It seems like today, we’re putting coconut oil on everything — food, skin, hair and whatever else ails us.
Well, now it’s time to put it on our luscious lashes and brows as well.
Is it possible? Is coconut oil good for eyelashes? The answer is a resounding yes. Coconut oil can help with all sorts of problems in both men and women of all ages including fungal infections, dandruff, eyelash mites and thinning lashes.
Using coconut oil for eyelashes also improves their look and health. This versatile oil naturally moisturizes lashes and brows without drying them out afterward and promotes hair growth, leaving you with smooth and healthy eyelashes and eyebrows.
Coconut Oil for Eyelashes to Fight Infection
Coconut oil eyelashes won’t just be long and luxurious. They’ll be a strong, impenetrable fortress through which no invading army of dirt can pass. That’s because Coconut oil provides an extra layer of protection against bacteria, dirt and debris which can cause nasty infections.
But it’s not only a protective layer. Coconut oil fats are 50 percent Lauric acid, an antimicrobial and antifungal which can help fight off common eye infections like pink eye and blepharitis as well as eradicate fungus in and around the eyes.
A common cause of eye, brow and sometimes facial infection are Demodex mites. These are microscopic bugs which feed off bacteria on the skin. Coconut oil helps prevent bacteria from gathering on the skin, and using it as a topical ointment will help to prevent an infestation of Demodex mites as well.
If you do have an infestation, applying coconut oil to the affected area will help to suffocate the mites and prevent them from breeding.
Here’s how to get rid of eyelash mites naturally: Mix one drop of tea tree oil with 1 tsp coconut oil and apply it to the lashes to fight the invaders. Take care to avoid getting the tea tree oil in your eye, as it can burn.
Other essential oils for an eye infection include:
- Tea tree oil: This oil is the most powerful medicine used to fight Demodex mites. Make sure to dilute the tea tree oil if it is pure (mix 4 or 5 drops into a bottle of cleanser), or use a facial cleanser with tea tree oil to get the benefits. You can also try a tea tree soap.
- Caraway oil: Use this in the same way as you would tea tree oil, as it is quite powerful and can be irritating to the skin if it isn’t diluted.
- Cinnamon oil: This is the strongest essential oil for use against bacterial infection. For the best results, dilute this oil with olive or coconut oil and apply to the infected eyelashes.
- Thyme oil: An incredibly powerful antimicrobial. Mix this with coconut oil and apply around the eyes.
This study published in the 2001 edition of the Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy investigates the value of these essential oils in fighting off infections.
It’s important to note that these oils should not be placed directly into the eyes. This is likely to cause further complications of established eye problems. Apply the diluted solutions around the eyes gently with some cotton or a q-tip.
Coconut Oil to Promote Healthy Lashes, Brows, and Skin
It’s no secret that many people apply coconut oil to their hair and skin for a soft and healthy shine. They claim that this seemingly magical nut derivative can stimulate growth and give you lash length like no other product.
Turns out, they’re right.
This is because the fatty acids in coconut oil help to keep other vitamins and minerals locked in, so hair has all the nutrients it needs to grow long and thick. Hair follicles stay healthy, clear and functioning properly.
Coconut oil leaves hair, skin, and lips smooth and hydrated. Use it to shave with as a way to avoid razor burn and nicks. Apply it to the brows, face, and lips (or all over the body!) as an overnight moisturizer. This will help to heal cracks, drying, and scaliness, leaving you with baby-soft skin.
For smooth and silky locks, apply softened coconut oil to the hair. You can use it as a mask, washing it off after about ten minutes or leave it on overnight.
Make sure the coconut oil you’re buying is just that: coconut oil. At first glance, many products seem like they are pure, all-natural and organic, but read the label to check and make sure what you’re buying contains no additives. A good rule of thumb is to buy coconut oil that is also good for human consumption.
Whether you’re using coconut oil for an infection, as a cosmetic or just to bake some cookies with, make sure it’s high-quality stuff — and lick your fingers when you’re done!