Pink eye is medically known as conjunctivitis, normally it is caused by a virus, somewhat similar to the common cold virus, and we used to say that people with pink eye had a cold in their eye.

Pink eye can also be caused by allergies and bacterial infections. Basically, pink eye is an inflammation of the conjunctiva of the eye. The conjunctiva is a thin membrane that covers the white part of the eye and the corner of the eye.

One vital thing you must know about the pink eye is that it is highly contagious and spreads fast. Because kids touch everything, they are the most susceptible and you will find whole classes getting it when you get that little letter from the school.

Symptoms of Conjunctivitis

  • Redness
  • Itching
  • Watery eyes
  • Burning
  • Gritty feeling in eye
  • Discharge

One of the easiest signs to recognize is the “morning eye.” First thing in the morning when you awaken you will notice that your eye is sticky and may be stuck closed and difficult to open

Viral Conjunctivitis

The main symptom of this is: tearing. Like most viruses, it can and will subside all by itself in two weeks or so. You can use the soothing herbal remedies to take care of the symptoms till it is gone. Do not take antibiotics as they will not work.

Bacterial Conjunctivitis

The distinguishing factor in anything bacterial is usually the color of the discharge. For bacterial conjunctivitis is will be pus with yellow, green, or white discharge. Other symptoms of this will be redness and swollen discomfort feeling. If you use antibiotics either commercial or homemade it should clear up in 2-4 days.

Allergic Conjunctivitis

Normally this is caused by seasonal pollen. It will have intense itching and will also have redness, irritation, and swelling. People normally take some sort of allergy medication and it is effective until the season passes.

With most diseases and disorders you should seek medical or herbalist practitioner help. Conjunctivitis is not a serious thing, and will not normally cause long-term problems with the eye but for some people it can, so it is best to treat it.

There are many home herbal remedies and things passed down through the years that people use to treat pink eye.

Things you can do to help prevent pink eye and deal with it

  • Wash your hands frequently
  • Do not touch and rub your eyes
  • Do not share pillows, towels or face masks
  • Wash away the discharge of your eyes
  • Do not reuse anything that touches your face
  • Avoid wearing eye makeup
  • Wash your hands with soap and warm water.
  • Do not wear another person’s contact lenses
  • Do not share eye makeup
  • Doctors will advise that you stay home from work and kids from school

Herbal and Home Remedies

Aloe Vera
Cut open the plant leaf near the base and squeeze out the gelatinous substance. It contains antibacterial, antiviral and anti-fungal properties. Best to only use fresh as the store-bought products have other things in it that will sting your eyes. Place a small amount in the corners of the eyes repeat as often as you want.

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Apple Cider Vinegar
Place 1 teaspoon Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)
One glass of water
Mix them up and use a cotton ball soaked in the ACV mixture, and then wash your eye out with the solution.  Use it once an hour while awake and don’t worry as it will most likely burn a little bit.

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Baby Shampoo
The basic ratio should be 1 part baby shampoo to 10 parts warm water. So that means, 1 teaspoon baby shampoo into 10 teaspoons water. Use warm water it is more soothing, wash with the cotton ball from outside to inside corner, and clean lashes too. Do this 2-4 times a day at least for 3-4 days.

Barberry Tea
Put 1/2 teaspoon of powdered root bark in one cup of water. Boil for 15-30 minutes, let it sit for at least 10 strains and use as an eyewash or with a compress.

Black Tea
Boil two tea bags in water; take off the heat and let sit for 10 minutes at least. Lay back and place one tea bag on each eye. It will soothe and do its magic.
Some people say it works better if you put 5-6 drops of the tea into your eyes three times a day till clear.

Boric Acid
Mix 1/2 cup of warm water with one teaspoon of Boric acid, make sure to stir well until the boric acid is dissolved. Using a cotton ball squeeze the mixture into the inside corner of each eye 2-3 times a day.

Breast Milk
Doctors have found that present in the breast milk, both colostrums and mature milk is secretory IgA, an immune globulin that inhibits bacteria from sticking to mucous surfaces and so limits bacterial colonization in the eye.

Brown Tea Bags
Boil two tea bags in a cup of water, let it steep for 10-15 minutes then take out the bag and place one on each eye every four hours or so for 3-4 days.

Castor Oil
Place 1-2 drops in each eye two times a day, eyes will get better within one day but keep using for 4-5 days. Always treat both eyes. Your eyes will be bleary but no stinging.

