Everyone sooner or later has tired, itchy, irritated eyes from allergies, dust and other irritants… but using a soothing eyewash can really help.
Here is a wonderful inexpensive eyewash that can be made at home.
3 Cups of distilled water
1 Teaspoon of plain salt
2 Green tea bags – Green tea is soothing and helps with irritation.
Bring distilled water to a boil and let boil for 20 minutes.
Pour this mixture through a coffee filter or muslin cloth to remove particles, store in a sterile bottle in the frig for 2 days.
Use a sterile eye dropper or dropper bottle for application, at drugstores they also sell eyewash cups and they work great.
Optional – Use a 1/4 teaspoon of boric acid instead of salt… boric acid is a very mild antiseptic agent that works great for the eyes.
Optional – Use 2 chamomile tea bags instead of green tea… chamomile is a good anti-fungal agent and soothes away irritation.
Optional – Add 1 of the following flowers to the boiling water… eyebright, goldenseal, or marigold. Goldenseal is great for getting rid of mucus, eyebright helps with irritation and infection, and marigold is a good antibacterial/anti-inflammatory agent.
*It’s very important to make sure this solution stays sterile, any contamination can cause infection, and if the condition persists make sure to check with your doctor.
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