10 Natural Pink Eye Remedies for Fast Relief

Black Tea Bag

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Posted by Ebony (Ct, Usa) on 06/04/2010

I woke up with a itchy red eye. It was leaking a clear fluid. It was also hard for me to open the eye. It was only in my left eye. After visiting this site. I read about using tea (either black or green) as a remedy. Well I used black tea because it was the cheapest. I just made my tea like normal and took the tea bag out of the water after I let it seep for a few minutes and applied it to my eye. The warmth of the tea bag was so relaxing and soothing. I felt an immediate difference in about 15 minutes. I was able to go to work that day and by the end of the day the irritation was gone. Works great for me. Thanks to this website and all who posted.

Replied by Mparker
(Houston, Tx)

I tried this method. It works wonders WHILE the tea bags are on.... But I waited for the 15 minutes as instructed..... Not much help. I do admit though, the warm tea bags were VERY soothing while they were on. Sadly, I can't have them on 24 hours a day.

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Posted by Jdkokoko (Quezon City, Philippines) on 09/01/2009

i woke up with my right eye watery and swollen. i read from your website about the cure for this - green tea bag soaked in hot water. but because green tea here in the philippines is costly, i tried what is available brown tea bag. it worked. after only 7 minutes the swelling and watering has considerably decreased. i continued applying the bag after 3 hours apart, 2 times more and its completely gone the next morning. thanks earthclinic, your heaven sent (see the Holy Bible talks about plants and trees being the cure for our body illness)

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Posted by Jenk40 (Seattle, Wa, USA) on 08/28/2009

Nay: Black Tea Bags for Eye Infection: I recently got an eye infection and came online to search for natural cures. I tried applying black tea bags I had steeped as warm compresses first. I did this for about 15 minutes approximately 5 times the first day. The next day the eye infection was actually worse. I discontinued this and starting using ACV wash, which did end up working.

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Posted by Amanda (Monterey, CA) on 03/01/2009

Black tea and salt water cured my conjunctivitis.

Yesterday I woke up with a really itchy, bloodshot left eye and it got worse throughout the day. Then, this morning I woke up and my eye was all gooey, stuck together, swollen, and red. I never go to the doctor, even though my husband has great insurance, because I know all they do is prescribe antibiotics or some other pills from a laboratory and I do not want to mess up my body chemistry. So, naturally, I went to Earthclinic instead. First, I brewed two black tea bags in 1 1/2 cups of hot water. Meanwhile, I decided to try rinsing my eye with a concentrated solution of sea salt in warm water. I did not measure it, but it was quite a salty concoction. I used an eyedropper and put a few drops in my eye. It stung a lot, but I felt like it was working. Next, I used the eyedropper to drop warm black tea in my eye and it was SO soothing. It took all the stinging away! I then laid down and put the tea bag over my eye. Whenever it would cool down, I would put it back in the warm tea and put the other on on my eye. I repeated this procedure until the tea was cooled down. After that, I fell asleep again for an hour or so and when I woke up my eye felt and looked almost back to normal. Thanks Earthclinic!

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Posted by Hope (Sacramento, CA) on 02/17/2008

I have had very red irritated eyes for the last 2 days and finally realized it must be conjunctivitis. I immediately went to your excellent web site and read about using black tea bags for a swift recovery. I was amazed that after following the directions on your site, my eyes were as good as new within 15 minutes! Thank you, as always, for the fine information you make available to all of us!

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Posted by Gary (Claxton, Georgia) on 07/26/2007

I thank God, your website and Deborah from Texas for providing the information about using black tea bags for curing conjunctivitis. I awoke one morning with horrific pain in my right eye. It was so sensitive to any amount of light that I had to keep it closed. I immediately went to Earth Clinic and read Deborah's cure using black tea bags. I used the black tea bags as Deborah described. However, the only difference is that I also used an eyedropper to put 5 or 6 drops of the tea from my coffee mug in my eye after using the tea bag as a compress. I used this process three times within a 24-hour period and the results were truly amazing. Abolutely no pain and the redness was completely gone. Thank you, folks. God bless you all.

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Posted by Deborah (Denison, TX) on 07/21/2007

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.

Boric Acid

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Posted by Susan (Stroudsburg, Pa) on 04/04/2011

Boric Acid mix worked best. Itchy, pasty, red eyes... I tried the Black Tea first, but that only relieved itchiness, which was a relief. After it did not clear up the problem, I searched to purchace boric acid as recamended, but could only find a wallgreen Steril Eye wash that contained an isotonic solution of purifed water, boric acid, sodium chloride, etc. This took three days of periodic eye washing throughout the day to completely clear it up. It definately worked to start clearing from day one. I'm wondering if I had found boric Acid to mix my own if it would have worked quicker. Defiantely worth doing.

Replied by Beverly

Can anyone tell me how to make this boric acid eye wash? Thanks.

