[toc]Blepharitis is a chronic inflammatory skin condition affecting the eyelids. Blepharitis is mainly caused by a bacterial infection or dandruff, which cause the inflammation of the oil glands on the base of the eyelids. A person suffering from Blepharitis usually experience redness of the eyelids, itching , soreness, scaly appearance of eyelid skin, gritty sensation in the eyes, watery eyes, loss of eyelashes etc. Blepharitis usually tends to reoccur in people already infected by it once. Blepharitis may also be caused due to allergies, reaction to cosmetics, skin cancer, lice etc.
Blepharitis has symptoms common to that of conjunctivitis or dry eyes and hence, a proper medical examination is required to make a proper diagnosis. If left untreated Blepharitis can cause other eye related diseases like stye, pink eyes, chalazion etc. The most effective way to prevent Blepharitis is to maintain a good eyelid hygiene by washing the scalp regularly and keeping dandruff at bay, remove mascara and other eyelid cosmetics, wash the eyelids properly everyday etc. Below mentioned are some effective herbal remedies for treating Blepharitis.
Herbal Remedies For Blepharitis
Comfrey is a time tested herb used for treating a number for infections related to the eye, including Blepharitis. This herb helps in reducing the inflammation of the skin of the eyelid and lessens the severe throbbing pain, which are the two main symptoms of Blepharitis. This herbal remedy also provides a cooling and soothing effect on the irritated skin of the eyelid and even elevates the gritty feeling in the eye associated with Blepharitis. Comfrey is very effective in regenerating the destroyed skin tissues and hence, can be used externally in case of Blepharitis to get rid of it.
Eyebright has been used widely since ancient times to cure various problems related to the eye, including Blepharitis. Eyebright helps the body in fighting against the bacterial infections which are primarily responsible for causing Blepharitis. It also helps in reducing the skin inflammation, redness, irritation and gritty feeling associated with Blepharitis. Eyebright is a very good astringent and helps in soothing the irritated skin of the eyelids due to Blepharitis.
Eyebright is a very popular ingredient in many eye drops and ointments available in the market. This herb can be used in form of eye drops. It can also be used on the eyelid skin in form of eye wash, herbal compress, infusion, poultice etc., to get rid of Blepharitis and its associated symptoms.
Chamomile is a magical herb which can be used effectively to get rid of many symptoms associated with Blepharitis and provide relief. Chamomile is a very good astringent and hence, is very effective in reducing the irritation of the skin of the eyelid, redness, puffiness etc. This herb also has antibacterial properties, thus helping in fighting against the bacterial infections responsible for Blepharitis.
Chamomile is especially very helpful in reducing pain and promotes skin regeneration, thus helping to get rid of scaly skin which is a trademark of Blepharitis. Chamomile can be consumed internally in form of herbal tea. It is also available in form of creams, ointments, skin wash, herbal compress, poultice etc., to get rid of Blepharitis.
Calendula has been used since long for treating Blepharitis and its associated symptoms. Calendula’s anti-inflammatory and astringent properties, help in speedily eliminating the Blepharitis symptoms of the eyelid skin like scaly appearance, swelling, itchiness etc. Calendula is also very good herbal remedy for eliminating the bacteria responsible for causing Blepharitis and eliminating the infection from the roots itself.
Drinking herbal tea made using Calendula is very effective in instantly getting rid of throbbing eyelid pain and provides relief from other Blepharitis symptoms. This herbal tea can also be used in form of eye wash to treat Blepharitis.
Goldenseal is a very effective herbal remedy for various types of eye infections, including Blepharitis. The two main components of Goldenseal are Berebrine and Hydrastine, which are very useful in fighting against the bacterial, viral and fungal infections of the body. Goldenseal in a very good disinfectant and also helps in boosting the overall immunity of the body, thereby keeping Blepharitis causing bacteria at bay.
The root of Goldenseal when applied on the eyelid provides instant relief from symptoms of Blepharitis. Goldenseal is available in form of herbal tea, capsules, tincture etc.
Oregon grape is yet another very useful herbal remedy for getting rid of Blepharitis. It is very effective against bacterial infections responsible for Blepharitis. This herbal remedy is also very useful in reducing the inflammation of the eye and provides relief from redness, puffiness, swelling etc. Oregon grape also contains berberine, which helps in boosting the immune system of the body, thereby preventing infections from attacking the body. The root of Oregon Grape is used for treating Blepharitis symptoms. It is also very effective when used in form of eye washes.
Mullein is yet another very useful herbal remedy for treating Blepharitis. Mullein is very helpful in fighting against the bacteria and inflammation caused by it on the skin of the eyelids. This herbal remedy is very effective in reducing pain and providing a cooling effect to the Blepharitis infected eyelid. Mullein is also very effective in stimulating the synthesis of tissues, thereby helping to quickly heal the scaly skin caused due to Blepharitis.
Mullein can be consumed in form of extracts, herbal tea,infusions, capsules etc., for providing relief from Blepharitis. It is more effective when used in combination with herbs like Comfrey and Marshmallow.
One of the very popular ways for treating eye related problems, including Blepharitis is using Bilberry. This herb contains compounds called as anthocyanosides, which helps in increasing the flow of blood in the capillaries of the eye, thus removing the gritty feeling and redness associated with Blepharitis. It also helps in reducing the inflammation of the eye and provides a cooling effect to the inflamed eye. Bilberry can be eaten raw in form of berries, both raw and frozen. It is also available in form of preserves, extract, capsules, tonic etc.