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Effective home remedies for treating conjunctivitis
Conjunctivitis (conjunctivitis) of the eye is one of the most common symptoms in ophthalmology. This manifests itself above all in red, watery eyes, sticky lids, itching and burning eyes. The eye disease can have various causes and is contagious in the case of triggering bacteria or viruses. In general, conjunctivitis is therefore not to be trifled with and a visit to the doctor is essential. However, the use of suitable home remedies can certainly alleviate the symptoms and accelerate the healing process.
Medicinal plants for external use
Absolute cleanliness must be ensured for all plant applications. The tea bags used or the infusion prepared are only suitable for one application. To prevent residues of the plants from getting into the decoction, a coffee filter is recommended for straining. A sterile compress is best suited as a pad, which must be renewed every time.
Eyebright, as the name suggests, is a suitable plant for conjunctivitis. A teaspoon of the herb is poured with about 250 milliliters of boiling water. The whole thing should take seven to ten minutes. If the tea is lukewarm, a sterile compress is soaked in it and then placed on the affected eye for about ten minutes. The application can be repeated several times a day. Adhesions, which often form in connection with conjunctivitis overnight, can be easily removed with some eyebright tea. It should be noted that the eye is always wiped from the outside towards the nose.
Alternatively, the tea can be drunk. This is quite helpful for all inflammations of the mucous membranes in the area of the ear, nose and throat, but also for gastritis (inflammation of the stomach).
Eyebright (Euphrasia officinalis) is also available in homeopathic form, which also promises relief from conjunctivitis. If you don't like tea compresses, you can use ready-made eye drops that contain euphrasia. Drops in single doses are particularly recommended.
Black tea helps quite well if the eyes are burning due to an inflammation of the conjunctiva and are slightly reddened. The black tea bags are brewed and then placed in the refrigerator for a while. If the cooling compress is then placed on the eyes, it has a relaxing effect and relieves the burning sensation. This procedure can also be carried out several times a day. Important: A fresh tea bag must be used for each application.
Oak bark has an astringent effect, itching and antiseptic. Especially if the eye infection was caused by cold wind, a compress with the helpful natural medicine is a good way to relieve the eyes.
- Mix a teaspoon of the bark with a cup of cold water and bring the whole thing to a boil
- After three minutes, the tea is strained and poured with a cup of boiled, already cooled water
- Soak a sterile compress and place it on the closed eye for five to ten minutes
The application can be carried out several times a day - with a new, sterile compress and fresh decoction.
Fennel is particularly indicated for conjunctivitis associated with eyelid swelling. A teaspoon of fennel seeds are lightly beaten in a mortar and then scalded with a large cup of boiling water. The whole should take about ten minutes and is then poured off. Once the tea has cooled a little, a sterile compress can be soaked in it and then placed on the sick eye. The pad is removed after about ten minutes.
The Virginian shrub (Hamamelis virginiana) has an astringent and anti-inflammatory effect. For children, the magic shrub, which is also called "Virginian witch hazel", is only recommended from the age of 12.
- Pour 150 milliliters of dried bark over two to three grams
- After seven to eight minutes, the brew is strained
- Once the decoction has cooled down a little, sterile compresses can be soaked and placed on the eyes if there is an inflammation of the conjunctiva
- The compresses are removed again after about ten minutes
If necessary, the edition can be used several times a day. Important: Always renew decoction and sterile compresses every time!
Sage is best known as an effective home remedy for sore throats. However, a sage tea is not only a useful gargle, it also works for overworked, irritated eyes. For this, an infusion is made from a tablespoon of sage leaves and a quarter liter of boiling water and strained after about 10 minutes. When the tea has cooled a bit, the compresses are soaked and placed on the eyes for a few minutes.
Turmeric - turmeric
Turmeric (turmeric) is a fine aromatic spice from Indian cuisine. In phytotherapy, it is used in the treatment of liver and biliary problems. But turmeric can also be used externally, in the form of ablutions, for conjunctivitis.
A teaspoon of the powder is poured over with a quarter liter of boiling water and after a quarter of an hour it is strained through a coffee filter. This means that the "sick" eyes can be washed out several times a day. The eye remains closed and is washed off with the turmeric tea from the outside in (towards the nose). Attention: Turmeric can stain clothing.
An ancient home remedy is chamomile. In the past, it was often used for sick eyes. But it has been considered unsuitable for this application for years. Chamomile has an anti-inflammatory effect, but can also have the opposite effect, especially when used incorrectly. It is therefore essential to ensure correct use.
