10 Home Remedies for Eye Sty | Q&A

Q: Grandma, I woke up with a sty on the upper eyelid of my left eye which is a little painful. It’s not really big deal but I want to have it removed as soon as possible. I can’t focus on my work which requires a lot of reading. I hope you can help me.

A: Dear S, Indeed, waking up with a sty in your upper eyelid can be a real downer and definitely not a great way to start the day. It is painful and tender and can be caused by a localized infection of your glands or the hair follicle in your eyelid. This is also medically known as hordeolum, (hordeola, plural). But don’t despair, because there are simple home remedies for eye sty that can be done to help relieve the pain and reduce the swelling. Read on to find out more.

Home Remedies for Eye Sty


1. Warm Compress – Apply a warm wash cloth on the affected area for about fifteen minutes every four to six hours throughout the day. This is highly effective and quickly relieves the symptoms. In time it will rupture on its own. Do not attempt to press or squeeze to drain the fluid because this will only be more prone to infection. If symptoms persist for several days, consult your doctor. [1]

2. Organic Chamomile Tea – Steep the tea bag in boiling water. Allow it to cool down until it’s warm enough to be dabbed. Use a small cloth to dip into the tea and apply to the affected area. Keep it over your eye until you can no longer feel any warmth. Repeat this several times. You can also use a warm tea bag directly on your affected eye. Make sure it’s warm enough to last for a few minutes.

3. Turmeric – This is one of the most effective home remedies for eye sty. Boil one tablespoon of turmeric in two cups of water. Allow it to boil until the level has decreased to half the original amount. Use a strainer to remove the turmeric granules. Use this as an eye drop treatment four to five times a day. You can even make a paste of turmeric that could be applied in the affected eye. [2]

4. Parsley – Put a handful of fresh parsley in a soup bowl and pour boiling water. Allow it to sit for ten to fifteen minutes. If you can already tolerate the temperature, apply it to the affected area. This will greatly relieve the puffiness of your eyes. Repeat the same process prior to bedtime.

5. Dandelion tea – This has a great antibacterial ingredient that can be used to get rid of the sty causing infection (Staphylococcus aureus).

6. Acacia Leaves – Make a decoction of this by boiling a handful into two cups of boiling water. Use this as a warm compress in the affected area.

7. Coriander Seeds – Boil a teaspoonful of coriander seeds in one to two cups of water. Allow to cool down and wash your affected eyes with this 3-4 times throughout the day. [3]

8. Petroleum Jelly – This is one of the best home remedies for eye sty because this is a great emollient. It keeps the eye moisturized and helps relieve the pain. [4]

9. Aloe vera – Cut the leaves of Aloe vera lengthwise and apply the pulpy side on the affected area.

10. Guava Leaves – Warm a handful of guava leaves and put them on a warm damp cloth. Apply them as a warm compress to the affected eye for several minutes to reduce the swelling and inflammation. [5]


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