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Natural Eye Drops and Ointment? Herbs?

 
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I would love to find out what folks are using for eye drops and ointments for eyes.

Is anyone using Comfrey or Plantago tea?

What about Alo Vera?

Even if you are using something else I would really appreciate some advice.
 
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After I posted this topic, I found this thread in the Similar Threads below.

Judson Carroll answered a lot of my questions.

https://permies.com/t/172300/Herbs-Eye-Injuries-Irritations

I found some Comfrey products when I asked Google if there were "Comfrey eye drops" though I didn't find much on Plantain, Plantago.  I would be very interested hearing if folks used Plantain as I have a lot of this plant.
 
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The purest water I can get my hands on with just enough sea salt that the solution tastes faintly salty. Boil hard for a few minutes and let it cool. I make it about a pint at a time and keep in the refrigerator. I just put a little on a clean cloth or drop it in, doesn't matter. If my eyes are itching and red, it cures it completely and immediately, and lasts three or four hours.

I would never put anything other than cool, sterile saline in my eyes and I would never buy it in little plastic bottles from some factory.
 
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Cooled chamomile tea is a traditional eye soak. Relax with a tea-soaked cloth or a couple teabags on your eyes.
 
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Depending on the problem I use eyebright, salt water, cornflower, golden seal or chamomile.  Eyebright is my favorite though, but salt water is the most handy, everyone has salt in the kitchen!
 
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What are you wanting it for? Dry eyes? Conjunctivitis? Allergies? Something else?
 
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It is to replace the eye drops and ointment I have been told to use by the Ophthalmologist.

The main ingredient in the eye drops is propylene glycol which is glycerin and the ointment is mineral oil.

I believe that the chamomile tea bags suggested by Mk Neal and the salt water suggestion by Mark Reed will work great.

Does anyone have a suggestion as to what to use in place of an eye cup?

Olga, when I searched for a comfrey product, I believe the comfrey was paired with eyebright.  And I saw a lot of suggestions for cornflower water.

Another article that I read suggested mucilage-rich plants such as Aloe Vera, Fenugreek, and okra can help.
 
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I use eyebright (both internally & as a rinse) for eye infections/conctivitis; simple saline solution to wash out foreign particles, followed with chamomile for simple irritation from dust & such; black or green tea compresses for puffiness/ swelling.
 
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Does anyone have a suggestion as to what to use in place of an eye cup?



I use a dropper bottle like this one:
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Amber-Bottles-Dropper-Pipettes-Pasha81/dp/B088F3F8QT/ref=sr_1_5?keywords=dropper+bottle&qid=1701345714&sr=8-5

Eady to sterilize in a pan of water.

Olga, when I searched for a comfrey product, I believe the comfrey was paired with eyebright.



As a personal choice, I would not use comfrey on my eyes, but that's just me.  For tired eyes and puffiness, a cold slice of cucumber does the trick for me unless the puffiness is due to some infection.
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After not having put drops in my eyes for a long time I am relearning how to do this.

Thanks, Olga, I bought a lot of these dropper bottles for the pandemic.

I went to the Ophthalmologist because I was seeing a black cloud in my left eye.

He says the black cloud is at the back of my eye.

I asked if collagen, gelatin, or glucosamine would help and he said there is nothing that would help (other than using the drops/ointment.)

I feel I will still need to use the drops and then use the tea bags and saline solution in between.
 
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I've used a shot glass as an eye cup, and it worked just as well.
 
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