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Essential Oils for Pink Eye

Eyes are the windows in your soul is how the common saying goes. So you could imagine the shock you might experience if you woke up one day with pink eye. 

Pink eye, also known as conjunctivitis, is an infection that affects the eye’s outer layer and causes inflammation of the white part of the eyes. It’s a common and highly contagious eye infection.

The treatment of pink eye is dependent on its cause. While it can be treated with prescribed eye drops,  essential oils use have proven to relieve the symptoms associated with the infection quickly.

To get rid of your irritation, it may be worth checking out both methods for fast recovery.

Symptoms of Pink Eye

When the eye is inflamed, the blood vessels become dilated causing the eye to appear bloodshot and red. While there could be many factors that cause pink eye, the most common cause is usually viral conjunctivitis.

The most common symptoms of pink eye include:

  • Swelling of the eyelids
  • Itchiness
  • The red color of the eyes
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Presence of pus
  • A feeling of foreign objects in the eye

Now that you are familiar with the symptoms let’s have a look at the best essential oils that are commonly used to treat the infection.

Essential Oils for Pink Eye

Some doctors may recommend eye drops to give relief to the irritating symptoms, however, there are natural oils that help lessen the redness and itchiness rapidly. They’ll also help restore smoothness to the affected area and calm your nerves as you wait for this to pass.

1. Tea Tree Oil 

This essential oil is quite popular as a remedy for pink eye. It originally came from Australia and was widely used by the Aboriginal people to treat illnesses for thousands of years.

It works well at fighting bacteria, fungi and viruses that cause pink eye. It also works as an anti-inflammatory and is therefore effective in getting rid of the eye inflammation.

2. Lavender Oil

Lavender oil is another natural remedy that works efficiently in the treatment of the pink eye. The most important factor contained in lavender oil is that it has a calming effect and anti-inflammatory properties. It’s also good for the immune system, boosting it to fight the infection.

doTerra is one of our favorites.

3. Roman Chamomile

This essential oil is very effective in providing relief to itchy skin, and just like lavender and tea tree oil, it works as an anti-inflammatory. Due to this, it is a great option for fighting allergic reactions as well.

How to Use these Essential Oils

The first and most important thing to remember when using these essential oils is that they should never be applied directly to the eyes. Doing so will cause more intense irritation and burning, consequently aggravating the situation.

If you use lavender or tea tree oil, mix it with a carrier oil.


  • For example, mix teaspoon carrier oil with your oil.
  • Once that is done, mix the oils up thoroughly and use a cotton swab to apply it around the eye area, making sure to avoid any contact with the inside of your eyes.
  • Leave it on for about 15 minutes and then rinse it with warm water.

Don’t allow any drip of the mixture into your eyes. Finally, turn over the cloth and leave it on your eyes for another ten minute.


To avoid being infected by pink eye in the first place, it’s important to follow good hygiene habits. Try as much as you can to avoid touching your face or eyes and always make sure your hands are clean.
However, if you get infected, you can make use of the essential oils as described above to treat the situation.

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Lori Garrett August 30, 2018 at 3:39 am

very interesting–are you an aromatherapist or a doctor? just wondering


Jessica September 1, 2018 at 11:23 pm

Hi Lori!

I am neither of those but I have a passion for them as well as many years of experience looking into and researching oils. I also have collaborated with a few top brands in the industry.


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