[toc]Stye in simple terms can be described as a small bump or boil formed on the eyelid, from the point where the eyelashes grow. Stye can be formed both inside and outside the eyelids. It is a small puss filled abscess and is usually caused by a bacterial infection of the eye. Stye are caused when the eye glands responsible for producing oil for eye lubrication become blocked and infected. This puss filled abscess will swell and burst open within a couple of days and then disappear altogether.
Stye is not a contagious disease but is very irritating, itchy and painful. A warm compress or eye wash is best effective in reducing the symptoms of Stye. A stye may or may not reoccur, depending upon person to person and his/her immunity levels. Below mentioned are some naturally found herbs which are very effective in curing and alleviating the symptoms of Stye.
Important Herbs For Stye
Goldenseal is a most valuable herb used for treating styes in the Eye. Goldenseal is rich in chemical components known as berberine and hydrastine, which are responsible for antibiotic property of the Goldenseal. This herb helps in fighting against the various viral and bacterial infections which are responsible for formation of stye.
Goldenseal also boosts the overall immunity of the body, thereby helping the body to overcome the bacterial infection responsible for causing stye in the eye. Goldenseal can be applied to the stye in form of eye wash or compress. It can also be used in form of eye drops, couple of times a day to cure stye infection.
Eyebright has been used as a popular herbal remedy for treating various eye infections and problems, including Stye. The main component of Eyebright is aucubin, which is responsible for reducing the inflamed eye tissues and provides an immediate soothing effect.
Eyebright also helps in fighting against the bacterial infection which causes stye. Eyebright is very effective in treating styes when applied to the eye in form of compress or eye wash. Care should be taken to avoid consuming Eyebright internally.
Aloe Vera is a very popular herb which has been used effectively to treat the Styes. Aloe Vera is renowned for its anti-inflammatory properties, which helps in reducing the irritation in the eye caused due to inflamed tissues of the eye. It is also very effective in reducing the pain, swelling, redness and itchiness in the eye caused due to Stye. Aloe Vera is highly effective when the gel obtained by crushing the leaves is applied directly to the stye. It can also be applied to the stye in form of eye compress, 3-4 times a day.
Chamomile is yet another very popular herbal remedy which can be used to alleviate the symptoms associated with Stye. Chamomile is very effective in reducing the pain and inflammation of the eye tissues caused by Stye.
Chamomile also has antiseptic and astringent properties, which are very beneficial in case of people suffering from Stye problem. Cool chamomile tea bags can be applied on the stye for immediate relief. One can also wash the eye with cool chamomile tea or use it in form of eye compress to bring down the inflammation and itching caused due to Stye.
Oregano Grape is a very beneficial herbal remedy to provide relief from Stye symptoms. The root of Oregano Grape is rich in medicinal properties and contains berberine which is very effective in treating Stye. Oregano Grape root helps in reducing the inflammation in the eye tissues and also helps in fighting against the bacterial infections responsible for Stye formation.
This herb is also very effective in reducing the pain and itching in the eye due to its antiseptic properties. Oregano Grape root applied in form of compress to the Stye affected eye, acts as a natural antiseptic. An eye made using Oregano grape can also be applied to the stye, 4-5 times a day for best results.
Agrimony is another herb rich in astringent and antiseptic properties, which makes it suitable for curing styes. Agrimony when applied in form of eye compress, helps in providing a cooling and soothing effect on the inflamed tissues of the eye.
Its antiseptic properties help in fighting against the bacterial infections responsible for Stye formation, thereby improving the overall disease fighting capacity of the person. An infusion made using dried Agrimony and boiling water, can be applied to the Stye using a sterile gauze piece, for cooling and soothing effect.
Calendula has been used since ancient times to cure various eye related infections, including Stye. Calendula helps in fighting against the bacterial and fungal infections responsible for Stye formation in the eye. It also helps in reducing the inflammation of the irritated eye tissues and provides a cooling and soothing effect.
Calendula flowers are rich in medicinal properties and are used to make infusions to be used in form of eye wash and compress. A Calendula herbal compress made using dried Calendula flowers and boiling water is very effective in bring down irritation, swelling and pain, caused by the Stye.
Thyme is also a very good herbal remedy for treating Stye affecting the eye. Thyme is rich in anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties, which help in fighting against the bacteria responsible for causing stye infection in the eye. Thyme also provides a cooling and soothing effect to the inflamed tissues of the eye.
It is also very effective in elevating pain and irritation in the eye caused due to Stye. An eye compress or eye wash made using Thyme is especially very effective in alleviating Stye. It can be applied couple of times a day to get relief from Stye symptoms.
Raspberry leaves are very effective in case of Stye of the eye. Raspberry is very effective in reducing inflammation and fighting against the bacterial infections responsible for stye formation.
A hot herbal compress made using raspberry leaf tea can be applied to the eye to get relief from that burning and gritty sensation. One can also try washing the eye stye with raspberry tea to remove the bacterial infection.