Pink eye is technically know as conjunctivitis. The
conjunctiva is the membrane surrounding the cornea. A
number of irritants can cause inflammation of the
conjunctiva. Most common for childhood pink eye would
be a viral infection. Bacterial infections, allergies
or chemical exposure can develop similar symptoms as well.
Oils that are antiviral or antibacterial may be carefully
applied around the bone socket of the eye (avoid getting any
oil directly into the eye) for those types of infection.
For small children the oils can be applied to the bottom of
the feet as well.
For allergic reactions using those oils that treat the
other allergic symptoms (Lavender, Lemon, Peppermint) will
also relieve eye discomfort. Cool compresses will add
to the relief furnished by the oils.
Oils, blends & products
Oils & Blends:
Eucalyptus, Lavender, Melaleuca, Purify
Essential oils based
Frankincense, On Guard, Oregano (dilute)
For older children and adults (those that can resist
touching the area):
Apply 2 or 3 drops each of
Lavender and Melaleuca around
the socket of the eye. Put drops in palm of hand and
apply oils from palm to eye with tip of your finger.
For younger children:
Using a hard shell eye patch (available at the pharmacy)
apply 2 drops each of Lavender and Melaleuca to 1/3 of a
cotton pad and then place the cotton pad in the eye patch.
Place the oils side of the cotton patch to the outside,
where it will not contact the eye or eyelid directly.
Place the eye patch over the affected eye.
Repeat the above procedures 2 to 4 times during the day.
At the same time rub Purify oil on the feet (
reflexology points are the big toe and the next two
At night repeat the eye treatment and rotate from
Purify to Eucalyptus for the feet. Repeat the daily
protocol until redness disappears and two days following.
Caution the child not to rub or scratch the eye and place
socks on the feet so that oils are not transferred from the
feet to other areas.
Experiences and Testimonials of others
Mara - My mother
thought she had pink eye, was diagnosed and given eye drops.
it went away, but now a week later she has a red sore on the
side of the same eye. she says it feels like a cut, but she
did not hurt it. What are some oils that would be effective?
She has a yeast problem throughout her body, and is on Lemon
for that. Could the eye sore be another manifestation of
yeast? if so, what could she try that would be sensitive
enough to use around the eyes?
Jan - I would do the Candida blend; 1
drop Oregano, 2 drops Melaleuca, 3-5 drops of Lemon twice a
day for 3 weeks. Even if the infection seems gone. Or you
could use the antibiotic blend; 2 drops Frankincense, 4
drops Oregano, 12 drops On Guard.
Then use Purify with a small amount of VCO carrier 2-3
times daily around the eye. Not in.
Au – Purify around the eye and also
Leah - I used 3 drops Oregano, 2
Melaleuca, 2 Lemon three times a day ingested by capsule and
my pink eye was gone within 36 hrs. Also homeopathic eye
drops found at local health food store for flushing,
alternated with pure saline. Could the red sore be from the
drops? Were they antibiotic drops? Even the homeopathic
remedy did cause redness around the eye that took a while
for the skin to heal. I think it was actually too much salt
solution for a prolonged period for the skin, it’s a
Natalie - I have had success with
Frankincense for sties around the eye and it is safe to put
very close to the eye itself. I would suggest she go on the
full Candida protocol with the Oregano and Melaleuca, but my
experience with eyes says this is probably a cleansing
folks recommend for children
Our thanks to:
Yesterday morning, my
little girl came downstairs to eat
breakfast. When I reached down to give her
a hug, I was surprised to see that her left
eye had a typical case of pink eye. She had
a gob of infection in the corner of her eye,
and along the bottom of her eye and the
white of the eye was now definitely PINK!
We have a new born baby and so it startled
me - and I wanted it gone immediately.
