Spring has arrived in northern California! My favorite time of year adorns our gardens in flowers and fragrance. But, the air is FULL of pollen from weeds, grasses, hay, and trees ~ all blowing around in gusty breezes. Folks with hay fever and allergies are feeling the effects. I’m not usually bothered, but this year was different…
Had a routine eye check-up in early this month. Since I hadn’t been to the optometrist in over two years, he wanted to use dilation drops in my eyes – three different chemical solutions. (yikes!) He also noticed a slightly swollen gland on the outside of one eye, which had been mildly tender for the two days before my appointment. The exam went fine. My prescription had changed for the better and generally everything looked good.
Soothing Irritated or Infected Eyes Naturally
But as the days passed, after the exam, my eyes became more and more irritated…to the point where my left eye was red, my right eye mildly so, the inner tear ducts were inflamed with constant dried tear deposits in the inner corners. Thought I’d wait a week to ten days to see if it would clear up, but my eyes weren’t improving. Was about to call the eye doctor to see if I was having a reaction to the dilation drops, but figured since he’s rather traditional in his medical approach and not a particularly creative thinker, he was likely to suggest some other pharmaceutical which I prefer not to use.
Two weeks was long enough to see if my eyes would heal on their own. They didn’t seem to be improving. Thought perhaps therapeutic quality essential oils might help, rubbed on the bridge of my nose and under the eyebrow (NEVER in the eyes).
~ A drop of LAVENDER on the bridge of the nose, reputedly will clear blocked tear ducts. Didn’t work for this situation.
Perhaps it was an infection? I switched to a gently healing Australian therapeutic essential oil: KUNZEA. To no avail, my eyes continued to be irritated and weepy.
Pure Organic Rose Hydrosol ~ Soothes Eyes Overnight
Wondered what to do next?
Then recalled how excellent pure organic rosewater was for soothing my cat’s runny eyes. When she has spring allergies, I dampen a cotton ball, wipe her eyes gently, and any weepiness stops almost instantly. Really! We’ve seen it work over and over, even though it’s still hard to believe how effective and quick the results are.
It’s wise to be cautious with what you use ‘in’ your eyes. Felt hesitant to put the pure rose hydrosol in directly since it contains a small amount of rose essential oil from the steam distillation process. So, I tried wiping my eyes with a rosewater dampened cotton ball like I do for my cat. My eyes felt better, but still didn’t clear up.
Happened to have a freshly emptied rosewater bottle, which I filled half full of filtered drinking water. The only rosewater left in the bottle was clinging to the inner glass surfaces. Just before bedtime that evening, used a clean eyedropper and put 2-3 drops of this extremely dilute rosewater solution in each eye.
In the morning ~ less than 8 hours later ~ my eyes were clear! The irritated redness and dried tears in the corners…gone! Amazed? Relieved? You bet! Continued to use the dilute rosewater solution, morning and evening, for two more days as insurance to keep the irritation from returning. But my eyes were healed.
Now, I’m enjoying our beautiful spring weather and the glorious roses blooming all over town!