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Treat a Sty with Herbs Using Herbal First Aid

Treat A Sty With Herbs Using Herbal First Aid

A sty is a swollen gland in the eyelid that originates in the pores in the eyelash area. It’s irritating and can become complicated if not treated carefully. Sties are caused by blocked oil glands usually by an infection of staphylococcus bacteria, which will worsen the swelling and add redness to the entire eye tissue area including the surrounding muscle tissues of the face. Sties look like a pimple on the eyelid. Most doctors recommend compresses to the eye to reduce the swelling and a course of antibiotics; this is where herbs come in handy.

How to use Herbs for the Treatment of a Sty

Compresses are the best treatment of sties. Compresses are simply a warm, wet cloth or tea bag placed on the eyelid. Relief for swelling and pain comes quickly during treatment. Pure chamomile in a tea bag can be placed on the eyelid after it has been warmed in a cup of tepid water to heal sties. A wash rag of cloth soaked in a tea of Oregon Grape root or Eyebright herb makes a quick and effective compress. Temporary relief also comes from placing a raw potato or apple slice on the eyelid for a few minutes.

Another treatment using chamomile, Oregon Grape root or eyebright is the Eye Soak. This is a more intensive treatment that is suited for more intensive eye inflammation. If the pressure from a wet cloth is too irritating for the eye, Eye Soaks using an eye cup is a better choice. If your sty doesn’t start to improve after 48 hours or if redness and swelling extend beyond your eyelid and into other parts of your face, you should see a doctor.

Herbs Used for the Treatment of a Sty

Nutrition for Treatment of Sties

Avoid using eye makeup or contact lenses while recovering from a sty. Discard eye makeup you used as the sty flared up since it may harbor bacteria that could trigger another infection.

Build up your immune system by eating a balanced diet. Reduce foods that challenge your immune system such as alcohol, processed food and foods that have heavy oils. Fresh salads and vegetable soups are time honored food for the immune system.

Sue Sierralupe

Sue Sierralupé is a Certified Master Herbalist, Master Gardener and Sustainable Landscape Specialist. She is the clinic manager and lead herbalist at Occupy Medical clinic. Sue is author of The Pocket Herbal: Medicinal Plants that Changed the World and co-author of The Practical Herbalist Herbal Folios series. Follow her blog at Herbalism Manifesto for commentary on herbs, parenting, nutrition and a whole lot more.

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