1. Caster Oil
Castor oil is derived from the seeds or beans of the castor plant. It contains a lot of nutrients, including ricinoleic acid, a type of fatty acid that is known to reduce inflammation. Therefore, castor oil can be beneficial in promoting growth in areas of the eyelid that may have been inflamed.
It can also help heal wounds and stimulate tissue growth, which would clear up any infections, if present, that could have been hindering the growth of eyelashes. Similarly, castor oil can also be effective in reducing dryness and getting rid of dead skin buildup.
To reap the benefits of castor oil, combine 2 tablespoons of it with 2 tablespoons of aloe vera gel, and use a cotton swab to gently apply it to your lashes, being careful to avoid the eye. After leaving it on overnight, rinse with a warm cloth. Repeat this daily for at least a couple months to get the best results.
2. Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera is well known for its soothing properties and is often used to treat burns, scars, and other skin ailments. The gel that is derived from the aloe vera plants is a carrier of an abundance of nutrients, including Vitamins A, C, E, folic acid, choline, B1, B2, B3 (niacin), B6. Aloe vera is also one of the very few plant-based sources of vitamin B12. Furthermore, it also contains minerals like calcium, magnesium, zinc, chromium, selenium, sodium, iron, potassium, copper, and manganese.
All of this is good for your eyelashes since they require a healthy body to grow to their full potential. You can either get the benefits of aloe vera by using it along with castor oil as suggested previously, or even use the gel by itself. For this, use a clean mascara wand and apply the gel on your lashes. Wash off with a warm cloth after a good night’s rest, and continue daily for around 2-3 months.
You might have heard that eggs are good for hair growth, and the ones in your eyes are no different! This is because they contain several properties that help strengthen hair follicles, including omega-3 fatty acids, zinc, vitamin A, C and E. They also contain about 6 grams of protein per egg, which will also help things along.
Beat one egg with a tablespoon of glycerin oil and use a cotton swab to apply gently on your lashes. After 15 minutes, rinse off with cold water. Repeat this at least thrice a week for a few months for thick eyelashes.
4. Green Tea
You might have heard of the advice that putting tea bags over your eyes can help reduce inflammation, aka, under-eye bags. You might be surprised to hear that this actually does work – thanks to the numerous nutrients present in tea, including the likes of Vitamin C, Vitamin B2, folic acid, beta carotene, Vitamin E. potassium, calcium, and phosphorus, as well as flavonoids (antioxidants).
But using green tea in particular, as opposed to black or oolong, will give the maximum possible benefit because it is made from Camellia sinensis leaves that aren’t put through a withering and oxidation process, leaving them largely unharmed.
To use a tea bag, you can always go with the tried and tested method of cool tea bag over eye for 15 minutes, or use a cotton swab to wipe unsweetened green tea over your lashes. Let sit for 15 minutes and rinse off with cool water. You would need to do this twice daily, for around 2-3 months.
Your eyelashes are a very delicate part of your body and need to be treated gently. Remember to always be careful when putting on or taking off makeup. Small acts like that can make a lot of difference in their health. It is also important that you eat a diet that is balanced, with plenty of essential nutrients – and that’s going to help you out in several avenues of your life!