10 Best Home Remedies For Pink Eye (Conjunctivitis)

9. Saline Solution

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Using saline solution is one of the simple and popular ways to treat pink eye at home. Saline solution is not only used for eye infections and contact lens care but can also be used as a nasal rinse and for wound irrigation. It is even used in a neti pot to treat sinus infections. Making DIY saline solution at home is simple, as it takes only two basic ingredients — water and salt.

Note: Use sea salt for getting instant results. To treat Pink eye with Saline Solution, follow the steps given below:

  • Step 1: Add one to one-half tablespoon of salt to one cup of boiling distilled water.
  • Step 2: Let it cool for some time and then use it as eyewash with the help of a dropper or an eyecup.
  • Step 3: Use the solution to wash your eyes several times a day.

How Does This Work?

The combination of sterile water and sodium chloride content of the salt makes it a great disinfectant, which helps to cure pink eye and ease off the symptoms.

Saline Solution Is Not Good, If:

  • You are taking any dietary supplement, herbal preparation, or any other medication.
  • You are pregnant or breastfeeding (consult your doctor beforehand).
  • You have any allergies to certain types of foods, medications, or other substances.

8. Goldenseal

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Goldenseal is a herb that belongs to eastern woodlands and grows well in rich soil. It is a great over the counter medicine for pink eye.

The herb is quite rare due to its immense popularity for treating various ailments. It belongs to the family Echinacea.”

It is suggested to use the root or the flowers of goldenseal plant. If you cannot find any of these in you locality, go with organic products of Echinacea. The medicinal and antibiotic properties are good for treating bacterial or viral conjunctivitis. Goldenseal can be used to treat conjunctivitis in pets as well. To treat Pink eye with Goldenseal, follow the steps given below:

  • Step 1: Add ½ teaspoon of salt (Himalayan salt or sea salt) and add goldenseal root to a cup of distilled water.
  • Step 2: Boil the mixture and allow it cool.
  • Step 3: Strain the liquid and use it as eyewash once or twice a day.

Note: Since goldenseal is very strong, use it in moderate.

You can also treat conjunctivitis internally by consuming a tea made of goldenseal and raspberry leaves (astringent). Drink a cup of this tea, thrice a day. Direct application of the goldenseal powder on the affected area may also help curing the symptoms of pink eye (not recommended for treating children).

How Does This Work?

Goldenseal contains berberine, which is an effective antibiotic that fights against strep and staph infections (two common reasons of pink eye).

Goldenseal Is Not Good, If:

  • You are pregnant or breastfeeding (consult your doctor beforehand).
  • You are administering for children.
  • You have poor digestion or metabolism.
  • You are taking blood pressure medications.
  • You are taking medications for blood clot or bleeding disorders.