Essential oils from plants have been found to provide relief and healing for a wide variety of human conditions.
As aromatherapy, they can treat depression, insomnia, and Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Some are used topically as a pain reliever and deodorant.
Many are effective antibiotics, taken internally or used topically. Several have been shown even to protect against cancer and support general immune system function.
What is essential oil?
Essential oils are aromatic liquids distilled from plants (flowers, trees, roots, bushes, seeds) with a complex chemistry. They are much more potent than dried herbs (which are the plant parts with the essential oils mostly removed).
Plants produce these oils to protect themselves, attract insect pollinators, and ward off predators. Because of the nature of the concentrated extract, little of it is needed to reap its rewards.
It is important to use therapeutic-grade essential oils. A therapeutic-grade essential oil is one that is both complete in its chemical constituents and retains the innate coherent vibrational frequency of the original plant materials. This is important because the oil’s fragrance, frequency, and chemistry all contribute to its unique therapeutic effects.
One use for select essential oils is the promotion of eye health.
There are a number of essential oils that have been found to enhance vision as well as to improve the appearance of the eyes.
Before we say anything more, don’t EVER put an essential oil directly in or on the eye. If contact occurs, place a small drop of carrier oil (olive or coconut) in the corner of the eye and blink. Don’t use water, which will spread the oil around the eye. The essential oil will join with the carrier to lift it out of the eye.
There are three effective methods for applying essential oils to treat the eyes. But, at first, check it for sensitivity. You should mix the essential oil with a carrier oil (olive, avocado, or coconut) to dilute:
- Rub 1 drop of the oil between your hands and apply sparingly above the eyebrows and at the top of the cheekbones. The essence will be released and penetrate the eyes.
- Apply 2 to 3 drops of essential oil to a warm cotton cloth and place over closed eyes for 10 to 15 minutes twice a day.
- Rub 1 drop of oil between your hands and hold them cupped over-not on open eyes for 3 minutes, then over the nose and inhale 6 to 8 times each day.
Essential oils for eye health
- Frankincense essential oil – A potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant, this herb has implications for reversing cell degradation. Because essential oils are plants in their most basic form, they permeate cells readily.
- Rosemary essential oil – Reduces oxidative stress in eye cells, preventing degradation.
- Helichrysum essential oil – Antioxidant and anti-inflammatory supports nerve function, improving vision.
- Lavender essential oil – Reduces dry eyes, improves circulation, moisturizes, and helps in cell re-growth.
- Peppermint essential oil – Promotes oxygenation of eye cells and is rich in vitamins including A and C, known for promoting eye health.
General eye health
- Cypress essential oil – Strengthens capillaries and improves blood circulation.
- Clary sage essential oil – Well known in for its ability to support the vision. It reduces eye strain and fatigue with antispasmodic and anti-inflammatory phytochemicals.
- Lemongrass essential oil – Maintains and improves tissue health; dilates blood vessels, promoting oxygenation and blood flow.
- Sandalwood essential oil – Promotes circulation and healing, hydrating surrounding tissues.