Top Natural Remedies for Dry Eyes - Internal and External Applications

Fish or Flax Seed Oil

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Posted by Jc (Boston, Ma) on 09/24/2011
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For Dry Eyes, my ND suggested flax seed oil and it worked. I also later learned that anything that has omega 3 will do it. So fish or CLO should help as well.

Replied by Dave
(Fountain Inn, Sc)
09/27/2011

Hello Jc: Do you mean application topically on the eyelid with an omega oil? Or oral consumpiton of an omega capsule? Years ago I read in the book "Vita-Nutrients" that Dr Adkins suggested the omegas be taken orally for dry eyes and so I tried two capsules of high quality Omega 3, 6 and 9 daily. It did not help. So I presume, since I was talking about topical application of aloe vera liquid, that you are suggesting the same, but with the Omega. I notice in this section that many people suggest the use of castor oil dropped onto the eyeball. I tried that too, and it was also beneficial.

As for the coffee elimination (or extreme limitation since I cannot completely do without fresh ground once or twice a week), the reduced consumption of coffee goes a long way in reducing the problem of "burning eyes. " Finally, try one teaspoon of baking soda three times daily to deal with systemic (total body) acidic condition. Thus, I have actually recommended four steps to get control of "dry eyes."

1. Eye-lid application of aloe vera liquid. (Buy a really potent brand. ) By the way, sometimes you will actually feel a kind of "grime layer" on the eye lids when you apply the aloe. If so, take a tissue and wipe off and reapply a light coating of aloe vera liquid. (You could use aloe vera gel too but I use the liquid and apply topically and then also drink four or five tablespoons of aloe in addition. Aloe is wonderful for you.)

2. A drop in each eye of castor oil at bedtime.

3. Avoid the acidic drinks and foods; coffee (de-caff too is acidic), too much tomato products, hot peppers etc.

4. Make sure your are alkalized. If your body condition is acidic, you will have all kinds of problems; dry eye, "irritable leg syndrome, " various skin irritations... So use baking soda three times daily/ one teaspoon with each dose until you can "feel" the difference. (You will find more discussion on acidic/alkalizing issues under the section in Ailments (Earth Clinic of course) "Cancer" wherein "Ted from Bangcok" writes quite convincingly.

Replied by Francisca
(Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France)
09/27/2011

Hi David, I suppose that with Aloe liquid you mean the juice one drinks? I was thinking about buying it and I will try it soon. As far as the Castor Oil goes my eyes get quite swollen but as I said before I seem to be the only person here with that problem. Even if I use good Castor Oil or so I think! I went to see a contact lenses specialist today, quite informative, and he told me to take omega 3 so I got linseed oil from him right away. He said that Cod liver oil was ok as well. And I really have to clean the ducts every day applying warm tea bags or a cloth and then pressing the oil out of the rim with a q-tip. I have been trying coconut oil on the eye lids so that it goes in a bit at night and my eyes seem to be slightly less dry.

The Omega 3 seems to liquidify the stuff inside the rim of the eye which is not coming out. Anyway, although I am very myopic, which saddens me, he was amazed that he could correct my eyes to 140% (not that I am planning to do it.... ). The fact that he thought that my eyes are actually rather good cheered me up! I have had therapy with a guy specialized in sports eyesight but it never really worked. I guess that he is very technical and I am very hands on so this guy I saw today is now going to try to find me an address where I could go, have my problem properly tested and could get a program to follow at home. They don't do this kind of thing in the Eye Hospital... of course....

Replied by Francisca
(Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France)
09/27/2011

By the way, I do eat a lot of tomatoes and try to incorporate quite a bit of cayenne pepper in my food. A while ago I also tried a suggestion given here to take 20 drops of tabasco in a glass of water for a week. My dry eyes and mouth have steadily been getting worse but I don't remember anymore if they could be related to the Tabasco protocol. I will cut out the pepper and the tomatoes! The thing is that I am already on a low carbs, low sugar diet so if I keep cutting out more stuff one day I won't eat anything. I have already lost quite a bit of weight and I am not at all a big woman!

Replied by Mmsg
(Somewhere, Europe)
09/28/2011

Francisca, like you, I am myopic and of a dry constitution in general. I have found that if I take a lick (on the edge of a wet finger) of 2-3 grains of the Gerande salt every time I drink water, somehow, the water "stays in" and moisturises the body better and I don't have to get up as much at night, and dry areas improve.

