Emergencies can happen, even to the most prepared person. When dealing with essential oils, there are a few things to keep in mind. Can You Put CBD Oil In Your Eye? After first putting CBD in my ear and having an amazing near-instant experience, I started wondering whether or not it was ok to put CBD directly in the eyeball – Accidentally Got CBD Oil In My Eye – Step By Step Cleaning Methods Accidents happen, and if it’s pure CBD, it may not be as big of an issue to quickly flush out with water. If there are added
Essential Oil Emergency! What Now?
Emergencies can happen, even to the most prepared person. When dealing with essential oils, there are a few things to keep in mind that can make your experience a bit safer. First, let’s discuss general tips that you should consider anytime you’re handling essential oils.
- Always work in a clean, well-lit area.
- Leave original labels on the bottles. Plant Therapy takes the extra step of putting on a top label as well. This is so helpful in grabbing the right oil! However, if your bottles don’t have this handy label, you can buy blank ones and label them yourself!
- Always wash hands thoroughly before AND after your blending session.
- Consider wearing goggles & gloves while blending.
- If using a new oil for the first time, it’s wise to use a “patch test” * before proceeding.
- Understand the oils you’re working with! Do they have cautions or maximum dilutions to be aware of? Are there contraindications with medication you may be taking?
- Be prepared! Know what steps you should take to deal with any emergency situation that could arise.
* A patch test can be used to see if an individual has a sensitivity to an essential oil. To do so, add a single drop of essential oil to 1 teaspoon of carrier. Apply this mix to the inside of the elbow and cover with a small bandage – checking after 24 hours to see if a reaction occurred. If any irritation or redness/itchiness occurs, wash the area well with warm, soapy water. Then avoid that particular oil in recipes so there are no issues later.
Now that we have the basics down, we’ll check out a few commonly asked questions we see often and hints for how to deal with those emergency situations!
Frequently Asked Questions
“My child (friend, neighbor, etc.) has accidentally ingested a quantity of essential oil, what action should I take?”
It’s important to keep your essential oils in a place where children cannot access them and be sure that your family & friends are aware they are not intended to be consumed. However, if this occurs, please follow these steps in case of an emergency:
- DO NOT induce vomiting.
- If the person is conscious, rinse the mouth with large amounts of cool water, spitting after rinsing. Then call poison control
- If the person is unconscious or not breathing, roll them onto their side (this is called the Rescue position) and immediately call 911. If the person is having a convulsion (seizure), do NOT place anything in their mouth or touch them. Move furniture or other objects away from them so they won’t hurt themselves and call 911 . Be ready to give information such as the type of oil, amount consumed, when did the event occur, and any treatment you have provided to EMS responders.
“My child (spouse, friend, etc.) accidentally got essential oil on their skin with no carrier (or neat) … what steps should I take to clean it up?”
This is a fairly common occurrence but not something to be frantic about. There are a few essential oils that do carry cautions with them as far as topical use is concerned – these should be treated with care, and if spilled should be cleaned up immediately to prevent serious skin irritations or burns. Take the following steps to reduce irritation:
- Anytime you accidentally find yourself with some essential oil on your skin, it’s best to use soap and water to clean up.
- If the skin continues to be red or irritated, then apply a thin layer of Coconut Oil or Aloe Jelly to the area.
- Consider a topical or oral anti-histamine if itching persists, and always consult your doctor if necessary.
“I’ve accidentally gotten essential oil into my eye.”
Either you’ve touched your eye after handling the oil, or it simply splashed or got a bit too close to your eye. In any case, it’s important to follow this advice:
- Flush eye continuously with cool water for at least 15-20 minutes. You can use a faucet, cup, or another device to move water across the eye area.
- Swiping the CLOSED eye with a clean cloth that has been soaked in a fatty oil, like Coconut Oil can be helpful to reduce irritation.
- Consult with a medical professional (i.e. your eye doctor) to determine if you need to be evaluated in order to ensure all is well.
“Oh no, I’ve spilled my essential oil… Now, what do I do?”
It’s always best to air out the space in question by opening up doors or windows. Even just cracking a window can help air out the space; also consider using fans to help exhaust fumes. F ollow these steps to clean up a spill:
- When cleaning up spills, wear gloves. Using paper towels or sweeping with a hand broom to pick up shards of glass is helpful.
