So I started feeling the burn in the outer corner of my left eye two nights ago…
It wasn’t long and I felt the itching. It quickly moved into both eyes, but I still didn’t know what was up. Never had pink eye before.
I awoke in the middle of the night with burning eyes and they were nearly crusted shut.
Google to the rescue.
I hate going to doctors and I hate paying them ridiculous fees even more. So I quickly found multiple websites, along with question and answer forums discussing the medicinal uses of pure or organic honey. There were hundreds of testimonials. Turns out honey is fantastic for treating burns and wounds among a plethora of other things. It’s been used since the time of the ancient Egyptians. It has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, and in addition has antimicrobial properties as well. Also hundreds of thousands of people around the world have re-learned that honey seems to even be better than traditional antibiotic creams when it comes to treating burns.
But you won’t hear that from your doctor. In fact, he or she would probably laugh at you.
So I took in a good deal of the information and decided the following morning to act on it. I went to the grocery store and purchased one little jar of organic honey and a gallon of distilled water. The trick seems to be to get the simplest and purest of ingredients – imagine that. You mean we can cure ailments with simple natural ingredients instead of pumping our bodies full of chemicals? And since I didn’t know where to raid a bee hive in January; I opted for organic honey.
(Now there is one piece of information that is important to note: Infants or babies, up until their first birthday, should not be given honey as it has been proven to hold bacteria that can cause botulism. Their digestive systems cannot deal with it yet. But after their first birthday its apparently fine.)
The recipe is very simple. Simply dissolve a quarter teaspoon of honey into a quarter cup of warm water. (It has to be warm to get the honey to dilute – I just microwaved the water for 8 seconds in a coffee mug). Your supposed to use an eye dropper but lacking that piece of equipment, I just used a little teaspoon and poured a tiny amount of the solution into each eye. I did this 5 times Sunday and once before going to work this morning. I didn’t wake up last night with any crusting and about halfway through the day today I realized my eyes weren’t burning or itching. When I got home I noted the redness was all but gone as well. I’ll continue to use the solution for a few more days to be sure, but for all intents and purposes the pink eye is gone.
So there you have it folks. Just another reason I say we have access to more information in the palm of our hands than ever before in existence, we just have to decide to seek it, rather than using it to play games or worse.
Now I spent $6 dollars on the honey and water at the grocery store, and the pink eye has all but disappeared in less than 48 hours. How much money do you think my doctor would have charged me to identify and cure this?