10 Natural Remedies for a Sty (Stye)

Castor Oil  

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Posted by Bee (Mo, Usa) on 09/26/2009
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I just wanted to share my success with using castor oil for stys. I frequently get little bumps around my eyes that look like whiteheads, had some particularly irritating ones just on the edge of the eyelid that rubbed the eye. Ouch! I tried the baby shampoo which got rid of most, but some stubborn ones remained so I tried castor oil. First of all it's very soothing and didn't bother my eyes like the shampoo, especially since it was unavoidable to get in the eye bc of location. I just used a qtip and smoothed it over both lash lines and around the eyelid and let it sit overnight. My stys cleared up around 24-48 hours. I kept at it a little longer, it feels nice and hopefully will prevent anymore.

Posted by chd (PD) on 12/02/2007
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STY - CASTER OIL REMEDY -I developed a big sty on my eye, it was in the evening and I did not have any sty medecine, I had read that caster oil would get rid of a sty so I decided to put it to the test, I put the caster oil on with a cue tip, within an hour my stye was half the size, I put some more on before I went to bed, and in the morning the sty had gone all the way down.

Castor Oil, Gold Ring  

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Posted by Queen (El Salvador) on 01/03/2017
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Hello people of the world, I had a painful lump on the eyelid of my eye about 5 days ago. My eye was a little swollen and it looked as if it had pus under the eyelid. It was throbbing and it was painful just to blink. Came to this site to find out about a cure and read about rubbing a gold ring over the affected area. I wasn't home and I didn't have any gold jewelry with me. The only thing I had was cold pressed castor oil so I used a Q-tip and put the oil on the affected area. To my surprise the pain diminished. I applied the oil the second time and the pain went away completely.

I came home and disinfected my 14k gold class ring that I haven't worn for thousands of years and started rubbing the ring against the affected area. The first day I rubbed the ring 4 times for about 10 minutes each time. The second day, I did it for about 30 minutes once a day because the eye was so much better I didn't see the need to do it more than that.

By the third day, stye was long gone. That was so awesome! I was impressed and will continue to be impressed. I call this site "The Bible of Natural Cures." I have found a lot of valuable information that has helped me and my friends. I have learned a lot and continue to learn. Thank you all who have contributed and continue to do so.

Replied by Michael
New Zealand

Hello Queen,

Using underarm deodorants with an aluminium ingredient can cause this problem of a Stye in the eye. Most of them have this ingredient unfortunately. I can assuredly speak from personal experience on this matter. It happened a couple of times to me before I cottoned on and made that connection. Easily solved if you know and can source one without aluminium.

Cheers, Michael


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Posted by Mama To Many (Tennessee, Usa) on 04/15/2016
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My daughter had a painful sty in her eye a few days ago. I used to get them when I was a girl and remember how uncomfortable they can be.

At night before my daughter went to bed, I poured hot water over a tea bag and let it sit for a few minutes. (Just enough to cover the tea bag) I squeezed out the tea bag so it was just damp and warm (body temperature.) I placed the tea bag on the closed eye that had a sty. I put a piece of plastic wrap over the tea bag (so it would stay moist longer) and attached all of that to her head with a bandana. She went to sleep. The next day when she woke up it was almost completely better and with no more pain.

I love chamomile for its many applications. It is gentle but powerful. It is great for infections, inflammation, and especially for eye issues. Plus it makes a tasty and relaxing tea before bed. If you keep a box of chamomile tea in the pantry you will have a box of ready to use medicine for a number of health issues. (Chamomile should not be used, however, if you have a ragweed allergy.)

~Mama to Many~

Colloidal Silver  

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Posted by Lindsey (Sherwood, Ar) on 10/05/2016
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I have a stye on my lower eyelid that popped up 4 days ago. The morning of the second day my eye started to swell and it was painful to blink. It got on earthclinic and saw castor oil as a remedy so I kept it oiled up all day. By the next morning it was much worse and extremely painful to blink. The castor oil also stuck to my eyelashes and made me want to itch my eyes. After some research I decided to try colloidal silver. I dropped 3 drops in my eye and I could immediately tell that this was the cure. I bought some bio active silver in a little spray bottle and sprayed my eyes every 2 or three hours. By the next day the swelling and redness had decreased over 50% and the pain by about 95%. I will continue treatment for a few days after it is gone and will always keep this remedy on hand in case this ever happens again.

