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Friday, December 10, 2010

Home Remedies for Pink Eye

With colds & flu season upon us, many times ~ especially w/children ~ pink eye, a.k.a. conjunctivitis, comes along w/it. Sadly. It is so hard to keep our kleenex-polluted hands & fingers off of our itchy eyes...especially for children. And step #1 to NOT getting pink eye comes w/keeping our hands as clean as possible & not wiping our eyes.

But...just in case...here are some tried & true home remedies for pink eye:

1) One of the very best remedies is also one of the simplest: Steep 1 ts of chamomile flowers (found in any health food store's bulk area) in 1 cup of boiled water. Let it steep for about 10 mins, strain & let cool. Use as an eye wash &/or an eye compress.

2) Cut a few slices of raw potato. With clean hands, pinch the slice used for each eye a little to release some of the juice. Place a slice over each eye for about 15 mins. OR grate some potato & place a few of the shavings over the eyes (make sure they are closed!) for about 15 mins. Potatoes are natural astringent & will reduce swelling.

3) Use 2ts of Tumeric powder (you can empty out capsules or buy in bulk), steep for 10 mins in boiled water. Soak into a soft, clean wash cloth & use as a compress.

4) Cut out all sugar from the diet; this helps your immune system fight the infection.

5) Remember to keep your hands, & the patient's hands, as clean as possible.

6) One of our daughters was a teenager when she had pink eye &, unfortunately for her, learned the hard way that she HAD to now throw away that new mascara she had
just bought. Yes...if you have used mascara or any other eye make-up products & applicators at the time that you noticed symptoms of pink eye, you MUST (must, must, must) throw them all away. Sad but true...especially for all of us who like to play in the pretty colors! '-)

Blessings from Ohio...Kim<><


  1. Thanks for the pink eye info :-)

    I added myself to follow your blog. You are more than welcome to visit mine and become a follower if you want to.

    God Bless You :-)


  2. Thank you for stopping by our blog and for your sweet words. I like your natural remedies ideas. We like to Chamomille to drink and I've used potatoes to draw out ickies too. Now what I use for pink eye is Neosporin (regular kind. One swipe across the lower part of the eye, right above the lashes, and by the next day it's gone.

    But natural rememdies are best, I agree~


  3. Thanks for this informative post. Pink eye spreads SO quickly! I hope to have an actual herb garden this spring; not just a couple of pots here and there.
    And chamomile is an herb that I would definitely like to grow.

    Blessings to you,

  4. This is wonderful info. My daughter has 3 children with the flu right now. Type B. I am gonna pass this info on to her. I am so glad to find you again. I haven't been here in a while. Merry Christmas!!

  5. I love your warm wishes header. It's so cute.
    We have done the pink eye thing before. Thanks for sharing.

  6. Hi Kim!
    Thanks so much for always taking the time to stop by the Cabin even after I've been gone for so long and am so hit and miss!
    I love your blog- Your posts are full of helpful,worthwhile thoughts and remedies. Most of all, I love your biblical insights! I read your post on praying for our kids and couldn't agree more about the importance of it also. My grandkids are already so affected by it-my oldest just turning 13. And I think it's even harder when your not involved in a solid,-God centered church. (Which is hard to find these days.) I'll keep praying!
    I enjoyed my visit-as always-Love your sweet header and music! Have a blessed Sunday!
    With love from the Cabin-Claudia


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