What to do if You Get Essential Oil in Your Eyes? Natural and Quick Solutions

Just because highly concentrated essential oils are natural remedies doesn’t mean they are harmless. 

Undoubtedly, essential oils are the best natural remedy for many health and skin conditions but like everything else, it’s always good to be safe. 

Even the most powerful thing can be harmful without safety. Accidents do happen and one such accident can be essential oil getting into your eyes. 

Probably only some people have sensitive skin but every human being in this world has sensitive eyes. 

Anything getting into the eyes can be harmful and irritating, especially strong essential oils that are not at all eye-friendly. 

Though few essential oils are recommended for eyes or vision conditions proper care and consultation are a must before going for the treatment. 

Touching or rubbing their eyes accidentally when the essential oil is still on the fingers, is the most common accident experienced by people. 

Don’t worry there are easy and effective solutions to get rid of the irritation if you are already facing it or if by mistake if you face it in the future. 

Here are the natural solutions if the natural remedy turns out to be harmful to your eyes:

Don’t flush your eyes using water

For god sake, avoid using water!   

Many of us are aware of the fact that water and oil don’t mix but still in such panic situations we humans tend to make an additional mistake by trying to wash off the essential oil that has entered the eyes using water. 

Usually, due to any reason, if our eyes feel irritated, we use water but in the case of essential oils, it can be a bad choice. 

Water, in fact, can spread the oil and make the eye condition worse. Any oil is not soluble in water. So the first thing you need to do is don’t use water. 

Use a carrier oil to dilute the essential oil

Always use essential oils in diluted form for safety reasons.

If you find your eyes are getting affected by the essential oil, quickly soak any carrier oil in a cotton ball and gently rub it on your eyes. 

This will dilute the oil and lessen the irritation or burning sensation which you experience in your eyes. 

However, it is always wise to use essential oil in its blended form to treat any skin or health condition as its natural form is highly concentrated and can cause many side effects. 

Suitable carrier oils – Coconut oil, jojoba oil, olive oil, and almond oil     

Vegetable oil is also an effective solution 

Even vegetable oil can dilute the essential oil.

Yes, just like carrier oil, even vegetable oil gets diluted and can give you instant relief from the irritation. 

All you have to do is, add a couple of drops of vegetable oil to cotton or tissue and wipe over the affected eye area. As it will dilute the essential oil, you will feel better in no time. 

Milk simply works better 

Milk or cream is proven to be the best to disperse essential oil, even in its undiluted form.

If essential oil gets into your eyes, one of the best home remedies is to quickly wash the eyes with milk. 

Even if the neat essential oil gets into your eyes by mistake, cold whole-fat milk will work wonders.

Immediately flush your eyes with milk to dilute and reduce the burning sensation. 

After using the milk you can flush your eyes with water. 

Clean warm water can also be tried to avoid the pain in the eyes caused due to essential oils.

These solutions can help you to deal with such sudden accidents.

Remember, sometimes even diluted essential oil can sting the eyes so ensure caution while using essential oils.

A wise piece of advice:

  • Prevention is always better than cure, hence always be cautious while using essential oils, especially when you are applying on the face.
  • Avoid as much as possible contact of essential oil with sensory organs or sensitive areas like ears, and eyes.
  • Last but not least, better seek medical assistance, if you feel the problem is not under control.

Safe practices will always help you to stay away from accidents. 

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