Pink Eye
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Natural Remedies for Pink Eye

| Modified on Apr 30, 2023
Castor Oil
Posted by Mama To Many (Tennessee) on 07/16/2016
5 out of 5 stars

My 12 year old daughter woke up with her eyes very bloodshot yesterday. They had been crusty when she woke up. I put one drop of castor oil into each eye in the evening. She was 95% better by morning, after just one treatment! She said she didn't wake up with crusty eyes. I put another drop in each eye tonight, just for good measure. I have used chamomile, eyebright, and activated charcoal for pinkeye before in my children. All have worked, usually quite quickly. If you keep chamomile tea bags on hand, this is a pretty easy treatment and using moist, cool chamomile tea bags on irritated eyes (from pinkeye or anything else) brings immediate relief.

I will say that castor oil was the easiest of all of these because there was nothing to prepare.

I do use cold pressed, hexane free castor oil when I am using it for medical purposes, especially in the eyes.

~Mama to Many~

Lemon Juice with Salt
Posted by Sanjoo (Ahmedabad) on 11/03/2022 8 posts
5 out of 5 stars

Remedy or ways to stop conjuctivitis in its track :

Almost always conjunctivitis starts first by sticky eyelids, which then progresses to painful eyes & then you have full blown eye infection. several years back, I used to have this problem repeatedly every year because we live in Ahmedabad, India which has a very humid climate along with pollution for several months resulting in eye infections, especially for those who drive two wheelers without eye protection or without helmet front glass.

First I tried washing eyes with warm water, helped to clean, but no help to remove the infection. I tried 1/4th lemon juice in water, it helped but was not perfect. then I added salt (abt 1/4th tsp) to this and it works like magic. Your pain subsides & lemon juice starts to heal the eye internally. repeating this after a few hours once or twice may be enough to stop conjunctivitis completely.

Such a simple remedy. completely safe and a much healthier option, because this does not compromise yr immunity like antibiotic drop or steroid drops would do. On the contrary, it enhances your immunity to further infections.

Colloidal Silver
Posted by Sophie (Leicestershire) on 03/09/2018
5 out of 5 stars

I had really bad conjunctivitis for over a month resulting in time off work, doctor prescribed me three different antibiotics and although they seemed to start working at first they never cleared it. Then I read about colloidal silver and decided to try it. A drop in each eye once in morning and once at night for first two days, then once at night only for a further two days and voila! It was basically clear after two days but still getting slightly sticky eyes in the morning so continued for two more days and I was cured!

Coconut Oil
Posted by Julia (San Francisco, California) on 05/12/2016
5 out of 5 stars

I had been suffering from a very red, irritated, itchy, morning goo-shut eye. I had been putting drops of diluted apple cider vinegar all day and although it seemed to work alleviating the itch and the redness, it would all come back in no less than a half hour.

I searched the earthclinic site again and Ted had recommended 5-10% magnesium chloride in water use as drops and the results would be seen immediately. I planned to do that the next day but meanwhile I tried one more thing that people reported had worked for them-- drops Virgin Coconut oil.

Once the coconut oil was melted I put some drops on my eye. It felt so soothing!! No itch!!

I woke up the next day with no redness! I still feel a little bit of itching near my tear duct so I am continuing to put the oil drops until I feel no more itching!

Thank you Earthclinic!!

Coconut Oil
Posted by Brenda (Riverside, California) on 03/03/2017
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I contacted pink eye/conjunctivitis in both eyes. I bought pure organic coconut oil and used my finger to put as much as I could from end to end in both my eyes, every 3-4 hours. The coconut oil takes away any itch and discomfort and soothes the eyes. The infection drained quickly. Every time I felt itching, I added more coconut oil to my eyes. Within 48 hours the infection completely cleared in both eyes, and my eyes returned to their normal size. I kept adding coconut oil every 8 hours the third day to make sure all is gone. Works well with dogs too. Wishing the best of health to everyone.

Coconut Oil
Posted by Kristyp2005 (New Iberia, Louisiana) on 10/13/2013
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Conjunctivitis: I put a little coconut oil in a glass baby jar and warmed jar with water to melt the oil. Used med dropper and put 2-4 drops. Also used it to clean eye. Have had conjunctivitis for over 7 days and it spread to my other eye (prescription drops did nothing but irritate my eyes). The coconut oil made my eyes feel so good! I can feel it working as weird as that sounds. I gave my 3 yr old coconut oil drops too and he stopped fighting me (like he did with prescription drops) and started to smile. I could tell he felt the same relief I was feeling. This has been the best remedy I've tried thus far!

