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Parts of this were taken with permission from Essential Oils Overview and Reference Guide, published by: The Family Tree, 2008


A stye (also sty or hordeolum) is a bacterial infection of the oil gland or sweat gland in the eyelid. It usually appears as a red irritation in the eyelash area.  Often they are painful, especially if the eye is touched or rubbed.  They can also cause burning or scratching on the eye itself and even blurred vision.

Styes commonly occur on the outside of the eyelid but, on occasion, the infected gland will be on the interior of the eyelid resulting in a small red bump visible on the outside. These types of bacterial infections are similar to pimples elsewhere on the skin and will usually drain and heal in 7 to 10 days without help.  By using antibacterial essential oils this time can be reduced to 3 to 4 days.

A more difficult type of stye is know as a chalazion.  In this instance the oil gland becomes blocked not allowing drainage.  This can prolong the infection and require more time and consistency to clear up.  In extreme cases a doctor can lance or prick the infected area to promote drainage.

Similar problems of the eyelids are xanthelasma: an age related, harmless, raised yellow area of the eyelid.  And papillomas: skin bumps on the eyelids that are also harmless but may be cosmetically uncomfortable.


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Oils & Blends:  Frankincense, Helichrysum, Lavender, Melaleuca, Protective BlendC

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Note: Be particularly careful to not allow essential oils to get on the eye itself.  It is not dangerous but very uncomfortable.  If it does happen apply additional coconut or olive oil to the area.  Do not try to wash out with water.  With children it may be best to use an eye patch after application of the oils to avoid rubbing.

Two suggested methods to apply oils are:

  Using Lavender and Melaleuca (or other antibacterial oils) mix 2 - 3 drops each in the palm of the hand and then with the finger apply the oils carefully around the eyelid.  Repeat this 2 to 3 times a day till the stye is gone.

  Using Helichrysum and Frankincense (or other antibacterial oils) mix 1 or 2 drops each on the palms of the hands. Then carefully cup the hands over the eye and include the mouth and nose.  Hold this position as the moisture from the breath and the oils mix and are carried to the area of the stye.  Repeat 2 to 3 times daily until the stye is gone.

Experiences and Testimonials of others

Rin - I'm happy to share with you my experience.  I got a stye on my right eye, and I used Melaleuca and Lavender essential oils for cure. What I did is put one drop of each oil on my palm and applied around my right eye. I did it three times a day (morning, afternoon, night) and continued three days.  In first two days, I didn't get any result, but I felt much better in third day.  And the fourth day, which is TODAY, it's completely gone! Make sure you have to dilute with coconut oil for small kids.


Courtney - I was wondering if anyone has any idea of how to help get rid of a sty in the eye?

Marti - I would try Melaleuca on the eye reflexology points and around the eye bone if it's not a really small child.

Pat - Someone said that Frankincense helped get rid of theirs but I would try Melaleuca first.

Jan (FL) - Also, it's very important that you keep the oils away from the eye itself. I have found that just by putting a drop of Helichrysum and Frankincense in the palm of my hand and rubbing my palms together and cup it over my face, my breath, out of my nose, has moisture in it and will get in the eyes without hurting or harm, as I keep my eyes open. Just make sure your hands are not close in to the face, but cupped very rounded, and keeping the edges of your thumbs touching the face. The fleshy part of the lower part of the thumb should touch just under the nose. It's like having a sauna with the oils without the hot water. Your breath is warm enough to do the job. Try it and see if it helps. It has for me. Hope this is helpful to you. Be careful not to get the oils near your eyes, it won’t harm you, it just stings a lot.

Jan (OR) - I use a similar method when my eyes feel irritated or are tired from too much computer or driving time. What I do differs in that I cup my hands over my eyes for 2 or 3 minutes, opening and closing them at a rate that feels comfortable. I like your idea of using the moisture in the breath as a lubricant. I'll try that next time.

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