Top Natural Remedies for Dry Eyes - Internal and External Applications

Castor Oil
Posted by Ronald (Ca) on 07/07/2015
5 out of 5 stars

I tried various suggested cures for dry eyes, but they didn't totally work. Here is what I found that works for me.

I take a night guard (light blocker over the eyes), fold a paper towel in thirds, tear in half which now fits inside the blocker, lightly coat it with castor oil, saturate with water and put paper towel inside of blocker and over the eyes.

I also use lubricant eye drops in the eyes and that concoction lasts all night. In the AM I don't have dry eyes when I wake up.


Baking Soda
Posted by Dave (Fountain Inn, Sc) on 06/26/2015

Hello Rhonda,

Baking Soda for Eye Lids replaced need for eye drops...

That was my suggestion and really one of the best remedies I've come across; eye burning or eye irritation can cause havoc. Glad you found it effective.

As a reminder to folks...use a quarter teaspoon in a cup of water. Dissolve...then dab on eye lids....close eyes to do this. Then take a paper towel and wipe off, and reapply keeping eyes closed for a few seconds. The alkaline neutralizes the acid in eyes and that is very effective in lots of eye irritation cases.


Baking Soda
Posted by Rhonda (Lakewood, Ca) on 06/26/2015
5 out of 5 stars

Baking soda works much better than prescription eye drops for me. It lasts longer so you don't have to apply as frequently as drops and it is more effective as well. Stops tearing and more soothing. One eye seems to be cured while the other still gets watery. When that happens, I apply remedy to lid as someone on EC recommended. Then when it returns, I do it again. Much happier that I found this remedy.


Baking Soda
Posted by Dave (Fountain Inn, Sc) on 06/18/2015

Hello Heather,

Thank you for commenting on the Dry Eye method.

Pretty simple. I used to spend a lot of money on eye drops. It's now been four or five years since I've had to buy drops. I just use the Baking Soda on closed eyelids...dry off with a tissue and re apply. In my case I have diagnosed dry eye by an ophthalmologist. But the real agitator is the acidic condition of the body. Anytime I get too much acid producing foods, there comes the agitation. The acid on dry eye...ouch. So the Soda neutralizes the acid in the eye and I drink the rest to help alkalize in the body.

Please let us know how it works for you.


Baking Soda
Posted by Heather (Delaware) on 06/17/2015

I was so psyched to see that you drank the remainder of the water!!! Not only will it help but your body in alkaline dominance, but baking soda is one the ealiest known forms of chemotherap. Simple baking soda has the power to wipe out most forms of cancer. The government was so intent on keeping this information away from us that in 1913 the Rockefellers (same ones that own the national reserve and basically america) started and funded the American Cancer Assoc. to control all information we woukd receive. How sickening. I just made my brother start baking soda for cancer he was told waa aggresive, growing, he must start chemo n radiation immediatly etc etc...his last appointment they couldn't visibly see the cancer anymore...imagine that. Thanks for the info on eyes! Trying it right now. I use it for hair, exfoliating.


Multiple Remedies
Posted by Rhonda (Lakewood, Ca) on 06/13/2015
5 out of 5 stars

After trying the cures suggested on EC, I had to take the time to report how well they worked. My eyes first started tearing so much, it looked and felt like I was crying. My vision was blurry and the skin around was irritated. Then they started to feel like I had something in them so I went to the eye doctor thinking I had pink eye but the doctor said no and gave me some antibiotic drops since I insisted. They continued to get progressively worse. I started feeling pressure behind my eyes and they became sensitive to light and weren't focusing properly. I went to a different eye doctor who ruled out glaucoma and gave me more eye drops and a diagnosis of dry eyes. He said it was due to age and that I would have this condition from now on. The drops barely gave me any relief. I was very concerned about the future of my eyes.

Fortunately, I knew about EC and decided to give it a try. I used the remedies that were most accessible before going to bed: aloe vera and castor oil on eyelids, oil pulling, and honey inside bottom lid plus I drank a little apple cider vinegar.

The next morning, improvements were noticeable! Each day they continue to improve. The sun doesn't bother me. Computer and cell phone glare doesn't bother me. They get a little moist at times but no more tears or conjunctivitis symptoms and the pressure behind my eyes is gone. They occasionally do get a little dry and that seems to make them blurry when I'm reading and I wake up with one dry eye but that one was worse off to begin with.

I will try some of the other remedies if it continues. I didn't expect the remedies to work but desperate enough to try and I am glad that I did. Thank you posters and bless you for helping others like me.


Coconut Oil
Posted by Susan (California) on 06/04/2015

Don't use olive oil. Use castor oil.


Coconut Oil
Posted by Veronica (Ohio ) on 06/04/2015

I have been putting virgin olive oil around my eyes so some seeps in and my eyes feel great. I would love to put some directly into my eyes. Do you know how to sterilize the oil?


Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Paola (Canada) on 05/24/2015

To reply for the parasite in distilled water, you can safely replace the distilled water to a contact lens solution that has no chemical in it its the saline solution of baush& lomb for sensitive eyes. Found in different pharmacies .