Make a Chamomile tea with two bags, and place one over each eye for 2-3 minutes 4 times per day for 3-4 days.

Mix a small amount of water with powder to make into a paste, place over one or both eyes and secure it. You can use those dark sleep eye helps or even an eye patch or ace wrap. They should be left on overnight.

During the day boil one cup water with one teaspoon sea salt and one teaspoon charcoal powder. Once it is cool strain through cheesecloth and then put 4-5 drops in eye or eyes every three hours.

Coconut Oil
Place 1-2 drops of virgin coconut oil into the eye twice a day for 2-3 days

Brew up a regular cup of coffee but make it strong strong strong. Dip a cotton ball into it and wipe your eye or eyes gently so a little of the coffee goes into the eye. Do this 2-3 times a day for 3-4 days or someone did it every two hours for three days and it worked.

Colloidal Silver
One drop of colloidal silver up to every hour or, one drop every 4-6 hours

Coriander dried
Using some dried coriander and 60mls of water, make a tea then use as an eyewash, this will help with inflammation and reduce swelling.

Make a strong infusion and use as a compress. Fresh leaves placed over the eye and held in place with a bandage may also be used.

Eyebright has astringent and antibacterial properties and is very soothing to the eyes. Make a tea, strain, and use as an eyewash. Do this 3-4 times a day.  It may also be used as a compress.

Put three drops of eye-bright tincture in a tablespoon of boiled water. When cool, use as an eyewash.

Boil fennel seeds and use as eyewash.

Especially good for bacterial conjunctivitis as it fights infections and kills staph and strep, each of which may be a cause of conjunctivitis. Make a solution using 2 teaspoons of the herb to a cup of boiled water and use for a warm compress.

May also be used as eye drops, 2-3 drops, three times daily

Green Tea Bags

Brew a nice cup of hot green tea using TWO bags………let it cool some but keep it hot, but not scalding, rub the bags gently against each closed eye. Let some seep into your eyes and do this every 2-4 hours for 3-4 days.

You may either put a drop or two of honey directly on your eyes or put three tablespoons in 2 cups of boiling water, stir to dissolve, let it cool, then use as an eyewash several times a day. The honey has antibacterial properties and will soothe the eye and promote healing.

Honey, Comfrey, Olive Leaf, Salt
One cup of warm water
Two Tablespoons of organic honey
A dropper full of Comfrey Extract
A dropper full of Olive Leaf Extract
One teaspoon of salt
Mix it all together very well and use a dropper to place a few drops into the infected eye 4-5 times a day till infection gone.

Lavender oil
Make a warm compress with a few drops.

Lemon Juice
Dilute 1 teaspoon in 8 oz of water. It will sting a little.

Marigold, Calendula and Eyebright Dried
One teaspoon marigold
One teaspoon calendula
One teaspoon eye-bright
1 cup of boiling water
Add the dried ingredients to the water, bring to a boil, remove from heat and let steep for 15 minutes. Strain and bathe your eyes three times a day till cleared.

Use warm (tepid) milk as an eyewash or as a compress.

Raw Potato Juice
Potato Grate a potato and place on the eye. It is an astringent and will help reduce inflammation.

The potato may also be made into a poultice and placed over the eye for 15 minutes. Do this for three successive nights.

Take a raw potato and blend it. Then take gauze and soak it in the mixture. Place on top of the eyes. Let it stay on the eyes for 10 minutes or so. Do it several times a day.

Rose oil
Make a warm compress with a few drops.

Saline Solution
Rinse your eye or eyes liberally with normal saline solution.
Mix one teaspoon of sea salt in one cup of bottled water. Wash your eyes out with the solution twice a day.

Slippery elm
Make a poultice of slippery elm powder and place on the inflamed eye.

Make a solution using 2 teaspoons of turmeric to a cup of boiled water and use for a warm compress.

Catch some fresh urine on a cotton ball and drop one or two drops into the affected eye. Symptoms disappear the same day.

Witch hazel
Use a gauze pad or cotton ball soaked in witch hazel extract as a compress over closed eyes. Witch hazel has astringent properties and will help reduce swelling.

Yarrow is astringent, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory. Make eyewash by steeping 1 teaspoon of yarrow in a cup of water for 5-10 minutes; cool and use in a compress.

Apply a poultice made from live yogurt culture daily. This will help reduce inflammation.

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