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Saturday, 20 December 2014

Natural Honey Eye Drop: Renewed Hope for Eye Diseases

Natural honey is fast gaining grounds as a remedy for almost all manner of ailments and this highly excites me. The reason for this is not far-fetched: honey is an all round natural antibiotic because of the immense load of anti-bacteria and healing agents that are present in this natural sweetener. Take for instance the fact that the pollen in honey contains all 22 amino acids, 28 minerals, 11 enzymes, 14 fatty acids, and 11 carbohydrates. The honey comb where the bee produces its honey is said to be about the safest of places, where no bacteria can ever dare to survive. Honey as an efficacious eye drop is the current great news.

Researchers at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in Brisbane, Australia, are planning to add anti-bacterial medical honey in their clinical trials involving the use of honey as an eye drop. What has led to the effect and import of this is the frustrations that have been encountered by experts and patients in the use of traditional eye remedies such as eye drops, ointments, gels and steroids.

Another attraction for the inclusion of honey in the trending eye therapeutic approach is the disadvantages posed by the heavy chemical based forms of conventional eye medications that also tend to be resisted by the culprit bacteria in the cause of time.

And today honey in its very natural and raw form is becoming very popular for the treatment of various eye problems ranging from Dry ‘itchy’ Eye disease, Trachoma, Pink eye or Conjunctivitis which most people in Nigeria commonly refer to as Apollo, to even Glaucoma and Cataracts, etc. Apart from this presently growing resent medical discovery on honey, all through the ages natural honey has been employed in therapeutic remedies such as the treatment of mild bruises, cuts and abrasions, as well as simple allergies, common cold, etc. All of these are as a result of the fact that natural honey is packed full with anti-microbial properties.

Yes, it might sound very ancient a practice, but the ancients are a people also gifted with immense wisdom, or you may call it native intelligence as we say in Nigeria. But one of the greatest of the ancient Athenian (Greek) philosophers and pupil of Plato; teacher of Alexander the Great (384-322 BC) – Aristotle, once said “…honey is a good salve for sore eyes”.

There abound so many tear-moving testimonies of what honey has done for people, some of whom the chemical based regular and even expensive pharmaceutical eye drops have failed; these people have had remarkable recoveries just with home-made honey eye drops that when put together did not cost more than a hundred naira.

How to Make and Use Honey Eye Drops:

Dilute your honey in clean water in a ratio of 1:1. That is equal part of water and honey should be mixed together to form your eye drop. Then apply two to three drops of this solution onto the affected eye for about two to three times daily until infection clears. You should be told here also that honey does give some form of mild peppery sensation when in contact with the eye. And this is one reason for the need to dilute the honey with water, except you are able to withstand the hot tingling sensation of the undiluted substance. 

For the treatment of cataract however, it is advisable to drop undiluted raw honey into the corner of the eye at night. On the other hand also, for the treatment and prevention of cataract formation, you could mix two grams of onion juice and honey each and store in a clean container and apply to the eyes daily. Other folk remedies will include the mixture of Indian gooseberry juice with honey; it helps to preserve and strengthen your vision. You should take this juice a cupful mixed with honey twice daily for the treatment of conjunctivitis or Apollo as we call it, as well as for the treatment of glaucoma.

Have you an eye infection or so; have you a story to share or do you need some form of advice? Please do not hesitate to let me know what you have to share about yourself or, and other people’s experiences right here regarding the benefits of honey as a remedy for eye problems.

By Morgan Nwanguma

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