Pink Eye Remedy

I have found essential oils to serve as an effective pink eye remedy. In the situations I am aware of, therapeutic essential oils have brought relief for pink eye within a day, and have usually cleared up the problem entirely in just another couple days.

Pink eye (or conjunctivitis) is redness and swelling of the mucous membrane that lines the eyelid. It is caused normally by a virus, and is very common. Most cases of pink eye run their course withing a period of 7-10 days. But because pink eye can be irritating and uncomfortable, most people are eager to find a conjunctivitis remedy when faced with this problem.

It is also a good idea to address pink eye when it occurs because it can be highly contagious.


The symptoms of pink eye are straightforward and as follows. . .

  • redness in the eye
  • swollen, inflamed eyelids
  • frequent tearing of the eye
  • itching and burning
  • possible sensitivity to light
  • drainage (often yellow) that can cause the eyelids to stick together

Although most of the time pink eye is caused by viruses or bacteria, it can also come about from exposure to wind, sun, chemicals, fumes, or smoke.

Pink Eye Remedy

I like the idea of using essential oils not only because they are effective, but also because they are a natural remedy for pink eye,

The three essential oils I would turn to in addressing pink eye are: Tea tree (melaleuca alternifolia), lavender, and eucalyptus radiata..

These oils may be applied for pink eye in three different ways.

  • Diffuse near the person affected, especially at bedtime
  • Rub oils on the bony area that circles the eye, avoiding direct contact with the eye
  • Apply to the vitaflex points for the eye (the pads on the underside of the second and third toes)

Because pink eye is contagious, it is good to take preventive measures by washing hands and refraining from sharing towels or wash cloths. However, if preventive measures are not effective, it's good to know essential oils can provide a simple pink eye remedy for other members of the family as well.

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