Stye is a common eye problem which occurs in the form of pimples or boils on the edge of the eyelid due to inflammation caused by bacteria. When the sebaceous glands around the eyes get clogged or obstructed the oil that these glands secrete, accumulates in the glands and is squeezed out through their walls in the form of a lump or nodule. Most often these lumps get infected by bacteria and become swollen and painful. The eyes become red and itchy.
Generally these styes are harmless and do not impair vision but they look extremely unattractive and ugly. The stye appears with a discernable whitish yellow spot like a pustule either on the outside or on the inside of the eyelid. The glands can get clogged due to poor eyelid hygiene, eye makeup, certain inflammatory diseases of the eyelids and hormonal changes. These styes often cause mucous discharge in the eyes, itching on the eyeball and a burning sensation.
Sandalwood has an indescribably alluring aroma. Its essential oils are endowed with antiseptic, astringent and antispasmodic properties. It has a very cooling and soothing effect on the nerves and tissues.
The aroma itself has innumerable healing powers. Make a sandalwood paste and apply it on the stye. Keep replenishing the coating of the paste on the stye continuously until it heals. The itching and redness will reduce and the swelling will go away within no time.
Nutmeg has innumerable medicinal qualities and is widely employed in therapeutic uses. It has a wonderful sweet aroma and its essential oils are full of strong antibacterial properties.
Rub nutmeg on a stone board with a little water to form a paste. Put a layer of it on the stye. Leave the paste to dry. Consistent use will shrink and dissolve the stye and bring relief. Do not use nutmeg inside the eyes.
This is a very effective and absolutely safe remedy. Take one teaspoon of coriander seeds and boil in a glass of water. Simmer till the powers of the seeds are properly extracted into the water.
Strain and cool the water. Wash your eyes with this solution three or four times daily. The antioxidant properties of coriander will reduce the swelling and unclog the orifices of the glands. The itching and redness will also abate quickly.
Alum has anti-inflammatory, astringent, and antiseptic characteristics. Heat some water and dissolve a quarter teaspoon of alum into it. Dip a clean soft cloth into the solution and place the hot compress on the eyes and the styes.
Press the eyelids gently so that they can absorb the heat. Repeat several times. You can also prepare a solution with a pinch of alum powder and warm water and wash your eyes twice a day with it.
This is a very simple and easy remedy which costs very little effort. Everyone is pretty much aware of the magical and overpowering healing characteristics of this simple common plant.
Remove the gel from a fresh leaf and place it on the swollen eyelids. Rub gently for a few minutes. Constant application will cause the styes to contract and finally vanish.