Stye home remedies can come in handy when you least expect them. I can still remember the first time I came down with a stye as a kid – it was big, painful, and just looked bad. A stye is an infection of the eyelid, and shows up as a small, swollen bump that occurs because of a blocked oil gland near the edge of the eyelid. When dirt, dead skin or oils from your skin clog the pores and oil glands, bacteria grows in there and the result can be a swollen, uncomfortable lump. A stye can show up any time of year and can cause a lot of irritation and discomfort. They’re not particularly dangerous, but knowing a couple of easy stye home remedies can help resolve them quickly and reduce the discomfort.
Common Sense Stye Home Remedies
Since a stye is an infection, some basic common sense can be used as a first line of defense for stye home remedies.
DON’T rub, irritate, or otherwise touch the stye. Especially if your hands are dirty. Not only can you introduce more bacteria into an already infected area of your eye, the more you irritate the stye, the longer it will take to heal.
DO take the time to keep your hands clean if you must put your fingers near your eye. The less bacteria introduced to the already infected area, the better.
DON’T use eye makeup for about seven to 10 days while you have a stye. Harsh chemicals and soaps can cause more irritation and make it take longer to heal.
Herbal Stye Home Remedies
Green tea: No, don’t drink it! Green tea has a lot of health benefits, including lowering blood pressure, reducing cholesterol levels in the blood, and reducing the risk of some types of cancer, it can also be included in the list of easy stye home remedies.
Put some loose leaf green tea in a bit of cheesecloth soaked in hot water, and press the little bundle gently over the stye. You can use organic pre-made green tea bags by soaking them in hot water for a minutes, and using them as a warm compress on the affected eye.
Coriander seeds: Coriander is great for so many things, from seasoning your favorite foods to its medicinal uses. Coriander is used as herbal medicine to reduce blood pressure, regulate blood sugar levels, to protect against macular degeneration, and even to relieve the symptoms of diarrhea. Coriander’s antiseptic properties make it an excellent addition to my list of stye home remedies.
From your herb garden, take some dried coriander seeds and boil them in hot water for a few minutes. Let the water cool to room temperature, and then use this water to gently flush the stye. Don’t forget to wash your hands before and after flushing your eye to prevent spreading the bacteria around and irritating the stye.
Turmeric: Really, is there anything that turmeric can’t be used for? Turmeric shows up on pretty much every healing herbs list that I can find. For centuries, turmeric has been used for colds and flu, to fight inflammation, and for its anti-cancer properties. Like the other herbal stye home remedies listed here, turmeric also has been known to help reduce blood pressure and regulate blood sugar levels. Turmeric tea is one of my favorite home remedies during cold and flu season to help shorten a cold or flu.
Just like coriander, turmeric can be used to make a wash for a stye that can be used 2-3 times daily. Use a half inch of peeled, fresh turmeric root in about three cups of water. Boil the turmeric in the water, then allow it to cool. (DO NOT use boiling water to flush out your stye!) Flush the stye with the turmeric water throughout the day for a few days to help relieve the inflammation of the stye. This turmeric flush is particularly soothing if your stye is painful, and can be used as a substitute for over-the-counter painkillers.
You can also make a simple drink of warm milk and turmeric to drink at bedtime that can help heal a stye. Warm a cup of milk in a small saucepan with a half inch of peeled fresh turmeric root and let it steep for about 15 minutes before drinking at bedtime. (Almond milk or cashew milk can also be substituted for cow’s milk.)
Aloe vera leaf: Aloe vera medicinal uses include reducing bacteria in the mouth, and relief from common digestive problems like acid reflux and diarrhea. We all know that aloe gel is great for skin problems like sunburns and dry skin. If you have an aloe plant, just break the tip off one leaf and squeeze a small amount of fresh aloe gel onto your clean fingertip. Apply the aloe vera gel to the style two to three times a day for three to five days, and let it sit for about 20 minutes. Remove the aloe vera with a warm, wet washcloth and let the area air dry.
Vegetable Stye Home Remedies
For those who are braver souls than I, a couple of fresh vegetables can be used as stye home remedies. Don’t use these stye home remedies without an ounce of caution, however, because both can be highly irritating if they actually make it into your eye.
Raw onions: I have one friend who swears by raw onion slices on her list of stye home remedies. She simply slices a red onion into slivers, then presses one of the slivers up against the stye for a few minutes every eight hours throughout the day.
Because I am one of those people who is highly sensitive to sliced raw onions, this is one home remedy for styes that I cannot and will not use. Placing a raw onion near your eye can cause great pain for some of us, so I’ll stick with the other herbal stye home remedies I’ve listed here.
Fresh garlic juice: Fresh, raw garlic juice can also be used when applied topically to a stye. Great care must be taken to make sure that the garlic juice doesn’t actually come into contact with the eyeball because garlic juice can burn. Again, because I’m sensitive to things like raw onions and garlic, this is one stye home remedy that I can’t use.
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