When to See A Doctor
Posted by Dianec (Southern California) on 01/27/2017

Pink eye can be dangerous!

Years ago in the late 1980's my 12 year old daughter woke up with pink eye. I tried tea bags on her pink eye problem but she could find no relief. So I took her to Urgent Care and the doctor there took a test and told me nothing was wrong and it would clear up on it's own. Well the pink eye continued and I ended up taking her to the hospital and an appointment was made with an Ophthalmologist. Turned out my daughter didn't have regular pink eye, what was going on was her body was attacking itself and was damaging her pupils! She had autoimmune disorder! If your pink eye problem doesn't clear up don't delay in going to a specialist! The doctors saved her eyesight but we went though hell thinking she could go blind!

Just wanted to share our story of pink eye.

Black Tea Bag
Posted by Uvstarbaby (New Jersey) on 04/13/2015
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I woke up a couple of days ago with a case of pink eye that had come on board during another infection, involving sore throat, dry cough, raspy voice, body aches. It mainly affected my right eye, but some in the left, too. Really red, with profuse slimy discharge. I let it go a day to see if it would clear up, but it was just getting worse.

Suddenly, a light bulb came on to check EarthClinic for some remedies. At first I tried ACV mixed with water, which burned and seemed worse after a few hours. Then I tried colloidal silver, which gave no improvement after several hours. Then I tried organic peony white tea (because it's a type of green tea - young leaves), with no effect and it seemed even worse again. FINALLY, I tried black tea, the round tea bags, and there was almost instant relief and some clearing of redness over a few hours.

After the second application last night before bed, today it's gone in my left eye and practically gone in my right eye. I just did another application on both eyes and will likely do a couple more, to ensure it stays gone. It was easy and painless. Just like making a cup of tea, only I put the cooled teabag on my right eye, after squeezing some drops from it into my left. For subsequent applications, I used the cold tea in the cup, with clean cotton balls, squeezing drops in each eye, and cleaning my eyelashes and surrounding eye area with the tea soaked cotton balls. I'm grateful and my vision is still good--maybe a touch better. :) Thank you EarthClinic and everyone who has posted their experience here in order to help others. It worked!

Coconut Oil
Posted by Mr Thompson (Springfield, Ill) on 10/10/2011
5 out of 5 stars

Coconut Oil works pretty good! I had pink eye on and off for several weeks now. Don't know really the cause but it got a hold on me. Green Tea Bags are a immediate relief but it is much work to cook the tea and do the procedure because you have to hurry as the water cools down.

I put clean coconut oil into a clean syringe (without the needle :D) and let it melt in it while holding it at my body. When it got fluid I put two drops into my eyes before sleeping.

My eyes feel a lot better in the morning after the first treatment. No more dry or too wet feeling and much more calmed. It seems that the special fatty acids repair tissue and kill bacteria. First I was scared to drop it into my eyes but there is no burning or anything. But just make sure everything is as clean as possible.

This one treatment was much more effective than weeks of green tea.

Black Tea Bag
Posted by Deborah (Denison, TX) on 07/21/2007
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I have suffered for many years with painfull pink eye or conjunctvitis and have taken so many prescriptions to just have another reoccurance. I went on the web and found a cure that is so simple and cheap. Take just a cheap black tea bag and steep in lukewarm water. Then take the tea bag and place it on the infected eye for 15-30 minutes. I did this for 2 days and I have been pain free and red eye free for over a year. I was diagnosed with Sjorn's Disease and my eyes were so red & inflamed that I was embarrassed to be seen in public. This is truly a natural cure.

Lemon Juice With Salt
Posted by Sanjay Mehta (Ahmedabad, India) on 12/07/2018 8 posts
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Lemon juice with added salt is the surest way to beat conjunctivitis.

Often conjunctivitis flares up in humid weather and when you move outdoors, your eyes start getting sticky which is indication of infection trying to latch in. start rinsing eyes with a glassful of water with some lemon juice added. add more if infection is more. if eyes have started to pain, add salt to the water. you will find immediate relief. repeat it every few hours. absolutely no harm to the eyes. the infection is completely cured in a day or two.

