Pink Eye Herbal Cure
So if you're also dealing with pink eye past the point of your breastfeeding years, break out a few herbs and make an easy tea remedy.
What's nice is there are many herbs that work wonders on pink eye (conjunctivitis) and with some rest and good soup added, it is not worth fretting over. It will likely go away in less than two days.
In general, pink eye is usually viral, though it can also be bacterial. It's also an "itis" - in other words, inflammation.
(You probably already know that it's very contagious, so it is indeed important to have your child avoid touching his/her eyes and encourage them to wash their hands frequently.)
So, we're looking for herbs and proportions that are gentle enough to use on tender mucous membranes, as well as being cooling, astringent, antiviral, and antibacterial.
There are a million herbs that fit this profile! But yes, I've got ones I think of first for pink eye, so I'll tell you what is in the tea I made for my boy today. But know that you could pick a ton of other ones that you might have on hand or in your yard.
Sage's Butterfly Kiss Tea:
1 tsp goldenseal pwd
1/2 cup calendula flowers
1/4 cup ea: roses, sage, lavender, chamomile
1/8 cup ea: echinacea rt, comfrey lf
Add herbs to a quart size mason jar, and add boiling water to about 3/4 full. Cover and steep one hour.
Strain using cheesecloth to avoid small particles in the liquid that could irritate the eyes.
Make sure the tea is room temperature or cool before using.
Apply by saturating a cotton ball or tissue with the tea and letting the liquid sit on the eyelids allowing some of it to leak into the actual eyeball area.
Apply as often as your child will comply.
If they complain of their eyes getting dry feeling, make another tea of something demulcent like comfrey, linden, or marshmallow, and use a mixture of the two teas.