Goldenseal/Sea Salt Eye Wash
- Warm purified water on the stove. Measure out 1 cup and dump in 1/4 teaspoon goldenseal powder and stir well.
- Let steep 15 min, then strain out the goldenseal. (It has usually settled to the bottom, so at this point, I just pour off all the liquid and leave behind the goldenseal sludge).
- Mix in 1/4 teaspoon pure salt until dissolved (sea salt works).
- Use to flush the eye by squeezing from a cotton ball as you gently hold the dog's eye (s) open. Use 2-3 times daily and store in a covered jar. The mix is good for 2 days, then you need to make fresh.
Goldenseal was used historically both internally and externally for skin and digestive problems, and eye infections, to name just a few. Alkaloid compounds in the herb called hydrastine and berberine have been studied in recent times and are found to have astringent, anti-microbial, and anti-inflammatory healing properties.
In any case, this seemed to work. It caused the eye boogies to get much better almost instantly, and then finally cleared them up completely after about a (half ass) 2 week treatment. Being "on it" twice daily may have cleared it up even quicker!