Replied by Francisca
(Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France)
09/28/2011

Mmsg, thanks for your advice. I have that salt at home. I tried to add salt to all the water I drank after reading Dr. Batman's book on water but I found that it didn't really help. But I am going to try it the way you say. My skin is also getting drier so it is worth trying. I too get up quite a few times at night, especially when I don't sleep well or maybe I don't sleep well because of that!

Replied by Francisca
(Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France)
09/28/2011

Mmsg, do you lick the salt before you drink the water or afterwards? I forgot to say that in a new I have just read the author, Christopher Vasey, says that if you suffer from extracellular thirst you should drink water with salt, if it is extracellular thirst without salt. Intracellular thirst is much more common though. If you suffer from extracellular thirst and don't take salt things will get worse because of drinking more water. I feel that this is my case because, although I started adding a bit of salt when I started drinking more water I seemed to get more and more thirsty and my eyes and throat started getting drier, it was rather strange. I almost had the feeling that by drinking more because I thought that it was good for me I deregulated my body making it need water all the time while feeling rather dry all the same. Stilll the author says that if you get thirsty late at night, which is my case, you have intracellular thirst! Or did it go wrong with me because I had intracellular thirst and started drinking water with a bit of salt? It is a pity he doesn't tell how to recognize both kinds of thirst but I think that the extracellular is when you sweat a lot or urinate a lot, thus because of loss of liquids. Anyway, this is a great book with an awful lot of information: Water Prescription!

Replied by Eva
(A'dam, Netherlands)
09/28/2011

Francisca, I wonder if your problems are connected to menopause (dry eyes, dry skin, bladder problems)... Have you tried products that contain herbal estrogen?

Replied by Francisca
(Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France)
09/29/2011

Hi Eva, I am 54 but when the doctor checked my hormones a while ago they were hight, so maybe I am just in the pre-menopause. No, I have never tried herbal estrogen, one hears so many bad things about hormones nowadays..... I was planning on reading a few books but I have no idea whether I will be any wiser!

Replied by Louwrence
(Rustenburg, North West South Africa)
10/01/2011

Hi, Francisca, I have been using DMSO & MSM drops for my eyes & can even read without glasses now & my eyes do not pain anymore.

Replied by Mmsg
(Somewhere, Europe)
10/01/2011

Francisca: I don't know about the extra or intracellular stuff. I lick the salt right BEFORE taking water. It does make a difference for me. Somehow, even if I drink lots of water but without the salt, I get the feeling that the water is not doing anything in me, but with the Gerande salt, it is making me feel as if I am absorbing the water in a better way.

Replied by Dave
(Fountain Inn, Sc)
10/05/2011

Bonjour Francisca! Your first question on aloe vera, yes, use the kind you drink... A high quality one. The ones you drink that barely taske like aloe would not do much good. Also, having spent a little time lately in southern France, I think I could do well in eating without consuming too much tomato products. Now it might be a different story if you were Italian! But really you can eat about what you want IF you precede the meal with a half/or whole teaspoon of baking soda. Alkalize first, and then eat what you want. But if you do not, and you eat a highly acidic meal (red meat, sugars, hot peppers, tomatoes etc) and then later try to counter the effect with baking soda or alkalized water, then the "base" is trying to catch up with the acid already in the body.

Some other folks who wrote after you recommended various oils for the eyes; one recommended DMSO and MSM. This question to the three or four who wrote to Francisca: Are you applying the oils you recommend on the eye lid or onto the eye ball itself? Especially I'd like to know for the one who uses DMSO and MSM... How do you apply? And in what dose? I use DMSO a LOT for various needs, especially as a solvent/carrier to transport colloidal silver under the skin and into a targeted area where there may be an infection. I use the DMSO to transport Colloidal Silver. For instance, I use it to combat shingles; Bells Palsy. (See my posts on those two. ) But I've never heard of using DMSO directly on the eye and frankly I'd be afraid to do it. Please explain in detail specifics. (Number of drops in relation to MSM; frequency etc.)

