Earlier tonight, Frank and I decided to go out for sushi. Man, do I LOVE me some sushi. A lot of times, I’ll make-shift some sashimi bowls at home to save money, but when we go out, it’s a real treat.
We purposefully ignore all the “unhealthy” things involved with eating out. Bad oils, cooking with aluminum…In this case, farm-raised fish (fed corn, soy, antibiotics, food coloring, etc.), soy sauce (probably GMO, although sometimes we bring our own at Frank’s insistence fermented soy sauce when we remember), pickled ginger sweetened with aspartame (which I don’t eat actually since it gives me sharp pains in my side).
I sound like I’m just falling apart, don’t I? It’s really not that bad, visibly, but I have delayed reactions later.
Generally, I hear people in the real food community say they eat “80/20”—that is, 80% real food, 20% prepared/processed food. For Frank and I, it’s really more like 95/5. No joke. The reason?
I’m a canary.
That’s what Frank calls me, at least. You know? The canary in the mine?
Anyway, so tonight, we went out to eat a nice sushi dinner. I avoided the aspartame-sweetened ginger, we requested our cooked roll NOT be baked in aluminum foil, and we only used the teensiest bit of soy sauce!
But when we got home, my right eye started poofing up.
I honestly don’t know if it was something in the food, something the food touched, a perfume someone was wearing, the nail salon we passed on the way to the restaurant that made me retch for 60 seconds. Maybe it was something I touched and then rubbed on my eye accidentally.
I DON’T KNOW. All I know is that this kind of thing happens way more often than I’d like. The last time I wore eyeliner, one eye was swollen closed for a WEEK.
Luckily, I have an entire arsenal of natural remedies just waiting in my kitchen!
Frank was quick to say, “Baby! Let’s put something on that! What do you have that can fix it???”
What did I have?
Probiotics: Milk kefir (buy here)
The Most Powerful Anti-inflammatory Ever: Turmeric (buy here)
Starch to make a paste: Arrowroot powder (buy here)
Berkey Fluoride-Free Filtered Water (buy here)
How to get rid of a stye
Very quickly, I mixed together 1/4 tsp turmeric, 1/4 tsp arrowroot powder, and 1/2 tsp of milk kefir. Stir with a very tiny utensil, like a toothpick or a chopstick. Then, I added one drop of water at a time until the mixture became a thick paste. I applied the paste to the effected area with a clean finger, and let it dry.
After it dried, it felt very tingly, but the swelling went down almost immediately. Within 5 minutes, the swelling had reduced by half, and within 20 minutes, it was completely gone.
I think it was really important that I applied the paste as soon as possible.
If you don’t have any kefir, I think the paste would work just as well with just water. If you have milk, that’s even better because there is some sort of reaction turmeric has with milk that’s good. I don’t know enough to explain it… But either way, it’s the turmeric that helps with the swelling! I just like the idea of using kefir where-ever possible, since it’s such a superfood!
Anyway, hope this helps you next time you get a stye! Worked wonders for me!!
P.S. Eye styes can be caused by infections or by allergic reactions. The beauty of using turmeric is that it *should* work for both! It reduces inflammation AND cleanses the blood from toxins! Yay!
Will this work for internal eye chalazions?? I currently just put it on with distilled water. My eyelid feels warm and tight after putting it on. O.o
Would this work for chalazions too or only for styes? I have a chalazion on my lower eyelid for 6 months now :(
I routinely had styes through high school and they drove me crazy. It would start with the irritation, the swelling and so on. I went to an old family doctor for something else and as I was there he noticed the stye and said we can do something about that. He told me I have a Riboflavin, B2 deficiency. I picked up some at the drug store and within a day or so, it was gone. I did not take a pill everyday, but when I would start getting the symptoms, I would take a pill for a few days and no stye. I am now 65 and a couple days ago I woke up with the irritation on my right lower eye lid and sure enough, I had the small pimple thing starting. I immediately found my B2 pills and took one and and for a couple days another one. As in the past, the stye did not develop and went away. It worked for me 50 years ago and this still works now.
I have reoccurring styes and was hoping this would work, and it did not – tried the water and turmeric mix. Does this need to be performed a couple times?
I have a lower internal stye which is causing my lid to puff up. Since the stye is inside, how could I use this?
You can still apply it to the outside, and it may help.
My son had a two day old stye. I came upon this site, read your remedy, and scrambled to see what I had on hand to make this. I had tuneric, organic coconut oil, and collidial silver. Made the paste with these ingredients. Unfortunately, I could not get it on his eyelids. So I made a warm compress with distilled water and put the paste on the compress. He then could put it on his eye. And, it popped in about 25 min and is clearing up like magic. Thanks!!
Styes (chalazians and hordeolums) are never allergic. They are plugged meibomian glands that may become infectious…the later. Turmeric is naturally anti-inflammatory and can help both styes and allergic eyelid reactions. Nice recommendations.
Hi there is it ok to use corn starch instead of arrowroot powder ?it’s urgent!
I would not use corn starch. Just using water and turmeric, will work fine.
Aspartame is INCREDIBLY toxic…so if you are trying to eat healthy, this is the #1 food to avoid. Just Google it’s side effects to see what I mean.
PS – I have called myself a canary too :)
So I just came across your post before heading into work this morning. Got home and immediately began creating my concoction with what I have: Turmeric, NorCal Unfiltered Natural Honey, Colloidal Silver
Put it on 48 mins ago and for now it’s still debatable whether I’m psychologically feeling something in the works or there actually is something. Given that this stye I’ve had has been escalating throughout the weekend I’m just gonna say it’ll take longer to show results. I’ll be leaving this on overnight and post again tomorrow :)
Thank you though, for reminding me once again the wonders that is in turmeric! It’s been a while since I paid it any attention and forgot all about it.
Hope it worked!
how would it work for eyelids that Droop in the morning for like half the day,but dont have redness?is that caused by bacteria?I tried using prep H gel but it only made it worse.
If you have droopy eyelids, that is called a ptosis. Do they always droop? It might be a neurological issue. I would look for an upper cervical doctor who deals with the nerves in the base of the neck at C1 and C2 vertebrae. That will often help your eyelids, and do you have headaches? It could help that too.
First of all nice remedy, I just came across your remedy and I’ll definitely use it. And as the above guy said I too have droopy eye. It is the 6th day. Last night when I slept it wasn’t that swelly but when today I woke up droopy it is. And stuff is leaking out of there -_-
It looks like it’ll heal soon. Should I see a doctor?