Friday, April 23, 2010

Natural Remedy for Pink Eye

My dear Ava had a pretty wretched case of Pink Eye.  She came into my room this morning, and looked as if she had been in a boxing match!  She could barely see out of her right eye, it was red, puffy and quite mucus-ey.  She sobbed that it hurt her so much.

Poor thing.

It was hard to get a good shot of it, but, here she is at 7:15 this morning:
The picture doesn't capture the essence of redness or puffiness, or cake-i-ness, but, as you can see, the corner of the eye, all the way out, is quite puff-a-licious. 

I scoured our medicine cabinet for any sort of eye drops or antibiotics that had been prescribed, in the past, to our kiddos for pink eye, and I couldn't find any.  

That's when I remembered BREAST MILK.

Yes, folks, you heard me right.  

That outstanding, natural, God-given substance with AH. MAZING healing properties. 
 Among its other tremendous abilities, Breast Milk is naturally anti-fungal and anti-bacterial!

So, I thought I'd give it a try.

With much hesitation and a little bit of fear, on Ava's part, she climbed onto my lap, and yes peeps, you're going to hear me correctly, when I say:   

I expressed milk directly into her eye.  

A Mom's gotta do what a Mom's gotta do.

INSTANTLY I could tell a difference.  Mucus---gone.  Redness---going.  Puffiness---less.

Twenty minutes later, at breakfast, I asked her how her eye was doing, and she said:   
Mommy, you saved the day!

Here she is at 10:06 this morning:

Eye almost back to normal!!!  PTL!!

Now, you might be wondering:  What if I am not a lactating mother? 

Good question.

Here are a few other natural remedies, I've read about, that could help cure Pink Eye and/or any other eye infection.  I have not tried them, and, as always, educate yourself before you try them, but, they have been proven to work for many people:
  • Baby Shampoo mixed with warm water
  • Bathe in cool water with cotton wool
  • Black Tea and salt water
  • Brown Tea
  • Castor Oil
  • Chamomile
  • Coconut Oil
  • Coffee
  • Diluted Apple Cider Vinegar
Disclosure:  Remember this is not professional or medical advice, so please don't take it as such!

I am linking this up with Frugal Friday, because, this is an awesome way to SAVE MONEY, too!!  If you or your kiddo is ill and you think it might be something that can be cured naturally, at home----this saves you $$ on Doctor's visits, antibiotics, etc.  

PLUS, it saves you your precious time.


  1. I have heard of that working before, but I was never lactating when one of my kids got pink eye. Would have loved to try it.

  2. Looks much better! Does it help the pain too?

  3. Breast Milk is good for everything! :)

    When my daughter was little she had blocked tear ducts, and I would squirt breast milk in her eyes and massage them. And it cleared up. I also do it for diaper rash too.

    Love your blog! Found it on MckMama's forum, the whole vaccine issue.