10 Best Home Remedies For Pink Eye (Conjunctivitis)

1. Aloe Vera

herbal remedies for pink eye

Aloe Vera is like the “King” of all natural pharmaceuticals. No matter, what the ailment is, this green plant always makes it to the list. It has some amazing antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties, which work well against the pink eye.

Aloe Vera is one of the proven and most popular home remedies for pink eye (or conjunctivitis). Most eye drops have Aloe Vera in them to soothe the inflammation. To treat Pink eye with Aloe Vera, follow the steps given below:

  • Step 1: If you have an Aloe Vera plant in your backyard, just cut a small leaf from it.
  • Step 2: Apply a couple of drops (of the gel or juice) into each eye.
  • Step 3: Repeat the same for several times a day.
  • Step 4: You can also soak the gel peeled from freshly cut leaves in a cup of boiled and later cooled water and use it as eyewash.
  • Step 5: If you cannot get Aloe Vera, you can also use store bought aloe gel (read the instructions and side effects before using).

Note: Not recommended for treating children.

How Does This Work?

Aloe Vera contains amodin and aloin, which has antiviral and antibacterial properties. They are known to be harmful against viral, bacterial, and fungal infections, which in turn helps reduce the symptoms of conjunctivitis.

Aloe Vera Is Not Good, If:

  • You are trying to get conceive or already pregnant or to treat conjunctivitis (consult a doctor beforehand).
  • You have diabetes.
  • You have intestinal disorders.
  • You have kidney disorders.
  • You have haemorrhoids.
  • You are scheduled for surgery in two weeks.
Some Tips To Ease Off The Pain Or Discomfort
  • Use cold or warm compress on the eyelids.
  • Apply brewed, cooled green or black tea bags.
  • Use a saline solution to wash your eyes.
  • For babies, refrigerate breast milk and dab it on the eyes using a cotton ball.
  • Boil fennel seeds in a cup of filtered water, strain and cools it. Use this as an eye wash to ease the pain.


Foods To Avoid
To quicken the process of healing the symptoms, avoid foods that contain sugar or starch, such as white bread, puddings, potato, jams, and cakes.


Foods To Eat

To reduce the period of infection and promote fast healing, add these foods to your diet:

  • Raw juices from vegetables like spinach and carrot.
  • Foods that are rich in Vitamin A – pumpkin, papaya, butter, mango, whole milk, carrot, tomato, etc.
  • Foods that are rich in Vitamin B2 – banana, almonds, green leafy vegetables, citrus fruits, milk, etc.

When To See A Doctor?

If your pink eye doesn’t seem to cure even after a week or you are experiencing critical symptoms like sensitivity to light, blurred vision, discomfort, and severe pain, seek immediate medical assistance.