil
Posted by Joan (New York City) on 10/22/2015
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I am 74 years old. I was diagnosed with blepharitis and dry eyes many years ago. Over the years I was noncompliant and never washed my lids with baby shampoo or used warm compresses. I rarely used natural tears. Since (a bad allergy season) June of this year my eyes worsened drmatically. They have been swollen, very bloodshot, with constant tearing..etc.

After 4 visits to the eyes doctors, and they prescribing Zylet, Restasis, Lastacaft, and too many other medications to list here, nothing brought me relief. I have been in touch with Dr. Yang of TheraLife Eye in California. She advised to stop using baby shampoo, that it is a detergent and more irritating to the eyes. I have also been taking Sea Buckthorn caps, Omega 3, Genteal Gel, and natural tears. I stopped washing my lids with baby shampoo.

Last evening, I dabbed cold press castor oil around my eyes. When I woke this morning the swelling and irritation was improved 75%. I will continue this, as it has brought me relief.

Castor Oil
Posted by Dookieisking (Nevada) on 10/11/2015

Try sea buckthorn seed oil blend. This will help moisten your entire body. I have blepharitis and styes very bad. They've given me every ridiculous drop and antibiotic imaginable. Nothing has worked as well for me as sea buckthorn seed oil in a pill form. This is an old Indian Areyvedic treatment from what I understand.

Castor Oil
Posted by Morgan (South Africa ) on 10/11/2015

Hi there, I would love to hear your progress with the castor oil. I had eye laser surgery 1 year ago and have been suffering with severe dry eyes since then. My symptoms are EXACTLY the same as yours: 1) no dry eyes during the day 2) eye lids glued shut in morning 3) if I move my eye ball before injecting. Eye drops into the corner of my eye, then cornea tears/rips I have tried all eye drops and nothing seems to work. I am DESPERATE!

Castor Oil
Posted by Beth (Queensland) on 09/25/2015
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I was advise to use cold pressed, organic, hexane free castor oil, better if you can find it in a glass bottle. I also use Manuka honey drops three times a day, remove contacts first. I started with the castor oil on my lids, but now put 2 drops in each eye at night. It has helped, as my eyes are no longer stuck together in the morning. I tried IPL treatment, didn't help, and very expensive. Now taking Omega 3 capsules as well. I have been wearing contact lenses for more than 30 years. I have now heard that a remedy of coconut oil mixed with Frankincense and oil of lemon, on the eyelids. Will add that to my regimen...anything for relief!

Castor Oil
Posted by Hopeful (Seattle) on 09/03/2015

Find a homepathic pharmacy - they have castor oil eyedrop that is made for the eyes.

Alkaline Water Eye Drops
Posted by Rsw (Ohio) on 09/01/2015

Hi Rhonda,

Do you make your own alkaline water or is it something you buy? I have tried Dave's baking soda and water on the eyelids, which is helpful, but are you saying you put it into your eyes? Thank you for recipe or brand name. I have Sjogren's and would appreciate some relief.

Alkaline Water Eye Drops
Posted by Rhonda (Lakewoood) on 09/01/2015
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Tried all other remedies listed and they worked better than prescription eye drops but chiro suggested eye drops made from alkaline water and they seem to work best. Every day eyes are getting better.

Aloe Vera, Avoid Coffee
Posted by C (Hamburg) on 08/14/2015


I was wondering if you use Aloe Vera cream, drops or gel? Could you link the brand you use perhaps? Thank you...

Blood Serum Drops
Posted by Jt (Tucson, Az) on 07/25/2015
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A natural treatment for dry eyes that your doctor can prescribe is blood serum drops. Your blood is drawn, sent to a compounding pharmacy and is specific to you. The recommended dose is 4 times a day, but you can use as often as you like. The prescription is a 6 month supply, which is in a individual syringes and must be kept in the freezer. A syringe can be kept for a week in the refrigerator, using 4 times a day last about 5 days.

I have been using the treatment for 6 weeks. At my check up I had moderate improvement, at only a quarter of the way through the prescription. Our blood serum carries stem cells, so effectively we are healing ourselves.

The blood draw was $40 and the prescription was $265, even though it is spendy, at $50 a month it is certainly worth a try.


Castor Oil
Posted by Jill (Chicago) on 07/24/2015
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Castor oil has never worked for me. I've been taking fish oil for about three months but it hasn't seemed to have helped much.

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