Yellow eyes is a medical condition that occurs when the membrane that surrounds the eye (known as the sclera) turns yellow. This happens because the body has a high concentration of a substance known as bilirubin. Bilirubin is a waste product of the breakdown of Haemoglobin found in the red blood cells.
In a healthy human body, the bilirubin is eliminated by the liver. In the event that the liver is unable to completely eliminate the bilirubin, the excess amounts of the waste accumulate in tissues and membranes across the body. This is what causes the characteristic yellow coloration.In addition to liver problems, yellow eyes may also be indicative of a dysfunctional pancreas, gallstones as well as medication which interfere with the normal functioning of the liver. Excessive alcohol consumption may also cause the yellow discoloration of the eyes as alcohol abuse destroys liver function.
Since there are varied causes, it is important to see a medical doctor if you notice that your eyes have turned yellow. Not only does this allow for a proper diagnosis, it also helps unearth any underlying health conditions. Some of the symptoms that may accompany yellow eyes include fever, fatigue, itchy skin and feeling bloated/full even though you may not have eaten in a while. While it is important to get medication, there are home remedies that are available for natural management of yellow eyes. For the most part, these options have minimal side-effects, and are recommended as an adjunct therapy.
1. Oregano Tea:
Time Required: 20 Min
What You Need: 2 Teaspoons of oregano tea (dried or fresh leaves), 1 cup of hot water and some honey to taste.
Oregano is a rich herb whose healing properties make it a befitting choice for the natural treatment of yellow eyes. The herb’s active ingredients assist the liver function optimally, and this helps breakdown bilirubin. Consistent intake of oregano tea therefore prevents the bilirubin from accumulating in the tissues so that the yellow discoloration of the eyes eases over time. Research also shows that oregano helps reduce the inflammatory effects of one’s diet, and this goes a long way in managing the pain that is sometimes felt in the abdomen. Prepare this simple cup of tea by following the procedures below.
- Place 2 teaspoons of the oregano in a cup and add boiling hot water.
- You may use dried oregano leaves or opt for fresh ones, although the latter are preferred for their potency.
- Let the leaves steep for 10 minutes and then strain the mixture.
- Collect the tea and allow it to cool for a few minutes.
- Drink the oregano tea at least once daily to treat yellow eyes.
2. Lemon Balm Tea:
Time Required: 20 Min
What You Need: Lemon balm leaves (2 teaspoons for fresh leaves and 1 teaspoon for dried leaves), 1 cup of boiling water, strainer and lemon juice (optional).
Contrary to popular belief, this herb is not sourced from the lemon tree; instead, it acquired its name thanks to its mild lemony aroma. Its healing properties have been used to make medicine, and you can harness the balm’s benefits for the liver. Lemon balm not only cleanses the internal organs, it has also been shown to enhance the production of bile in the body. Consequently, this improves liver function and effectively reduces the amount of bilirubin in circulation. Used regularly, this great herb clears the yellow discoloration in the eyes. You may purchase the lemon balm as tea. Follow the simple directions below to get the most of lemon balm.
- For this remedy, you may use fresh or dried lemon balm leaves depending on what is available.
- Whichever the case, make sure you opt for organic leaves.
- Place the lemon balm leaves in a cup containing boiling hot water and cover then allow steeping.
- Steeping is a crucial part of the tea preparation because it allows the healing ingredients in lemon balm to infuse in the tea. Ideally, the longer you steep, the more intense the flavor will be.
- After 5 minutes, strain the tea and discard the used leaves.
- You may add fresh lemon juice for its distinct flavor as well as its refreshing properties.
- Take this tea daily to improve liver function as well as treat yellow eyes.
3. Fresh Lemon Juice:
Time Required: 20 Min
What You Need: 2 Lemons, juicer, 1 glass of warm water and honey to taste.
Lemon juice has long been used as a natural remedy for a number of conditions, among them yellow eyes. As mentioned above, one of the key causes of yellow eyes is a malfunctioning liver. By helping the liver carry out its function, home remedies such as this are, in effect, able to treat yellow eyes. Lemon juice is a natural cleanser, and when taken daily, it helps the liver eliminate waste from the body. Part of this waste constitutes bilirubin, the specific substance that increases yellow discoloration of the sclera. The method of preparation is pretty simple, and should be incorporated into one’s daily diet.
- Wash the lemons first and then roll them on a clean working surface.
- This stimulates maximum production by allowing the fibers to release the juice.
- Cut the lemons so that you have four halves.
- Using a manual juicer, extract the lemon juice from each half.
- Collect the juice and add it to a glass containing warm water.
- Avoid using hot water as this destroys the health benefits of lemon juice.
- Drink this remedy at least once daily to treat yellow eyes.
4. Milk Thistle:
Time Required: 30 Min
What You Need: 1 Tablespoon of milk thistle seeds, 1 teaspoon each of fennel and peppermint seeds, grinder, 1 glass of hot water and a strainer.
Milk thistle is best known for its medicinal properties that help detox the liver and allow optimal function. This herb is able to achieve this by increasing bile production in the liver while assisting with enzyme formation. Both functions are integral to the liver’s ability to eliminate bilirubin from the body.
Add to this the herb’s ability to decrease inflammation and soothe mucus membranes in the digestive system and it is easy to see why milk thistle is an important home remedy. Research shows that the herb is also able to reverse liver damage that is attributed to the use of certain medication. Through these modes of action, milk thistle is able to get rid of the yellow eye coloration. Prepare milk thistle tea as follows. Peppermint and fennel seeds are added to complement the health benefits of milk thistle.
- Mix all the seeds together and transfer them to a grinder.
- Grind the seeds for a few minutes to get a coarse mixture.
- Place the mixture in a glass and add hot water.
- Cover and allow the seeds to steep for 10 minutes.
- Strain the mixture and enjoy a cup of healing goodness to get rid of yellow eyes.
Time Required: 20 Min
What You Need: 1 Dandelion root tea bag (preferably organic), 1 cup of water and a strainer.
Dandelion is a popular herb which, while thought to part of the greens family, is actually a weed whose medicinal benefits make it an important remedy for liver function. The herb cleanses and rejuvenates the body, while stimulating optimal liver function. These detox properties come in handy in treating yellow eyes because when the liver is able to remove bilirubin from the body, it prevents the waste from accumulating in tissues in the body. Dandelion is one of the best ways to improve liver function and cleansing. Prepare a cup of dandelion tea by following the simple steps below.
NOTE: If you have an underlying health condition, or are on medication, consult your doctor prior to using dandelion to prevent complications. Additionally, dandelion has been shown to have a mild laxative effect. Do not use this herb if you suffer from diseases that affect the gall bladder.
- Boil the water and transfer to a cup before putting the dandelion root tea bag in it.
- Let the tea bag steep for at least 10 minutes.
- Strain the tea and drink at least thrice daily.
- Monitor the progress made as far as eye coloration is concerned.
Other home remedies that may be used for the treatment of yellow eyes include long pepper in buttermilk, white radish leaves and tomato juice. As a general rule, you need to use the remedies for a period of time before you start seeing results. Most importantly, you need to remember that yellow eyes, in mild cases with no major underlying disorders can be managed with relative ease using these remedies. If, however, the symptoms continue to intensify over the days, consult a medical doctor for a proper diagnosis and medication.