Castor Oil
Posted by Norma ( Nashville, Tn) on 05/02/2015
5 out of 5 stars

I been awakening to dry, bloodshot eyes so I was very concerned with how my eye was looking... it wasn't good, so I looked up some natural remedies and this was it just what I needed, castor. so very happy thanks so very much. keep up the great work, k .


Castor Oil
Posted by Tabitha (California, US) on 04/13/2015

I've been using castor oil on my eyes for a while now. Really seems to help the lashes and the itchiness which I used to blame on allergies but now I realize is probably blepharitis/MGD. My opth confirmed that I have Meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD) and am producing "sticky oil" that does not provide a good tear film. He put collagen plugs in my tear ducts but recommends cauterization?

Castor oil really helps but I am wondering if anyone has any good info on how to solve the MGD? I am not even 40 yet and I thought this was something you only got with menopause :( Any advice?


Aloe Vera, Avoid Coffee
Posted by Ann (Sussex, Uk) on 04/03/2015

Reading these comments has helped me tremendously on my search for health for my watery eyes and stinging lids. Castor Oil worked wonders and did reduce bags! Acupuncture was helping a lot, but I was curious my acupuncturist was treating skin and lungs. Finally went to eye clinic in hospital to see if tear ducts were draining properly. Verdict - wasn't dry eye at all, but dermatitis! very relieved and amazed that all but my acupuncturist were missing the point. I thought the red skin was from very abundant tearing of eyes. So before surgery or anything drastic, look at the pages of this website to see if contact dermatitis explains your symptoms better - I know, sounds counterintuitive, but applying 50/50 cider vinegar (with mere) and water has reduced the redness and tearing has all but stopped. I agree about coffee - try to avoid it, same with sulphates (in wine). good luck.


Castor Oil
Posted by Marg (Ontario, Canada) on 04/01/2015

Do you need to refrigerate the castor oil after opening?


Castor Oil
Posted by Elias (Ga) on 03/23/2015

Keep using this. I have had the same problem and my eyes are 100% better, I use this every night, 2 drops in each eye and put the oil under my eye lids and over my lids. This works, just give it some time.


Castor Oil
Posted by Prioris (Fl, US) on 03/23/2015

The reason they put - do not put in eye - on castor oil bottle is because the manufacturer is required to do that if they don't want to spend extra money on testing. Castor oil just feels greasy, otherwise you generally feel nothing. It's pretty safe.


Castor Oil
Posted by Anon (Anon) on 03/22/2015

I'm putting it on my eyebrow first night -no reaction* eyelid and eyebrow second night- no reaction* eyelid eyebrow and circle around eye third night - no reaction* fourth night put some in corner of eye to get some on the eyeball- no reaction* next drop some right into the eye. Better safe than sorry . Keep trying and you will find out what works for you.

I have tried what the doctor prescribed for other issues and been suffering, so this isn't so bad


Castor Oil
Posted by Marcin (Toronto, Canada) on 03/22/2015

I am also confused. I was wondering if I could try it for my cataract. Some people on EC reported bad results, like getting conjunctivitis. One person wrote that one should not apply castor oil to the eyes when it comes in a plastic container.


Castor Oil
Posted by Patel1947 (Marquette, Mi) on 03/22/2015

The Home health brand says not to put it in your eyes! How come everyone's putting it in their eyes? Any long term side effects?


Coconut Oil
Posted by C. (Charlotte, NC) on 03/15/2015
4 out of 5 stars

My eyes are dry, especially my right eye. I wear contacts as well as glasses. (Mostly contacts, extended wear.) My eye doc once asked me if I sleep with my eyes open. I asked why and she mentioned something about dry eyes. That was years ago.

I had read about coconut oil being used in the eyes for parasites and even though my condition was different, I felt like it wouldn't hurt to put coconut oil in my own eyes. I did some research and decided to go ahead. I opened a fresh jar of coconut oil (organic unrefined), washed my hands, removed my lenses, got a clean spoon, and scooped out a tiny bit with the tip of the spoon.

Coconut oil melts pretty much as soon as it hits skin so I thought it should melt quickly in my eye as well. (I keep my unopened jars of coconut oil on the floor in my office so the oil is usually more on the solid side.)

I went into the bathroom (better lighting though I didn't really need to see anything) and held my head back. Then I realized I didn't want to put the spoon in my eye so I put a little oil on the tip of my clean finger. I kind of swiped my finger in my eye just enough to get the oil in without actually touching my eye with my finger. It felt soothing then it burned a tiny bit. Not in a bad way, much the same as when I use my saline to flush my eyes when they feel dirty or gritty after returning home from being out all day.

I used a cotton swab to swipe lightly across my eyeball, in an effort to remove any dirt or debris that might be present. Then I added more oil and rolled my eyeball back and forth a few times, to make sure it got under my eyelid, etc. After a while, it felt really good. Then I did the other eye.

The downside was that the oil left a film on my eyes, which meant I had to wear my glasses so I didn't get the oil on my contact lenses. I didn't know how long it would take for the film to subside but I knew I didn't want to oil up my lenses. Luckily I didn't have to go anywhere the next day.

