Natural Remedies for Pink Eye

Green Tea Bags

Posted by samara (compton, california) on 04/27/2008
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2 days ago i got "pink eye" and i didnt notice till later on. and i went to the mall and starbucks and everything and i was so embarrased to buy something or talk to someone of my pink eye. so when i came home i looked at this website and i did the "green tea bag method" so i boiled a cup of water, poured it into a cup and put 2 green tea bags in there. later when it cooled down ALITTLE bit i placed it on my eye. also i let some drip into my eye. its been 1 hour already and its clearing up already. its like 90% white :] thanks to this method i can go in public embarasse freeeee<3 thanksss :]

Posted by Scott (Wareham, Ma) on 02/24/2008
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REMEDY GREEN TEA BAGS Ailment Pink eye,I had pink eye for about a week and I went to two different pharmacys and they didn't help one little bit nor did they seem like they wanted to.So I am was thinking to myself that there must be some type of remedy besides going to the doctor for something as minor as a eye infection.Well I discoverd this website and read about the green tea solution,and let me tell you I had A PRETTY BAD CASE OF THE PINK EYE AND it WAS getting worse.Well,so I went to the local super market and they had the green tea and I brought home and made a cup of tea just like one of the other people that I read about and put the tea bag on each I while it was still warm for about a minute or two and what a relief. I wouldn't have believed it but it really did work incredible well.I am thinking maybe any tea might work,WHO KNOW.I WILL HALF TO test it next time I have pink eye.-Scott

Posted by Joseph (Boston, Mass) on 01/23/2008
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I would like to thank everyone for there help. Well I have pink eye and needing to do something to help, my eyes felt like sandpaper or grit in them. So I tried the green tea method using two bags of long life Tea herbal tea. First I boiled one cup of water then placed the two bags in the cup I made a cup of tea to drink ,,LOL,, then placed the two bags one on each eye after cooled but still warm and it was amazing my eyes felt great I left the bags on while lying down for only ten minutes and after my eyes felt great.

I did hear of warm compress for pink eye but never thought of using a tea bag.

Posted by Ruth (Hortonville, Wisconsin) on 08/26/2007
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I didn't believe the tea bag cure, but figured it was worth a try to save time and money of going to the doctor. I treated both eyes as I knew from past experiences that they would both be infected soon. I brewed two tea bags in a glass of water, let the bags in the boiling water until it cooled down. I then put the bags without squeezing them dry on my eyes for 15-20 minutes. They did leak a bit so I put a towel around my face and sat back in the easy chair. I also did let some of the liquid drip in my eyes. I did this three times yesterday, and today I'm ready to go out in public! Even my family couldn't believe how fast they cleared up! Thanks so much for your help!

Posted by kimberly (Pembroke pines, Florida) on 08/06/2007
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Thanks for this website, When I woke up on August 3 I had the pink eye. I tried that day treating it with saline solution but it continued to ache and the eye was red. However, I checked this site and found a remedy. That evening, I made green tea and applied the bag to my eye and allowed some to drop in my eye. Instantly the pain and redness was gone. When I woke the next morning the pink eye was completely gone. Thank you, this is awesome. Now I have a natural cure for the rest of my family.

Replied by Danielle
Stockton, Ca Usa
4 out of 5 stars

oh my goodness.i just literally used the green tea method on myself about 15 mins ago. i have to say right away green tea was dripped in my eye it felt 5 times better. so far i havent seen any improvement on the swelling but the redness is etter too (still slightly red). but better than it was before. i think im going to do it again in another few hours and see if there is anymore imporvements. i will update as it happens.

what i used was the organic green tea. i just waited tell the tea cooled a little then dripped the green tea into my eye then closed my eye and rested the warm tea bag on my eyes. i let it sit for 15 mins.thats about how long it took for the bag to turn cold. thank you guys so much for such a helpful tip.

