Having swollen, reddish, itchy eyelids has never been tolerated by anyone. When this happens, we speak medically of a blepharitis which manifests itself by a inflammation from the edge of eyelids; precisely at the root of the eyelashes.
Exposure to irritating chemical vapors, dust can lead to this inflammation of the eyelids. But generally, its origin is microbial (staphylococcus) or viral.
It can then dissipate after a few days if it is well cared for. Otherwise, it sets in, becomes not only chronic but contagious from the person affected to a healthy person, and renders the subject virtually disabled due to the rampant itching.
How does this happen? What are its manifestations and its impact on an individual's health? Can we overcome it with plants ?
Inflammation of the eyelids: what you need to know ...
The lacrimal glands play a protective and cleansing role in the eye because they secrete a liquid, the tears, which evacuate foreign bodies from our eye and regularly and naturally disinfect it.
But when these glands can no longer play their role, permanent lubrication of the eye is no longer possible and the latter is exposed to the wind, to all the foreign bodies that can attack it. An allergic state, chemical vapor or polluted air then weakens the eyelids. These irritate, swell, redden and itch. This is the start of blepharitis (inflammation of the eyelids).
Anyone with reduced tear duct sizes, poor tear fluid quality, or rosacea (a skin disease) may be prone to eyelid inflammation.
Blepharitis is a fairly recurrent disease.
When a person has an inflammation of the eyelids, it is imperative that they put into practice some advice, before any treatment. These include, among others:
- Avoid the use of makeup products and accessories
- Do not rub your eyes to limit infection
- Ensure strict hygiene of your toiletries
This will limit the contagion and spread of the disease to other people.
How does it manifest itself?
Inflammation of the eyelids (blepharitis) usually manifests as a eye redness coupled with the impression of a foreign body in the eye.
The subject has sensations of tingling, of burns in the eyes, and one swelling of the eyelids more precisely at the level of the eyelashes.
The eyelids are then painful and the patient does not tolerate bright lights. On these eyelids, small vesicles tend to form, and when you wake up in the morning, they are glued.
Then, in extreme cases, at the time of healing, the patient may lose eyelashes.
Plants and inflammation of the eyelids, blepharitis
Inflammation of the eyelids can be overcome with virtues some plants.
The Chamomile, the Melilot, the Mauve, Elder or theEyebright are recognized for their soothing properties when treating blepharitis. Just prepare one tisane, then soak a compress to put on the eyes for a few minutes.
The cornflower meanwhile, also has many soothing, calming and above all decongestant virtues. His water in soaked compress is very effective in relieving inflammation of the eyelids.
To do this, prepare a infusion with the Elderflower, soak a compress and apply the compress to the diseased eye.
The aloe vera, in the form of powder, diluted in boiling water, is also effective in controlling this disease.
> Dosages, instructions for use:
- The use of plants such as mauve, the chamomile, the sweet clover, the cornflower or eyebright Is simple. Just choose one of these plants and:
- to prepare herbal teas leaving to infuse 1 tbsp. of the selected plant for 5 min in boiling water
- to let the infusion cool down
- to soak one or more compress (s)
- then ofapply a soaked compress herbal tea on each eye for a few minutes.
- If you want to use blueberry water, soak a compress for each eye, then apply it to the diseased eye (s) for a few minutes.
- For aloe vera, you will need to prepare eye drops. For this, take the plant in powder form, and measure ½ spoon. Pour it into 1 glass of mineral water. You then have eye drops that you can put on the eyelids.
The plants have many virtues and can give you relief. But knowing that eye inflammation is a recurrent disease, do not hesitate to consult a specialist, or take the advice of a healthcare professional when in doubt or if there is no improvement.