Natural Solutions for Vision & Eye Disorders

by Julie Behling-Hovdal on February 29, 2012

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Are you among the 75% of American adults who wear glasses or contact lenses?  I certainly am!

In the event of a long-term emergency such as an economic collapse, we may be faced with the need to be able to deal with any number of  vision and eye conditions, both routine and serious.

Whether you want to be proactive in taking care of your health now or you want to at least be prepared to deal with eye issues in the event that medical care becomes scarce, here are some recommendations that have worked for me, my clients, and many others!

Nutrition & Eye Health

Scientists have long known the connection between proper nutrition and eye health.  People with diets severely deficient in Vitamin A, for instance, can develop night blindness which can eventually lead to full-scale blindness if not addressed.  Extreme Vitamin D and calcium deficiencies are reported to lead to nearsightedness and even more severe problems including cataracts.  Omega 3 fatty acids may also be important in eye health.

My absolute favorite supplement that helps not only with eye health, but potentially hundreds of other conditions (including heart disease, diabetes, fatigue, and much more) is NingXia Red.  1 oz. of NingXia Red has even more Vitamin A than carrots, and has the equivalent of 4 lbs. of carrots in terms of antioxidants.  NingXia Red is particularly rich in the carotenoid zeaxanthin which has been shown in studies to have a protective influence on the retina and the eyesight.

Other supplements that can be helpful for the eyesight and overall health include Mineral Essence, Omega Blue omega 3 fatty acids, Vitamin D serum, and Longevity oil or capsules.

Eye Exercises

Just as we need to exercise our bodies in order to have optimal health, our eyes can benefit from some simple exercises.  Do these simple yoga eye exercises demonstrated by Paul McCartney below several times per week as you sit at your desk at work and strengthen and tone the muscles that help you see.

These eye exercises done regularly can potentially improve your eyesight now, and be indispensable in the event eye care is difficult to come by.

Easy Yoga Eye Exercises

Essential Oils for Eye Health

Last but certainly not least, essential oils can be enormously helpful for several types of eye conditions.  Start using the oils now and store them for future use so you can be sure to keep your vision sharp no matter what happens in society.

Never put essential oils directly in the eyes, but dab them sparingly around the bony parts of the eye sockets.  For babies and children, dilute the essential oils in a carrier oil.  For additional effect, the essential oils can be massaged into the reflexes on the feet that correspond with the eyes — the bases of the second and third toes.

Far-sightedness/Near-sightedness — Apply frankincense or sandalwood and juniper oils around eye sockets above the eyebrows and on cheeks (but never in the eyes) 1-2x/day.

Macular degeneration — Take lemon oil (for dry AMD) or clove oil (for wet AMD) in homemade capsules 1x/day.

Glaucoma and Cataracts — Take clove and/or lavender oil in homemade capsules 2-3x/day.  The oils can also be diluted 20/80 and applied around eye socket and temples 1-3x/day.  1-6 oz. of NingXia Red should be taken daily depending on how fast you want results.  The other supplements for eye issues listed above are also highly recommended.

Conjunctivitis — Apply a drop of lavender around the eye sockets 2x/day.  Put two to three drops of frankincense in your hands and cup them over your open eyes 1-2x/day.

Pink Eye Purification, lavender, frankincense, and Thieves may be used to help heal up pink eye or conjunctivitis, and have helped many people heal extremely quickly from these infections while avoiding antibiotics.

Diffuse, or apply strait or diluted around the eye socket 2-3x/day for a few days, taking care not to get in the eyes.  Apply to base of 2nd and 3rd toes, the areas that correspond to the eye reflexes.

Stye — Carefully apply a drop of frankincense and/or lavender directly on the stye 2-4x/day until it heals.  For children, dilute the oil.  For babies, apply the essential oils to the bases of the 2nd and 3rd toes.

Blocked tear duct — Apply a drop of lavender oil over the bridge of the nose.

Dry eyes — Apply a drop of lavender oil over the bridge of the nose daily or as needed.

