Puffy, swollen eyes with dark circles is something we’ve all dealt with at one time or another. Whether from lack of sleep, illness or allergies, the under eye are is a sensitive skin zone that can be difficult to treat. Using natural remedies like essential oils can safely and effectively treat many skin conditions, including under-eye bags and circles. You need the right type of essential oils for topical application, varieties that work for you, and proper storage so your personal blend is always ready to go.
Right Type of Essential Oils
Topical application is the best method for treating puffy eyes with essential oils. For this purpose, Young Living essential oils of therapeutic grade are a good way to go. Therapeutic grade oils are distilled from wild plants or those grown organically to ensure the most pure and natural oils possible . Read labels thoroughly before purchasing your oils to ensure you’re not missing something. Though bottles may read “pure essential oil,” some are heavily diluted with solvents rather than water, so they are not therapeutic grade. The best thing to do is research the brands your local health food store carries or order directly from an organic supplier.
Creating Your Blend
Lavender is one of the most popular essential oils because of its relaxing aromatics and soothing effects on the skin. This oil is one of the most effective to release bags under the eyes because of the plant’s naturally soothing properties. Chamomile and rosemary are effective options, as rosemary naturally contains anti-inflammatory agents, while acting as a mild diuretic. Chamomile is also effective in lightening skin flare-ups like under eye circles. Rosehip oil is extracted from the seeds of rose fruits and is a popular choice for skin rejuvenation. This essential oil not only smells great, but soothes and restores the delicate skin under the eyes.
Mixing and Storage
Even pure therapeutic grade essential oils must be diluted before applying topically. Other oils such as olive, almond and coconut are popular choices to create your essential oil blend. Start with a base of almond or vitamin E oil in a small glass bottle or container. Glass is preferable to plastic as some plastics are made with harsh chemicals. Both oils enhance the softening and soothing effects of your under eye serum, so choose vitamin E if you have any nut allergy. For every teaspoon of almond or vitamin E oil, add 5 drops of one essential oil. You can use just one or all four, depending on the fragrance you prefer.
The Perfect Routine
Adding the application of your personalized essential oil mix to your beauty routine should show results within a few short weeks. After washing the face both morning and evening, give your bottle a gentle shake to re-mix the oils. Then apply a few dabs under the eyes and pat in carefully. Therapeutic grade essential oils are still very concentrated in a solution, so a little goes a long way. If time allows, sit quietly for several minutes without touching the face to let your skin absorb the oils. Stick to this routine and watch how quickly your under eye bags and circles disappear.
References and ResourcesUniversity of Minnesota Taking Charge: How Do I Choose and Use Essential Oils?
Young Living: Essential Oils Safety
Aura Cacia: Baoabab Eye Cream Recipe
Aura Cacia: Rosehip Under Eye Treatment Recipe
Aura Cacia: Lavender Essential Oil
Mountain Rose Herbs - Rosemary Essential Oil
Aura Cacia- Chamomile Essential Oil
Aroma Web: How to Buy Essential Oils
ResourcesAura Cacia: Soothing Facial Serum Recipe
Massage Today: Topical Application of Essential Oils