Have you ever had a child with an eye that was itchy, red and swollen with a discharge? Have you ever had eyelids that were closed shut when you woke up?
Chances are you and your child had what is called “pink eye” or conjunctivitis. This eye condition is very common (and contagious), but what exactly is it and are there any natural cures for pink eye? What is the best cure for pink eye?
You’ll be happy to know that pink eye is one of the easiest infections to cure at home.
What Is Pink Eye?
Pink eye can be caused by an infection (viral or bacterial) , allergies, chemicals, or dry eyes. It is usually very uncomfortable.
Pink eye caused by a virus is usually left to heal on its own, with an occasional treatment of antihistamines, while pink eye caused by bacteria is usually treated with antibiotics. But let’s take a look at natural home remedies for pink eye.
Chamomile: Chamomile is a flowering plant of the daisy family. It is antibacterial and antifungal, so it can really help to calm the symptoms of pink eye. You just simply place cooled chamomile tea bags on your eyes for about 10 minutes or so. Do this every hour or so as needed. Or you can make a tea, let it cool and put a cotton ball in this tea. Place the dampened cotton ball on your eyes for about 10 minutes.
Calendula: Calendula is a plant that looks like a marigold flower, and it promotes healing due to its anti-inflammatory properties. You can use it the same way that you use Chamomile as explained above.
Probiotics: The most effective cure for babies is human breast milk. If you are breastfeeding, put a drop or two of breast milk in a dropper and apply to the eyes. You may reapply as necessary every hour or so until the infection takes a hike. You will be amazed at how quickly the infection goes away.
If breast milk is not available, use a few drops of raw cow or goat milk, or the liquid part of yogurt instead. Milk (raw) and yogurt are loaded with immunity-boosting probiotics, just like human milk.
Milk and honey: Dilute 1/4 teaspoon of honey in 1/2 cup of warm milk, stir, and then apply about 2 drops of this mixture to your affected eyes using a dropper. Why is this effective? Honey has antibacterial and antifungal qualities that can help clear up conjunctivitis, and milk will soothe and calm the eyes.
Salt Water: Salt water can help with conjunctivitis. Dissolve 1/2 teaspoon of sea salt in one cup of water. Use this mixture as an eyedrop. Apply a few drops of this sea salt mixture in your eyes whenever they feel dried out from a pink eye infection. This will soothe the eye and help with getting rid of the infection quickly. Use distilled water and not water from your faucet.
Tip: As conjunctivitis is extremely contagious, remember to wash your hands and often. Don’t touch your face or eyes during the day, and also make sure your bed linens are cleaned after each use while you have the infection. This will prevent spreading the infection to other members of your family.
If your eye infection does not go away with 24 hours or gets worse, you will probably need to see your doctor as there may be other reasons for your eye infection.
So now you have a few natural cures for pink eye. Try them and see if any of them are the best cure for pink eye!