Tea, especially green tea, is rich in natural anti-inflammatory compounds that help reduce pain and swelling. Tea also contains tannins which have antibacterial properties that help fight infections and flavonoids and minerals which speed the healing process. To treat an eye stye, soak a tea bag in hot water for a few minutes. Remove from the water and allow to cool to a temperature that can comfortably be held in the hand. Squeeze out the excess water and hold the tea bag on the affected eye. Keep in place for five minutes and repeat every four to five hours until the stye is healed.