The symptoms include:
-Itchiness of eyes
-Redness of eyes
-Crusting around eyes
Beware that some types of Conjunctivitis are contagious. The infection is spread by coming into contact with the eye secretions of the infected person.
(Mucolytic & Anti-Microbial)
Raw Organic Honey can be used as eye drops. Honey is a strong anti-microbial/anti-bacterial and assists in fighting infections. It is used in a wide variety of eye diseases and is supported by modern research. In one study, a honey-based formula called “Opthacare” by Himalaya was able to significantly improve both acute and chronic conjunctivitis (see study).
– Using a dropper, put 1-2 drops of honey in each eye. If you feel are really sensitive or in a lot of pain, mix a little honey in a quarter glass of warm water and use 4-5 drops of this honey-water mix. Immediately close your eyes and try to move your eyes in a circular motion to allow the honey to spread within the eye socket. Beware that this will burn for about a minute or two. Along with this burn, a lot of tears will form. This is a good thing.
(Anti-histamine & Anti-Bacterial)
If due to allergies, Turmeric can help immensely. Turmeric has been used to treat allergies by Ayurvedic doctors for centuries. Not only is it a powerful anti-histamine, but also an anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial herb too. Turmeric has successfully treated conjunctivitis in a clinical trial when used as eye drops (see study). However, if using honey for eye drops, I recommend using Turmeric internally. It can be taken by adding half a teaspoon of Turmeric powder to a glass of steaming-hot A2 milk or almond milk. Add a little honey to make it palatable. This can be taken twice a day.
Tulsi is a potent immune boosting herb that can be used to improve the way our bodies fight off infections. In addition to boosting the immune system, Tulsi has also demonstrated potent antimicrobial effects in experimental research (see study). By consuming Tulsi, you can significantly increase T-Helper cells, Natural Killer cells, Interferon-Gamma, and Interleukin-4 – all of which significantly improve the way our immune system attacks and destroys pathogens (see study). I recommend all my patients/clients who are fighting infections to include Tulsi in their protocol.
(Always use medicinal herbs under the supervision of a doctor)
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by Dr. Nishal R.