Potent Pink Eye Home Remedies

These powerful Pink Eye home remedies come from many areas of the world and can bring great relief and healing.  

Just hearing “pink eye” brings on unpleasant images of crusty eyelids and pain. 

An unbelievable amount has been written about the eyes.  Their importance certainly cannot be expressed simply.  We all know this well.

As a child, living with a grandmother that lost her sight, I came to appreciate how much we rely on this gift.

From helping us observe clues about people around us, to enjoying the beautiful details in a small flower, we depend on our eyes to reveal much to us every day.

All the powers in the universe are already ours. It is we who have put our hands before our eyes and cry that it is dark.

Swami Vivekananda

What Exactly is Pink Eye?

First, it’s important to know what it is and which type is affecting our eyes.

Pink eye - also called conjunctivitis - is an inflammation of the thin, clear covering of the white of the eye (or sclera) and the inside of the eyelids (or conjunctiva).

Conjunctivitis can have several causes that range from an allergic reaction to a bacterial or a viral infection.

 Kinds of Pink Eye and Symptoms

Pink Eye Symptoms shared for all types:

  • white of eye appears red or irritated 

  • eye can be sensitive to light

Allergic Pink Eye =  Not Contagious

Allergic conjunctivitis


  • Watery, burning, itchy eyes 
  • Often accompanied by stuffiness and/or a runny nose
  • Light sensitivity.

Two Highly Contagious Forms of Conjunctivitis

There are Two Types of Highly Contagious Conjunctivitis:

Bacterial Pink Eye

  • A sticky, yellow or greenish-yellow discharge that can be in the corner of the eye or as it progresses can  cause the eyelids to be stuck together.  
  • Needs remedies that kill the bacteria. 
  • If these remedies do not appear to be making a difference within 4-5 days then seek professional help as vision could be permanently affected.

Viral Conjunctivitis 

  • Watery, itchy eyes
  • Sensitivity to light 
  • One or both eyes can be affected 
  • Runs its course and then is gone

Click here to learn how to heal the contagious type - Bacterial Pink Eye - with powerful Pink Eye Home Remedies.  

Viral Pink Eye has to run its course but you can give great relief and help by following the remedies on this page.

Pink Eye Home Remedies

Natural Remedies for All Kinds of Pink Eye

An eye wash of honey, sea salt, and distilled or purified water is my favorite soothing and antibiotic natural remedy.  

This can also can be used as a nasal wash.  I know a lot of people that love to use it in a Neti pot.  I, myself, can’t stand that sensation of water going through my nose but I know it brings relief to many.  If it sounds like it would help you, then by all means try it!

To make the eye/nasal wash, just mix together:

• 1 cup of warm distilled water (or boil tap water to sterilize, let cool to a comfortable temperature before using)

• 1/2 teaspoon or 2.5g  Sea Salt

• 1/2 teaspoon or 2.5g  Honey

• shake before using

• Can save and store this mix for 2-3 days in sealed container (I use my purple mason style jar)

*Be sure to not contaminate the mix you save by touching it to the eyes.

A great hands on pink eye home remedy - Nasal Massage - can help to make sure the duct that drains tears isn’t plugged.  It’s important that this duct allows tears to wash the eye then drain away.  

Gently massage the areas on either side of the bridge of your nose where your eyeglasses or sunglasses rest.  I like to massage the area from between the eyebrows down to the nose points because it feels good and helps make sure the ducts are free.

Use warm or cool compresses - whichever feels good - to bring relief.

Relief For Allergic and Viral Conjunctivitis:

Here are some soothing pink eye home remedies to bring help to those irritated eyes:

  • Take vitamin C as it reduces histamines and builds the immune system - 1,000 mg/day to alleviate symptoms 

  • Make a Coriander eyewash (Common name used in India: Dhania): Boil a tablespoon of Coriander and 1/4 cup or 60 ml of water.  Let it cool and then it can be used as an eye wash. (This can kill bacterial pink eye too.)

Inflammation remedies:

Use a chamomile tea bag as a compress to reduce the inflammation of conjunctivitis. 

  • Put the teabag in warm not hot water for 2 to 3 minutes 
  • Squeeze out the excess liquid, then place the teabag over your inflamed eye for 2 to 3 minutes.  
  • Do this three to four times a day.

Believe it or not, the potato is an astringent and helps minimize inflammation. 

  • Peel and cut raw potato into thin slices
  • Place slices on the affected eye(s). 
  • Do this for a minimum of three consecutive nights. 

Another option:  place a potato poultice on the affected eye for about 20 minutes to help reduce the inflammation.

Bacterial Pink Eye Home Remedies

Click here to learn how to naturally heal these kinds of Pink Eye with powerful naturally antibiotic remedies.

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