I have been successful in keeping myself free from conjuntivitis for several years now, just by following the above method. it also makes sense to wash eyes, once in a while with lemon solution to keep them clean, even with no conjunctivitis.

Colloidal Silver
Posted by Lloyd (Charlotte, Nc) on 12/21/2012
5 out of 5 stars

I have contracted pink eye at least seven times in the last fifteen years. Two drops in each eye of colloidal silver twice a day for two days cured it every time. Don't use the silver for more than two days; it will start erroding some of the layer of the eye. That happened to my mother once when she overdid the use of the silver. But the tissue healed and in four or five days she no longer had the blurred vision... And the pink eye was gone. But the point is... Don't overdo the silver.... just two drops, twice a day for two days.

Black Tea Bag
Posted by Morningstar (Winter Springs, Fl) on 04/11/2012
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The Day before yesterday I got into a car accident and was in an orthopedic office all day taking xrays. A few hours later my eyes began to itch, I thought it was just allergies, but then I woke up My left eye was goopy and red and my right eye was plastered shut. The top eyelid on the right was swollen as well. I figured.... Crap, its conjunctivitis. Seeing that I was just sitting in a doctors office all day monday, and I don't have insurance, I did not want to go into a walk in clinic. I took a look at the natural cures on here and decided to go with the black tea because I manage to choke apple cider vinegar down for various health benifits, but I cannot imagine putting it in my eye. I heated a cup of water up on the stove and put the black tea bag into it and let it soak for a few minutes... Then I added a few ice cubes to cool it down. I took a paper towel (we use all natural ones with no dyes or anything) and ripped a corner off and soaked it in the tea. I wiped the top eyelid a few times on each eye, then the bottom lid, then I resoaked in the tea and squeezed some of the liquid into the corner of my eye, tilted my head and blinked.

Not only did it get rid of the stickyness, but after doing that 4 times within the hour the swelling in my eyelid went down completely. I went out to run errands for a few hours, then repeated the process. This morning I woke up and took a look at my eyes and they looked fine. Just to be sure, I did it one more time before work and my eyes are crystal clear, and the redness and itchyness went away. :) Im very excited that this remedy works. This is much less expensive then a trip to the walk in, and the medicine they give you makes your vision blurry for awhile anyway. With the tea, you just sort of drip in it and get on with your life. Who would have known, just wonderful!

Coconut Oil
Posted by Sheri (Newark, California) on 09/02/2008
5 out of 5 stars

We've had great results with using virgin coconut oil directly in the eye to combat pink-eye. It only takes a few treatments and about 24 hrs to do the trick. Just wash your hands thoroughly, dry them, then put a dab onto your finger and wipe it into your eye. Wash hands again and wait for the magic to happen. We've even used it on the infected feet of our hamster. Virgin coconut oil is amazing stuff!

Lugol’s Iodine 2%
Posted by Rob (Kentucky ) on 05/05/2021
5 out of 5 stars

Lugol's Iodine 2% for Eye Infections

I am using homemade eye drops. I use Lugol's 2% Iodine (some recipes use 5%) and mix in 4 drops in a 1 oz dropper bottle with filtered distilled water and sea salt (filtered spring water can also work). I use these drops every morning and my eyes feel great. They feel a little weird for about 10 minutes after doing the drops but that goes away. This remedy is also good for dry eyes, weepy eyes, eye infections, and allergies that affect your eyes. If you are going to start making your own, start with 2 drops Lugol's dilution ratio and work up to 4 drops dilution ratio.

Iodine is by far the best antibiotic, antiviral and antiseptic of all time - Dr. David Derry

Iodine kills bacteria, viruses, fungi, protozoa, and even spores of bacteria and fungi, including anthra spores. Iodine was used successfully against influenza, herpes, small pox, and chicken pox viruses. Kills parasites, bacteria, mold, yeast, protozoa, viruses--essentially all pathogens including malaria, E. coli, and Staphylococcus. When iodine was suspended in a solution, viral inactivation occurred at dilutions of 1/1,000,000. (Gershenfeld, L.: Iodine. In Disinfection, Sterilization, and Preservation. Edited by S. S. Block. Philadelphia, Les & Febiger, 1977, pp.196-218.)