- Once you have the larger pieces cleaned up, sprinkle baking soda or kitty litter on the rest and allow it to absorb the oil. Then sweep it into a dustpan and dispose of it in the trash. **you can also buy an inexpensive spill kit**
- Remove the trash bag from the house to an outside receptacle.
- Finally, wash hands very well with soap and water. If needed, throw soiled clothing or area rugs into the wash with a bit of extra detergent, and an extra rinse as well, to get them clean.
As always, we want to hear from you! Contact us by emailing [email protected] for any questions, concerns or comments you may have. You can join our Facebook group Safe Essential Oil Recipes and participate in lively conversation with other essential oils users. We have your safety in mind – so come hang out with us to learn even more! We look forward to seeing you there!!
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Tisserand, R., & Young, R. (2014). Essential oil safety a guide for health care professionals. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone, Elsevier.
Can You Put CBD Oil In Your Eye?
After first putting CBD in my ear and having an amazing near-instant experience, I started wondering whether or not it was ok to put CBD directly in the eyeball – like a common eye drop.
This wasn’t the first time I had this thought about putting CBD in, on, or around the eyes.
When I first had to speculate of potentially “maybe” thinking about giving this a try, was when I was last at Disney Land with my parents, my spouse, my little brother, and my sister’s son.
We took a noon-ish flight from Twin Falls Idaho and landed later that night at later John Wayne Orange County Airport.
Upon waking up the next day, my sister’s little one had reddish goopy pink eyes, with weird goop starting to form around the eyelid.
At this time, he was already taking an oral dose of CBD to help support autism, muscular dystrophy, and mainly to help him stay calm when loud noises made him plug his ear REAL tight.
After looking at his eye, I wondered, could CBD help restore normal eye function?
I mentioned this to my mom and she didn’t want to experiment on the little one, so she took him to a walk-in clinic and got some eye drops that went on to fix the situation.
After doing a bit of research to answer my questions as to whether or not it was both safe and effective to put CBD oil directly into your eye, I found it to be quite challenging to find a straight answer from a high-quality CBD blog, that also linked to authoritative medical journals.
What I found was some mixed information from only a few researchers doing clinical trials on a very small group of patients. My quick understanding of the available information is some researchers are putting CBD directly in the eye, however, Dr. Clifton mentions that taking CBD on the inside (such as CBD drops, edibles, etc) can help the eye function normally.
The best way to help your eye return back to normal function is to utilize high-quality CBD oil for internal use and “not” externally on or in the eyeball. In the near distant future, this may change and there could be various types of CBD eye drops available and recommended by medical authorities.
Currently, there are only a few CBD eye drops that some people might be using, while experiencing desirable results. However, this is anecdotal speculation and not recommended by anyone in medical authority.
What CBD eye drops are available?
The only eye drop I found, specifically made for the eye, didn’t appear to be of high quality.
Their website was poor quality, low resolution (pixelated) images, grammar issues, not linking to any authoritative research, not discussing any research.
It was quite apparent they were saying things just to say things.
They did admit there’s limited research and they also did say a few things that were COMPLETELY opposite of the medical journals we’ll discuss below.
I even found one random blog website saying THE EXACT OPPOSITE of what all the medical journals are saying (all without linking to any medical journal), but, they did lists the journals in text format – with no links to the journal.
Even though researchers are putting CBD drops in the eye, and although put CBD oil drops in your eye might provide some soothing effects, there’s not enough research available for me to want to put CBD directly inside of my eye, nor would I recommend doing so – just yet.
If I were to consider putting CBD in my eye, I would use a CBD oil that was completely pure and safe, had no random additives, sugar, or flavoring.
What can you use CBD eye drops for?
Professor of Pharmaceutics and Drug Delivery, Soumyajit Majumdar, Ph.D., is finding a specific CBD analog that may help the eye return to normal function, in a few specific areas.
Currently, there’s no officially recommended CBD eye drop that I’ve found.
Is CBD oil good for eye pressure?
According to the medical journal of Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science (IOVS), THC was shown to return the normal function of the eye and CBD interfered with THC.
In short, CBD may increase the pressure in your eye and THC might be able to lower it.
More research from the American Academy Of Ophthalmology (AAO) echoed what the IOVS said about CBD not helping return normal pressure to the eye.
In this journal, they ask an interesting question as to why the AAO and the American Glaucoma Society (AGS) recommend and support the use of smoking cannabis?
The AGS publishes on their website their position statements regarding the use of THC based cannabis and eye pressure.