So, I grabbed for my doTERRA Modern
Essentials book.... LAVENDER. It was the
oil suggested that I felt like she needed...
and Melaleuca. We applied Lavender
across her cheeks, being careful to not get
it into her eyes. Throughout the day, as
she would come through the kitchen every
hour or so, I would either dilute the
Lavender oil ( 1 or 2 drops) with the FCO
(Fractionated Coconut Oil) and wipe it
across her face and under her eyes, or I'd
apply the Lavender alone directly under her
eyes. (I used Melaleuca once with the
Early evening the pink eye had cleared up
quite a bit, but I was still worried about
her coming in contact with any of her
friends. This morning I told her that
I needed to put "oils" on her. She said she
didn't need it. When I looked at her cute
little happy 3 year old face I was
shocked....there were NO signs of infection,
or pink eye. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE my doTERRA
Editor's note: I asked Steffanie how
she kept her daughter from getting oils in
her eye. Here is her response:
I would put the Lavender across her nose and
on her cheek bone and then in her eyebrow
(above the affected eye). She is such a
"busy-body" that I would basically stop her
as she skipped, or hopped from place to
place, put it on quickly and off she'd go
bouncing or skipping again. For her, I
didn't really think about her touching it
and getting it into her eye. By putting it
on the eyebrow, that probably helped, and
then rubbing it in the best I could so that
she wouldn't get it on her hands.
Steff - We've had a couple cases of pink
eye in our family this last week and using Lavender under
the eyes and in the eyebrow several times a day has wiped
out pink eye in one day with each child that has had the
issue. I just got fake eyelashes and my eyes are really
red...I'm also trying out the Lavender to see if it helps.
Due to the previous comment about Frankincense, I'll try
Nikki - What to do
for pink eye??
Marti - Eucalyptus and Melaleuca on the
two toes next to the big one. Alternate each every hour.
If it is a bad case put Oregano on the bottom of foot as
well and can use Melaleuca around the eye bone (not in the
eye) Can also were an eye patch to help kids stop touching
and spreading. Looks like a pirate, very cool!
Samara - Purify around the eye works
well. Also, diffusing helped a lot.
Jan - I tried the
Lavender around the eye sockets, that Rob suggested, for my
9mo. grandson, but the infection seems to be getting worse.
(he was diagnosed with conjunctivitis).? He is also on an
antibiotic eye drop from the pediatrician. It is horrible
how my daughter has to give it to him. Keeping his hands
clean, not wiping his eyes. She literally has to hold him
down (takes two of us) to put the drops in and open his
eyes. Then he cries for at least a minute after this
procedure is done 4 times a day. (We all have to keep
changing our clothes and his so the infection won't spread).
I keep telling my daughter that frequency is the key. She
was disturbed by the whiteness around the eye. I told her
not to worry, it was probably from the eye drops. Should I
put a carrier oil with the Lavender or use it neat? Or are
there any other oils besides Frankincense? I am out of that
one. Thanks for all your help,
Jessica - I have intentionally gotten a
tiny bit of Lavender oil in my older kids eyes...( and my
own!) It kicks pink eye in two applications... we put a
partial drop on the lashes...blink blink...and put a cold
rag over your eyes. it burns when it gets in…so I wouldn't
do it on a baby.
HOWEVER --- if mom is still breastfeeding... BREAST MILK
is THE best pink eye cure EVER ! Just express some milk into
a small cup and drip it into his eye.
If this were MY CHILD... I would do breast milk every
hour or two... and support with oils every few hours as
Kathy - That’s the worst feeling when
after using an oil, the symptoms seem to get worse. Often
it is a reaction to the oils working. I don't know what was
suggested, but I would consider Lavender, Helichrysum or
Frankincense. None of these are comfortable in the eye, but
around the socket they are good. You can use carrier too.
With a small child, the hard thing will be keeping his
hands away from irritated eyes. It's like torture.
I would also have Purify running (diffuser) by him all
the time. You are right frequency is the key. The sad part
about antibiotics is that they are harsh in so many other
ways. And as you use them, your body becomes less reactive
to there efficacy. Plus, as his eyes do clear, you will
never know for sure where the healing came from.
