If you’ve ever experienced blepharitis, you know it’s very frustrating and downright embarrassing.
Blepharitis is an eye condition that occurs when the tiny oil glands at the base of your eyelashes become clogged. When this happens, the eyelid can become dry, inflamed (red and puffy), itchy, and even infected. Another common indicator is the formation of eye “crusties” every morning when you wake up (or throughout the day in extreme cases).
Unfortunately, the medical community doesn’t have a cure to blepharitis. As a result, blepharitis sufferers have been desperately looking for a natural way to cure blepharitis.
The good news is a lot of people have had a considerable amount of luck recently with using manuka honey.
And it makes complete sense (scientifically). This is because manuka honey is an immensely powerful antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, and skin-healing agent.
How to Use Manuka Honey for Blepharitis
- Find the most potent Manuka honey you can find on the market. Anything with a UMF rating of 16 or higher is good. Get 20+ if you want the best results. It’s expensive, but it lasts a while and well worth it if it alleviates your symptoms
- Using a soft Q-tip or cloth, apply a small amount of honey to the affected area.
- Leave the honey there for 15-20 minutes and then wash it off.
- You can also try leaving a small amount on the affected area overnight.
Results may not be immediate and are best when you’re consistent with the manuka honey.
Given the medicinal properties of manuka honey, it makes perfect sense that it’s an effective treatment for blepharitis.
Other Things to Consider
Manuka honey only treats the symptoms of blepharitis. And unless you have an oil gland issue (which could very well be the case) you will want to look for the potential trigger.
For instance, one of the proposed causes of blepharitis is food allergies and sensitivities–which can cause many other issues along with blepharitis.
To ascertain whether this is the trigger, consider getting an extensive food sensitivity test done with a naturopath or regular MD. That way you can avoid any foods your body may be sensitive to. This will prevent unnecessary inflammation throughout the body.
Alternatively, you can try a dietary elimination challenge to see if you can get rid of your blepharitis that way.
If your eye is really dry and flaky, getting more omega-3s in your diet would also be a good idea since omega-3s help keep your skin soft and healthy.