Lastly, Francisca, not knowing anything about you, but if someone asked me what to do for a general dry skin condition, I'd first suggest a few hot baths infused with Epsom Salts... Magnesium cloride. Try dissolving two cups in hot water on stove. Then pour in tub of water and soak for fifteen minutes. Some dry skin is the result of a lack of magnesium.

Try that every other day for a total of three baths. The magnesium absorbs into the skin and body. This soaking should give you a sense of calm and well being if you indeed need the mineral. Another effect; getting sufficient quantities of magnesium and potassium allows you eat your food with salt (sea salt, of course). I recommend you shower off the salt residue on your body after the soaking bath.

Replied by Francisca
(Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France)
10/10/2011

Hi David, thanks for all the information! Although I am not an Italian (I am Portuguese) life without tomatos wouldn't be the same! When you talk about the bicarbonate I suppose you mean dissolved in water? I will try! As far as magnesium Chloride we have Nigari here in France, no Epsom salts. I can take a bath and also drink a bit (not too much because of the awful taste and the diarrhea). I will shower after the bath then.

Actually I now have a theory where my dry eyes and throat (mouth) during the night could come from. In November last year I had a tooth implant done in Switzerland, in what seemed to be a high tech clinic. My problems started around that time, could that be related? I hope someone on this site will maybe have heard of something similar. It happens that my best friend, who has just turned 89 has been having a lot of problems with bridges put in the same clinic and she heard on the German TV that many times nowadays dentists use bad quality metal from China. I also read something similar in a book I have where the author says that the metal used in the implants can cause a lot of health problems. I am now trying to talk to the surgeon but so far he hasn't called me back. My fear is that even if he knows that the problems can be caused by the implant he will never tell me. Actually, I don't even see why he would.... He got a lot of money for it (it was so very expensive.... ) and he won't want any trouble! In the meanwhile I have problems sleeping, even with cream in my eyes I wake up with gritty eyes, have problems with my contact lenses, keep drinking water all night and fear for the health of my eyes and my teeth! I feel utterly miserable.........

I read a while ago about Manuka Honey in the eyes. So far I haven't dared to try but maybe I will! I am desperate! Coconut oil and Castor oil didn't work for me. As you say that some people left more suggestions for me I will have a look as I have been away for a few days.

Replied by Francisca
(Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France)
10/10/2011

Thanks Louwrence, I have seen MSM eye drops sold on the Internet but never DMSO drops. I have been thinking about using them but so far I haven't dared as you never know what they are putting in them.

To David.... If you google MSM eye drops you will find a lot of sites selling them!

Replied by Dave
(Fountain Inn, Sc)
10/10/2011

It is the application of DMSO that is the issue; not the MSM.

Replied by Dud
(From The Woods Of, Wv, Usa)
10/10/2011

Francisca;

Concerning your eye problems; a few weeks back I noticed in one of your posts that you stated that you were still wearing eye-make-up daily, around your eyes. [ I cannot remember which type]

I think that these commercial eye chemicals are the most likely cause for your dry eyes and itchiness. Why don't you give them up for 3 months and see if that cures your eye problems ?

sign me: curious

Replied by Francisca
(Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France)
10/11/2011

Thanks for your reply Dud but I think that there is a misunderstanding here! I don't wear eye make up every day, only once in a while if I go out. As I live in the countryside mostly I don't wear any make up, even if I go for a walk and surely not when I stay at home. I do wear contact lenses as often as I put make up on which is once in a while. But of course I can give up make up alltogether and see how it goes, no problem in putting a little line under my eyes to make me look a bit better and nothing else!

Replied by Miguel
(Winnipeg, Manitoba)
02/20/2012

Definitely avoid coffee, however I do find that camomile tea works amazing to fix dry eyes.


Fish or Flax Seed Oil
Posted by Dina (Naples, Florida) on 07/08/2010
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Fish OIL make me feel much better by the next day. I took 1200 mg before going to bed that night and 2400 mg (2 cap of 1200 mg) the next morning,so far no dry eyes, Thank you all for the information!


Fish or Flax Seed Oil
Posted by Kelly (Farmersville, California) on 06/17/2009
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I recently got new contact lenses, and my eyes had been feeling dry. I tried preservative-free lubricating eye drops, but all that did was mess up my eye makeup. After reading up on home remedies for dry eyes, I thought I'd try fish oil and see if it would cure the problem. I took 2,000 mg. a day. After a week, my eyes felt so much better! Even before the week was over, I was noticing a difference. My contact lenses were drying my eyes out something awful. I just wanted to close my eyes all the time. If I had not found this website and read up on fish oil and tried it out, my eyes would still be bugging me. I cannot thank you enough for listing this as a remedy.