Since then, I do it whenever I need to soothe my eyes, when they get red or feel too irritated from my contacts. I always try for a time when I'll be able to wear my glasses for at least 24 hours.

I still have dry eyes but when I use the coconut oil, it is very soothing. I'm not sure if using the oil more often would eventually "cure" me of dry eyes. Maybe if I didn't rely so much on my contact lenses.


Aloe Vera, Avoid Coffee
Posted by Frances (Cabarlah, AU) on 02/09/2015

Dry eyes and post-Lasix surgery, both my sister and step daughter were advised to use capsules of hyaluronic acid for approx. 6 mo. to alleviate the dryness.


Coconut Oil
Posted by Kenneth (Illinois, US) on 02/01/2015

I just found this article about using coconut oil in eyes. http://www.curezone.org/forums/am.asp?i=1731265


Coconut Oil
Posted by Kenneth (Illinois, US) on 02/01/2015

If you use eye drops. You can put one drop of coconut water in each eye then drink the rest. They do this to remove cataracts. I have used it myself and it did not hurt.


Castor Oil
Posted by Atul (Maharashtra, India) on 01/27/2015
5 out of 5 stars

Put some drops of honey in your eyes. You will fill irritation for few sec. and your eyes will become red but don't fear. It will sign of increase blood circulation in your eyes.After some time you will fill cool.This remedy is very useful for eyes.It has no side effect, no harmful.I always use the remedy for eye's health.


Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Glynis (Springfield, Mo) on 01/16/2015
4 out of 5 stars

Thank you, thank you, thank you. My eyes hurt so bad I could barely read the instructions. Could not figure out if I was supposed to use recipe as an eye wash or wipe my eyelids with it. Tried as a wash (burned) added two more parts of water (still burned) then wiped on eyelid (did not burn). I continued wiping my eyelids with the solution and received soothing. Eye are still somewhat sore but will continue to use. Thank you to Earthclinic and all who reply and read. Thank you.


Frankincense and Lemon Oil
Posted by Rob (Kentucky) on 01/05/2015
5 out of 5 stars

I have suffered from dry eyes with itchy eyelids and goop forming in my eyes for over two years and was prescribed various eye drops from my VA Dr's to keep my eyes lubed, "treat the symptoms and not the problem" is the way Dr's do medicine today. Finally, I went to a older OP Dr who told me that my dry eye was called Blepharitis (blef-uh-RI-tis) and commonly occurs when tiny oil glands located near the base of the eyelashes malfunction and clog. This leads to inflamed, irritated and itchy eyelids. Several diseases and conditions can cause blepharitis but in my case it was caused by microscopic mite, partying in my oil glands and clogging up the lubricating process.

He prescribed a new essential oil towlet that contained Tea Tree Oil with other compounded to whip my eyes with 2x/daily, but after 2 weeks of use, my eyes looked sunk into my head and the chemicals in the towlets dried up my eyes so back that I didn't finish the 30 day supply.

Now to how I cured myself. I beleive in the healing properties of plants and hit the research books to which plant oils are safe for use around the eyes. What I came up with is Frankincense and Lemon oil. Here is my recipe:

*one teaspoon coconut oil

*10 drops frankincense oil - properties as an antiseptic, disinfectant, astringent.

*10 drops lemon oil - properties are anti-infection, astringent, antiseptic, disinfectant.

Both oils are used in womens beauty creams so dont be scared of using them. (NEVER put essential oils in eyes! )

Mix until uniformed in a small glass or ceramic dipping bowl.

Using your clean finger apply mixture around your eye (but not in it) cover top and lower skin of your eyelids. Then around the eye socket, over nose bridge and down your nose and over your eye brows. Do this at night before bed for 14 days. Cured and I must say my eyesight is much sharper today. Ca'nt explain that one.


Castor Oil
Posted by Jill (Chicago, IL) on 12/22/2014

I just started using castor oil last nite after researching and stumbling upon Earth Clinic. Did you feel immediate relief or did it take a few applications?


Sauerkraut
Posted by Danny (Los Angeles, Ca) on 10/22/2014
5 out of 5 stars

I've discovered that my dry eyes are hardly dry at all when I wake up in the morning as long as I eat Raw Sauerkraut. It has to be the Raw Sauerkraut form, not the regular kind you but at the supermarket. That kind can increase yeast, the raw kind actually helps to kill yeast. Raw Sauerkraut can be bought at health food stores and farms.


Castor Oil
Posted by Om (Hope Bc Canada) on 10/07/2014

Rebecca --- yes it is perfectly fine. I use it myself mixed with VCO. It removes eye diseases. One post here recently was by a lady who was cataract free after three years using it about five days a week.

Namaste, Om


Castor Oil
Posted by Prioris (Fl, US) on 10/07/2014

The unknown is scary isn't it... lol

Your eyeball will just feel greasy otherwise you won't feel a thing. it's safe. 10 seconds after you do it, that fear will disappear. So go ahead.


