Symptoms of dry eyes include stinging, burning, pain and blurry vision. Hormonal changes, the use of contact lenses, environmental factors and trauma are some factors that can cause dry eyes. Continuous dry eye symptoms can lead to several complications like keratoconjunctivitis. So today, we will study some natural remedies to get rid of dry eyes.
1. Aloe Vera
Aloe vera is alkaline and when applied to dry eyes, can prevent burning, stinging and pain. Apply Aloe Vera gel (pure) on the eyelids three to four times a day to get rid of dry eye symptoms. This is an inexpensive remedy that works effectively without the use of expensive eye drops. Make sure you eat an alkaline diet and avoid acidic foods like caffeine, alcohol etc when using this remedy.
2. Cold pressed castor oil
Castor oil for dry eyes is an effective remedy to soothe dry eyes and prevent stinging, pain and burning. Apply the oil on the eyelids and wipe off the excess using a clean tissue or cotton wool. Leave the oil on the eyes overnight. You will feel better by morning. Continue to use this remedy every day to prevent redness, stinging and burning of eyes. Choose cold pressed, hexane free castor oil only. (Worry not-you will get used to the blurry vision caused by castor oil with daily use).
3. Coconut oil for dry eyes
Coconut oil for dry eyes treats the condition from the roots. It soothes the inflamed tissue and moisturized the eyes. Coconut oil applied to the eyes can stimulate the tear glands to produce natural tears. Its anti-inflammatory property prevents burning, pain and inflammation of the eye tissues and blood vessels. You may also use coconut milk to wash the eyes.
4. Apple cider vinegar and honey
Mix together 5 parts of fresh, distilled water, 1 part of organic apple cider vinegar (with ‘mother’ intact) and 1 part of local raw honey. Use this mixture to wash the eyes at night. It will sting a bit so you might have to dilute it further using fresh, filtered water. Use an eye cup to wash the eyes with this solution. Do not rinse the eyes out with water after using this remedy-leave the solution in the eyes overnight. The next morning your dry eye symptoms will have disappeared. You can drink this remedy to strengthen your eyes internally.
5. Avoid sleeping under the fan
If you live in a warm place and have the habit of running a fan overhead at all times, you must stop this practice. If needed, change the position of your bed/chair to avoid having the ceiling fan directly overhead. You can also use air conditioning where possible. In winters, run a humidifier to keep the eyes moist.
6. Baking soda
Apply a solution made by mixing together 1/3 rd teaspoon of baking soda in a cup of warm water to the eyelids. This remedy can help you get rid of dry eyes and also keep your eyes healthy and allergen free. You can also drink baking soda and water mixture through the day to make your body alkaline. This remedy can help you fight inflammation and alkalize your body and is even powerful enough to dissolve cancer cells. Baking soda and water eye wash solution for dry eyes works better than dry eyes artificial tears or expensive eye drops.
7. Black currant seed oil
Taking black currant seed oil capsules can help you fight dry eye pain and stinging. This is owing to the high GLA (gamma linoeic acid) content of Black currant oil which is beneficial for eye health. GLA works better when taken in combination with other omega 3 essential fatty acids like EPA and DHA for relieving dry eyes.
8. Fish and flaxseed oil
Omega 3 essential fatty acids are very important for healthy eyes. If you suffer from chronic dry eye symptom, start taking fish oil or flaxseed oil daily. Take 1000 mg of a good fish oil supplement 2 times a day. Also take 1000 mg flaxseed oil a day. Cod liver oil and krill oil supplements can also help.
9. Diet for dry eyes
Eat plenty of raw carrots as they are healthy for eyes. Also eat fenugreek. Include fatty fish like salmon cod etc daily in your diet. Take black cohosh. Eliminate wheat, caffeine and other allergens like soy and acids like alcohol from your diet to prevent dry eye symptoms. Cook your meals in coconut oil or olive oil. Take a daily vitamin supplement containing Vitamin B12, A and C.
10. Oil pulling
You might be surprised to know that oil pulling can prevent symptoms of dry eyes. Take a tablespoon of sesame or coconut oil and swish it around the mouth for up to 45 minutes. Spit the oil out afterwards-do not swallow. Repeat this dry eye remedy each night before bedtime. Your dry eye symptoms will be permanently cured with this natural remedy.
Try these 10 all natural and simple home remedies for dry eyes and see the difference!