Itching Eyes

1. Cold Compresses

Applying cold compresses over the affected eye can help you get instant relief.

A cool, moist washcloth is the best remedy for itchiness that is a result of some kind of allergy. It also helps alleviate dryness as well as irritation.

You can use either of the methods below 3 or 4 times a day.

  • The simplest way to do this is to soak a cloth in ice cold water, wring it out and place it over your eyes. Remove after 5 minutes and repeat a few more times.
  • Alternatively, wrap some ice cubes or a package of frozen food like peas in a clean cotton towel. Place it over your closed eyelids and remove it after 5 to 10 minutes. Repeat 2 or 3 times more.

2. Chamomile

Due to its powerful anti-allergenic effects, chamomile tea can also be used as a cold compress or an eyewash to help relieve itchy eyes. It inhibits the release of histamine, which helps prevent an allergic reaction that can lead to itchiness in the eyes.

Chamomile also reinvigorates tired eyes and leaves them feeling fresh and sparkly.

  • Steep 1 chamomile tea bag in a cup of hot water for 5 minutes. Remove the tea bag, then allow the tea to cool. Use the cool tea as an effective eyewash, 2 or 3 times a day.
  • Alternatively, put used chamomile tea bags in the refrigerator. Put the chilled tea bags over your closed eyelids for about 10 minutes. Do this 3 or 4 times a day for fast recovery.

3. Cucumber

Cucumbers have anti-irritation as well as antioxidant properties that help reduce inflammation and irritation contributing to itchy eyes.

Its cooling nature is also effective at reducing puffiness and dark circles under the eyes.

  1. Thoroughly wash a cucumber and cut it into thin slices.
  2. Refrigerate the slices for 15 to 20 minutes.
  3. Put the chilled cucumber slices over your closed eyes for at least 10 minutes.
  4. Repeat 4 or 5 times a day.

You can use raw potatoes (peeled and sliced) the same way to combat itchiness in the eyes.

4. Cold Milk

Milk is also a popular home remedy for itchy eyes. Cold milk soothes the burning sensation and eases discomfort of itchiness in the eyes.

The fat in milk is also very soothing and relaxing for tired eyes.

  • Dab a clean cotton ball in cold milk. Rub it around your closed eyes. Do this twice a day, once in the morning and once in the evening.
  • You can also place a cotton ball soaked in milk over your eyes as a compress for 15 to 20 minutes for an instant cooling effect. Do it 3 or 4 times a day.

5. Rose Water

Pure rose water is one of the most effective home remedies for itchy eyes. It is soothing and cooling for the eyes and helps clear the itchiness.

It even works as a natural relaxer for strained and tired eyes. Plus, it helps fade dark circles and eye puffiness.

  • Rinse your eyes with pure rose water at least twice a day.
  • You can also use rose water as eye drops for instant relief. Put 2 or 3 drops of rose water into the inflamed eye, twice a day.
  • Dip 2 cotton balls in rose water and place them over your closed eyes for 15 to 20 minutes, 2 or 3 times a day.

6. Green Tea

Green tea has many health benefits, including providing relief from itchy eyes. It soothes the eyes and has anti-inflammatory benefits.

This tea also helps fight viral and bacterial infections that may be causing the itchy sensation in the eyes.

  • Boil 1 cup of water. Dunk 2 green tea bags in it and allow it to steep for 5 minutes. Remove the tea bags, then let the tea cool completely. Flush your eyes twice a day with the solution until your symptoms subside.
  • You can also put a moist and cool green tea bag over your closed eyelids for several minutes. Repeat several times a day.

7. Saline Solution

Flushing out your eyes is another effective remedy if you get an allergen, such as dust or pollen, in your eye that is causing the itchiness.

All you need is water and salt to make a saline solution that is helpful in treating painful and itchy eyes. When used as an eye rinse, the combination is good for irritated and inflamed eyes and helps wash away any debris in the eyes. Plus, salt is an antibacterial agent that helps kill bacteria.

  1. Boil 1 pint of filtered water.
  2. Allow it to cool down, then add 1 teaspoon of salt to it.
  3. Mix thoroughly until the salt dissolves completely.
  4. Use it to flush your eyes of all the allergens. Or, you could dip a cotton pad or a clean tissue in this solution and wipe your eyes with it.
  5. Repeat several times a day for 2 to 3 days.

Note: Always make sure the water isn’t too hot, or else it may damage your eyes. Also, use separate cotton pads or tissues for each eye.

8. Aloe Vera

Owing to its soothing and moisturizing properties, aloe vera is another effective home remedy for dry, sore and itchy eyes.

Aloe vera’s medicinal properties also make it effective for reducing eye puffiness and inflammation.

  • Rinse an aloe vera leaf thoroughly. Slit it open and extract the gel. Anoint the outside of your eyelids with this gel. Leave it on for 15 to 20 minutes, then rinse it off. Do this 2 times a day or as needed.
  • Another option is to soak a cotton pad in aloe vera juice and place it over your closed eyes. Rinse your eyes after 15 minutes. Do this twice daily for a couple of days.

9. Witch Hazel

Witch hazel is also good for relieving the itching sensation in your eyes. Its anti-inflammatory and astringent nature helps reduce swelling and irritation in the eyes.

  • Dip a cotton swab in witch hazel and wipe it along the edge of your top eyelid. Repeat on the lower eyelid with the other end of the cotton swab dipped in witch hazel. Use another cotton swab for the other eye. Do this 2 times a day for a few days.
  • Another option is to use any over-the-counter witch hazel wet tissues. Place them over your closed eyes for 15 minutes. Repeat 3 times a day to get effective results.

10. Castor Oil

Castor oil works as a great moisturizing agent. Hence, it is good for treating dry and itchy eyes. In addition, it has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties that help fight eye infections. Interestingly, castor oil also nourishes your eyelashes and helps them grow thicker and longer.

  • Using a sterile dropper, put a drop of cold-pressed castor oil in each eye at night before going to sleep. If you have dry eyes, you can use it daily to lubricate your eyes.
  • When suffering from conditions like blepharitis, dip a cotton swab in the oil and wipe it along the outside of your eyelid to help clear up the infection. You can also place a warm towel over your closed eyelid for 15 to 20 minutes. Do this a couple of times a day for a few days.

Note: Make sure the oil you use is organic and hexane free castor oil. Do not put castor oil in your eyes if it causes a lot of burning and redness in the eyes.

Sourced from Top 10 Home Remedies, December 20, 2017

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