Castor Oil
Posted by Rebecca (Redmond, Wa) on 10/07/2014

I just bought cold pressed castor oil. Nervous about how thick it is and putting it in my eyes. Do you know if this is safe ? How are your eyes now ?


Multiple Remedies
Posted by Prioris (Fl, US) on 10/07/2014

How old are you and what kind of joint pain is it ?

Unless injured, joint pain means you have an infection.

As an aside, I have had ME/CFS since very young. I have an upregulated immune system. I rarely got colds but had many internal infections.

That vitamin C should be OK but you may have to test many things to see what works.

There are many things to try for joint pain

Look into

1200 GDU ENTERIC Bromelain capsules.

Biocell


Multiple Remedies
Posted by Earthling (Usa) on 10/06/2014

Priorus,

The Vitamin C I take is a complex, but it says that the C portion is ascorbic acid. It also has Rutin and lemon bioflavanoid complex. Is this C complex worth taking, or would I be better off with something else? Thanks!

P.S. I'm taking it hoping for some joint pain relief. My immune system is pretty strong; I go years without a cold, so unlike many people, I'm not taking it for immune support.


Multiple Remedies
Posted by Prioris (Fl, US) on 10/06/2014

We need to specify which component on vitamin C addresses a specific health condition since there are many vitamin C supplements that are very narrow in their active forms.

Someone will say that vitamin C works for this or that condition. Another person may try vitamin C and it doesn't work. But we wouldn't be able to know if the vitamin C was the same complex.

Or maybe we need to start saying "Vitamin C Complex" instead of just "vitamin C".

As Bill pointed out - Vitamin C is not ascorbic Acid.


Multiple Remedies
Posted by Jamie (Australia) on 10/05/2014

I have been cured of dry eyes now for several years. As a disease, it can really mess with your life. Physically, emotionally, even socially, it can be very distressing.

As others have mentioned here, natural cures for dry eyes can include fish oils, drinking more water, reducing caffeinated beverages and more.

My solution for dry eyes included some of the above plus the following which are key:

- balanced hormones. There are plenty of studies that point to imbalances between key hormones leading to meibomian and lacrimal gland dysfunctions. Menopausal women are especially susceptible to this.

- a balanced, whole foods diet. Cut the processed foods, add a detox. It works very well if you can stick to it.

- Vitamin C + magnesium. Again, studies and Opthalmology reports indicate Vitamin C is very beneficial and magnesium is not only of benefit to eye health but also a lot of Naturopaths secret weapon.

Palmitoeic Acid
Posted by Prioris (Fl, Usa) on 09/19/2014

The active ingredient in Sea Buckthorne oil is Palmitoleic Acid(PA) or Omega 7. Primeval seems to be one of the few brands with at least 50% or more of PA in each capsule. Other brands contain just 33% to 35%.

Since taking this brand, my chronic dry eyes are no more. It can work pretty quick also. My eyes seem more comfortable.

I have also seen a few positive reports on blepharitis also.

Palmitoleic Acid (Omega 7) seems to address a broad range of problems. They have a medical test that measures inflammation in body called CRP. In studies, it cut the value of CRP in half. Anecdotal reports suggest it has broad ranging effect on body.

It should be experimented on any problem which involves dryness.


Mouth Guard
Posted by Ruralgirl (Texas, US) on 08/29/2014

I found a mouthguard for just a couple of dollars at a sports store that you boil to soften and then bite to make a custom fit.


Multiple Remedies
Posted by KT (Usa) on 08/19/2014

Hi Elodie, Diet has a lot to do with the problem of dry eyes. To make a very long story short of my experiences and what I have learned, spinach is the answer, but not raw. The best is the canned, without salt. That opposes what the majority are pushing but I used to wear contacts and eating that spinach helped promote the lubricant tears in my eyes. At the same time I was in the process of learning about hidden sources of MSG so I had been weeding those out of my diet too. The flowing agent in table salt is one. I use sea salt. Hope this helps you.


Aloe Vera, Avoid Coffee
Posted by Om (Hope, Bc Canada) on 08/19/2014

Please read up on cold pressed castor oil. Namaste, Om


Multiple Remedies
Posted by Om (Hope, Bc Canada) on 08/19/2014

Elodie (Melbourne) dear Elodie, read up on Palma Christie which is a website on Edgar Cayce's healing remedies. Use it just to improve dry eyes and eyesight. My two dogs who are older have dry eyes. One of them has now shiny eyes and with time it will reverse cataracts or at least stop progression. On EC people have reversed cataracts but that takes about three years sometimes. Five days on, two days off. I also read that it favours eyelash lengthening. Put on the eyes it helps with deep sleep. Cold pressed castor oil is very good for aging skin and many conditions that is why it is called Palma Christi. Namaste Om


Aloe Vera, Avoid Coffee
Posted by Diana (Dresden) on 08/19/2014

Hello, I suffer from severe Dry Eye Syndrome since one year. And by the time I started to feel the discomfort and annoy at my eyes I was on a strict (but very varied and healthy) diet due to GERD. Thus I was not allowed to eat any fruits or vegetables, not to mention coffee or spicy food. And I still started to feel the effects of Dry Eye Syndrome. What I want to point out is the fact, that the dry eye has nothing to do with the fact, that you eat some fruits or drink coffee once in a while. And one more thing: Omega3 pills have just Placebo effects. Try not to take them a whole month, and you'll see that nothing has changed. You feel the same with or without them. Sad, but true. Keep trying other remedies, although I'm about to give it up.


