Here's the all-time best home remedy for conjunctivitis, along with other potent natural remedies for pink eye that are a sure-fire way to treat and cure this awful problem… for good!
Pink eye or conjunctivitis is a nasty eye disorder that can affect people of all age groups but is especially prevalent in young children. It results when the conjunctiva (the outer layer of the eye that covers the white area) becomes inflamed. This causes the eye(s) to become swollen, red and extremely itchy. Conjunctivitis can also cause mucus production that’s so bad, it actually cements the eyelids together while you’re sleeping. For kids especially, this is not nice and can be quite upsetting for a young infant. Many people choose not to treat pink eye at all because it usually goes away within a week to ten days. However, this is not recommended as it's highly contagious and if you or your child does have conjunctivitis, it means your immune system has also been compromised and severely weakened.
Both of these problems are a definite recipe for disaster!
So you not only need to treat your pink eye externally to stop the spread, you must also treat it internally (boost your immune system) or else you will simply find yourself suffering from this condition over and over again. Fortunately, boosting the immune system and treating and curing conjunctivitis externally (topically) is very easy to do with natural remedies.
The 3 Types of Conjunctivitis
There are basically 3 types of pink eye you need to be concerned with – bacterial, viral and allergic.
Bacterial and viral conjunctivitis are the highly contagious ones and often start in one eye first before moving to the other. Viral pink eye is usually marked by clear, watery drainage while bacterial pink eye produces the greenish yellow muck that clogs up the eyes and makes them sticky and horrible. Bacterial and viral pinkeye can spread to other household members very quickly so action is needed straight away to contain the infection. Allergic pink eye, on the other hand, is not contagious and is caused by dust, seasonal pollens and animal dander in the air. The use of chemically based cosmetics and perfumes can also trigger the symptoms of allergic pink eye. It usually affects and irritates both eyes at the same time making them burn, water and itch considerably, along with causing your nose to drip like a tap.
Natural Treatments for Conjunctivitis or Antibiotics… Which is Better?
Pharmaceutical treatments for conjunctivitis usually include eye drops, ointments or antihistamines. Even though these treatments do work, they aren’t recommended for two reasons. Firstly, they contain unnatural and toxic chemicals (many of the names you can’t even pronounce). Secondly, they only treat the symptom and not the underlying cause. If you want to successfully treat and cure your pink eye for good then you must treat the symptom and the underlying cause – without the use of harmful chemicals. And of course, you must also treat conjunctivitis quickly so you keep other family members and children safe from the outbreak.
So here are some of the best ways to do this…
Fast-Acting Home Remedy for Pink Eye #1 – Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar (ACV) is one extremely potent bacterial, viral and fungal killer. As far as conjunctivitis remedies go, this is right up there with the best of them. Taking ACV internally will kill any bacteria, viruses or protozoa’s that may be lurking in your insides. It will also help to replenish the supply of good bacteria in the stomach and colon so annoying problems such as pink eye, don’t ever return. Mix up 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar with 1 tablespoon of Manuka honey in a glass of warm water and drink three times a day.
In addition to this, you can also use apple cider vinegar to wash and cleanse your eyes, but it can sting a bit (about the same as pharmaceutical eye drops). However, if you can put up with the slight sting for the first few minutes you’ll get to enjoy some quick relief from your pink eye symptoms. Simply add 1 tablespoon of ACV to 1 cup of clean, warm water and mix. Dip a cotton ball in the solution and wipe around the eyes and in the corners. If you can, even squeeze a small amount of solution directly into your eyes. It works a treat!
Now, when you go to purchase your apple cider vinegar, make sure you only buy the organic ACV that still contains the “mother” apple (very important). Never buy processed kinds of vinegar of any sort. Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar or Viva Naturals are the best brands on the market and the ones we recommend. The acidity is quite low as well with both of these so they don’t burn or sting as much.
Fast-Acting Home Remedy for Pink Eye #2 – Probiotics
Probiotics should be your first course of action for treating and curing pink eye. They replenish the supply of beneficial bacteria in the body and kill off the bad bacteria, which are actually the main cause of conjunctivitis. This remedy definitely works best when used both as an internal and external treatment. So as an internal treatment, find yourself or your child a good quality probiotic supplement (they make some terrific children’s probiotic supplements nowadays) and take this every day as directed. And not just until your pink eye has gone either, but for the rest of your life! If you don’t do this then the bad bacteria will slowly gain control again and your conjunctivitis will return. Also consume lots of probiotic rich foods such as natural yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut and kombucha as these fermented foods are high in essential bacteria.
To use probiotics as a topical remedy for conjunctivitis, there are a number of options. You can use raw cow’s milk or goat’s milk (they must be raw and not pasteurized) or the liquid part of some natural homemade yogurt or kefir instead. Simply use an eye dropper and apply a couple of drops in each eye three times daily.
