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Eye washes are a way to refresh tired eyes or alleviate itching or irritation. Home remedies are a natural way to soothe the eyes and are safer than commercial products. One important component of home remedies is water. Tap water may be contaminated with bacteria, metals and other microscopic materials. Distilled water is best for eye washes because it is devoid of chemicals and contaminants. Several herbs like eyebright are popular treatments for various eye ailments and diseases.

Use Eyebright

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Eyebright has been used for centuries as an herb for eye diseases. To make an eyebright eye wash, use 1 tsp. of the dried herb. Place the herb in a pot of 1 pt. boiling water and let steep for 10 minutes. After the liquid cools, strain it. Pour a little of the liquid into a clean glass eye cup and apply to each eye one to two times a day.

Use Chamomile

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The website Home Remedies for You also recommends chamomile as an eye wash for conjunctivitis. Boil 1 cup of water and then add 1 tsp. of chamomile flowers. Steep the flowers in the hot water for about 10 minutes, then strain. Once the liquid has cooled, wash the eyes once or twice a day. Other herbs to use in this manner are elderberry blossoms and fennel seeds.

Use Herbal Mixture

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In the article “Eyewash Home Recipe,” the author suggests using three herbs to make an eye wash. You'll need comfrey root, fennel seeds and goldenseal powder. Combine 1 tbsp. of comfrey root with 1 tbsp. of fennel seeds. Add the herbs to a pot filled with1 cup of water. Bring to a boil. After a few minutes of simmering, remove from heat and let cool. Then strain. To make the eyewash stronger, add 1 tsp. of goldenseal powder. Pour the herbal eyewash into an eye cup or use the palms of your hand to rinse out the eyes. Do this several times a day. The herbal eyewash can remain in the refrigerator for up to one week.