Himalayan Salt

Posted by Elodie (Melbourne, AU) on 08/11/2014
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I developed conjunctivitis whilst with a nasty flu, but could not muster the energy to get to the shop to buy sea salt. so I used the himalayan salt I already had in the house (which I use for neti pot and cooking) and used about 2 tea spoons to half a cup of water - super concentrated! I dropped a few drops in the infected eye of the evening. Early next morning my eye was worse and was so crusty and gunky my lids were pursed shut. My other eye was also starting to feel a little cloudy. Immediately I repeated the same procedure but instead this time I FLUSHED each eye with the salt solution, around a quarter of a cup to each eye. End of day 2 and my eye feels 95% better, not red or swollen, a tiny bit of gunk in the tear duct but no build up of the crusty sticky gunk of the night before. I believe that himalayan rock salt (can be purchased in rock form, fine or powdered) is less drying than sea salt and actually helps to moisturize the eye. I have also read that the black form of himalayan salt is high in sulphur, which is anti bacterial, which would also be a good remedy. I do have some black himalayan salt and will try this if it returns.

Update: 8/18

ok so I discover that the himalayan salt does not get rid of the conjunctivitis, only keeps it at bay. So I reach for the green tea bags. I use organic, unbleached green tea bags. I steep in boiled spring water and remove and let cool and place over the eye lids whilst the bags are still a little warm. I also drop some of the green tea water from the bags into each eye. I leave them on for arround 10-15 minutes. I did this twice a day for 3 days and no more conjunctivitis, third day on. However now I have the problem of having intensely dry eyes, in the morning I am having to peel open my eye lids. so now on to curing my dry eye...

Replied by Elodie
Melbourne, AU

ok so I discover that the himalayan salt does not get rid of the conjunctivitis, only keeps it at bay. So I reach for the green tea bags. I use organic, unbleached green tea bags. I steep in boiled spring water and remove and let cool and place over the eye lids whilst the bags are still a little warm. I also drop some of the green tea water from the bags into each eye. I leave them on for arround 10-15 minutes. I did this twice a day for 3 days and no more conjunctivitis, third day on. However now I have the problem of having intensely dry eyes, in the morning I am having to peel open my eye lids. so now on to curing my dry eye...

Holy Basil

Posted by Liberty (Phx, Az) on 11/25/2018
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I had a continually worsening eye irritation in both eyes for about 2wks. Once it progressed to continual blinking (I believe it's called blepharospasm), interference with my vision, and waking up with my eyes caked with goop, I decided to search earthclinic for a remedy. I decided on trying holy basil in my eyes, as shared by Sabiba from Morocco.

I made a tea with dry loose-leaf Holy Basil tea (Tulsi tea) and dripped it into my eyes. It stung at first, but it did bring quick relief after the initial sting. But it did not heal my eyes.

I then began to take 1000mg doses of powdered Vitamin C with vitamins and minerals added. By the 2nd day, I knew the C was healing my eyes and the blinking had almost completely discontinued. My eyesight has cleared up as well. I will continue the vit C for a few more days, maybe 5. I'm thankful that God guided me to using the Vitamin C because the only other thing that has helped this in the past has been a trip to my homeopathic dr and taking their remedies. This has saved me about $150.

Posted by Sabiba (Morroco) on 08/28/2016
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There are two days, I went down with a nasty conjunctivitis accompanied by a migraine, I consulted earthclinic and tried the remedy of black tea, with no visible result, I spent the application of coconut oil, although I felt a little calm but sensation fat bother my vision.

A lady at home I recommend using holy basil leaves, eye drops. I picked 8 sheets and I crushed with a pestle, then I squeeze the crushed leaves in drops in my eyes. The relief was instantaneous, green liquid swept all landfills and was very soothing as for conjunctivitis for migraine. I reapplied the preparation 3 times a day and also the next day and the results are impressive. Thank you for all your contributions ..vives remedies of nature.


Posted by Michemax (Trinidad) on 07/30/2013
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Try washing your eye with a honey wash for pink eye. Simply add a few drops (you can add more if you want it stronger) of honey to a little warm water, stir and using the cup of your hand, blink your eye over and over in the honey wash. Repeat 3 or 4 times. Do this at least 3 or 4 times during the day. Your eye will clear up.

I often use this as I get infections from when I use my contact lens.

