Earlier this summer, there were several posts popping up in the essential oils groups that I’m a part of on Facebook about how people were putting a drop of lavender essential oil in their mascara and their eyelashes started looking a ton better (longer, thicker, healthier) in just a few weeks.
I figured I’d try it too, but I wanted to know the why behind it.
Well, I found out. And I wish I could unknow (is that even a word?) the why.
I have been perfectly happy these past 34 years not knowing about this. But now that I know, I will never again put on mascara without essential oils in it.
Are you ready? Sure you don’t want to close the page and quit reading?
Ok, here it goes…
Apparently there are tiny little mites that live at the bottom of our hair follicles in our eyelashes. They are called eyelash mites (you can read more about them here).
Based on a study in the Journal of Medical Entomology, it is estimated that about half of adults carry eyelash mites.
And if you use mascara and eyeliner (that would be the majority of us ladies), it’s almost a guarantee that you have them.
Now, before you freak out, keep in mind that there is usually no issue. Mites and humans have been living together for a long time. But, when too many mites get into the root of the hair follicle in one of your eyelashes, then that eyelash will fall out.
If you end up with an infestation of them in lots of hair follicles, then that can be an issue if you are trying to maintain long and full eyelashes.
No amount of scrubbing at the end of the day can make the mites go away (they are down in the hair follicles), BUT, there are a couple of essential oils that people have used to keep them at bay.
(1) Tea Tree Oil (technically known as Melaleuca Alternifolia) and (2) Lavender Essential Oil
I personally like the smell of lavender essential oil more than tea tree oil, so that’s what I’ve been using.
To make sure that I’m getting the lavender on my eyelashes daily, I put just one to two drops of lavender essential oil in my mascara when I open a new tube and swirl my wand around the tube before applying the mascara.
Then I just apply like I normally would!
I have been doing this for around 3 months, and I can definitely tell a difference in the length and thickness of my lashes!
I’d love to hear from those of you who have tried the same thing! Were your lashes longer and thicker too?
I personally use and recommend Young Living essential oils, and you can read more about why in this post here (plus, see how you can get a free essential oils reference guide!)
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