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Homemade Allergy Eye Drops

Homemade Allergy Eye Drops

If you’re new around here, you probably don’t know that I have a second (now defunct) blog about homemaking, prepping and frugal living. A couple months ago, I decided to put that blog on permanent hiatus and merge those posts with this blog, but then I never got around to the merging part. Until now. Since NaNoWriMo doesn’t leave a lot of time for blogging, throughout November I’ll be updating and re-posting some of the most popular posts from that blog. Like this one about making your own allergy eye drops, originally posted last December. It’s my most re-pinned post ever on Pinterest. If you’re suffering like I am this time of year, you’ll find it timely and helpful.

You wouldn’t think that the middle of December, with snow on the ground no less, would be prime time for a hay fever attack. Alas, here in Oklahoma, allergies don’t really have an off season, and the other day I woke up with a major case of burning red eye and stuffy sinuses. Naturally, I was all out of my allergy meds and eye drops, so once again I turned to Dr. Internet to see what kind of relief I could find in my own kitchen.

I normally take antihistamine drops when my eyes redden and swell up like that, so I was skeptical about how well anything I could make myself would actually help. But I was also desperate. So after consulting a few home remedy recipes online, I came up with my own simple recipe for an anti-bacterial saline solution:

1 cup filtered, purified or distilled water
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/4 tsp honey (for its antibacterial properties)

Boil the water, then mix in the salt and honey until it dissolves. After it cools, use a clean eye dropper or medicine dropper to place a few drops in each eye (I used a syringe for administering oral medications to our pets — washed thoroughly with soap and water and rinsed really well, of course). Most of the recipes I found online called for distilled water, but again, I had to use what I had on hand, which was purified bottled water.

It worked! I felt instant relief, and after a few more applications, all of the redness, pain and itchiness was gone. The best part is that since these drops aren’t medicated, I could use them as often as necessary without having to wait for the dosage to wear off. I also used some of the solution to flush out my sinuses and found myself breathing easy the rest of the day.

Do you have a favorite home remedy for allergies?  Tell us what works for you in the comments!

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12 thoughts on “Homemade Allergy Eye Drops”

  1. Oh my! This really works. Thank you for posting this DIY Allergy Eye Drop recipe. I was miserable yesterday – my eyes would not stop itching, were blood shot, and swollen. I made your recipe last night and started using it as soon as it cooled down. I am amazed how well it works. I put the drops in several times last night and a couple times this morning. My eyes have completely calmed down. THANK YOU!! Being a health coach it is really important to me to use chemical free products. I am so happy to have found this recipe. Can’t wait to spend more time reading your blog!

    1. So glad! Thanks for letting me know. One note — you’ll want to keep it refrigerated if you add honey, or it will go moldy. I learned that the hard way.

      Hope you enjoy the blog. I haven’t updated it in a while because life has just been too hectic.

  2. May i know what is there for sinus please?I have a breathing problem and continous sneezing allergy?Gone to many doctors i am fed up of english medicines?Will u please reccommand any natural remedy for sinus please?Or ha i will definitely try this blog.And i will give u nice response..Thank you..

    1. Have you tried a Neti pot to rinse out your sinuses? It’s a bit gross, but I’ve found it really helps me breathe better when my sinus allergies act up. Also, my allergies have gotten a lot better since I cut way back on dairy in my diet.

    1. I don’t know why not. I don’t know that it would confer any extra benefits, but if that’s what you have on hand, it can’t hurt to try. This recipe isn’t an exact science, it’s just what works for me. So feel free to experiment.

      1. Awesome, thank you! Yeah I don’t use sea salt so I don’t have it on hand but I have plenty of the pink himalayan. I did make some last night however, I omitted the salt all together and only did honey and water as my husband was needing some relief and quick! Thanks again.

      2. Great! Hope it helped. And just FYI, I’ve also used baking soda instead of salt in a pinch.

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      3. Thank you! It seems to be helping somewhat, I just think he was so bad that it’s taking a little longer to help. Oh ok, I’ll have to remember that! Thanks again!!

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