Honey, Comfrey, Olive Leaf, Salt

Posted by Siafu (Private, GA) on 03/26/2009
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Pink Eye - My Remedy

Hi there. I saw a section concerning pink eye and just wanted to throw in something I learnt a little while ago. I work in a medical facility and conjunctivitis comes around every so often.

I have had this a few times before and they always send you home for it. Well one day I made a mixture:
* About a cup of warm water
* 2 Table spoons of locally procured honey
* A dropper full of Comfrey Extract
* A dropper full of Olive Leaf Extract
* About a teaspoon of salt

I mixed it all together very well and used a dropper to place a few drops into the infected eye as often as I thought about it. All together probably around 10 times or more that day. By the next morning it was all over with.

What I had done was went and got a note and a prescription and decided that if the above had not improved anything within a day or two I would start taking the RX, but that was not necessary.

I've had to do it a second time, but did not add the salt or Comfrey and it still worked. I think it's the honey to be honest. Comfrey is said not to be safe internally, so perhaps not a good idea to squirt into the eye.

Anyway, thought I'd share and hope this is a help to someone.


Posted by Ginny (Boise, Idaho, United States) on 06/05/2010
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Sea kelp will get rid of pink eye. I had 5 steers, all with pink eye. Took them to the vet, he gave them a shot of something in the eye (very painful) took them home, 4 got better but 1 got pink eye again. Took him back to the vet and he gave him the treatment again and said if this doesn't work, then he will have to go blind. It did not work. My friend suggested that I give them sea kelp, which I did. I gave it to them free choice and within 5 days his pink eye was completely gone. For livestock, I bought in 50 lbs bags from a company in Maine. From what I understand, pinkeye is a lack of minerals.

Keratoconjunctivitis Remedies

Posted by Jaynemim (Florida) on 08/14/2013

I did see my optometrist and he made the diagnosis of keratitis conjunctivitis in my eyes. Prescribed Tobradex drops, but I don't know that I want to go that route and it is very expensive. I have been treating myself with collodial silver and it helps, but does not completely take it away. Does anybody know of any natural or home-made remedies?

Replied by Mama To Many
Tennessee, USA

Jaynemim, I would try Activated Charcoal. it is very effective against conjunctivitis. It is also good for inflammation (which is what the keratitis is.) Mix 1 t. activated charcoal powder (from your health food store.) with 4 oz. water. Strain out the charcoal with a coffee filter. Put a drop or two of the strained charcoal water into your eye 3 times a day. (Right before bed as one of the times.) You can do this indefinitely.

Chamomile is also great for conjuntivitis and inflammation. You can just get the tea bags at the grocery store and health food store. Pour hot water over two tea bags in a cup, just to moisten them. When they are a comfortable warm temperature, put a tea bag over each (closed) eye. Keep the tea bags on for 5-15 minutes. Do this 2-4 times a day.

Both remedies could be safely done together.

Let us know how you are doing!

~Mama to Many~

Lemon Juice

Posted by Browns (Sahuarita, AZ) on 10/01/2008
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I am both amazed, happy and angry! Amazed and happy because of how quickly 2 drops of fresh lemon juice diluted with water could cure my pink eye. Angry because I feel bamboozled by doctors and the medicine they've prescribed me for years! Thank you so much. I'm going to share it with everyone I know.

Posted by Mimi (Herndon, VA) on 05/05/2008
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Warning about lemons for pink eye. Must dilute!! I almost blinded myself after putting one drop of lemon juice into my eye.

Posted by Candice (Victorville, California) on 07/03/2007
5 out of 5 stars

Hello. When I was little I remember getting "pink eye" and my father putting lemon juice (from a lemon) straight into my eye....WOW did it sting but strangly only for about a minute and then it was GONE! And so was the infection! We kept doing compresses with a warm washcloth but the infection was cleared up. He used an empty eye dropper to suck up the fresh lemon juice and then dropped a couple of drops into each eyeball. Do'nt give up if this doesnt work the first might just have a really bad infection. Keep doing it and you should be "cured" in no time. :) P.S. an organic lemon might work ever better. Good luck!