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Honey & Chamomile Home Remedy for Pink Eye

Home remedy for pink eye - Dr. Axe

There’s something very Dark Ages about “pink eye,” perhaps because it produces a very unhealthy looking eye and can spread like wildfire, especially among the young who are often in close proximity and may be touching their eyes. Fortunately, with my home remedy for pink eye, this problem can be treated.

Also called conjunctivitis, pink involves an inflammation of the thin covering of the white of the eye as well as the inside of the eyelids. While it can have many causes, typically it’s viral conjunctivitis, or a highly contagious infection that is caused by a variety of viruses.

Before you try to deal with pink eye on your own, however, I recommend highly that you be careful with the skin around the eyes as well as anything that may get near your eyes. Our eyes and the skin around them are fragile, so they require extra care.

Although these ingredients — like chamomile and raw honey or Manuka honey for pink eye— in this home remedy for pink eye are very mild, if you notice any changes that are causing irritation, discontinue use of the ingredients in this recipe immediately. Since bacteria can form in products, make small amounts that last no more than three days to prevent additional bacteria from getting into the eye area.

Honey combined with herbs can provide significant relief of pink eye, as honey has antimicrobial properties while chamomile, fennel and calendula aid in soothing.

Honey & Chamomile Home Remedy for Pink Eye

Total Time: 20 minutes
Serves: 6 applications


  • 1 tablespoon local raw organic honey
  • 2 cups pure water (if your water is not purified, boil it and let it cool)
  • 2 chamomile tea bags
  • 2 tablespoon dried calendula blossoms
  • 2 tablespoon crushed fennel seeds
  • 2 cheesecloths or 2 large sheets of gauze


  1. Place the water in a pan and bring to a near boil.
  2. Place the chamomile tea bags, the calendula blossoms and the fennel seeds into the water and let steep. Make sure to steep for about 10 minutes, then let it cool.
  3. Squeeze out most of the excess liquid from the tea bags so that it is not dripping and place inside the cheesecloth or gauze (one for each eye). Drizzle honey onto one side.
  4. To make a poultice, wrap with the cheesecloth or gauze and place, honey side down, onto each eye. Because pink eye can spread, it is important to treat both eyes.
  5. Relax with the poultice on the eyes for 10–15 minutes. Apply twice daily.

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  1. Laurie Ritchie on

    My grandfather, born in 1911, taught me to make boric acid solution for conjunctivitis in 1986 when my first child was born. Boil 2 cups of water and dissolve 1 tsp. Boric acid powder in it. Allow solution to cool and drop in eyes twice a day. The next day, eyes are clear. It has been safe for children, adults, dogs and cats. And everyone I’ve shared this with has had success with it.

  2. esther pearlman on

    Hi Doc, Thank you for being there or here for our questions. One of my problems is my husband who eats sugar all day long. He is tired of me bugging him. When he takes me to the ice cream, or cake place. I want to enjoy our together time, but I really don’t want to eat that food. Is there a way for me to enjoy our company and take a supplement before to protect me from eating that stuff? Or, can I take a enzyme before so that food doesn’t upset me as much. I love your enthusiasm. Keep up the good work.

  3. Susan on

    Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge and information with us! I used the colloidal silver for my pink eye a couple days ago, putting 2 drops in my eye each day, and it is getting much better already! You mentioned in a different article, that colloidal silver can also be used for healing ear infections, but it did not say how to apply it or how much, in the ear? PLEASE advise me how to use it for my ear. Thanks again for your ministry to us!


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