Spice Things Up: 4 Kitchen Spices And Herbs That Naturally Relieve Dry Eye

Dry eye syndrome occurs when your eyes stop producing adequate tears. The eyes are not fully lubricated, which causes your eyes to become dry and irritated. Tear production is important to your overall eye health, as the tears help keep eye infections away and promote healthy vision. When dry eye syndrome is left untreated, it can become very painful and result in corneal damage and the loss of vision. If you want to go the natural route for preventing and treating dry eye syndrome, try these spices:

Turmeric, aka Curcumin

Turmeric is a spice that comes from Asian descent. It won't cure dry eye, but it will help reduce the inflammation that has resulted from the condition. One of the best ways to use turmeric is with a warm cup of milk. Add a little bit of turmeric, cinnamon and raw honey. Mix it well and you have a delicious yet healthy beverage that you can drink in the morning, mid-afternoon or in the evening before bed.


Paprika contains high levels of vitamin A, which has shown to be effective in treating and preventing dry eye. More than likely, you already have it in your pantry or spice cabinet. If not, you need to get it. It is one of the most versatile spices that you could have. You could sprinkle a little bit of it on fish, eggs, chicken or even potato soup. It adds flavor and nutrients.


Bilberry is a shrub similar to that of the blueberry. Early scientific research suggests that it may be helpful in reducing dry eye and improving vision in those who have been diagnosed with glaucoma. There has been more sufficient research that shows that consuming bilberry fruit may help improve retina issues in people with hypertension and diabetes.

The extracts found within the fruit are what help to improve the functioning of the tear glands while also improving oxygen supply and blood circulation. Bilberry also contains citrin and vitamin P – two nutrients that are known to help decrease inflammation, which can often cause dry eye. The best way to use bilberry is by using the leaves to make a delightful tea.


When your eyes feel itchy and dry, you should grab some spearmint from your kitchen cabinet and create a homemade eyewash. The active ingredient in spearmint is menthol, which will stimulate the production of tears and provide pain relief while leaving your eyes feeling revitalized.

You will want to boil roughly a dozen spearmint leaves in a couple of cups of water. Allow the solution to cool for roughly 20 to 30 minutes and then you can apply the solution to your eyes using a clean cloth. Alternatively, you can boil a couple of mint tea bags and place them over your eyes after they have cooled.

If you believe you have been suffering from dry eye and these natural spices don't do the trick, speak to your eye doctor about being examined for the annoying eye condition and learn what options are available for dry eye treatment.