How To Get Rid of a Stye: 5 Natural Remedies

An excellent natural remedy for styes is applying warm compresses on the eye for five minutes. This helps relieve inflammation and, in return, eases the release of pus and reduces pain and itchiness.

Other natural remedies such as chamomile, aloe vera, and even organic baby shampoo can also be used to relieve discomfort caused by a stye.

Most of the time the stye disappears on its own and does not require medical treatment, however, if it does not disappear after about 8 days or if it gets worse with time, it is recommended that you consult with an ophthalmologist.

1. Warm compress

How To Get Rid of a Stye: 5 Natural Remedies

Warm compresses help relieve pain, reduce inflammation and ease the drainage of pus from inside the stye.

To prepare a warm compress, you just need to soak a compress, or clean piece of cloth, in warm water, remove the excess liquid and place it on top of the stye for five minutes. Repeat two to three times a day.

2. Chamomile and rosemary eyewash 

How To Get Rid of a Stye: 5 Natural Remedies

Another great natural remedy for stye treatment is to wash your eyes two to three times a day with a chamomile and rosemary infusion. This is because chamomile has calming properties, which help to relieve the pain and discomfort, and rosemary is a natural antibiotic.

Ingredients

  • 3 rosemary stems;
  • 30 g chamomile flowers;
  • ½ liter (17 oz) boiling water.

Preparation method

Place the rosemary stems and chamomile flowers into the boiling water for five minutes. Remove the stems and flowers, let the mixture cool down and wash your eyes with this infusion.

3. Massage with aloe vera

How To Get Rid of a Stye: 5 Natural Remedies

Aloe vera is a medicinal plant that has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that are able to reduce stye swelling and avoid infection with bacteria. This remedy can be used on the eye to relieve redness, pain, and swelling.

Ingredients

  • 1 Aloe vera leaf.

Preparation method 

Open the aloe vera leaf and carefully remove the transparent gel from inside. Then rub a little gel on the stye with your eye closed, and do a little massage. Leave the gel on for about 20 minutes and then wash your eye with a little warm water or with a warm chamomile infusion.

4. Organic baby shampoo

How To Get Rid of a Stye: 5 Natural Remedies

One of the most important steps while treating a stye is to keep the eye very clean, in order to avoid an infection that can increase swelling. 

Organic baby shampoo is another great natural choice for washing your eyes, because it cleans the skin without causing burning or eye irritation. After washing, you can apply a warm compress to your eye to relieve the discomfort.

5. Clove infusion compress 

How To Get Rid of a Stye: 5 Natural Remedies

Cloves work as natural analgesics that decrease eye irritation, and can also eliminate bacteria. If the bacteria is not removed, an eye stye will get worse as pus accumulates and the eyelid swells. 

Ingredients

  • 6 cloves;
  • Cup of boiling water.

Preparation method

Join together the ingredients and let the mixture sit for five minutes, then strain and dip a clean cloth or compress into the mixture. After, strain the excess water and apply it to the affected eye for five to ten minutes. You can do this 2 to 3 times a day.

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