BK - Reflexology is perfect for
children. The eyes are especially responsive to
reflexology. The zone for eyes is found on the ball of the
foot on the pad just at the base of the 2nd and 3rd toes (if
the big toe is considered the 1st). I would also massage the
1st and 2nd toe. (both feet) I would use the oils suggested
above and work that zone area pretty aggressively for 1/2
hour at a time 3 times daily if possible. I really like the
advise of diffusing purify in the room. These oils
really do work!!!
Rob - Lavender should be a very helpful
and powerful oil for pink eye or conjunctivitis. The earlier
you catch it, the more helpful it will be at working through
the inflammation. Also treatment might be quick or take some
time depending on if the inflammation is allergy induced, or
an infection either viral or bacterial (least likely).
I love the suggestions here so far. Reflexology has been
shown to be very effective with the eye. I had never heard
of the breast milk, but wow. Wouldn't it make sense that
God made that an effective treatment. The diffuser is a
great idea, and if there is any suspicion that the
inflammation is allergy induced, application of Lemon,
Peppermint and Lavender on the bottom of the feet and with a
diffuser could be helpful.
Jessica - You will find that breast milk
and oils work GREAT together! Breast milk is also FABULOUS
for EAR infections...just drop it right in! and ANY skin
infection will benefit from a breast milk soaked paper owl!
I have also had GREAT success with equal parts of
Frankincense, Myrrh and White Fir for pink eye...rub around
bony part, same as before.
When Joleen saw her daughter Emily, she was almost
shocked. Her eye was bloodshot, swollen and leaking
goopy tears. She knew right away it was pink eye.
“Does it your eye hurt?” Joleen asked Emily.
“No.” She said with a big smile and a slow blink
from the infected eye. “Well, it kinda itches.” She
said with a swipe to the eye.
“Don’t touch it sweetheart!” Joleen said in almost
“Lets wash your hands.”
Joleen lifted Emily to the sink, and helped her wash her
hands, she then got a paper towel, wet it and dabbed
carefully around the eye.
“I’m going to put some oils on it sweetie.”
:”Ok.” Emily replied almost nonchalantly.
Joleen washed her own hands well, then picked out the
Purify and Melaleuca. She dripped a drop or two of
each into her right palm, dabbed her index finger in the
blend then carefully wiped along the bottom of the eye
socket, then just below the eye brow. She even put
oils on the outside of the other eye, knowing how contagious
pink eye was, and that it could spread easily. She
then took the Eucalyptus and rubbed a few drops to the
reflexology points on Emily's feet. In this case, the
two toes next to the big toe and the big toe.
She then put socks on her feet.
Joleen was suddenly glad that school had ended just a
week earlier. She talked to Emily about staying in for
a while, and about resisting the urge to touch her eye.
“I’m going to get you a pirate patch to there till your eye
is better. Won’t that be fun!”
Emily shrugged uninterested.
Joleen left Emily’s older sister to watch her while she
went to the pharmacy. Joleen got a hard shell eye
patch and some cotton pads.
When she got home, she applied the oils exactly as she
had done early, and then put 2 drops each of Purify and
Melaleuca on 1/3 of a cotton pad. She then placed the
cotton pad over Emily’s eye, with the side that she had
placed the drops on facing outward so the fresh oil wouldn’t
be on her eye lid. She then carefully adjusted the eye
patch over her eye and the pad.
“If you need to itch this, come to me and I will help
Emily nodded, then dashed off to her room.
Joleen repeated the procedure she had just done 3 more
times till it was bed time.
She then put the oil diffuser by Emily’s bed side and put
On Guard in it. She had thought On Guard would be good
for the infection in the patch, but was concerned that the
aroma would be irritating to the eye. That night she
helped Emily say a prayer that God would help her eye heal.
She felt proud that she had the oils and knew what to do
Joleen knew that the aroma from the pad in the patch
would penetrate tissues and attack the infection. Just
before tucking Emily in, she also put 3 drops of Oregano
instead of Eucalyptus, on her reflexology points on her
The next morning, Emily woke Joleen. The patch was
gone and although the redness was not totally gone, Emily’s
eye looked much better. Joleen continued the oils
around the eye a couple times a day till there was no sign
of the infection, even then she applied the oils to both
eyes a couple more times.