Copaiba Oil  

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Posted by Hannah (Singapore) on 01/27/2013
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My 2yr old son had stye more than a month. After 2 weeks of using the anti inflamation cream prescribed by doctor, the stye was still there and got worse and bigger. So I decided to read up on which essential oil to use.

I found Copaiba essential oil to be suitable for skin and decided to apply 1 or 2 drops on the cotton bud and applied on the stye. The next day after the 1st application (at night), the stye got smaller. By the 3rd application, the stye became very small and disappearing. I was so amazed by the effectiveness and how cheap Copaiba essential oil cost, $3. 50 for 1oz.

Earl Grey Tea, Turmeric  

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Posted by Karen (Lethbridge, Alberta) on 07/10/2014
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Woke up this morning with my eye almost completely closed from a painful sty I developed yesterday, it is allergy season and my eyes are very sensitive. I looked on EC for cures and also talked to my mom, who used to get sty's often. I read about the anti-inflammatory effects of turmeric and my mom said tea works well too. So I made myself a morning cuppa and used the spent tea bag to nurse my poor dilapidated eye. Here's the method:

  • Boil enough water for a cup of tea
  • Place 1 earl grey tea bag in cup
  • pour boiling water over bag
  • steep 3 minutes
  • remove tea bag and let cool (without squeezing the water out)
  • rub some ground turmeric on the wet bag
  • place bag on eye for 60 minutes
  • add cream and sugar (or honey) to tea
  • lay back and relax

enjoy :)

So after 20 minutes I checked my eye and shock and awe, the swelling went down considerably but there was still a bump right over the little pimple, I decided to leave it on for another 20 minutes. After that time elapsed I checked again and the sty was almost gone but still a very small bit of swelling remained on the outside of my eyelid which I hadn't noticed was swollen because of how severe the swelling was when I woke up! Another 20 minutes and my eye is darn near perfect! Definitely worth the 60 minute rest and the nice cuppa tea. I hope this helps others as it has myself, what a relief. Oh also I took 1 tsp turmeric powder orally as well to stave off any inflammation that may brew up over the course of the day.

Eye Drops Containing Boric Acid  

Posted by Cab (Sharon, Sc) on 09/19/2010

Sty relief.. With onset of sty irrogate eye 3 to 4 times daily with eyedrops that have boric acid in ingredients. Irrogating eye removes debris and opens ducts. I woke up on a Friday sore. Friday night worse. 2 days pain almost gone. Sty never developed and head never formed. Do everyday until redness is gone. Try it.. It worked for me. I have low immune system and it gave my eye the edge to heal itself. Of course keep hands very clean as not to reinfect or spread to other eye. I know these things hurt.. But this is the fastest and most reliable healing I have found!


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Posted by Naturalwoman57 (Usa) on 01/16/2017
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I developed a sty in my right eye. At first I thought that I had something in my eye that was causing itching and pain. I tried eye drops, Apple cider vinegar and warm compresses but I only got temporary relief. Within a couple of days I had three styes (one on the eyelid and two inside). I popped open a Garlic Oil soft gel, put some on a cotton swab, applied it directly on each sty twice a day for 3 days. They are all gone.

Gold Jewelry  

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Posted by Erin (Tuttle, Ok, Usa) on 04/08/2010
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My boyfriend had a pretty nasty sty pop up so I ran to earthclinic for the cure. I was floored when I saw that a popular cure was rubbing a gold wedding band on it! The only thing I had that was gold was a tiny 14k earring. I didn't think it was large enough to work, but he was desperate so we gave it a shot. We sanitized the earring with rubbing alcohol, he rubbed it on his sty, and we went to bed. In the morning we couldn't believe his eye (ha)! The sty was completely gone. Thanks again to earthclinic and all the fine folks that post here!

Replied by Remixx
Palmdale, California

How many times did you rub it?

Gold Wedding Band  

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Posted by Markc (Chihuahua, Mexico) on 08/09/2017 3 posts
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Gold Wedding Ring/Band – 5 min. Sty Cure – You're not going to believe one.

