Can I just say that dry, itchy eyes are the worst? At home, my eyes are fine and dandy–crystal clear and just the right amount of moisture. But when I go out, my eyes develop another personality. One that gets red and dry and irritated. Although I’ve always been armed with eye drops when I go out, I couldn’t help but think there must be a better (more natural!) way to address this problem. And by accident, I discovered an answer.
Lavender mascara is my secret!
When I first got into essential oils a few years ago, I ran across the idea of adding lavender oil to your mascara.
It sounded like great idea and I had my Young Living lavender essential oil handy, so I added a drop to my mascara. Right away I noticed my mascara stopped clumping (and smelled wonderful!).
But after using it a few times I noticed I wasn’t reaching for my eye drops as much when I went out. In fact, I was barely using them at all!
Then I remembered that lavender oil is great for dry eyes! It naturally helps lubricate tear ducts. Without even trying to, I’d finally found a way to relieve dry eyes without eye drops. * happy dance*
How to Use Lavender for Dry, Itchy Eyes
Adding lavender to your mascara (if you wear any) is one nifty way to keep a little lavender near your tear ducts, but it’s not the only way.
You can also take a drop of lavender and rub it along the bridge of your nose. This simple trick works very quickly to relieve dry eyes. You can reapply as often as necessary (so keep a bottle handy if you get dry, red eyes when you go out). I find this works really well on days I don’t wear mascara or when my eyes are acting up more than usual. It’s especially handy during the spring season!
NOTE: Do NOT ever put lavender oil IN your eyes! It will seriously burn. If you happen to get any essential oils in your eye, “wash” it out with a carrier oil like coconut oil. This will dilute the oil and help cleanse it away.
PS: I order my lavender oil from Young Living because I trust their oils to be the highest possible quality. You’ll get a bottle of lavender oil in the premium starter kit when you sign up for Young Living. Get started HERE.
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Elizabeth is the founder of The Nourished Life and has been writing about natural living for 12 years. Her work has been featured at Shape, Bustle, and Mother Earth Living. Her mission is to help you lower your stress levels and find fun ways to become happier and healthier. Read more about Elizabeth here.