The basic principle is: less is more. A few flowers are enough to make an effective chamomile milk for the eyes. A quarter liter of boiling milk is poured over the flowers and poured through a coffee filter after a few minutes. Important: Make sure that none of the fine hairs of the camomile are left in the decoction. If sterile compresses are wetted with the milk and placed on the reddened eyes, these can bring about a soothing relief.
Marigold - calendula
The marigold is a beautiful yellow-orange flower with an excellent healing effect. It is most often used in the treatment of poorly healing wounds, both internally and externally. It is also a home remedy for conjunctivitis. Here, a "marigold tea" is boiled from a heaped teaspoon with 250 ml of boiling water. This lasts for a quarter of an hour and is then poured off. The compresses soaked in it are put on for about 15 minutes and the application is best repeated several times a day - with freshly made tea.
Medicinal plants for internal use
Various plants can work against conjunctivitis from the inside, with parsley and ribwort being particularly noteworthy.
Parsley The popular culinary herb parsley helps with overworked eyes. A tea is brewed from the herb. To do this, pour a quarter liter of boiling water over a teaspoon of the herb. The whole thing can be filtered after ten minutes. The tea is not used for compresses here, but is drunk and a freshly made cup of tea twice a day.
Ribwort plantain Infusion with ribwort plantain has proven itself many times for the internal treatment of conjunctivitis. A heaping teaspoon of herb is required to prepare a large cup of tea. The brewing time is approximately eight to ten minutes.
Quark cooling and relief
Other natural home remedies also promise help with conjunctivitis due to their cooling, itch-relieving, decongestant and anti-inflammatory effects. A promising application is the well-known curd wrap, which has a strong anti-inflammatory effect. For the wrap, normal lean quark is spread on a clean cloth, folded into a packet and the thin side of the cloth placed on the eye. The compress stays there for at least 20 minutes. So that the curd is not so cold, the pad can be warmed between two hot water bottles before use so that it is slightly tempered.
Another proven natural medicine is onion milk, which has made a name for itself as an effective home remedy for cough. Even our grandmothers prepared the special drink when a family member had a cold. Using it for conjunctivitis sounds quite unusual, but can be very helpful.Recipe for onion milk
- Chop an onion and pour a little milk over the pieces
- Cook the onions until they are soft
- Then pour the whole thing through a fine sieve so that the remaining liquid no longer contains onion remains
- If the milk is not hotter than 40 ° C, a teaspoon of honey can be added to support the effect
- The closed eye is washed off with the onion milk from the outside to the inside several times a day
Important: The healing liquid must be freshly prepared every time!
A very simple procedure for irritated eyes is to wash them out with saline. This is available in ampoules at the pharmacy. Sodium chloride is also a good help against dry eyes, which may sooner or later develop conjunctivitis.
Natural treatment with homeopathy
If an allergic reaction or hay fever triggers the eye disease, the homeopathic remedy can Arsenicum album help. Especially when there is a lot of tears and swelling and the patient can hardly open his eyes due to sensitivity to light or burning pain. Inflammation of the edges of the eyelids and conjunctiva combined with severe itching, reddening and swollen bags under the eyes can in some cases Staphisagria be treated.
Generally, with inflamed, irritated eyes, foreign body sensation ("sand in the eye"), sensitivity to light and swelling, the "eyebright" Euphrasia proven. If the inflammation is due to eye strain (e.g. due to too much television, computer work, etc.) and can manifest itself as a burning sensation, redness and the constant feeling of "having something in mind" Ruta be the means of choice.
Inflammation of the conjunctiva: causes and symptoms
Conjunctivitis can arise from various causes. Viruses, bacteria, fungi, but also foreign bodies, smoke, dust, sunlight, drafts, dryness or allergies such as Pollen allergy and hay fever can be mentioned as triggers. Other common reasons are general physical overload and eye strain, e.g. through constant screen work. Dysfunctions of the lacrimation, incorrectly corrected ametropia or wetting disorders of the eye surface like "The dry eye" (keratoconjunctivitis sicca) are further possible causes.
Typical symptoms include itchy eyes, burning sensation, foreign body sensation, redness, increased tears and possibly slight eye pain. Inflammation caused by viruses places a heavy burden on the immune system and is therefore often accompanied by a noticeable swelling of the lymph nodes.
Important: consult a doctor and always pay attention to hygiene
Care should be taken with conjunctivitis. It must always be kept clean. Wash hands before treating eyes. Conjunctivitis generally belongs to medical treatment, even if home remedies can be helpful for mild complaints and / or in connection with conventional medical treatment, provide relief and accelerate healing. (sw, nr)
Author and source information
This text corresponds to the specifications of the medical literature, medical guidelines and current studies and has been checked by medical doctors.
Susanne Waschke, Barbara Schindewolf-Lensch
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