Aloe Vera, Avoid Coffee
Posted by Diana (Dresden, Germany) on 08/19/2014

Hello, I suffer from severe Dry Eye Syndrome since one year. And by the time I started to feel the discomfort and annoy at my eyes I was on a strict (but very varied and healthy) diet due to GERD. Thus I was not allowed to eat any fruits or vegetables, not to mention coffee or spicy food. And I still started to feel the effects of Dry Eye Syndrome. What I want to point out is the fact, that the dry eye has nothing to do with the fact, that you eat some fruits or drink coffee once in a while. And one more thing: Omega3 pills have just Placebo effects. Try not to take them a whole month, and you?ll see that nothing has changed. You feel the same with or without them. Sad, but true. Keep trying other remedies, although I'm about to give it up.


Multiple Remedies
Posted by Mmsg (Somewhere, Europe) on 08/19/2014

Elodie, read up on Castor Oil.


Multiple Remedies
Posted by Elodie (Melbourne) on 08/18/2014
1 out of 5 stars

Please help! I just recovered from a bad case of conjunctivitis for which I used green tea bags. The conjunctivitis disappeared but now I have an extreme case of dry eyes- every morning I am literally having to peel them open. I suspect that the caffeine in the green tea has dehydrated them. I have been using some homeopathic eye drops for dry eyes but these have made no difference, and I have tried aloe (no difference) and flax, coconut oils. I am freaking out that I have caused irreversible damage. I do tend towards dry eyes but this is just unbearable. Any advice would be welcome! Thank you.

Castor Oil
Posted by Janice (Ontario, CA) on 08/15/2014
4 out of 5 stars

I got rosewater, but not sure if my eyes would like, it is pretty strong, I've used Castor Oil a long time now, my retinas look weird, and still dry as hell, but eye doctor's just lie out of their bloody teeth, and apparently to them my eyes look fine. But after getting Mydfryin one day at a doc's office, my pupils were large for 2.5 weeks. Not one doctor at that office knew occasionally that happens, yet my doctor knew some guy tremors and heart problems from eye ointments though....(strange)! I can't even use Natural Tears, hate Refresh, gotta make my own saline solution, but using spring water, and not the Himalaysian Salt this time. I'll try the Black Cohosh. My eyes didn't take to the honey with ACV though. It's freaky how many people have eye problems from eye ointments, and toxic products like Purex and wood stain paint, yet the "doctor's" (eye doctor's) are NOT allowed to talk about that, and quite honestly they know shit according to me!


Fish Oil
Posted by Timh (KY, US) on 08/15/2014 2080 posts

@Wayne: Good to hear of your success.

If I might add, the dosage of omega 3 EFA you are taking seems very high which would indicate something more needs addressing like inflammation and immunity. Some general detoxes & cleanses would help.

For the moment, to protect & enhance the precious Fish Oils add Selenium and Mixed Tocopherols Vit-E. Also, in cases of severe inflammation when EPA's are insufficient, add the much more powerful esterified EPA Celedrin. Adding these nutrients should reduce the fish oil dosage.


Fish Oil
Posted by Om (Hope, Bc Canada) on 08/14/2014

..and fish products are not radio active??

Namaste, Om


Fish Oil
Posted by Wayne (Andrews, IN) on 08/14/2014

My eyes were becoming dry to the point a blister appeared on my eye. My wife suggested seeing the eye doctor, grudgingly I agreed. The Doctor asked me if I had arthritis and I told him my shoulder hurt and to raise my arm over my head was difficult. He informed me that the material in my shoulder was similar to the makeup of my tear glands and my immune system was attacking both.

He brought out a couple packets of flaxseed oil and told me this might help. Well I was already taking 3 tablespoons of flaxseed oil and 3 tablespoons of codliver oil a day. I decided to take 20 tablespoons of codliver oil a day because he reinforced my initial efforts and I thought this was the proper course. I thank god to say my eyes started watering and my shoulder quit hurting.

I eventually changed to sardine and anchovy fish oil capsules because they were cheaper ($5.00 for 150 capsules). The dose of 40 capsules a day. Each capsule contains EPA 180 mg and DHA 120 mg. The capsules didn't agree with me for some reason so I would chew the capsules and spit them out. There is no fishy taste for me I have been doing this for several years now with consistently good results. I have tried reducing the dose but 40 a day works for me. You need to experiment to find the proper dose.

If you talk to people who grew up in the 1930s and 1940s they were given codliver oil everyday by their parents. Obviously the parents knew of the benefits or were simply carrying on tradition but their children ended the tradition not realizing the benefits afforded them because they were ignorant and or the taste wasn't pleasant.

