Eye inflammation (conjunctivitis, pink eye) is an inflammation or infection of the membrane (conjunctiva) that lines the eyelid. It is often caused by bacteria or a virus finding its way into the eye. This results in infection, watery, weapy and irritated eyes and the production of yellow discharge.

Possible causes of eye infections

Common causes of eye infections are due to allergies, bacteria, blocked tear ducts, dry eyes, respiratory infection or a recent cold.  This condition is highly contagious and many children are often repeatedly infected.  Another cause of non-infectious conjunctiva may be due to environmental pollutants such as smoke and perfumes which can cause irritation or redness to the eyes.  This type of conjunctivitis usually clears up rapidly within a day or two and the discharge is more watery or mucous like rather than pus.

Lifestyle factors for conjunctivitis

  • Keep the area clean and ensure cautious hygiene as the infection may spread easily to others
  • Do not share towels or cleaning accessories
  • Clean the area as often as possible by wiping with a warm, clean face towel

Natural remedies for conjunctivitis

  • Make a cup of chamomile tea using a teabag and use the cooled liquid and teabag to gently dab on to the infected area. Chamomile is soothing for skin irritations and also contains anti-bacterial qualities. Do this procedure as often as you can.
  • Other herbs which can be use in an eye wash are Calendula or Eyebright.
  • Wash the eye with Colloidal silver and also give a small amount internally as it is highly immune building and also anti-bacterial.
  • Herbs which will help to build immunity are Echinacea, Golden Seal, Forsythia, Olive leaf, Oregon Grape root, Garlic and Baptisia.