Use Home Remedies for Styes
Most styes will eventually heal on their own, but there are several home remedies that may help speed up the process. The most popular and effective way to treat styes is by using a warm compress applied directly to the eye for 15 minutes several times throughout the day, but there a few other popular tricks and tips for getting rid of these irritating and aesthetically displeasing infections.
1. Purchase some cloves from the grocery store or your local natural foods store to use to treat your styes. Dampen a clove with warm water and apply it directly to the stye or wrap it in a towel, creating a compress. Cloves are often used for medicinal purposes for their soothing and warming effects in home remedies, especially in Chinese medicine.
2. Use a grater to chop up a potato into very small pieces. Apply a few pieces of the potato directly to the stye and then press a bandage over it to create a poultice, warming the bandage first if desired. Poultices are often used to help reduce inflammation, which may be effective in speeding up the healing process for styes.
3. Buy some aloe leaves from a health foods or gardening store. Cut them in half lengthwise, and place the exposed pulp directly on the stye. Aloe is widely used in home remedies, because it is known to have soothing effects, which may help relieve the pain associated with styes.
4. Boil 1 tsp. of coriander seeds, taken directly from a plant or purchased from the grocery store, in water, creating a fluid similar to herbal tea. Coriander seeds are often used in home remedies to help reduce anxiety and stress, which may trigger the onset of styes. Allow the liquid to cool slightly, and then apply it directly to your styes, using a towel or cloth, between 3 to 4 times per day.
5. Create a compress using a cloth or towel and several guava or acacia leaves that have been boiled in water. Guava and acacia leaves are usually sold at grocery stores with extensive produce departments or health food stores. Use the water to dampen the cloth and apply the compress to the stye, holding it down to help soothe the inflammation.