Pink eye is technically know as conjunctivitis. The conjunctiva is the membrane surrounding the cornea. A number of irritants can cause inflammation of the conjunctiva. Most common for childhood pink eye would be a viral infection. Bacterial infections, allergies or chemical exposure can develop similar symptoms as well.
Oils that are antiviral or antibacterial may be carefully applied around the bone socket of the eye (avoid getting any oil directly into the eye) for those types of infection. For small children the oils can be applied to the bottom of the feet as well.
For allergic reactions using those oils that treat the other allergic symptoms (lavender, lemon, peppermint) will also relieve eye discomfort. Cool compresses will add to the relief furnished by the oils.
Oils & Blends: eucalyptus, lavender, melaleuca, oregano, Purify
Essential oils based products:
Also consider: frankincense, OnGuard
For older children and adults (those that can resist touching the area):
Apply 2 or 3 drops each of melaleuca and Purify around the socket of the eye. Put drops in palm of hand and apply oils from palm to eye with tip of your finger.
For younger children:
Using a hard shell eye patch (available at the pharmacy) apply 2 drops each of melaleuca and Purify to 1/3 of a cotton pad and then place the cotton pad in the eye patch. Place the oils side of the cotton patch to the outside, where it will not contact the eye or eyelid directly. Place the eye patch over the affected eye.
Repeat the above procedures 2 to 4 times during the day. At the same time rub eucalyptus oil on the feet (reflexology points are the big toe and the next two toes).
At night repeat the eye treatment and rotate from eucalyptus to oregano for the feet. Repeat the daily protocol until redness disappears and two days following.
Caution the child not to rub or scratch the eye and place socks on the feet so that oils are not transferred from the feet to other areas.