Carrots
Posted by Ben (London, Uk) on 07/09/2014
5 out of 5 stars

I look at a computer screen for approx 10-12 hrs a day and I get very dry eyes. The best natural remedy I find is to eat 1x raw carrot per day. This is the best natural remedy I have used.

Cheers, Ben


Castor Oil
Posted by Kelly (Oregon, Usa) on 06/04/2014

Castor oil does NOT contain "ricin".

The castor seed contains ricin, a toxic protein. Heating during the oil extraction process denatures and inactivates the protein.


Castor Oil
Posted by Miracles (Santa Monica) on 05/20/2014

Hi Ignatz, you can purchase Castor Oil from Santa Monica Homeopathic Pharmacy or Pharmaca in Brentwood/Pacific Palisades or the Santa Monica Coop. Also, I've added another protocol to the system - a humidifier at night. Good luck!


Castor Oil
Posted by Rsw (Uniontown, Oh) on 05/14/2014

Hi Joan,

Do you put rose water in your eye or on your eye lid, or do you drink it? Is it the kind you buy in any store? Thanks.


Castor Oil
Posted by Joan (Cardiff) on 05/14/2014

It's rose water that is most effective for eyes, not castor oil. It not only soothes eyes but relieve you of any pain.


Mouth Guard
Posted by Chad (Lincoln/me) on 05/07/2014

I was wondering if you could post more info on how to talk to my dentist about the mouth guard info.


Aloe Vera, Avoid Coffee
Posted by Terry (Connecticut) on 04/23/2014
5 out of 5 stars

I had such horrible dry eyes. My vision was so blurred and I was getting no help from drops or ointments. When I went for an eye exam they had to reapply the drops a few times because they were so dry and itchy. I read your suggestion to use aloe Vera gel on the lids......I cannot believe how wonderful my eyes feel. Thank you.


Aloe Vera, Avoid Coffee
Posted by Dave (Fountain Inn, Sc) on 02/24/2014

To Schwabbie;

And not only coffee but acidic foods of any kind. I've noticed that if I eat the fruit papaya that the burning/dry eye is not so severe.

Papaya is just miracle stuff.


Aloe Vera, Avoid Coffee
Posted by Schwabbie (Fontana, Ca) on 02/24/2014
5 out of 5 stars

I also notice that I can count on a dry eye episode if I drink coffee, caffeinated or not.


Aloe Vera, Avoid Coffee
Posted by Dave (Fountain Inn, Sc) on 02/11/2014

Eileen,

So sorry to have missed your question...you anoint the outside of eyelid with the aloe vera. Also you can use a quarter teaspoon of baking soda in quarter glass of water...the alkaline of either will neutralize the acidic eye.

Again, apply on outside of eyelid.

I usually apply and wipe off and then reapply. If you think your fingers might be even slightly oily use a paper towel to perform application.

And remember, the acidic foods are what is at work in causing the dry eye...in my experience 90 percent of all my burning eye/dry eye condition is related to coffee and eating spicy products.


Aloe Vera, Avoid Coffee
Posted by Eileen (Summerville, Sc) on 01/28/2014

I'm sorry to sound dense, but do I apply it to the inside of my eyelid or on the outside of my eyelid? I have two aloe plants and can use fresh, pure aloe. I'm hoping this will work for me. I had lasik surgery, and now my eyes are so dry and the lasik is not working. It's been 6 months since the surgery.


Castor Oil
Posted by Vera (Connecticut) on 01/26/2014
5 out of 5 stars

if you read carefully, he is just describing the 8 oz bottle to buy... use 2 drops every night in you eyes and you will get over a 1000 doses in 1 bottle... this is why DRs dont tell you this... they would make NO money!


Castor Oil
Posted by Liz (Boston, Massachusetts) on 01/15/2014

You can buy a dropper separately. That's what I did. Most of the big chain pharmacies have them in the eye care section.


Lactoferrin
Posted by Dave (Fountain Inn, Sc) on 01/14/2014

Greetings Steve from N.J.,

I have another help for dry eyes; at least it sure helps me. Dry eyes have been such a plague to me over the years.

The very best thing that I've found is to take a half teaspoon of baking soda in a half glass of purified water and dissolve of course. With clean finger tips or paper towel just dab onto closed eyelids. Wipe clean and re-apply. The alkaline topical soothes the burning eyes. Almost instant relief. My dry eyes come, I believe, from an acidic condition overall and I can correlate the "burning eyes" to too much coffee or other acid foods, eg hot pepper salsa.


Lactoferrin
Posted by Steven (New Jersey, Usa) on 01/13/2014
5 out of 5 stars

350mg of Lactoferrin helped my chronic dry eye from day one. For years I have been waking up with eye pain almost every day. I started taking lactoferrin for iron absorption and I noticed I didn't have dry eye pain for days. Looked it up and found a few mentions that lactoferrin helps. It has continued for weeks now, with only one or two days where I had pain. This is remarkable because I had the pain for probably two years daily.

