Q: I have an irritated red eye for the past few days. The doc said it was eye congestion, not an infection. I am putting tear (saline) drops to moisturize the eyes, but it is still burning and uncomfortable. Any suggestions?
A: My favorite oil for eye irritation is BELIEVE blend which is a blend of balsam fir, frankincense, and rosewood. I have also had great results with FRANKINCENSE or SACRED FRANKINCENSE. Apply one drop in the palms of the hands. Rub palms together and cup hand over OPEN eyes. I move my open eyes in a “figure 8 pattern” so the oil diffuses into every part of the eye. (It is also less boring than sitting with hands over eyes for three minutes.).
It is possible that the eye may tingle and/or water, but this is normal and will not injure the eye. If it is too uncomfortable, move your hands away for a few seconds.
You can do this as often as you like, but a minimum of 4 times daily.
I would also take INNER DEFENSE morning and evening until the irritation is complete gone. This will support healthy immune function and ward of any potential infection.
Note that unlike an antibiotic, bacteria do not become resistant to genuinely pure essential oils because every single plant is different. Synthetic drugs are exactly the same every time, and bacteria quickly learn how to resist them.
The eye drops likely have a lot of chemicals that can also be irritating. Try not using the drops and see if the eye feels better. If your eyes feel dry, put a drop of peppermint in your palm and hold palms near your face or cup hands over nose, inhaling deeply several times. This usually will cause the eyes to water slightly, washing away any impurities.