CRUNCHY / PINK EYES
Next time you or one of your littles comes down with dreaded pink eye… No need to go straight to the Rx antibiotics. There are a few tried and true natural remedies that actually work.
1st, try milk and honey (Manuka honey if available, raw honey otherwise) Honey has amazing anti-bacterial properties. Making an eyewash with warm milk and honey can help to soothe and treat conjunctivitis. Use equal parts of both honey and milk, making sure the milk is warm (not boiling). Mix together the remedy and keep stirring until the honey becomes smooth in the milk. Use an eyedropper and drop 2-3 drops into your eye several times a day. Alternatively, you can use this mixture as a compress. The anti- bacterial properties in the honey and the soothing effects of the milk will start to work immediately and within 24 hours your pink eye should be cleared up.
Additional Tips for Treating Conjunctivitis: There are a few natural ways to help provide relief and promote faster healing without any unwanted side-effects.
Grate an organic potato and place on the affected eye for 15 minutes. Potato is a natural astringent and will help reduce eye inflammation.
For itchy eyes, try cooled tea bags on the eyes. The tannin in tea will help sooth itchiness and reduce inflammation. Using chamomile tea bags is an even better idea as chamomile is well known as an effective eye tonic.
Be sure to dispose of contaminated materials properly to avoid spread of bacteria or virus’ and wash hands often.