Castor Oil
Posted by Ignatz (San Francisco, Ca) on 01/13/2014

Hi Miracles - I was just curious whereabouts in Santa Monica you bought the oil with a dropper? I'm around the area a lot but have never seen castor oil sold that way and it sounds terrific. I'm longing to try this as nothing has worked for my chronically red eyes yet, but I maintain hope! Thanks so much for any info.


Castor Oil
Posted by Carol (Annapolis, Md) on 01/10/2014
5 out of 5 stars

I love EarthClinic!! I have struggled with dry eyes for so many years especially in the winter. I did try ACV which helps but when I read about Castor Oil, cold pressed, I thought why not. I purchased it and transferred a small amount to my lower lids with a q-tip and close my eyes for a moment. I do this at night and in the mooring or when my eyes feel dry. WOW!! It works. I am so grateful not to be suffering.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Mousy (Portland, Or) on 10/22/2013

Re: eye drops made of distilled water, honey, and Apple cider vinegar. How long will this solution keep? How often (what intervals) is it safe to use, and over what duration of time.


Mouth Guard
Posted by Grace (Pdx) on 10/18/2013
5 out of 5 stars

For five years, I had severe dry, red, gritty, scratchy eyes, it was worse at night. I saw tons of specialist, MD and ND's. Tried eye drops, castor oil, vitamins, tear duct plugs and even the lipiflow was normal, nothing worked.

One day at the dentist, he began telling me he is shocked at the growing numbers of people that were clenching and grinding their teeth and that it had grown exponentially, in that last few years. To stop the patients teeth from being damaged he was making mouth guard. The dentist made me a custom made mouth guard for me and I started wearing it at night and I noticed that my dry eyes were cured! I could hardly believe it! You can buy mouth guards at the drug store it is cheaper. A custom made mouth guard from the dentist office is a perfect fit. I was totally unaware of this, but I was clenching my teeth at night. This causes muscle tightness, causes inflammation, then nerve compression of the tear ducts and effects your optic nerves and ear nerves! Grinding and clenching your teeth can also cause neck, shoulder, head tension and jaw pain. Since I like to look at the cause teeth grinding and clenching may be caused by stress, the pressures of the fast world or it could be a parasite infestation. Anyhow, I took up yoga, stopped caffeine and went on Hulda Clark's parasite cleanse. Anyhow, this might help someone that had the same problem as me

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Lori (Portland, Or) on 10/18/2013

Re: eye drops made of distilled water, honey, and Apple cider vinegar. How long will this solution keep? How often (what intervals) is it safe to use, and over what duration of time.


Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Jag (Nj ) on 09/16/2013

Hien from Houston posted the remedy: "5 parts of water, 2 parts of honey and 1 part of apple cider vinegar." I also want to know, do you put this in your eye or swallow it? Please advise as my 7 yr old is suffering from dry red eyes. It wouldn't hurt to take both orally & eye wash but just wondering.


Castor Oil
Posted by Kris (Maine) on 08/09/2013

Two drops castor oil in 8 oz of water and then drink it or do I put the drops in the eyes? Thanks.


Castor Oil
Posted by Anonymous ( Portland , Oregon) on 07/25/2013

My MD has a naturopathic education. He gave me organic cold pressed castor oil in GLASS bottles not in plastic. Apparently castor oil in plastic is very toxic and leeches plastic into the castor oil! This explain why everytime I would use castor oil in plastic bottle my eyes would burn badly until I started using in the glass bottles He also gave me 100% unbleached organic wool to place over my eyes soaked in castor oil and hot water bottle placed over the wool. Make sure that the hot water bottle cap is secure and just be careful to not make too hot. It also suggested not use heating pad on the body because of EMF waves interfere with body energetic system.


Castor Oil
Posted by Happyeyes (Bay City, Mi) on 07/20/2013

I was just diagnosed with Recurrant Cornal Erosion. I had an abrasion about a year ago that has never seemed to heal. When I was finally diagnosed (after multiple doctor visit to several doctors) I was told that I would probably need daily drops and nightly ointment for the rest of my life. While I am willing to spend the money, if it means I don't have the intense, stabbing pain of continually ripping up my cornia, I would do it. But I am so glad to see there is a more economical remedy - and one that is natural! I can't wait to try it! THANK YOU!


Castor Oil
Posted by Trudyg (USA) on 07/13/2013
5 out of 5 stars

I've been using castor oil--1 drop per eye at bedtime--for dry eyes. My contacts the next day are comfortable well into the evening, where before I was wanting them out by lunchtime. I just wash my eyelids w/ baby shampoo and blink several times to get some in my eyes and no problem w/ oil on contacts. Baby shampoo has something in it that numbs the eye so it doesn't feel the sting. Hate that for the kids (drug them) but I can do a drop or 2 per day and don't feel that's too much chemical. Had styes for years until I started washing w/ baby shampoo.


Castor Oil
Posted by Edna (Hayward, Ca) on 07/12/2013
5 out of 5 stars

I have been using castor oil for dry eyes after using many different eye drops that did not work.

The other result that I have observed is that it also makes eyebags minimized. Apply cold expressed castor oil with your clean finger to lower and upper eyelids - on top of the lashes, Results- eyebags will remarkably disappear.


