Put a chia seed in your eye? Why?
Barbara writing on Healthmad.com: "I had just that morning awakened with a really pink and swollen eye. Hated the thought of an expensive doctor visit. ... I put 3 or 4 seeds in my eye (just dropped them in to the lower lid area) and laid back with my eyes closed for a bit, waiting for the seeds to soften a bit. I could feel them but it was not painful. Well, I continued that for the next 24 hours, and my eye began to get better immediately. I never did go to the doc - by the next day the swelling was pretty much gone, with just a trace of redness left. I continued to keep a seed or two in the eye for a few days and never had any more trouble." June 11, 2008
ChrisMC writing in Ode Magazine says, "because I have dry eyes I started putting one Chia seed inside the lower lid of each night before I go to bed and removing it in the morning. I started doing this the beginning of January and when I saw my eye doctor the end of January, he said I have more moisture in my eyes than he had seen in a long time."
Where did people get this idea? Apparently it comes from an old fashioned remedy for removing a foreign object from your eye. This old guy remembers using flaxseed, which also has a gelatin-forming seed coat. So .... just put'tim in yer eye:
(And elsewhere on chiativity you can read about the woman who put a chia seed in her duck's eye.)