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15 Home Remedies to Get Rid of Black Eye + Infographic

Black eye is basically bruising around the eye, caused due a face injury and bleeding below the skin around the eye. It is called black eye because of its dark colour of bruising. Generally, black eye isn’t very serious, but it can be serious sometimes and can cause loss of vision. Normally, the black eye heals itself in 14 days or so. To cure the black eye before 14 days, use some of the home remedies, which are mentioned below.


  • Face injury
  • Facelifts
  • Cosmetic surgery
  • Jaw surgery
  • Bug bites
  • Skin infection around the eye
  • Allergic reactions


  • Swelling
  • Pain
  • Black, blue, red or greenish colour around the eye
  • Blurred vision
  • Inability to move the eye
  • Headache

black eye in the process of healing close-up

Home Remedies for Black Eye

Nobody wants to have a black eye. It destroys the look of the whole face. The pain associated with a black eye is also unbearable.  You can overcome this pain and swelling by using the following home remedies.

1. Ice Pack

Apply an ice pack around the eye. This will numb the nerves, and you won’t feel the pain for some time. Repeat this remedy every hour.

2. Oatmeal

Soak oatmeal in warm water and gently massage around the eye for 10-15 minutes. This will provide some relief in the pain. After the oatmeal massage, apply vitamin E oil. This remedy takes 3 days to heal the black eye.

3. Witch Hazel Pads

Place witch hazel pads on the bruised eye. It will heal any kind of bruise in a couple of days.

4. Hot Water

Dab a cotton ball in hot water and apply it on the bruised eye. This will reduce the swelling from your eye.

5. Metal Spoon

Take a metal spoon and put it in the refrigerator. Take it out after a few hours and put the back part of the spoon on the bruised eye. This will work like an ice pack.

6. Pineapple

Eat pineapple or drink the juice of it. This will also help in healing the black eye fast.

7. Papaya

Like pineapple, papaya also helps in reducing the swelling and pain.

8. Arnica

Take the oil of arnica and apply it on the black eye. You can also use any cream, which contains arnica oil. This will cure the black eye really fast.

9. Potato

Take a raw potato and cut very thin slices. Put these slices in a refrigerator for like half an hour and place it on the black eye.

10. Cucumber

Cut thin slices of chilled cucumber and put it on the affected eye. This will provide help to the painful eye. This is a very good cure for the black eye.

11. Tea Bags

Take a tea bag and soak it in warm water. Then, place warm tea bag on the black eye. Remember, tea bag should be warm when you place it on your eye. This will reduce swelling and provide relief in the pain. This is one of the best treatments for the black eye.

12. Comfrey Roots

Make tea using comfrey roots and soak a cotton ball in it. Place it on the black eye and relax. Comfrey roots will soothe the nerves and the pain will be reduced. Or, you can make a paste of comfrey roots and apply it on the affected eye.

13. Popcorn

Take a plastic bag and put unpopped popcorn in it. Put it in the refrigerator and leave it for an hour or two. Then, place the chilled unpopped popcorn on the affected eye. This will also provide relief.

14. Orange

Eat an orange or drink orange juice. Orange contains vitamin C, which will help to prevent bruising.

Homeopathic Remedy for Black Eye

Arnica is a very effective homeopathic remedy for the black eye or any eye injury.

Dos and Don’ts for Black Eye

  • Do not put too much pressure on the eyeball.
  • You 2 pillows instead of one while sleeping.
  • Take complete sleep for healthy eyes.
  • Do not rub the eye.
  • Keep your chin upwards.
  • Wear glasses if you are going out.


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