Castor Oil
Posted by Bess (Calgary, Alberta, Canada) on 07/11/2013

Hi Miracles from Santa Monica - I am one of the posters who recommended organic castor oil for dry eyes. I, too, wear contact lenses and, because of the oil residue left in the morning, I have to use an eye wash to get rid of it. It's a small price to pay, though. I wasn't able to wear contacts for over a year because of the dryness - now, no problem. I've only come across one actual eye wash (not eye drops) here in Canada (O----x) but I'm sure you have more options where you live. I'm glad the castor oil worked for you! Cheers, Bess


Castor Oil
Posted by Miracles (Santa Monica, Ca, United States) on 07/11/2013
5 out of 5 stars

I've had dry eyes over the years but it wasn't that bad. When I had it, they put in plugs to keep the moisture/water in my eyes. Then, they prescribed drops for me to put it at night and put in during the day. Then, about two years ago, my boyfriend got it as well - and we visited a few top notch eye doctors - and they prescribed Restasis.

When I discovered Earth Clinic and started testing out their remedies for other ailments and found they worked, I found the remedy for dry eyes of castor oil that many recommended. So we went to buy A-grade castor oil from the homeopathic pharmacy with the dropper, and then, we both started using it on our eyes - first on our eyelids at night. Then, after we found that the redness was nearly gone in the morning or next day, we started dropping it into our eyes. It truly works!

The white of the eyes seems much whiter and not so yellow! My lashes seem to love it and I feel like they're growing longer and thicker! The only thing is that I wear contact lens, and am trying to figure out if I should do an eye wash in the morning so there will be no more "oil" - which attaches to my daily-wear contact lens - and creates a blur!

I wanted to share with you all that the castor oil is miraculous for dry eyes and works! And, thank you to Earth Clinic and everybody else who writes in regarding wonderful remedies for healing!

Baking Soda
Posted by Dave (Fountain Inn, Sc) on 06/18/2013
5 out of 5 stars

Had dry eyes for years and in my case found it was acid related. Tried lots of remedies but the best is to dissolve a third teaspoon baking soda into a half cup of purified water. For safety sake, boil the water and let cool. Dab with clean cloth onto eyelids; repeat a minute later. I repeat: Apply to eye LIDS. Keep eyes closed until dry. The alkaline water will counter the acidic condition on eye surface.

I drink then the remainder of the baking soda water to offset my acidic system.

If I drink coffee, the dry eye problem is worse. Eating acidic foods also worsens the dry eye.

The point is: my dry eye condition was being caused by an acidic system. I had been diagnosed by an opthomologist with "dry eye" and the solution was to counter the acid in the body which I suppose had caused the dryness.

Castor Oil
Posted by Shruti (Virgina, USA) on 05/28/2013
5 out of 5 stars

I started having dry eyes suddenly since 2 months no diagnosis yet. I have tried everything from drops to warm compressions.. Started using castor oil 1 drop in each eye at bed time and WOW haven't had dry eyes since even if I skip a day I don't feel dry and don't need any drops either in the day time and my eyes are white white white. I saw this remedy online by some lady from Florida and I really want to thank her.

Castor Oil
Posted by Bess (Calgary, Alberta, Canada) on 05/24/2013

Hi Anonymouscat: Dr. Carolyn Dean (medical doctor, naturopath, acupuncturist, herbalist and much more) wrote an article called, The Eyes Have It. She recommends using castor oil for dry eyes.

http://drcarolyndean.com/2010/09/the-eyes-have-it/

Evidently Ayurvedic practitioners prescribe it. Many over-the-counter, as well as prescription eye medications contain castor oil as well.

In this article, Dr. Dean also tells you how to make your own cayenne remedy for the eyes (improves blood circulation and opens up tear ducts). I haven't been brave enough to try that yet! Hope you find the article interesting. Cheers, Bess


Castor Oil
Posted by Anonymouscat (Pdx, Or) on 05/24/2013

The research showed that castor oil caused Cytotoxicity which means is the quality of being toxic to cells and that other oils such as olive oil should be used in eye ointments. This is odd because at the ND told me to used castor oil pack on my abdomen for a small surgical scar so my thought is maybe on the skin but not safe for eyes.


Cod Liver Oil
Posted by Joy (San Diego, Ca) on 04/28/2013

Interesting post about Cod Liver OIL eithier you have a omega 3 defieciency or you are on the borderline or have anemia, because liver is recommended for iron deficiencies, and thyroid deficiencies can cause dry eyes even if your thyroid is on the verge of being low according to my ND you may very well be having and showing all effects of low thyroid! Anyhow the MD felt the high grade fish oils results are better and more effective.


Sauerkraut
Posted by Brandon (Chicago, Illinois) on 03/21/2013

I forgot to add that I eat about 4-6 heaping tablespoons of sauerkraut a day. (about 2 tablespoons with meals. I startout out eating about a teaspon - tablespoon and worked my way up. Sauerkraut is a raw food that we're not used to getting in our died, so you've got to slowly introduce it.



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