“No, it's not going to work”, I thought, but like the reply by St Tokyo, Jp said, it's “completely free” so why not.

Just to let you know how old I am – I'm a male of 65 years.

The sty came on around 10 a.m. this morning - Checked the net – Mixed warm coconut oil and curcumin to make some what of a paste. First time left it on for about 15 min., it did sting, but that didn't bother me, “The fix is worth the cure”, I thought and I still think so.

Anyway, later in the day went out to eat with my wife, came back about 3 p.m. - Put another mass of the paste on my eye. It did get under the eyelid because it did sting a bunch. “Never mind that”, I thought again, “if it fixed me, who cares!” – Then went to sleep.

Next, I woke up and washed it all off with warm water and a cloth. The whole eyelid and eyeball was as red as can be. The yellow pustule was still there, all though, I have to admit, it had gone down a slight bit. I don't want you to think that the paste did nothing. Just the same the small pus ball was still there.

Personally I thought that it would have been almost gone by then. Sad to say, but no it wasn't.

In the past I have used the little boric acid trick in boiling water, and cool down, (drops 3 or 4 times a day) and in about 3 days it was gone. It stayed quite red and stung too, but what the hey it was gone and the redness went too a little later after stopping the boric acid.

Ok, now to the { Gold Wedding Ring/Band – 5 min. Sty Cure }

I want to say here that I did use the cut onion remedy at my bedside in the night after doing the Wedding Ring thing. - I'm sure the doctors would really laugh at that one and maybe you too.

After washing my eye as noted above and seeing that the little puss ball was still there, using one of those concave mirrors so I could see it better – well, this time went to EARTHCLINIC.COM – should have gone there first – Found the “Gold Wedding Ring” trick.

I said, like St Tokyo, Jp said, “Let's do it, it's free! It's not going to kill me.” I looked back into the concave mirror one more time just to see if it was still there. Yep, sure enough the sty was still there.

- Next I started lightly rubbing the wedding band all over my eyelid (especially by the sty) and pushing the eyelid up with the ring to get under the eyelid as was mentioned by another observer. - I did that for about 5 min then I went back to the mirror (still doubting), just to check and see if this old wives tail was working at all or not. Even a little bit would have made me happy. I was hoping for a, more or less, quick fix; but “ANYTHING would be great right about now”, thought I.

Now, I kid you not as to what happened next. Lo and be hold it was gone! I'm not joking, the small pustule was completely gone, not even a little bump! No drainage at all! The pus just seemed to be suck right back up into the body to be swept away by the blood stream.

I went over to may wife to see if she could see the little pus ball anymore; nop, nada, zip, nothing. Wow! Unbelievable!

Now I must say, there still was a slight, just a wee bit of tenderness where the sty was before. Hum... But that's nothing compared to the pain I was experiencing.

Ok, push comes to shove. What really happened here? Perhaps you're saying, “Maybe it was a combination of the coconut oil and curcumin + the “Gold Wedding Ring”.

And yes, I will tell you, “Yep, could be.” I don't know. But I will tell you this, the next time this happens, I will go to the #1, most often used home remedy first, if I have it on hand. But, “If I were a betting man”, as my dad use to say, “I'd bet a dime to a doughnut”, (donuts were cheap in those days) well at least that much anyway, I'd bet that the gold ring trick would have worked right off the bat. Maybe not, who knows.

Why does a gold wedding ring/band get rid of a sty in the eye? Guess nobody knows for sure? Indeed I don't. The Doc's say there is absolutely zero validity to all of this. There are NO properties in this circular gold band/ring thing that could account for this ‘supposed fix', say they.

However, since it is a fix that has worked for a lot of folks, as can be seen all over the net (and there are plenty), and has worked for generations (parents and grandparents passing it along verbally and now with the advent of the internet, in writing all over the place) one must say there IS something to this. Of course, at the same time you do your search, you must know you will find all the doctors telling you “NO, NO, NO it doesn't work. Don't do this or anything DIY home remedies. We are the ones you must come to.”

And then they will give you all the bad things that happen to people the do it at home; of course mixed in with all that you will find some truths (just to gain your trust) as well as half truths along with many straight up lies.

