Eyes: always avoid the eyes
If an essential oil touches the eye accidentally, wipe it immediately with cotton wool coated in vegetable oil. This allows the lipid soluble essential oil to absorb into the fatty liquid. Water will exacerbate the problem, intensifying the essential oils’ irritating effects. If concerned seek medical help immediately.
Signs of Irritation
Redness or nibbling on the area. If you are concerned that an oil may be causing an irritation, dust the area with powdered dry green clay, or make up a paste using green clay and water to form a consistency that just coats the back of a spoon. Apply to the irritated area.
Any heat / redness should clear almost immediately. Repeat as necessary. It is not usually washed off. If the paste is too thick it will not be effective.