Pink Eye Home remedies
find a safe & powerful home remedy for pink eye

Finding and applying the pink eye home remedies for your situation is sometimes quiet an undertaking. And if the pink eye has struck your baby applying it can be a small challenge to say the least

Despite the fact that pink eye or conjunctivitis is a minor eye infection, it can be quiet an itchy, irritating and annoying ordeal. Imagine how your baby or young child must feel without being able to tell what is exactly going on and without understanding why it may not scratch or rub

Most infections, especially the viral ones, have to run their own course and will clear up by themselves. However we understand that speeding up the whole process and relieving you or your baby of the sometimes seriously aggravating symptoms is priority #1. That's when a home remedy for pink eye that has helped many people before you will bring you the pink eye relief you are looking for (pun not intended...) 

pink eye home remedies

Pink eye can be accompanied by a pinkish or red eye, itching, watery or yellow to greenish discharge or more depending on the type you're dealing with

Don’t let this pink eye ruin your day

these pink eye home remedies work! 

These pink eye remedies use only natural ingredients that most people already have somewhere in their kitchen. They are easy to apply, proven to be powerful and quiet affordable

Pink eye home remedies

Warm Compress

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One of the ways to do this is by applying warm compresses to the affected eye or eyes. Very soothing pink eye treatment. This is also the perfect way to remove the crust around the eye in the morning when you or your child had that yellow or green discharge from the eye

You can make a compress by soaking a clean, lint-free, cloth in warm water and wring it out before applying it gently to your or your child's closed eyelids

In the morning this will also help to clear eyes which are crusted by the discharge from the eyes during the night

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Mother's Milk

For breastfeeding mothers, dip a clean piece of cloth or cotton wool in mother's milk and put it gently on the eye(s) of your child. Mom's very own cure for pink eye

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Cold Water

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This pink eye treatment is very useful to relief the itching, especially for allergic pink eye

Soak a small towel in ice cold water, squeeze out excess water and place the towel gently over both the eyes. Then cover it with a piece of warm cloth to retain the temperature

Repeat this as soon as the cold towel becomes warm. Do this for about one hour and then cover the eyes with a dry cloth or towel. This pink eye treatment should be repeated every night for a week, even though the problem may clear up with the first treatment itself

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Aloe Vera

Solve some aloe vera juice in water. Soak a clean cloth in it and apply it over the eyes. Very useful in relieving the itch, pain and redness of the eyes

You can also break or split an aloe leaf and place the pulpy side on the eye. It reduces itching in inflamed and sore eyes

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Hot Tea Bags

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A very simple pink eye treatment. Boil some water and put a tea bag in it. When it is fully soaked take the bag out. Wait until it is at a comfortable temperature but still warm and then place it on your eye(s). This eases the pain

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Fennel Seed Compress

For this pink eye treatment boil 2 spoons of crushed fennel seeds in 5 glasses of water. Cool it down and filter. Dip a cloth in the liquid and put it on the eye(s)

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Charcoal Poultice

home remedies for pink eye

A poultice is a soft moist mass, often heated and medicated, that is spread on cloth over the skin to treat an aching, inflamed, or painful part of the body, mostly it is applied overnight

For this one you take enough powdered charcoal and water to mix them to make a thick paste. Spread this paste over a piece of natural cotton or flannel a bit larger than the inflamed area of the eye. Place this over the eye(s) and cover it with a piece of house hold plastic or something like it and hold it in place with elastic bandage wrapped lightly around the head

Don't make it so tight that it puts pressure on the eyeballs. It must be just tight enough to hold the compress in place overnight

In the morning you can remove it and throw it away to prevent further spreading of the infection

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Raw Potato Poultice

For this home remedy for pink eye grate a raw potato and put this in a gauze and place it over your eyes. It reduces swelling in your inflamed eyes

Tips for applying poultices & compresses

When you apply these poulticed or compresses to your child do it one eye at a time, if necessary, while watching their favorite video. This will relax them and take the focus of the treatment

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Eye drops as pink eye home remedy

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Clear Water

Wash the eyes out with clear disinfected water. Simply boil water and let it cool down. Keeping your eyes clean is one of the best things to do to cure conjunctivitis

