Essential oils are incredibly powerful in supporting all body systems. In fact, you can use them in places where you wouldn’t expect, like in and around the eye. Are you surprised? The truth is, I have used aromatherapy to support eye health for many years with great success. When I was teaching Aromatherapy in Japan, I demonstrated how to use rose hydrosol; first in my mouth, then misted on my face and finally, in my eye. The reaction was one of shock and then explosive giggles.
Use with Awareness
Essential oils close to or in the eyes require careful instruction. They can be caustic and excruciating if used in the wrong way. If you have ever gotten essential oils in your eye, you will know what I am talking about; it’s burning (often curse-inducing) experience.
Contrary to our instincts, water isn’t effective in diluting the oil. The best thing to do is add a couple of drops of coconut oil, jojoba, olive oil or even honey to the eye to dilute the pure essential oil. Allow your eyes to tear up and blink it out. Ahh, sweet relief within seconds. Complete the process with clean water splashed over your face. You only have to put peppermint in your eye once to know that you never want to do it again and learn how to handle them with care.
How to use Hydrosols
One of the best ways to support the health and vitality of the eye is with aromatherapy hydrosols. Hydrosols are the aromatic waters left over after the steam distillation process. They are considered to be the homeopathics of essential oils; subtle yet powerful.
Many times, I have used a spray or two of cape chamomile, lavender or rose hydrosol directly in the eye to overcome a pink eye infection or if my eyes are red, dry, or stinging (blast you Canadian winters and drying radiator heat). Relief is usually in sight within 30 minutes and the infection is cured on the first dose. If it’s persistent, spray the hydrosols up to four times a day directly into the eye. I have never had it take more than two days to clear. It’s a way more pleasant (and aromatic) experience than antibiotic drops. Hydrosols are wonderfully anti-bacterial agents and very safe to use.
How to use Essential Oils
You can support eye health with a 1-3% dilution of frankincense, immortelle and lavender on the bony protrusions around the eye socket and on the pads of the second and third toes (reflexology points that refer to the eyes).
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Frankincense has been shown to improve vision and I have read reports of people using frankincense to improve macular degeneration. Frankincense is ancient oil with many longstanding medical benefits. Some of them include rapid skin regeneration, a powerful tool for meditation and calm, a tonic for lungs especially in the case of asthma and bronchitis and many more.
For eye health, add a drop or two to the temples and massage gently and/or make a compress diluted in jojoba, coconut or olive oil and place over the eyes 3-4 times a day for up to twenty minutes. This protocol takes about two months to show improvement but it works. Wrinkles will diminish too.
Immortelle is also very effective for the eyes. It’s very useful at breaking down scar tissue and cleansing the liver (according to Traditional Chinese Medicine, the liver and the eyes are paired organs). I like to apply diluted immortelle to crow’s feet and wrinkles around the eyes to help support eye health and plump up aging skin. Immortelle is always included in all of my scar blends and mature skin formulas. It is and will always be one of my favorites.
Lavender, as previously mentioned in other blogs HERE and HERE, is your go-to-girl for all your healing needs. This essential oil rejuvenates and assist in cell regrowth, as well as moisturizes dry, damaged skin. It’s considered to have antiseptic and analgesic properties which can prevent infection and promote rapid healing. You can add it to temples, around the eye sockets, on the pads of the second and third toes, and in between the big toe and second toe on the top of the foot (to treat the liver meridian). Lavender is very gentle and effective.
Cape Chamomile is an oil that I love for eye health. It’s incredibly healing and calming for aggravated, strained eyes. I like to soak cotton balls in chamomile hydrosol to soothe puffy eyes and dark circles. Additionally, you try diluting the essential oil in jojoba around the eyes to tame wrinkles and fine lines. One of the benefits of chamomile is it smells lovely and beautifully calms anxiety.
With all essential oils, aim to vary the ones you use so your skin doesn’t develop an adverse reaction.
Vision can also be improved by doing simple exercises. I found this video on Youtube. Wow, it’s important to stretch, tone and improve our eyes every day. Check this out. I was impressed. I am sure you will see the value in these exercises, especially if you do a lot of computer work.
Here’s to perfect peepers enhanced with petal perfume!
To your health,