Additional Ideas for Preparedness –

If you use contacts or glasses, you will want to have an extra pair of glasses on hand in case of emergency.  This is a lot easier and cheaper than you might think.  Go through venues such as Zenni Optical online to order a pair of glasses for less than $10 in some cases!

If you wear contacts, consider storing extra contact solution as well as extra lenses.

Eyesight is precious — take the steps you need to take now so you can ensure your vision will be there for you in the long run!

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Julie 3 June 2013 crop Natural Solutions for Vision & Eye DisordersJulie Behling-Hovdal is a reflexologist/holistic healer and founder of Essential Survival where she teaches people how to prepare for the #1 cause of death in the event of an economic collapse — lack of access to medicines.  In 2005 Julie was able to get off 4 prescription drugs and heal from a 6-year stint of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and fibromyalgia with products from Young Living Essential Oils. Get a free copy of her report “Fast Track Survival Medicines” at


Statements made about the essential oils that come in the Essential Oil Survival Kit and other products offered by Essential Survival have not been evaluated by the FDA.  These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.  Anyone suffering from disease or injury should consult with a physician.

{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

shannon June 6, 2013 at 12:55 pm

How do you make essential oil capsules?

Julie Behling-Hovdal June 6, 2013 at 2:48 pm

Hi Shannon –

I demonstrate how to make capsules with essential oils in this video —

I hope this helps!!

Julie =)

Darla Welchel April 11, 2014 at 7:52 am

This was very informative, thank you. Do you also have a blog on hearing loss? I’ve just started using essential oils and have had good success with a number of illnesses and was wondering if anything can be done about my increased hearing loss. thanks

Julie Behling-Hovdal April 14, 2014 at 9:32 am

Hi Darla -

I don’t have an article on that topic yet, but that is one for me to keep in mind!

I can tell you that some people have used helichrysum oil successfully to help with hearing loss if it is related to the nerves. Helichrysum can help regenerate nerves.

Best to you,

Julie =)

Bianca June 16, 2014 at 1:17 pm

What a great post!
So for my 7 year old, how much do I use of EO and carrier oil to dilute and rub around eye socket?

Julie Behling-Hovdal June 16, 2014 at 3:56 pm

Hi Bianca -

Just use 1 or 2 drops of essential oil diluted in 1 or 2 drops of a carrier oil at a time.

Julie =)

Lyndsy August 4, 2014 at 8:53 am

Wonderful post. Will definitely try the remedy for the sty. One question, what are the side effects if the Lavender Essential Oil goes directly in the eye? Not sure if I have a steady hand, can I add a drop of the essential oil on a compress instead?


Rebecca Potter August 4, 2014 at 5:02 pm

Hi Lyndsy, lavender oil shouldn’t be placed directly in the eye, just dab it around the bony part of the eye socket. There is a herbal formula we offer called Dr. Christopher’s Herbal Eyebright Formula that can be put in the eye. To use it you would fill an eye cup with warm distilled water, place 5 drops of the Herbal Eyebright Formula (extract) in the eye cup and let it cool. Then pour the mixture onto your eye as an eyewash, blinking your eye. It’s available here

Elissa August 29, 2014 at 1:34 pm

Hi! My son was recently diagnosed with hypermetropia (both eyes), astigmatism (both eyes), and esotropia (right eye). I’ve heard of people using Frankincense and Ninxia Red for healing. I’m just not sure how much or how often I should be giving/applying them. TIA for your help!

Elissa August 29, 2014 at 1:35 pm

My son is 6 years old, btw.

Bill Hendon September 10, 2014 at 2:06 am

Good info on here. Thanks. I’m using the sacred frankincense cupping excercises for eyesight improvement and it really has helped already. Last 9 days using it and I noticed yesterday I could read a chart at work that I used to have to squent and strain to see. I don’t understand the whole economic collapse part of your article. I would remove that because it makes you sound cooky and hurts your credibility with the reader. Most people don’t think in those types of dooms day terms. A small percentage of people do but most normal intelligent people do not. Sorry to be so blunt but you want people to trust you and get help with eye problems in a natural way. I consider glasses and contact lenses to be a crutch and a hassle to deal with and a sign I’m getting older. Better health is better health.

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