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Artificial tears or saline irrigation

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Artificial tears or saline irrigation are also a very useful pink eye treatment. It's a fancy name for what is basically just salty water

To make these add 2 level teaspoons of salt to 1 quart water. With this rinse the discharge out of the eyes. Very useful conjunctivitis treatment

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Salt water eye bath

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This very effective and proven pink eye treatment is a slight variation on the one above

You should fill the bathroom sink with warm water and add 1/2 a table spoon of salt stir a bit and let it solve well. Make sure the mixture is not too salt for you

When it is comfortably warm put your head in the water so your eyes are under and blink a few times, this will clear your eyes immediately.

And don't worry the salt will only sting a little little bit but should not cause great discomfort

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Mother's milk 2

Again for breastfeeding mothers, you can drip some drops of mother's milk in the corner of your babies eyes. Doesn't bother them and it is a very effective pink eye treatment because of the sterile milk

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Baby Shampoo

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For this effective pink eye treatment you take one quart of warm water and put in two drops of baby shampoo. Wash the eyes with this by dripping it in them. Adults can take one part baby shampoo ten parts water

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Chamomile Tea

Make a tea from 3 table spoons of chamomile flowers in 5 glasses of boiled water. Let it cool down for 10 minutes. Filter or strain it and wash the eyes by dripping it in them twice a day. Very effective pink eye treatment

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Black or Herbal Tea

Normal black tea or eye-bright herbal tea also work. Make some tea, let it cool down and wash your eyes with this by gently dripping it in your infected eye

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For this pink eye treatment you use turmeric which has antiseptic action

Put one teaspoon of turmeric in one glass of water. Boil it, and then filter it. Let it cool down and wash your eyes with it

Use it three to four times a day

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This pink eye treatment needs you to boil a handful of dried coriander in 60 ml of water, add one tablespoon of sugar. Keep the lid on for one hour. Let it cool down, strain it and carefully put two drops in the affected eye. Use this pink eye treatment once in the morning and once in the evening. Relieves burning and reduces pain and swelling


This treatment should be used very sparingly by people who suffer from bronchial asthma and chronic bronchitis

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home remedy for pink eye

Honey has natural antibacterial and antiviral properties so it is very useful as a cure for pink eye. Put two teaspoons of honey in a cupful of water. Boil it and then cool it down

Drip a few drops in the eye to wash it out. Do this three to four times a day and it will prove an effective pink eye treatment

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Cabbage Juice

For this conjunctivitis treatment drip one drop of cabbage juice into the affected eye this cleans and eases the itching. The use of cabbage juice against eye infections has been in use since the Greeks some three thousand years ago

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Take one cup of water, a quarter teaspoon of sea salt and one teaspoon of powdered charcoal. Put them together and boil it. Then let it cool down, strain it through a few layers of cheesecloth. Drip four or five drops of the clear fluid in the infected eye every two hours. Old, effective and proven cure for pink eye

Applying eye drops to children Made Easy 

A lot of us already know what an ordeal it can be to apply eye drops to a reluctant baby or child. If you need to apply these regularly here's a safe and helpful tip where you don't have to "force" the eyes open and is for this reason definitely less scary for your child:

Make your child lie down with its head in your lap, eyes up of course. Ease him or her by quietly telling: "just close your eyes." Then drip the needed number of drops in the inner corner of the eye next to the bridge of the nose, enough to make a small pool. Then when your child feels relaxed enough it will open the eyes and the drops will flow gently straight into the infected area

Job well done, 10 points, a hug and a kiss for mom or dad!! (And later on eternal gratitude... ;-)

Final note

If after using one of our suggested pink eye home remedies the swelling and redness in the eye are increasing. Tenderness in the eyelids and around the eye grows, and all this along with a fever, immediately contact your doctor. These symptoms may mean the infection has started to spread beyond the conjunctiva and this will need additional treatment

These home remedies have been proven to work for many people through all ages suffering from conjunctivitis. But remember that individual cases are exactly that: individual; everybody is different and can react differently to a certain pink eye home remedy. What works for one person or one situation might not work in another. Therefore we urge you that before you apply any of our suggestions first contact your doctor

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