Replied by Rob

How to Make a Boric Acid Eye Wash


  • 1 Cup Bottled Water Boiled
  • 1/8 to 1 teaspoon of Boric Acid Powder


  • 1/8 is a weaker solution
  • one teaspoon is a stronger solution


Use sterilized containers to make this solution. My Grandma would boil the water on the stove, turn the heat off and then add the 1/8 teaspoon Boric acid and stir until the Boric acid was completely incorporated into the water. She would cool it completely and keep it in a sterilized jelly jar.

She would pour it in our eyes with a eyedropper when we were kids and she thought we had an infection. I like to keep it in a bottle and soak a cotton ball to put against my eye. It always worked. Boric acid is an antiseptic, antibacterial and anti-fungal. It reduces inflammation and itchiness. My Grandmother also used this on the dogs and I have as well with wonderful results.


Thanks for the clarification, Rob!

I made up a batch of the drops and used them a couple of times before my son went to bed. His eyes are already looking better. I'm grateful to have this remedy on hand.


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Posted by Frances (Heflin, AL, USA) on 12/19/2008

PINK EYES: Growing up my Grandmother always rubbed the brass part of a shot gun shell over my pink eye for several times and it cleared up.

Castor Oil

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Posted by Mama To Many (Tennessee) on 07/16/2016

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~

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Posted by Gigi (Edison, Nj) on 09/17/2012

I had some kind of "pink eye?" blister inside my eye, somewhat painful... I started putting castor oil in it and after a week the blister all but disappeared. I would also wash the eye with plain water, every other day.

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Posted by Jennywren (Perth, Western Australia, Australia) on 02/23/2012

NAY. Hi there! I've been playing around with castor oil for a couple of weeks to test it out - rubbing it on my face to try and reduce age spots, using it as a scalp treatment for my thin hair and wiping it on my eyelashes to see if they'll grow thicker and longer. For my face and eyes, I rub the castor oil (cold-pressed) over my face and eyes every evening and then go to bed.

Last night I woke up with my eyelashes gummed together and my eyes seeping and red raw. I was seeing my GP today anyway to check my thyroid, and he asked me what I'd done to my eyes. I told him (embarassing! ) and he said that castor oil should never be put in the eyes as it has a really high pH or some such and he checked my eyes for nerve damage. On doing some research, apparently castor oil contains a natural toxin called ricin that can cause conjunctivitis. Anyway, that's how castor oil has affected me so far..!

Replied by Francisca
(Zug, Switzerland)

Jennywren, I have the same problem with Castor Oil and won't be trying it again on my eyes. I rub it on my eyebrows though and I am going to try it on the bags under the eyes together with ACV like Bill suggested. Not on the eyes again though!

Replied by Samantha
(New York, Ny)

Jennywren, it's possible the castor oil actually drew out the symptoms from a virus or bacteria that was already in your eye, but luckily, there are many, other natural solutions here for you to try so that you don't have to use the castor oil again.

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Posted by Windndown (Kitty Ville, Ca) on 03/20/2011

Oh baking soda, and my beloved castor oil!! I swear by both of them, did you know castor oil cured my pink eye? I caught it early and saw online add a drop twice a day, it stopped the itch and pain with one drop!!! So anyway, I did add one drop to both eyes and it was GONE in one day but I did it again for one more day. I went to the Doctors for a diff reason and told him to check my eyes, I said I used a home remedy of castor oil to cure it, she just raised his eyebrows and shook his head yes, and when he looked in my eye, he says he sees NO INFECTION.. When you pull my eye lid down you see a tiny bit of yellow dr says that will rinse out on its own, could be from the oil.. Im so happy with that home cure I could have suffered big time, it was awful for me the first day but urgent care was closed. C. Oil rocks!

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Posted by Merk (Seattle, USA) on 01/26/2008

I have used Castor Oil many times for treating Pink Eye, put 1-2 drops in each eye two times a day, eyes will get better with in one day but keep using for 4-5 days. Always treat both eyes. After putting in eyes they will blur some from oil but will not sting at all and will be very soothing, castor oil is antimicrobal and a very healing oil.

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Posted by Mollie (Riverside, Ca.) on 12/31/2011

Please be very careful about conjuctivitis issues! My young daughter woke up with pink eye once and we thought it was only pink eye! Wrong! Her system was attacking her eyes! She could have went blind!

To save her eyesite the doctors used steroid shots in the whites of her eyes to save her sight! The doctors never knew what this problem was but it finally went into remission and my daughter is now an adult and works in courtrooms as a court Stenographer!

The ophthalmologists were from Loma Linda hospital in the United States and they couldn't pinpoint her problem. We now wonder if it was pesticides in the dirt of our property as our land was once an alfalfa field.

But we never officially found out what caused this problem.

Don't take pink eye lightly.

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