I have been suffering from some pretty irritated eyes recently due to long hours at work staring at a computer monitor, combined with summer allergies. However, I never even considered putting conventional eye drops in my eyes, as they are filled with chemicals and steroids that in the long run, are incredibly bad both for your eyes and your body. I simply figured dry, red eyes was something I was just going to have to live with. Then, quite by accident, I found out that honey is an excellent way to soothe my discomfort.
I use honey as a daily face wash, and inevitably, I would sometimes accidentally rub some into my eyes. I began to notice that my eyes felt rather soothed and refreshed after this happened a few times. So I did some research and found that before medicated and conventional eye drops were invented, honey was often used as a natural remedy for a wide range of ocular ailments, including dryness, irritation, allergies and glaucoma. This makes sense as honey has natural antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties. Hence, I decided to make my very own honey eye drops.
- natural, organic honey
- boiled, distilled water that has cooled
- a small container that dispenses liquid in drops
1. Mix one part honey and nine parts of water (that has already been boiled, distilled and cooled to room temperature) together in your container.
2. Close the top.
3. You're done. It's that easy.
Some people may prefer to create a stronger solution, but I think one part honey to nine parts water is a good place to start. Feel free to make the concentration stronger or more diluted according to your comfort level. There are those who are able put pure drops of honey in their eyes before going to bed, so use whatever concentration feels right for you.
Place a few drops of the solution into the affected eye whenever you need. If the solution is on the stronger side, your eye may sting or burn a little before feeling soothed, as honey has antiseptic properties, but it isn't unbearable. I would compare the sensation to opening your eyes while underwater in a chlorinated pool.
There are some postings online that say a side affect of using honey eye drops is that it can actually change the color of your eyes by inhibiting the ability of melanin to attach to the iris. Some people say brown eyes have become hazel or green, or green eyes have turned blue. I don't actually believe this is true, and I think it's mostly wishful thinking by people who really want to change their eye color. So far, I have not seen any changes in the color of my dark brown eyes, but I'll definitely write about it if that happens.
Side note: If you spend a lot of time in front of the computer, I would also suggest investing in a pair of computer glasses, which are glasses that help reduce the glare of blue light from the screen so you aren't straining your eyes quite as much. I use a pair, and it has significantly eased the discomfort I experience from staring at a computer screen for too long. These types of glasses can be used while doing any activity that requires looking at a bright LED screen, including watching television.