Swollen Eyelids
Answered by: Susan Eagles
Question from: Pat
Posted on: December 27, 2004

My eyelids are very dry. I have been putting vitamin E on them and that seems to help. They are burgundy in color and swollen. Other than that I’m in good health and I feel pretty good.

Most eye problems warrant a visit to an eye specialist. Failure to do this can result in loss of eyesight.

Redness and swelling indicates inflammation, which can be due to infection, chemical irritation or allergy. It should be treated internally as well as externally. The herbal treatment will be most effective if you consult with a qualified medical or clinical herbalist or a naturopath. A complete assessment will focus on determining the possible cause.

For a simple inflammation, use chamomile tea bags, moistened with warm water. Place over the eyes for 10 minutes, three times daily. Chamomile is anti-inflammatory.

Eyebright is an excellent eye remedy, used both internally and externally. It clears and tones the mucous membranes of the eyes, is anti-inflammatory and astringent (i.e. reduces the secretions that cause the swelling). To use externally, simmer one tablespoon of the dried herb in water for 10 minutes. Strain well and cool. Use the resulting tea as an eyewash, or soak a clean cotton cloth in the tea, and place over the eyes for 15 minutes, 5 times daily.

Internally, strengthen the immune system to help it fight an infection. Echinacea supports the immune system. Cleavers herb or red clover flowers support the lymphatic system. A liver herb, like dandelion root or burdock supports the liver to help clear the toxins.

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