Fast-Acting Home Remedy for Conjunctivitis #3 – Raw or Manuka Honey
Raw or Manuka honey contains some powerful antimicrobial and antibacterial properties. This natural food is an excellent cure for viral pink eye and even the ancient Egyptians were reported to have used it to treat various eye disorders, including conjunctivitis. Honey is another internal and external remedy that’s cheap and very effective (you shouldn’t have any trouble getting the kids to eat it). Remember this, you can never overdose on honey so be sure to go nuts with it!
For internal use and benefit, you can use it as a spread or mix a tablespoon in a glass of warm filtered water with a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar (our next home remedy for pink eye), or even just eat it straight off the spoon if you like! There’s no right or wrong way to have honey. To use as a topical remedy, dissolve ¼ of a teaspoon of raw or Manuka honey with a pinch of sea salt in a glass of warm filtered water or warm boiled water (do not use chemically laced tap water for this). Then using a clean eye dropper, apply 1-2 drops in each eye three times a day.
Fast-Acting Home Remedy for Conjunctivitis #4 – Colloidal Silver
Silver eye drop solutions were used to successfully treat eye infections long before pharmaceutical ointments became available. Colloidal silver is the best type to use and doesn’t irritate the eyes at all. And it works extremely well for curing pink eye in a hurry! Colloidal silver is similar to ACV in that it’s also antiviral and antibacterial in nature, so it kills the infection fast. 1-2 drops with an eye dropper in each eye every three hours (especially before bed) will see your pink eye gone within 24 hours.
Fast-Acting Home Remedy for Conjunctivitis #5 – Coconut Oil
Coconut oil is another terrific remedy for pink eye. It’s also a very strong bacterial, viral and pathogen killer that works extremely well on all 3 forms of conjunctivitis. The biggest problem with coconut oil, however, is most people just don’t use it properly! They'll use the oil as an external remedy, not realizing or understanding that its real power comes from taking it internally. By consuming raw coconut oil every day you'll not only help to treat and cure your current outbreak of conjunctivitis, you'll also stop it from returning again… guaranteed! Even coconut oil expert Dr. Bruce Fife says you should use virgin coconut oil to treat and cure eye problems including pink eye, cataracts, and glaucoma.
So be sure to have a tablespoon of organic virgin coconut oil (mixed in foods, a smoothie, or eaten straight off the spoon) two to three times a day without fail. And to use as an external remedy for conjunctivitis, either rub a little on the upper eyelid and tear duct of both eyes or apply two drops into each eye with an eye dropper (you will need to warm the oil slightly first so it turns to liquid). Also, keep in mind that coconut oil is best applied externally at bedtime and then left in to do its work while you’re sleeping.
Fast-Acting Home Remedy for Pink Eye #6 – Lemon or Lime Juice
You can use either one of these remedies, but the lemon juice seems to work slightly better. Both are antiviral and antibacterial (hence why they’re good for treating colds and flu) and they work very quickly. In fact, your pink eye should be completely gone in just a few short hours. However, there is a downside… they sting like mad at first! This usually only lasts for a few minutes though so you’ll need to weigh up the long-term benefit of this remedy compared to the short term pain you’ll experience. If you’re desperate though then we highly recommend it. Simply cut a lemon or lime in half and squeeze a good amount of juice directly into each eye. Good luck and be strong!
Fast-Acting Home Remedy for Conjunctivitis #7 – Salt Water Wash
This is one of the most popular topical remedies for the viral pink eye. If your sibling has conjunctivitis, the chances of you being able to squeeze some lemon or lime juice into their eyes are virtually zero (the screaming would probably wake the dead anyway) so a salt water eye wash is the next best thing.
For best results, make sure you use either natural sea salt or Himalayan pink rock salt, rather than commercially processed table salt. If you don’t have either of these in your cupboard then use baking soda instead (it works just as well). Boil a cup of water and then add a teaspoon of salt or baking soda. Allow to cool then take a cotton ball and dip into the solution and use to wipe and clean the affected area. As a variation, you can also use an eye cup or an eye dropper to rinse the eye with salt water. Be sure to repeat this process several times throughout the day.
Fast-Acting Home Remedy for Pink Eye #8 – Aloe Vera
Aloe vera is definitely one of nature’s best “cure all” medicines. It contains some powerful antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal properties and works exceptionally well for conjunctivitis. If you have an aloe vera plant in your back yard simply slice off a small piece and apply a couple of drops of the juice or gel into each eye. Repeat this several times during the day. If however, you don’t have your own plant then you can buy pure aloe vera gel or juice from most health food stores or online. Just make sure the product you buy contains no additives as these can actually irritate the eyes and make them worse, not better.