One thing you can be sure of is they will not tell about the many 100s of thousands they kill earth-wide directly EACH AND EVERY YEAR using their methods, mistakes or other wise. And those big numbers, not just the maiming and hurt they do, we're talking about directly and needlessly killing people and information come from THEIR OWN STATS!

Here below is one of many sites on the net regarding this... And know that this website is just in the U.S.A. not the rest of the world. And all of these are just what they admit to.


Medical errors may be 3rd leading cause of death in U.S. - CNN


May 3,2016 - Most medical errors that lead to death aren't recorded.... Medical errors may be third leading cause of death in the U.S....... the doctors estimate there are at least 251,454 deaths due to medical errors annually in the United States.... Patient accuses Yale doctors of cover-up, removing wrong body part.

Note that it says here, “Most medical errors that lead to death aren't recorded”. So what what would most be? 51% would be most and could be more. So with most we could more or less double that number 251,454. We could be looking at somewhere around a half million lives killed annually.


At any rate, getting back to the story. Maybe the the circle/ring combined with the gold creates some kind of an electrical charge and maybe this particular electrical charge of gold DOES INDEED have this particular healing property on a sty. Who knows?

However, there are plenty of Doctors and Medical Laboratories around the world that would tell you, “Don't do any of these home remedies, come please, come to US with your heart and your hard earned cash on a platter, and we will gladly take care of you for sure.”

Whatever; you're the final judge as to weather you go to the doc or you do it yourself - DIY.

Will this work for you? I don't know. Maybe this one is not a ONE FIX CURE ALL, remedy. But like the person from Japan said, “It's free.” If you don't have a gold wedding band maybe a neighbor has one.

Now, here below, are a couple links that I found as to what the doctors are saying about this type of fix. Don't want you to think I'm trying to hide anything from you.

‘It's all fake, it's just in your mind, don't do it, you're wasting your time, you might hurt yourself, your might even kill yourself; put your trust in the hands of the professionals, we know best. If it doesn't go away on it's own please come and give your hard earned bucks to us and spend your money on our antibiotics.'

I tell you, even at that it can take a couple months or even more to get cured using their system as noted herein on this very page elsewhere.

‘Why would you ever want to use something FREE or near free', say they? ‘That's obviously crazy, right? No way, best pay through the nose on our drugs.'

Whatever, you decide. I've been using this stuff (things like this) all my life. And in some cases I believe they have saved my life. I'm sure if you keep on knocking, looking and searching you will find a better answer.

Now for what they say.. .



To finish up here, for we could talk all night on this one. I would like to thank everybody that has taken time out of there lives to share with all the rest of us.

From one concerned person who really cares for others, not for some continued money he/she might get from the poor suffering people. Sorry if you found some mistakes here, I've stayed up pretty late working on this.

The best to all of you.

Yours truly MarkC

Posted by Sarah (London, Uk) on 07/07/2016
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I had a stye on my lower eyelid that came on very suddenly in the evening 3 days ago. After reading people's experiences at Earth Clinic, I decided to rub a gold ring on it, and bathe it in green tea. I did this a few times a day for 2 days. I rubbed it for a couple of minutes with the ring, and the bathed briefly with the tea afterwards. It is now completely better. Result! Thanks everyone who contributes to this site.

Posted by Elaine (Thailand) on 09/08/2014
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My 11 year old daughter had a sty last week on her upper and lower eye lids. I read on here that many people recommend: Gently rubbing a gold band on it as a cure. We did this for a few minutes 3 times a day for 2 days; within a couple of hours, the stys were less painful and completely gone by day 3. I don't understand how it works, but it does!

Also we've had great results treating warts and verrucas with ACV.

Posted by Sly (Philly, Pa ) on 09/29/2011
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Wonderful advice. Have to admit I did not think it would work to be honest but I figured what do I have to lose. I took off my ring cleaned it well and started to rub, did for for a hour. My eye went from being red sore and puffy to very little redness Not as sore ( can touch it now) and the puffyness is almost gone, that was for a hour of rubbing. Will keep doing. THANKS AGAIN. Great website.

Replied by Pf
Philly, Pa
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I thought this sounded just crazy enough to work. It did!!!! It was sore and hurt to blink. I rubbed one of my gold rings on the inside of my lower lid for a few minutes before bed. When I woke up it was almost gone! It didn't bother me much at all today, but is getting a little sore so I'm going to do it again for longer this evening.

