How to Treat a Black Eye With a Hard Boiled Egg

Curing a black eye using a hard-boiled egg is an old idea. There's no scientific evidence behind it and you will find many people scoff at the idea of rubbing an egg on their faces as a way to get rid of a bruise. However, trying it out won't hurt and you might find that it actually relieves some of the pain and inflammation. Keep in mind that a black eye can indicate a more serious injury. If you have trouble seeing or are experiencing intense pain, talk to a doctor.

An egg is all you need for this quirky home remedy. (Image: pranodhm/iStock/Getty Images)

Step 1

Boil an egg until hard. The yolk should not longer be running by the time you retrieve it from the boiling water.

Step 2

Crack the egg open and remove the yolk, trying to keep the egg white as intact as possible.

Step 3

Wrap the egg white along with a silver ring. Use a soft, thin handkerchief or cloth. Make sure you do this quickly so the egg doesn't get cold.

Step 4

Apply the cloth over your eye, rubbing and moving it around until the egg cools down.

Step 5

Repeat a couple of times a day, using a new egg, until the black marks disappear.

Things You'll Need

  • Hard-boiled egg

  • Silver ring

  • Handkerchief

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