With all of the benefits of using frankincense essential oil, who knew it was a natural cure for pink eye. Just recently I came down with a case of conjunctivitis, aka pink eye. I was unfortunate enough to have contracted it in both eyes. It didn’t take a visit to the doctor to know what I was suffering from.
Pink Eye Symptoms
It started out with uncomfortable eyes that look like I had been crying (actually, I had been because I recently attended a funeral). Thinking the uncomfortable eyes were an after effect of crying, I figured things would clear up by the next day. Unfortunately, it didn’t. By the next day, things were worse.
The corners of my eyes along with beneath the lids were red. My eyes felt like someone had injected a substance into them to make them feel full. They were also slightly itchy. I looked like I didn’t get enough sleep. Because I was out of town when the symptoms occurred, I didn’t do very much about it.
The following day I awoke with my eyes pretty much glued together. They were red and not very attractive to look at. Even more than that they were very uncomfortable. My self-diagnosis was double-barrelled conjunctivitis. My pink eyes had to endure a 9-hour drive from out of town to back home. By the time I got home, there wasn’t much I could do but fall asleep. I awoke to a pair of unhappy eyes.
Home Remedies for Conjunctivitis
Not being one to run to the doctor, I wanted to find a natural cure for pink eye. I knew people had been suffering from pink eye way before the current run-to-the-doctor-for-everything craze. Instead of scheduling an appointment and paying an insurance copay, I decided to get online to find a non-prescriptive resolution to the problem. My first line of defense, however, prior to searching for a cure was to increase my vitamin C intake.
Next, I came across several natural cures for pink eye. Many of them involved breast milk or raw milk. Since I didn’t have breast milk or raw milk on hand, I kept searching. I then stumbled upon a few conversations where individuals used essential oils as a natural remedy for pink eye. Aha! I’ve got plenty of essential oils. I just had to figure out which one to use.
Essential Oil – Natural Cure for Pink Eye
Many of the conversations discussed using lavender essential oil to resolve cases of pink eye. By rubbing drops of lavender on the outer lid and on the side of the nose, people have successfully cured their case of conjunctivitis.
Although I have lavender essential oil on hand, I opted to use frankincense instead. Why use frankincense essential oil for my case of conjunctivitis? Well, after watching Alison Huish’s interview about how she eradicated brain cancer by using frankincense essential oil regularly, I figured what’s pink eye in comparison to a brain tumor. Pink eye should be a piece of cake for frankincense.
Applying Frankincense to My Eyes
From what I learned pink eye can be the result of a virus, bacteria or allergies. Since frankincense oil has antifungal, antibacterial, antiviral and antiseptic properties I felt it was the way to go. I put a drop of frankincense essential oil on my finger and rubbed it over my eyelids and down the inside of the bridge of my nose. I did this for both eyes 3 to 4 times a day.
On one or two occasions I got a little too close to the corner of my eye and a little of the oil actually seeped into my eye. I was surprised that it didn’t sting. It felt no more uncomfortable than if I were to wash my eyes with saline.
By the next day, I noticed improvements, so I continued it again for the second day. When I awoke on the third day, there was barely a trace of pink eye. What I did notice, however, was my eyelids were beginning to prefer frankincense oil mixed with a carrier oil. In response, I made a small mixture of avocado oil and frankincense oil. I applied the mixture just as I had applied the straight frankincense oil.
By the fourth day, my eyes were back to normal, no swelling, no itching, no redness, no discomfort. Just to play it safe, I applied the avocado/frankincense mixture for one more day.
FYI: I buy my essential oils from the Rocky Mountain Oil Company. The one I used to cure my pink eye was the Sacred Frankincense essential oil. It’s rather expensive. However, the same company makes a less expensive frankincense essential oil called Frankincense Serrata. It’s about half the price.
Natural Cure for Pink Eye Disclaimer
I feel it necessary to write this paragraph of disclaimer. What works for me may not work for you. It is my preference to find natural solutions to what ails me. I did not get a formal diagnosis of pink eye, but having had it before and having had to deal with conjunctivitis with my kids, I’m pretty sure I had pink eye. The big difference with this bout was that I chose not to use traditional methods; I opted to find a natural cure for pink eye. I am my own experiment and I rate this particular experiment a success. 🙂