10 Effective Home Remedies For Styes
Painful, irritating infections, styes – must commonly found in the eye – are a frustrating affliction.
Keeping your eyes clean and changing out any eye-products such as make up or contacts can help prevent styes or eliminate the spread of infection, but sometimes even our most careful routines fail. If the unfortunate does happen, fear not! Here are our top 10 home remedies for styes.
#1. Warm Compress
Heat is the best home remedy for a stye. Simply keeping the area around the eye, and the infected stye itself clean with warm water is the first step to healing. Additionally, applying and warm or hot compress on and off to the eyelid (leave it over the eye for 10-30 minutes at a time) is one of the simplest and most effective natural remedies to cure an infectious stye. Be sure to allow for equal time of rest time in between applications of the compress.
Turmeric is a great healing spice. Full of anti-fungal agents, it helps to reduce swelling and infection. The best natural remedy is to apply turmeric is in paste form directly to the eye. Alternatively you can make your own eye drops by adding turmeric powder to boiling water. Make sure the powder is fully dissolved, and let boil until the water reduces down. Strain any remaining powder and let cool before adding the drops to your eye.
While potatoes may seem like an odd choice, they are a proven natural home remedy for sties. Potatoes are best applied directly to the eye and infected area. Potato will help to reduce inflammation and irritation around the eye. Slice a raw potato and apply directly, or alternatively grate some into a thin clothe which you can place over the eyes. Cooked potatoes can be used to form a paste which again, should be spread directly on the stye.
Parsley is one of the best natural remedies to draw toxins out of the skin. To help styes heal faster, apply parsley water to your eyes. Brew fresh parsley in boiling water. Soak a wash cloth or thin towel in the parsley water and lay it over your eyes.
#5. Tea Bag
A warm tea bag is an excellent home remedy for eye styes. The heat will sooth any pain and irritation, as well as help to draw out infection and speed healing. Additionally, the use of a herbal tea tends to help further as many herbs have healing agents which can reduce inflammation. Apply the tea bag after it has been boiled in water, when it is hot-to-warm, not directly from boiling as this may burn your eyelids.
Garlic is a magical food. High in various healing properties, it is excellent to have on hand for a wide variety of everyday ailments and health issues. Styes, are no exception. The juice of a garlic clove will help reduce swelling, eliminate infection, and speed healing.
Like garlic, coriander has many health benefits when it comes to healing small ailments. Being specifically high in anti-inflammatory properties, coriander can help to reduce the red, swollen nature so characteristic of styes. Place coriander seeds in warm or boiling water and let soak. Once fully brewed, strain out the seeds. The water can then be used as a rinse for the eye, or as eye-drops. Alternative, ground coriander can be mixed into boiling water, let to cool, and used in the same way.
Yes, onion. that wonderfully powerful healer. Unfortunately, onions are one of those foods that both contain a plethora of health benefits, while coming with a strong down side – the smell test and sting. If you can hack it, though, onion is a great herbal remedy for styes. Place a slice of onion over your infected eye – the juices may cause some stinging – and enjoy the healing effects.
The house hold antibiotic, echinacea is a great remedy for eye styes. It is a great way to boost your immune system and reduce infections. Regularly consuming echinacea tablets will help fight off infections, or echinacea extract can be used in the case of a stye as an eye rinse.
#10. Guava Leaves
This unusual guava leaf is a great way to eliminate pain and reduce inflammation caused by styes. Soak the leaves in warm water and press them over your eyes. The natural chemicals and oils in the leaves will bring down the swelling and help cure your stye.