Replied by Ana
(New York)
05/21/2017
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Glad you found help, I would try to ascertain why those lenses did that especially if you still use the lenses. Otherwise the problem is probably still there and one would have to wonder how long before something different pops up? I suggest this from experience and would not want to wish that on anyone. Godd luck with it all.


Fish or Flax Seed Oil
Posted by Marty (Nashville, Tennessee -- Music City, USA) on 04/21/2009
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I suffer from allergies and asthma, and have to use artificial tears for dry, scratchy eyes due to the high pollen count here. The tears seem addicting ... the more you use ... the more you need. I haven't been able to get off of them. I read your comment yesterday, and bought some Fish Oil. I took two 1,000 mg capsules yesterday and this morning my eyes felt more lubricated than they have since I was a teenager. Thanks for the scoop! I will keep up the Fish Oil. I'm sure it will offer more benefits for me other than being able to ditch my "tears."

Replied by Elise
(Perth, Wa Australia)
08/01/2010

To Marty from Nashville, Tennessee

I would also suggest applying castor oil to your eyes at night before bed. I wrote a thing about it above. I apply two drops in each eye before bed. My eyes never water anymore or sting. The whites are also much much whiter and the blue is much brighter. This happened after about 2 days :)

Elise


Fish or Flax Seed Oil
Posted by Michelle (Belmont, California) on 02/23/2009
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About five years ago I started having really dry, tired eyes. Around 3:00 every afternoon I would think I was really tired, but then would realize it was just my eyes- my body was fine. I also started to notice if I woke up in the middle of the night that I couldn't open my eyes for a little while because they were stuck shut! And I didn't have any more sleep granules in the corners of my eyes in the morning upon awakening. Then somehow I came upon Fish Oil and started taking it- and it worked very quickly. It was probably only a week or so, and I really noticed the change. Ever since I take one or two 1000 mg fish oils per day, which seems to keep me good. I did try to stop for a while, and sure enough, after a week or so the dryness returned- so I know it works for me.


Fish or Flax Seed Oil
Posted by T (Dumont, NJ) on 04/19/2008
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I have suffered from mildly dry eyes for years. I recently started wearing contact lenses (after years w/o them) and found it nearly impossible to remove them. Eyedrops did not help at all. My eye dr. also did a test for dryness and said my eyes were not too dry for contacts... Well, I was practically scratching my eyes out every night trying to remove them. It was horribly painful. Incidentally, I tried taking one fish oil pill/day for another ailment and, bingo! --My dry eye disappeared in one day. My contacts have come out normally every day since. Flax oil pills also work, but I prefer fish oil. (p.s. Consuming coconut oil & oil pulling w/ coconut oil did nothing for dry eyes, in case you were wondering about the possibility of this)


Flax Seed Oil

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Posted by Tina (Seattle, Washington ) on 02/15/2022
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Flaxseed oil is amazing for dry mouth & dry eyes - I noticed a difference within just a few days - I highly recommend this remedy if you are suffering from these issues like I was.


Flax Seed Oil
Posted by Cindy (California) on 09/12/2020
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I have taken a capsule of flaxseed oil internally every day for some years. It completely stops the dry eye problem. If I go off it for several days I start getting the stinging back from dry eyes. I don't put it directly into my eyes though.


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.


Frankincense and Lemon Oil

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Posted by Rob (Kentucky) on 01/05/2015
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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.


Fruit

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Posted by Coco (Earth) on 06/18/2017
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My dry red eyes are 100% cured! I have a pinguculae in each eye too which have significantly reduced in size and are becoming paler. The blood vessels in my eyes are pale pink now instead of being big red and angry looking.

In just two days of eating 1 pakistani fresh ripe mango in the morning an hour before eating any other food and 1 mango in the evening my dry eyes are completely relieved. This is a miracle!

