Thankfully we’ve not had to deal with pink eye in our house, but for school-aged kids, this irritating eye inflammation can be a real nuisance. I ran across a few natural remedies for conjunctivitis that I thought I would pass along.
Eyebright – What a clever name for an herb that can actually increase circulation to the eye area. Make a tea of eyebright (1 tsp. herb in 1 cup hot water, steep for 15 minutes) and use compresses dipped in the tea to hold on the infected eye. Or use the cooled tea for a soothing eyewash.
Echinacea – This herb has so many good uses. It’s safe for kids and babies, and you can use it as a tea, a tincture, a compress. For compresses, make as a tea (about 1 tsp. steeped in hot water). Or give the tincture regularly to help boost the body’s infection-fighting power. (Follow the tincture’s instructions. I like Herb Pharm. They even have alcohol free if you want to steer clear of the alcohol.)
Baking Soda – Pink Eye doesn’t really announce its coming. It just sort of shows up and catches you offguard. So if you don’t have the herbs around the house, you can make an eyewash with 1 1/2 tsp. baking soda stirred into 3/4 cup warm water.
Naturally, if the eye infection doesn’t clear up quickly, you’ll need to see your pediatrician. But in the meantime, it’s nice to have these at-home remedies around for weekends and after-office hours. You may just save yourself a trip to the doctor altogether.