Quick Fix: Honey For Eye Problems

by Stephlina D'cunha

Conjunctivitis, more commonly referred to as a pink eye, is the inflammation of the conjunctiva, the outermost layer of the eye. It helps in keeping your eyes moist by producing tears and mucus.

While a bacterial or viral infection is the main cause of it, conjunctivitis can also result from an allergy. Symptoms include itching, redness, swelling and a thick discharge from the eyes.

Though it’s contagious in nature, conjunctivitis can be easily treated with several home remedies that can curb the inflammation and clear the eye of infection.

The next time you suffer from conjunctivitis, soothe your eyes with a DIY eyewash made from natural honey.

How Is Honey Effective?
Honey’s antibacterial properties make it an excellent remedy for treating conjunctivitis. [1,2,3] It’s anti-inflammatory properties make it an effective eye drop potent enough to eliminate corneal inflammatory problems and other infectious eye diseases such as dry eyes syndrome and glaucoma. [2]

How To Use It

  • To make an eye wash, mix 3tsp raw organic honey with two cups of boiling water and let cool. Wash your eyes with it three to four times a day. You can also replace water with milk.
  • Alternatively, put one to two drops of the above solution in your eyes using a sterile eye dropper four to five times a day.


1. Eteraf-Oskouei T, Najafi M. Traditional and modern uses of natural honey in human diseases: a review. Iran J Basic Med Sci. 2013 Jun;16(6):731-42. PubMed PMID: 23997898; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3758027.

2. Albietz JM, Lenton LM. Effect of antibacterial honey on the ocular flora in tear deficiency and meibomian gland disease. Cornea. 2006 Oct;25(9):1012-9. PubMed PMID: 17133045.

3. Salehi A, Jabarzare S, Neurmohamadi M, Kheiri S, Rafieian-Kopaei M. A double blind clinical trial on the efficacy of honey drop in vernal keratoconjunctivitis. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2014;2014:287540. doi: 10.1155/2014/287540. Epub 2014 Feb 24. PubMed PMID: 24707307; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3953621.

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