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Turmeric - An Ultimate Way to Treat Sties?

Updated on June 19, 2013

If you have ever been unlucky enough to have a sty, you know how desperately you want to get rid of them. Nobody wants to have a swollen, red, puss-filled bump in their eye. Not only it looks disgusting, it can also be very painful and it makes your eye itchy. So naturally you want to get rid of it as fast as possible. There are several ways to make a sty heal faster and turmeric is just one of those methods. In this article I want to tell you why you should use turmeric to heal your sty.

Medical Properties of Turmeric

You might already know that turmeric (Curcuma longa) is amazing Indian spice. So if you like Indian cuisine, you have probably tasted it and you might already have it in your cupboard. And if you haven’t tasted it, I urge you to do so because it is not only good for you but it also makes food taste great. But let’s return to turmeric’s health effects. It has been used for medical purposes in India for over 6000 years. In India, it is recognized as the best anti-oxidant, antiseptic and wound healer and it is an important part of many Indian systems of medicine (Ayurveda, Unani, and Siddha). Turmeric is bright, mustard yellow, powdered spice and you should be careful when handling it because the color really sticks to your skin and clothing. And it’s difficult to get off.

One reason why turmeric is so widely used for different health problems is because of its anti-inflammatory properties. These properties can help to reduce the swelling and irritation of the sty-infected eye. Turmeric also helps the sty to drain out more quickly and this will make it to heal faster.

Other good reason to use turmeric as a sty treatment is that turmeric works as a natural painkiller. Having a sty can be painful but the use of turmeric can lessen the feeling of pain.

Why Use Turmeric Eye Drops to Heal Sties

So how should you use turmeric to heal your sties? When I get a sty, I just make some eye drops out of it. I think that the turmeric eye drops are the ultimate sty cure. First of all, eye drops are really handy when you are busy. Other effective and fast way to heal sties is to use a hot compress. But if you are at work or if you are running after the kids, you don’t have time to sit down with a hot compress on your eye. And sometimes it can be tricky to boil some water for the hot compress. When you use eye drops, you can just put them into a small bottle and take with you wherever you go. And putting those drops into your eye is not going to take more than couple of second of your time.

It is also very easy to turmeric eye drops. The process is simple and you are likely to already have all that you need in your own home. And if you don't happen to have any turmeric, you can buy it from the spice section of your nearest store. These eye drops are also cheap because you don't need many different ingredients.

So are you ready to make some turmeric eye drops? Here we go!


  • 1 tsp turmeric, powdered
  • 2 cups water
  • very fine muslin cloth or a coffee filter


  1. Take 1 tsp of turmeric and mix it with 2 cups of water.
  2. Boil the mixture and keep boiling it until it reduces to half.
  3. Now just wait that the mixture cools down and then pass it several times through muslin cloth or a coffee filter. Continue until all the turmeric granules are removed.
  4. Use these turmeric eye drops 2-3 times a day and your sty should disappear extremely quickly!

After you are finished making the eye drops you can try them. Just add couple of drops into your eye and blink a couple of times so the drops will spread and you are ready. That's all! You should do this 2 or 3 times a day until the sty is completely gone. These drops work really fast so your sty should be gone within the day.


If you haven't used turmeric before, you should test that you are not allergic to it. You should try applying powdered turmeric to your skin. If you don't notice any irritation, you should be able to use turmeric eye drops.

You should notice that turmeric is a member of the ginger family, so if you are allergic to ginger, you are more likely to be allergic to turmeric. You are also more likely to be allergic to turmeric if you have got an allergic reaction to yellow food coloring.


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      CJ Kelly 3 years ago from Auburn, WA

      Sties drive me crazy. And nothing I take really seems to work great. So this is something new. Thx.