10 Natural Remedies For Itchy Eyes
Written by: Kavata Kithome
Spring is here! Yay, right?
No, actually, not yay, more like misery from all the congestion and itchy eyes.
If you are anything like me, then spring is always a very miserable time of the year. I am usually hiding inside with my doors and windows sealed tight for fear of the yellow pollen that seems to linger and stick to everything. During this time of the year, all I do is pray for rain to wash away all of the pollen from the air and off everything it sticks to.
One of the things I suffer most from other than an itchy throat, excessive sneezing and congestion is itchy eyes. For me, this is the worst; I need my eyes for doing things like seeing and if they are itchy and irritated, I am unable to do all of the things that need to get done in a day. I usually end up making the problem even worse too because I rub my eyes.
I have been on the lookout for natural remedies for allergies – especially for itchy eyes – and was able to find 10 impressive remedies using readily available ingredients right from your kitchen! Check them out and give them a try this allergy season!
#1. Aloe Vera
To help my skin recover after 2nd and 3rd degree burns, I use aloe vera. This amazing plant has soothing, cooling and moisturizing properties that make it a great remedy for dry, sore and itchy eyes.
|Directions: Use aloe vera juice as an eyewash.
#2. Cold Milk
I know that this may sound gross, but milk is one of the most popular home remedies for itchy eyes. The milk that works best for me is coconut milk, though any can work.
- Dab a cotton ball in cold milk and gently rub around the eyes. I like to use the flat cotton balls used for makeup and soak them in coconut milk and place them on my eyes as a compress. This is especially great for me after all the rubbing. It provides an instant cooling effect.
- Do this twice a day, once in the morning and once in the evening.
#3. Cold Compress
Applying a cold compress around any area of the body offers instant relief. I use cold compresses all the time on different parts of my body, so imagine my delight when I found 2 different eye compresses that not only relieve itchy eyes, but also help with puffiness and under eye bags – can you say bonus?
|Compress #1 directions – chamomile tea bags compress
- Put used chamomile tea bags in the refrigerator for ½ hour.
- Place the chilled tea bags over eyes for 8-10 minutes.
- Repeat 3-4 times a day for fast recovery.
Compress #2 directions – green tea bags compress
- Just like the chamomile compress, put the green tea bags in the refrigerator or soak makeup cotton pads in brewed green tea.
- Place cotton pads or tea bags in refrigerator for ½ hour.
- Place the chilled pads or bags over eyes for 10 minutes.
- Repeat twice a day, once in the morning and once in the evening.
There is something about just saying the word cucumber that brings about a refreshing feeling. This cool crispy fruit has anti-irritation properties that help reduce inflammation, puffiness, swelling and irritation in the eyes. This leads to less itchy eyes.
- Thoroughly wash a cucumber and cut into thin slices. Let cool in the refrigerator for 15-20 minutes and put them over eyes for 10 or more minutes. You will feel like you are in a spa!
- Repeat 3-5 times a day for a nice refreshing treat.
#5. Green Tea
By now, you know that green tea makes its appearance as a natural remedy for almost any ailment. Green tea has many health benefits, including offering relief for itchy eyes.
- For more added benefit outside the compress mentioned above, brew 2 green tea bags in 1 cup of distilled water and let cool completely.
- Flush the eyes twice a day with the solution until symptoms lessen and subside.
This was a new one for me and I rarely use it as it is not readily available for me, but fenugreek can be great for bringing itchy eyes relief.
- Soak fenugreek seeds in water overnight, then make into a smooth paste.
- Apply paste over eyes and let sit for about 20 minutes and rinse off with cold water.
- Repeat twice a day.
Rosewater is used in a few different ways, such as for eye drops and is widely used as a remedy for itchy eyes. This cooling and soothing solution is great for the eyes and to help clear them as well.
|Directions: Rinse your eyes with rosewater at least twice a day.
#8. Simple Salt And Water
This cleansing combination can be used as an eye rinse and is great for irritated and inflamed eyes. This solution helps wash away debris collected in the eyes and – bonus – helps kill bacteria that can lead to infection.
- Make a natural eye wash by mixing a cup of distilled water with 1 tsp of salt, boil solution until salt completely dissolves.
- Allow solution to cool and use it to flush the eyes.
- Repeat as needed for 3-4 days or until your symptoms lessen.
#9. Raw Potatoes
Potatoes are great for quick relief due to their astringent properties. They are particularly great for relieving redness and inflammation.
- Cut a raw potato into thin slices and let cool in the refrigerator for 5-10 minutes.
- Put chilled slices over eyes for 15 -20 minutes.
- Repeat for 2-3 days before bed.
#10. Vegetable Juices
At fitlife, we swear by green juice for a myriad of reasons; here is another reason to add to the list. There are specific juices that are great for itchy eye relief, like juice from spinach and carrots. Drink fresh veggie juices and watch as your itchy eye symptoms slowly disappear, right before your eyes.
|Directions: Simply whip up a green juice daily! Here are a few recipes to help get you started.
**Note: If the problem is severe or caused by an underlying condition, it is important to consult your eye doctor. It is important to find out the cause of itchy eyes before looking for the solution.**
Do you know another other remedies for itchy eyes and allergies? Please share with us in the comments below!
Kavata Kithome is an advocate for living your best life, full of health and longevity. While working closely with gym owners and personal trainers, she was able to sculpt a well-rounded view of fitness and understands how to incorporate it with a healthy balanced diet. She is a regular contributor to the One More Step Lifestyle brand.
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