My son doesn't look so good there, does he?
It is for sure not fun needing a Natural Remedy for Pink Eye or for "Goopy Eyes" anytime -- but in the summer it just seems wrong.
You know what I mean -- right? Being sick in the summer when almost no one else is sick and you could be at the pool, or outside playing -- it's just a bummer.
But it happened to my youngest this summer, and it happened big time.
It all started when he came home from a party on a Saturday and told me,
"I don't feel well, Mom."
My initial thought was that he had eaten too much junk at the party. The host had been gracious enough to serve gluten-free hotdog buns as an option, but my boys don't do well on a lot of carbs, and well -- he had had more than his fair share at the party.
Now, it could be that the overdose of carbs and party food sped things along and made the illness last longer, but it became apparent pretty quickly that the food wasn't the problem.
He. Was. Really. Sick.
Within about a half hour of him coming home, I thought he felt warm so I took his temperature, and he already had a fever. So he settled down in front of the TV and started watching YouTube videos of The Lone Ranger. 🙂 We have all become close friends of The Ranger and Tonto in our home in recent days....
Then more things happened -- his fever climbed, the aches started, a horrible sore throat ensued, and more.
It was when he ended up complaining about odd chest and back pains and mentioned some breathing issues that I called our physician and we ended up at Urgent Care.
The visit turned out to be pretty uneventful and we came home with a more comfortable, but still worn out and sick child and I proceeded to treat him naturally as much as possible with everything I could throw at the illness.
And I threw a lot at it.
Loads of natural remedies for sore throat and the like.
Since I'm very concerned about the overuse of antibiotics, and I don't like the ingredients in most OTC meds, I prefer to go as natural as possible.
Here are some other Natural Supports that I have shared previously:
The Beginning of the "Goopy Eye"
Anyhow, after a few days, my son's right eye started "gooping up". He had quite a bit of discharge and was waking up with his eye stuck shut.
I don't know what it was.
Was it Pink Eye (conjunctivitis)? Just another symptom of the virus that he had but not technically Pink Eye?
Regardless of what it was, his eye was struggling and needed support.
Years ago, breastmilk would have been my remedy of choice, but alas my nursing days are long gone, so I had to turn to other sources of healing.
I immediately looked up ways to help support his body so that his eyes would heal, and came up with several solutions, but ended up going first with a chamomile tea bag, and then with some diluted essential oils. The essential oils blend really seemed to be the way to go.
I used the following Essential Oils Blend on his goopy eye, and then when the condition went to his other eye, we used it on both. They both cleared up pretty quickly.
About a week later, my oldest got the same illness.
His, however, went right to his ear first, so we did some work using this Natural Ear Infection Remedy (and another help I will be sharing soon), but now his eyes are a goopy too so it's time to make the blend again.
Here are the details on the blend.
Ingredients for this Goopy Eye Blend
Lavender oil is helpful for supporting the immune system and also has antimicrobial action (source)
Tea Tree oil has been shown to have antimicrobial action (source)
Regarding carrier oils, you can use any quality oil. Fractionated Coconut Oil is a favorite since it doesn't stain clothing (or sheets) and has a long shelf life. However, you could also use almond, grapeseed, olive, etc.)
Since you would typically be using this blend on a child during the day and at nighttime, I recommend using Fractionated Coconut Oil to avoid the staining of clothing and sheets.
I hope this helps you when you are in need.
Why This Company for Essential Oils?
For those of you who haven't been around here a long time, if you're wondering why I went with this specific company, you can read the series here.
Or you can skip to the end here to read why I love Rocky Mountain Oils.
Important Safety Information
Here is information on diluting essential oils for children for your review.
Please also note that melaleuca should only be used on children over 10 years of age as it is high in 1,8 cineole. As an alternative for younger children, use tea tree instead of the melaleuca.
DIY Goopy Eye Essential Oil Blend
- Place carrier oil in a glass container (dark glass is better). These roll-on bottles are very convenient.
- Add essential oils.
- Shake or stir to blend.
- Apply mixture to orbital bone of affected eye, being careful not to get any oils in the eye itself.
- Store in a dark area.
Extra caution should be used when using any essential oils around children.
For children under 10 years of age, use the following blend, but do not use for children under 2 years of age:
2 Tbsp carrier oil
1 drop tea tree
1 drop lavender
It is crucial to avoid getting any essential oils, diluted or not, into the eye. Undiluted essential oils can do permanent damage to the eye. Of course, this kind of contact could easily happen by mistake so be very careful not to have this happen. See this article on Essential Oils and Eye Safety for more information.
What have you done for goopy eyes or pink eye?