Various methods, besides smoking cannabis, are available to help get the THC into the eye.
A few listed methods are oral, sublingual, and eye drops.
Two more studies (2018 & 2019) are verifying the need for more research into using THC for eye drops.
It appears to be quite clear that CBD oil will not help eye pressure.
One company may be in the process of developing a CBD analog, to be used as an eye drop to help the eye function properly.
Accidentally Got CBD Oil In My Eye – Step By Step Cleaning Methods
Accidents happen, and if it’s pure CBD, it may not be as big of an issue to quickly flush out with water. If there are added chemicals, such as essential oils, you may experience sharp burning sensations requiring oil or milk to flush out.
Pure CBD products — with no added ingredients — typically only need a 15-minute water flush. If your CBD product has an essential oil or other chemicals added, DO NOT START FLUSHING WITH WATER. Essential oil added to CBD requires you to start by flushing your eye with a carrier oil or milk.
Below, we’ll look at specific procedures on how best to flush our pure CBD or CBD containing additional chemicals — such as essential oils.
How To Clean Your Eyes If You Got CBD In It?
If your hands are dirty, you’ll need to quickly wash them before with soap and water before attempting to flush your eye with cool water.
To safely clean your eyes, all you typically need to do is flush with cool tap water (or saline solution) as soon as you possibly can — for a minimum of 15 minutes.
Flushing your eye can be done using your regular sink or shower, whichever is closer, more convenient, and cleaner.
You can also use a small cup filled with water to more easily flush water directly into your eye.
For contact wearers, before you begin splashing your eyeballs with cool water or saline, take out your contacts — as you keep flushing your eye.
Don’t rub your eye as your flush; rubbing could cause more irritation.
If your eye is still red and in pain after 24 hours, you may need to seek emergency help.
Flushing Your Eye If Your CBD Has An Essential Oil Added Or Other Added Chemicals?
CAUTION. If you got essential oil in your eye — don’t even try to start flushing your eye with water.
Classic wisdom tells us that water and oil don’t mix, and the water will actually drive the oil deeper into your eye — causing a bigger potential problem.
CBD products with added essential oils require you to start by flushing your eye with a carrier oil — such as fractionated coconut oil, regular coconut oil, sesame seed oil, olive oil, etc.
If you don’t have a carrier oil, some sources recommend using milk to help dilute the essential oil.
Just about any basic carrier oil can be used to make the stinging sensation disappear within seconds of applying the carrier oil to your eye and around your eye.
To flush your eye with a carrier oil, simply splash quite a bit into your hand and then start patting it all around your eye everywhere (not in it).
Carrier oils help to dilute the essential oil, instead of driving it deeper into your eye.
Is It Safe To Flush Your Eye With Water If Your CBD Has Other Added Ingredients?
Water is an effective solution for flushing out your eye, however, if your CBD oil has other added ingredients — such as essential oils, stevia, natural flavoring, etc. — water won’t typically be your best first method for flushing your eye.
Some CBD products may have other added chemicals and may require a quick call to Poison Control for a potentially different procedure in how to properly flush out the more harsh added ingredients.
Poison Control is a free service and has a national hotline you can quickly call, or you can get help online.
Poison Control phone number. (1-800-222-1222)
In rare instances, the poison control experts may recommend you immediately go to the emergency room.
If poison control recommends you go to the ER, make sure to take your CBD product with you for the doctors to properly identify exactly what might be in your eye.
Do You Need An Eye Flush Solution, Visine, Or Saline?
Several sources and anecdotal reports advise you not to use Visine to flush your eye out, especially if you have essential oil mixed with your CBD products.
Normal saline solution can work well for flushing out your eye if it’s a high-quality sterile solution without any added preservatives or chemicals.
Bausch + Lomb has an eye relief product that can help you find relief.
In most instances, water, carrier oil, or milk will provide you all the at-home relief you need to restore normal eye function.
How To Make A Homemade Eye Wash?
Most of the time, when you need to flush your eye, it’s an “emergency” moment where you need instant relief, and you may not have the time or patience to make a homemade eyewash solution.
Healthline has a recipe for making saline solution, and Medical News Today has a slightly different method of making your own homemade saline solution.
Both recipes for making homemade eyewash will take you time with the basic ingredients consisting of distilled water and salt.
Each requires boiling water and then letting it cool to room temperature.
If you’re in a situation where you need instant relief, water, milk, and/or nearly any type of vegetable oil will provide you with fast relief.