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When eyes become inflamed and irritated, the eyelids can become crusty, swollen, and sticky. This common eye disorder is called “Blepharitis.”

Several remedies that don’t involve drugs or robust solutions can address the root problem of Blepharitis. If not appropriately treated, Blepharitis can lead to blurred vision and inflamed eye tissue.

Symptoms of Blepharitis

Some common symptoms of Blepharitis include:

  • Burning
  • Tearing
  • Irrigation
  • Red eyes
  • Blurred vision
  • Sticking or missing eyelashes, scales, flakes, or hard crusts around the base of the eyelashes
  • Inflammation of the cornea

Natural Blepharitis Remedies

Many conventional treatments contain artificial remedies that require a prescription by a doctor. However, several natural remedies can ease the symptoms and help to rid the body of Blepharitis.

  • Warm Compress – A warm compress, such as the one included in the starter kit from TheraLife, soothe inflamed eyelids and remove the build-up of crust on the eyelid and eyelashes. A warm compress can loosen the sticky crust and bring needed blood flow to the eyelids, which will speed the healing process.
  • Black Tea – Enjoy a soothing cup of black tea, then use the warm black tea bag on the infected eye. Black tea contains anti-inflammatory and antibacterial compounds and tannins that will inhibit the growth of bacteria. After squeezing the excess water, place the warm teabag on the eyelid for 10 minutes, then discard.
  • Hypochlorous Acid Eyelid Cleanser– is a natural component in the body produced by white blood cells for self-defense. We highly recommend Avenova eyelid cleanser, which is pharmaceutical grade and very pure. It is all-natural and can kill bacteria without the use of antibiotics. In addition, hypochlorous acid builds up a biofilm layer to prevent bacteria from the re-attaching back onto the eyelid -which creates reinfection.
  • Tea Tree Oil – Another natural product that contains anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial properties is tea tree oil. Tea tree oil can kill mites that are causing Blepharitis. It can also soothe dry, flaking skin and remove dandruff. Tea tree oil applied directly to the skin can irritate. Therefore, dilute the oil with coconut oil and apply with a clean cotton pad. Be aware that tea tree oil can be harsh to the eyelids and can cause irritation. Best if you find out if you indeed have mites on the eyelid before choosing to treat with tea tree oil
  • Avoid Makeup and Contact Lenses – While ridding the eyelashes from Blepharitis, try to refrain from wearing eye makeup or contact lenses. These items make proper eyelid hygiene difficult. After the Blepharitis is gone, discard the old contacts and use a new pair. The old ones may still carry bacteria.
  • Dandruff Treatments– The redness and flaking on the scalp can cause greasy scaling on the eyebrows, face, and side of the nose – lead to Blepharitis. Coconut oil, essential oils, probiotics, and omega-3 fatty acids can get rid of dandruff.  A homemade itchy scalp shampoo can kill bacteria, reduce inflammation, and moisturize the scalp. To make a toxin-free shampoo – mix raw honey, apple cider vinegar, coconut oil, tea tree oil, and rosemary oil to remove dandruff.
  • Anti-Inflammatory Foods – Eating a diet rich in anti-inflammatory foods to reduce inflammation and relieve blepharitis symptoms. Foods rich in Omega-3s, such as wild salmon, chia seeds, flaxseeds, and walnuts, can reduce the inflammation on the eyelids and boost the immune system to fight bacteria and mites. Foods such as avocado, nuts, coconut oil, and olive oil reduce inflammation are highly recommended.
  • Keep Blinking – We blink less when engaged in near-vision tasks, such as computer work. Blinking allows the meibomian glands in the eyes to secrete oil that protects the eye surface and reduce evaporative dry eyes.

The TheraLife  Blepharitis Treatment

In addition to the seven natural remedies listed, TheraLife also has a complete line of all-natural products to heel the body from inside out orally. The TheraLife All-In-One Dry Eye Starter Kit contains:

  • Four bottles of TheraLife Eye
  • One bottle of purified Fish Oil
  • One bottle of all-natural eyelid cleanser – Avenova
  • 1 Elastogel warm compress

The leader in chronic dry eye relief, TheraLife, goes directly to the source of the problem and targets dry eyes from the inside out naturally. Clinically proven to work for 84% of first-time users, TheraLife treats chronic dry eyes, blepharitis/meibomian gland dysfunction all at the same time to effectively eliminate blepharitis.

Don’t waste time on prescriptions that can worsen conditions or creams and gels containing harsh chemicals. Try TheraLife today for a natural solution to your dry, red, and crusty eyes.

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