Natural Remedies for Pink Eye

Sea Salt

Posted by Mel (Katy, Texas) on 07/03/2009
5 out of 5 stars

Sea salt solution cleared and cured my pink eye in 3 days. It did sting but I knew it would. I did this once in the morning and one in the evening. I mixed 1 tablespoon of sea salt to 1 cup of water in a water bottle. Mix well and tilt your head over the sink and squeeze a couple of times times in each eye.

Replied by Rebeccamichelle
San Anselmo, Ca, Usa
5 out of 5 stars

It's day two of using sea salt or 'saline' solution. It's nearly gone now. All of the sclera, the eye muscle and the tear ducts are nearly back to normal size and the itching is only occasional.

Posted by Tristan (Sydney, Australia) on 05/14/2009
5 out of 5 stars

I recently used a sea salt solution to get rid of pink eye; it worked, but now my eyes are always dry, and they get red very easily. Neither the dryness nor the redness (the two are most likely linked) used to happen before I contracted pink eye. Both my eyes were fine.

Can anyone tell me what to do about my dry eyes - I would appreciate it very much. Thanks.

EC: Hi Tristan,

Dry Eyes remedies can be found here.

Replied by Nonni
Cleveland, OH

Tristan, the cell salt Nat. Mur. (6x potency) is the tissue salt for maintaining a proper distribution of water throughout the system. I have had this cell salt work very quickly for dry eyes after taking only one or two doses. Also, as a side note to EC, it would be good to have a section for Homeopathic Remedies added to this site as they are wonderfully healing and safe to use as home remedies.

EC: Thank you for the great suggestion. A new page has been recently created:

Posted by Tristan (Sydney, Australia) on 04/28/2009
4 out of 5 stars

Hi all, I woke up with a mucuousy pink left eye - it seems like it has been building up to it for a week - and was the stickiest this morning. I tried ACV drops (diluted), then switched to sea salt, which seemed more effective (also snorted some through each nostril).

The left eye is without discharge now, but it is still very red, and occasionally prickly. Should it have cleared up completely by now? Should I wait for another day? I hope someone can help me as I don't know if I'm just delaying the inevitable or am on the right track. Thanks.

(BTW, The right eye seems to be free of it).

Replied by KR
Rancho Cucamonga, CA

Hi Tristan!

When all three of my daughters came down with pink eye, I also used a strong saline solution which took a few days to clear the infection but with every day, the improvement could be seen and felt. On previous occasions before the knowledge of using this remedy, it would take 1-2 weeks just to clear up. So be patient and keep applying every couple of hours per day to get the best results. You're on the right track!

Posted by Lucille (SOUTH PASADENA , CA) on 05/26/2008
5 out of 5 stars

I tried all the remedies for pink eye: chamomille tea, green tea, boric acid in the contact lens solution, and finally what worked was the sea salt. I dissolved about 2 teaspoons of sea salt in about 1/2 cup of water and used an eye cup to rinse it around. I did this several times in a day, and it went away. Cured!

Posted by MimiRose (Springfield, MO) on 03/22/2008
5 out of 5 stars

I have had a very mild on again off again case of Conjuctivitis for about three years. In the last three months with the cold it had gotten worse. (I moved from southern California to a state that experienced real winters). I hate over the counter medication or chemicals of any kind so I came to my favorite website and read a few of the remedies. I decided on a Sea Salt remedy. I got a 16 oz bottle of spring water, warmed it then added 2 tablespoons of Sea Salt and shook it up. I place a soft folded towel on the bathroom sink slightly over the edge and laid my head on the towel. I slowly poured the mixture into the corner of my eye until I instinctively knew to stop then I did the other eye for good measure. Once I rinsed my face I could feel my sinues very clearly! I was breathing and could FEEL it like I have not in a long while. I felt some drainage in the sinues and I guess that is way, not sure but what I do know is that my eye feels better than it has in two months! The thin skin around the eye was breaking. I intend on applying my solution on the hour and the same for the next day if needed but I do not think I will need to. Thanks Earthclinic!

Posted by Ria (NYC, NYS) on 03/15/2008
5 out of 5 stars

I had pink eye and cold at the same time. I tried hydrogen Peroxide in ear stuff (3%) in my ears in 10 min also sniffed peroxide into my nose it was painful but I wanted to ged rid of cold completely then gargled with cayenne pepper with camomile tea after I had some of them. 5 hours later no more itchy throat, and I felt much better. For pink eye I tried tea method it was fine and got rid of some of redness but what worked for me was wash it with bottled water and salt. my pink eye got instantly became clear!

Posted by Marie (Baton Rouge, LA) on 09/16/2007
5 out of 5 stars

As a child I had a horrible case of conjunctivitis. For over a month, I suffered from home with absolutely no change no matter how much eye drops or medication the doctor's prescribed me. My family finally took our yearly trip to the beach and after a day, my eye infection was completely gone. When we returned and returned to the doctor for a checkup, my pediatrician chuckled and said, oh "You went to the beach, the ocean clears that right up!" My mother could NOT believe it. We surely would have hightailed it to the beach a week into the conjunctivitis had we known! As a result of my month long infection, I had permanent vision damage and had to have membraned PEELED off my eyelids. I am just thankful the beach trip and swimming in the ocean happened when it did, otherwise, I might have had even greater eye damage. I'm lucky I only have to wear glasses/contacts for the rest of my life.

Tea, Lemon Juice

Posted by Asha (London, Uk) on 06/12/2012
5 out of 5 stars

Had full on infection red pain & swelling. Washed it out with strong green & black tea. Used fresh lemon juice too worked great to get rid of infection diluted but strong straight into the eyes with sterile cotton, only stung shortly. used this along with camomile tea bags soaked in warm green tea left on for 10-15 min 4 x day.

Vapor From Raw Onions

Posted by Gino (Sacramento, Ca) on 01/27/2010
5 out of 5 stars

Pink eye cure- I've been trying the vapor of raw Onions it seem to be working so far. I was told many years ago from my boss that onions help with eye problems. hope he's right

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.