Replied by Alexandra
Cheshire, England

My brother, when he was a child, used to often get an eye sty. My mother used to take off her wedding ring and give it to him to rub on the sty for a minute or two. I don't remember her ever sterilizing the ring. The sty would be gone by the next day. I think it is better if the ring has a high gold content, but I did get rid of one myself with a 9ct ring.

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Tokyo, Jp

The gold wedding band cure works. I was developing a painful style where I could even feel the lump rubbing on my eye. My mother had one a while back and tried the baby shampoo and potato cures but neither worked so she had to go to the doctor and have it lanced as well as take antibotics and it took 2 months to fully heal. Therefore, I decided to try something different and went for the gold band method. I had my doubts but I since I had a ring on hand and it would be completely free to try, I thought I would try it. I cleaned my band, pulled up my eyelid (the sty was inside my eyelid), and I rubbed for about 1 minute. The sty had a puss filled yellow tip but the ring did not cause the puss to come out on my eye, thank goodness. The band felt really good and gave a lot of relief, but still I thought "this can`t work". I figured it was just the coolness of the ring that was giving relief. I had to go to a meeting so I stopped rubbing after 1 minute and left. About 2 1/2 hours later I returned home and suddenly realized my eye wasn`t hurting anymore so I checked it and it no longer had the puss tip and it had shrunk and was the color of my skin. That night I rubbed the sty a little more and woke up with no pain. A little of the sty was still there but no pain and no puss. 3 days later it was gone.

Replied by Julia
Gonzales, California
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Wow! This is an amazing home remedy. I had the worst sty on my lower lid inside corner of my eye. It was very swolen and red. The whole area under my eye was also swollen and red. I rubbed a gold earing as I did not have a gold ring, for about 5 minutes and an hour later the swelling and redness is about 50% gone! As I was rubbing it, I could actually see the clear liquid draining out of the sty! Thank you!!!

PS: I washed with Green Tea afterwards and felt even more instant relief.

Posted by Jacqui Wiskar (Qld, Australia) on 09/13/2011
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Gold ring to fix stye/ sty

Suprisingly... It has worked!! Yesterday I could feel that around my tear duct, it was starting to swell and become painful. It was feeling infected, and I was worried I would get a big sty, and I attempted the tea bag method (placing a tea bag- as hot as you can possibly stand- over the area for 10mins). This morning it was not worse nor better. My mother suggested rubbing a gold ring over the area to which I laughed and rolled my eyes (painfully) thinking she was losing the plot. Desperation got the better of me and I boiled my 14ct ring for a couple mins to steralize it. Once dry and cool enough, I rubbed it gently over the affected area. Did this every half hour for 2 hrs from about 8am this morning- It is now 9:25pm and it has completely gone!!! No pain or swelling and the pain began to subside within about one hour. Im not sure why this works, but it may be due either to the slight heat applied, or due to golds antibacterial properties. Either way, as long as you thoroughly sanitize the item and rub it gently, it may work for you. It may also be dependant on the amount of gold in the item, but would stick to real gold, not plated. I was weary about putting foreign matter in my eye but as long as you don't touch your eyeball, santise it with chemicals or rub too hard, you may also be pleasantly surprised :)

Replied by Tiffany Rose
Pampa, Tx

I've used the gold ring trick on sties in the past & it worked every time.. However.. It was always yellow gold in the past. Now I'm grown & married & don't wear yellow gold & neither does my husband.. & of course I now have another internal stye on the inside of my lower lid. Fml. 😑

Sooooo.. I came here to see if anyone could shed some light as to weather there's a difference as far as this remedy goes (between white & yellow gold).. Of course alllll the comments are just saying "gold".. so I thought, Wth? Maybe gold is just gold. Can't hurt to try.. I've been suffering with this thing for 3 days already.. Sooooo.. I just now went n washed the bajesus out of my wedding rings & rubbed one of them on the stye for a few minutes. Hopefully it works the same as the yellow gold has in the past. Fingers crossed! I'll try to remember to update my results later.

But as of rt now.. I did the thing about 10 minutes ago.. Maybe I'm crazy.. But it seems to already feel a bit better. YAAAY! I'm remaining hopeful.