A chalazion is the medical term for a cyst (a small nodule) that develops around your eye, usually caused by an infected or blocked oil gland. You will often feel a hard lump, sometimes with pain and swelling around the infected area. Here are some natural methods that you can try to treat the problem. If all else fails, then you'll need to visit an eye clinic, where a professional may suggest a simple surgical procedure to remove the lump.
A warm compress over the lump is the first thing to try. The compress will help to soften and drain the oil and remove the bacteria that cause a chalazion. Place a cloth in warm water, then wring until damp. Put the compress over your closed eye for five minutes at a time, four times a day.
Sometimes the blockage can be removed by massaging the area gently. This should be done several times a day, and can speed up the draining of the infected gland. Wash your hands thoroughly after applying the compress as instructed above, then use your fingers to massage the area gently using upward strokes. Do this for a few minutes after every compress.
Guava contains anti-inflammatory properties, which should help with the swelling and pain. Take six thoroughly washed guava leaves and warm them in a microwave for a few seconds. Place one in a clean, dry cloth, and hold the cloth over the swollen area. Wait until the leaf cools, then replace it with a new leaf, repeating until all the leaves have been used. Repeat twice a day for several days.
Acacia leaves have antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties. You can make an acacia leaf solution to treat your chalazion. Take a handful of thoroughly washed leaves and boil them in two cups of water for a few minutes. Allow the solution to cool to a comfortable temperature before removing and discarding the leaves. Soak a small clean cloth in the solution and apply the warm compress to your closed eye for five minutes. Repeat two or three times a day for several days.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar has both antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties. It can help fight the infection and reduce the swelling and pain that chalazions sometimes cause. Where possible, use an organic vinegar that is raw and unfiltered. Add two teaspoons of the vinegar to one cup of hot water. Soak a piece of cotton wool in the solution and allow it to cool before applying to your closed eye. Do this for 1 minute, three times a day for a few days. You can boost the effects by taking the vinegar internally. Drink one teaspoon of vinegar mixed into a glass of water twice a day for a few weeks.