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Top 5 Essential Oils for Dark Circles Under the Eyes

essential oils for dark circles

essential oils for dark circles under the eyes

Causes of Dark Circles

Dark circles under the eyes are usually assumed to be caused by lack of sleep, but there are other also other causes for these pesky dark spots. These include aging, stress, an unhealthy lifestyle, lack of sleep, liver problems, hyper pigmentation, nutritional deficiencies, seasonal allergies, sinus infections, hereditary factors, and pregnancy. The skin that can be found underneath your eyes is very delicate and a lot thinner than most parts of your body. The veins underneath your eyes are closer to the skin’s surface causing a bluish or darker shade. This is why you notice more darkness there.

If your eyes are dark because of damaged eye vessels and blood leakage, it is important that you visit a doctor and get checked immediately. Do not worry this problem can be fixed very easily, however if you leave it the way it is and the leakage is prolonged, it can lead to permanent dark circles, and nobody likes that. But, if your dark circles are caused by something else, there are remedies with the use of essentials oils that can help get rid of your dark eye circles. Please note, that essential oils MUST BE diluted for use around the eyes. The eye area is very sensitive and essential oils are very potent.

Using Essential Oils Under the Eyes

To use essential oils under the eyes, mix 1 drop of oil into 15 ml of carrier oil (apricot kernel oil works really well). Apply a drop of your mixture to your finger and lightly tap your oil onto the skin under your eyes. Don’t get too close to your actual eye, and avoid the eyelid, as you don’t want the essential oil to travel into your eye. Wipe off any excess oil.
  • Chamomile - Anti-inflammatory and soothing to the skin.
  • Palmarosa - Hydrating and rejuvenating effects.
  • Frankincense - Helps tone and tighten the skin.
  • Rose – improve elasticity and firmness, reduces dark spots.
  • Lavender – This is my favorite choice. Lavender oil is actually one of the common type of essential oils that can be found in the market today.

    lavender essential oil      

Applying lavender oil on your eyes regularly can help promote better sleep and relax your eyes. It also contains diuretic properties which help drain out any kind of fluid that can be found in your eyes that is swelling.


Hydrosols are better for use around the eyes than essential oils. They are less potent and therefore, safer. Hydrosols of lavender, rose, frankincense, roman chamomile, and geranium can all help fade dark circles. To use a hydrosol, soak two cotton pads in your chosen hydrosol and place one over each closed eye. Leave them on for 5 - 10 minutes and then rinse your face. You will notice an instant reduction in puffiness, but you will need regular treatments to fade your dark circles.

Interested in making your own hydrosols? Watch this video from Musings Under the Willow Tree as she shows you how to make lavender hydrosol. Good luck! 


Lavender oil is the best essential oil for use under the eyes because it is affordable, readily available, and it works at keeping the skin looking its best. Make sure you look for high-quality essential oils that have not been adulterated with synthetic chemicals. You must remember to dilute your essential oils and be very diligent about avoiding applying it too close to the eye. A safer way to utilize the healing power of plants is to use a hydrosol.

Try it out!

If you're looking for a product to complement essential oils, try out this Anti-Aging Under Eye Cream! Infused with Apricot Seed Oil and Vitamin K, this cream will brighten your dark circles while soothing puffiness. 

geneva naturals anti aging under eye cream

What do you do to treat your dark circles? Comment below so that other users can try out your techniques!

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