Mangos from the indian subcontinent are very high in nutrition. I am going to do this every day during mango season. I eat other fruits as well but mangos made the biggest difference. When mango season is over I will keep eating a large amount of juicy fruits (a large amount of oranges, kiwis, melon, seeded grapes, cherries, etc). My body must have been severely lacking nutrition.

It has been exactly one week since I started eating two larges Pakistani mangos a day. I can see a lovely healthy shiny tear film over my eye. The change has been so drastic. I can't stop looking at my eyes. I used to hate looking at them, but now they are beautiful! :)

I tried other things too before I upped my fruit intake (apple cider vinegar eye drops, castor oil eye drops, etc). These were treating the symptom, not the cause. The cause was I wasn't eating the amount of fruit my body needed!

I can't tell you how happy I am. This has made such a positive difference to my life.

Please, please increase your fruit intake. In one day have the equivalent of two large oranges, 10 cherries, 10 seeded grapes, a quarter of pineapple, 2 kiwis. It sounds like a lot of fruit to eat every day but this is the amount of fruit we NEED to be eating every day.

My skin is also more moisturised, I dont need to apply oil to it after a shower anymore like I have had to for the last 25 years!

Honestly, this is nothing short of a miracle!

Replied by Khadija
(Belgium)
06/19/2017

Thanks a lot, Coco.

I gonna try this. Bit I leave in belgium and don t know ig we have here Pakistan mangos. Normal mango also ok?

I have beautiful children a man and a house but the Pinguecula have worsed my live. I see everday people they have white eye only me I think. Can you send me a picture from you eye how they now.

Please. I put now lemon juice but I don t know if they work for me and my doctor don t won t remove it from my eye. That Pinguecula s. I have 4 Pinguecula.

My life gonna change if the Pinguecula gone forever. I hope whit power from god swt.


Grape Seed Oil

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Posted by M_mtz (El Centro, Ca, Usa) on 11/20/2011
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Hi all- Went shopping at a local grocery store few months ago and they had a sale on Grape Seed Oil so thought I'd give it a try for cooking instead of the regular olive oil, never use Veg Oil or other bad oils. I used it for frying eggs in the morning. So surprised when the following day, my dry eyes were completely normal again. I'm 50 so just thought dry eye was part of aging process. Was not looking for a remedy and stumbled upon it by surprise and glad to have normal eye lube again! Thought I had to pass it on! Also use it on my skin and love the texture. I've heard it a super antioxidant. My friend now uses it on her salads and loves it as she says it is much lighter than olive oil. Best wishes to all!

Replied by Francisca
(Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France)
11/21/2011
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Hi, great news.... But I have to say that I used grape seed oil for a while a little while ago and I didn't notice any difference. I started using it after buying a very interesting book with information about grapes: treatments, beauty, cooking, etc. I use it on my face as well with a few drops of geranium essential oil as it seems to prevent or to fade brown spots. But now I will buy a new bottle and use in the kitchen for a while to see what happens to my dry eyes. I am 54 and doctors also tell me that it is connected to my age, something I don't accept so I keep on trying to find answers and solutions! My eyes get very dry during the night and also a bit during the day if I have my contact lenses on. Never had a problem till this started all of a sudden when I was 53 (only maybe a couple of days a year when it was very hot, other than that never! ).

Replied by M_mtz
(El Centro, Ca, USA)
06/03/2012

Hi Francisca- Dying to know if that GSO help you any? I've continued to use it and it's been well over a year and notices some changes. Besides completely clearing my dry eye problem, I use it after my morning shower and now my feet have never been softer! I don't even put it on my feet as I'm afraid of slipping but I guess it has traveled from ingesting or whatever and my formerly dinosaur feet are now almost as soft as my hands and they have never been like that! Also notice my thyroid glands on my right side which were slightly swollen, have very slowly started to feel less so. Also, I'm a big girl, 52 and just went to have lab work and could not believe almost all my levels were perfect. Never had such good lab results! Will continue use and report back! Cheers All!! In Good Health, Martha


Humidifier, Change of Location

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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.


Hydrogen Peroxide

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Posted by M. In Md (Md.) on 03/23/2020
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.I use about a quarter capful of peroxide in my small diffuser every night for dry mouth/eyes ..helps a lot. With the corona concerns, I feel it won't hurt


Hydrosol Silver

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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.

Replied by Mindy
(Denver, Co)
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 continue....it helps my dry eyes thou.



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