Five Effective Home Remedies for Styes

styesStyes can be cured by cleaning the infection and then applying mild antiseptic materials to the infected region which help to keep further infection away. Many home remedies exist for styes and some of them work extremely rapidly, although they may be a bit unpleasant.

Turmeric extract, baking soda, diluted lemon juice and tea bags are some of the common cures that are applied when a sty is first noticed. These cures focus on reducing infection and pain and we list five home remedies that are effective for curing styes.

Best Home Remedies For Styes


Boil some turmeric in water and then squeeze out the extract into a cup. Dilute the extract and apply it to the eye as a wash or as an eye drop. Turmeric reduces inflammation and also fights infection.

turmeric powder

Although the concoction will slightly sting the eyes, it is still be very effective in curing the styes and can be used three or more times in a day. You can even apply a tiny pinch of turmeric paste on the affected area to get rid of the sty.

Tea Bags

Tea acts as a mild antiseptic agent and contains antioxidants that fight most microbes, including the ones found in a sty. Soak a tea bag and press gently on the eye. Keep doing this for a few minutes every hour or every two hours.

tea bags

The water washes away the excess oil and the tea serves to fight the infection. The bag can be stored at room temperature or slightly warm, although warming will result in the better working of the chemicals in the tea.

Aloe Sap

Aloe sap is another effective remedy for curing styes. The sap of the aloe plant is a very effective anti-inflammatory and antiseptic agent. Properly applied, it reduces pain, fights infection and washes away the excess sebum that gets collected in the region.


Cut a small stem of aloe and rub the sap on the inflamed region. Do this as many times a day as you want. The sap of the aloe is very hydrating and thus it allows it to be used frequently.

Coriander Seeds

Coriander seeds, when boiled in water create a solution very similar to tea. This solution has potent soothing, anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties. All of these qualities are very useful for treating a sty which is essentially a minor bacterial infection.

Coriander Seeds

Wash your eyes with this three to four times a day for rapid healing. This prevents any secondary infection and reduces inflammation. The solution also keeps the eye healthy preventing any infection from reaching the eyeball itself and creating complications.

Hot Compress

One of the simplest and the most effective home remedies for Styes, the hot compress is the first thing to do when you feel a sty forming. Wet a towel in water and wring the excess water off. Then heat the towel till it is reasonably warm. Press the warm towel against the sty.

hot compress

It can be used as long as it is warm and it can be used constantly. This makes it a very potent cure, since there are no necessary usage intervals. Styes can be cured in a matter of a few days if treatment is administered regularly. Starting the treatment early also helps in curing the sty faster and with less pain.