Natural remedies for black eye are helpful when the area around the eye turns black following a blow to the eye. This trauma causes blood to pool around the delicate eyeball, which is the body’s attempt to accelerate healing.
Natural Remedies for Black Eye
- We see boxing trainers deal with black eyes all the time. They mainly apply an icy iron (like a small tire iron) to the affected eye. This reduces the swelling. An alternative is to hold a clean, cold soda can against the cheek (but against the eye itself) for several minutes. Avoid putting pressure on the eye itself. Or, to constrict the swelling, apply cold compresses to the area.
- Abstain from taking aspirin. Because it is an anticoagulant, the blood will not clot as well. Instead, the bleeding will continue longer.
- Avoid blowing your nose. If you received a severe lick to the eye, blowing your nose could cause blood vessels to burst beneath the skin in a much wider area. Sometimes the injury fractures the eye-socket bone. And blowing your nose could force air from your sinus neighboring the socket. The air is injected under the skin, swelling the eyelids even more. This can increase the likelihood of infection.
- There is always the danger that there may be internal bleeding. Therefore, you may want to visit an ophthalmologist.
Vance Ferrell Harold M. Cherne, M.D. The Natural Remedies Encyclopedia [Book]. – Altamont, TN: Harvestime Books, 2010. – Vol. Seventh Edition: 7: pp. 391.