What to Do If you get Essential Oils in Your Eyes

October 26, 2011

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Accidents happen; so it’s a good idea to be prepared ahead of time in case of an emergency. Everyone’s skin type is different, and essential oils are powerful; so if you use an essential oil that seems to irritate or burn your skin, you should dilute the oil by rubbing a carrier oil (olive oil, almond oil…even vegetable oil) into the spot. This dilutes the oil. Don’t use water, as oil and water don’t mix. Once you’ve emulsified the oil this way, you can wash it away with soap and water; but always dilute it with a carrier oil first.

While some people have sensitive skin, everyone has sensitive eyes. So, what do you do if you get essential oils in your eyes? Since essential oils and water do not mix, you need a substance that is safe to use in your eyes and that will quickly emulsify the essential oil, allowing water to quickly flush it all away. The answer is milk or cream. If you get essential oils in your eyes, quickly flush the eye with milk or cream until it stop burning. This should happen almost immediately. At that point, you can flush the eyes with fresh water to remove the milk.

Some aromatherapy authors advise using a fixed oil in the eye, but while this is good on the skin, it doesn’t remove the essential oil quickly enough from the eye. And while it may not hurt, it’s not fun to have olive oil in your eye either.

We had the opportunity to see this work twice this past week in two different families. Both times, a child had accidentally gotten a hold of the peppermint oil and rubbed it into her eye. Both times, the milk worked immediately. During an emergency is not the time to look up what to do. Know what to do ahead of time!

Eyes: Milk or Cream

Sensitive Skin: Plain Olive Oil or Vegetable Oil


16 Responses to “What to Do If you get Essential Oils in Your Eyes”

  1. Juanita says:

    Thank you so much for the info on milk for treating essential oils in the eye. I made the mistake of rubbing my eye immediately after using peppermint oil and was in agony. This worked like a charm.

  2. David Dana says:

    Thanks for the milk tip. One screaming 3 1/2 year old now not screaming. Thank you, thank you.

  3. Abby says:

    I had one screaming 2 year old yesterday with peppermint all over hands and was rubbing all over face/into eyes. She happens to have an allergy to dairy (includes severe irritation on skin contact), although I don’t plan on an accident with peppermint oil happening again, I was wondering if there is an alternative to milk or cream?

    • Stacy McDonald says:

      Any fatty oil will work. To me, milk is easiest to clean up if you get eo in your eyes; but, you can also use olive oil, coconut oil, or any other type of vegetable oil to dilute essential oils.

  4. Daryn says:

    Thank you so much for this info. It literally just saved my brother. He was in so much pain he was throwing up but i found this and helped him and he feel 100% better!!

  5. Marcy says:

    This was very helpful, thanks!

  6. Allen Dawson says:

    Thank you for sharing such important information. This will be helpful.

  7. Carrie says:

    This just happened to me. so happy i could find this with burning eyes. i had the peppermint essential oil on my hands. i washed my hand after but when i went to take my contacts out the oil was clearly still on my hands and therefore got into my eye. my eyes are relieved but im wondering if the redness will go away soon

  8. Roxanna Patterson says:

    Last night I accidently got Past Tense in my 11 yr old’s eye. I immediately Googled the problem and your blog entry popped up. I quickly put almond milk (all we have) on/in her eye and instantly the pain lessened. In less than a minute her pain was gone. Thank you SO much for the tip! I’m now a suscriber :)

  9. Jenn Miller says:

    This very thing happened to me today, with peppermint oil. I poured about 1/4 of a bottle of EVOO all over my little guy’s face. I didn’t know about the milk until after that. Good to know should it ever happen again in the future.

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  11. Amy Burks says:

    Thank you so much for this info! My hubby has been using peppermint straight from the plant lately and this time he got the oils in his eyes. He was in dire misery so I tried the cream and…… Viola! He is better. Thank you soooooo much!

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