Most women I know want bigger, longer, thicker, more luxurious eyelashes, and many have tried numerous different treatments to get those results. Unfortunately most eyelash treatments, like growth serums and eyelash extensions, can cause infections, allergic reactions, and many other issues. Yikes!
Even though using false lashes, or lash extensions seem like the quick and easy way to improve your eye area, they can actually cause more damage to your eyelashes in the long run. Most of the glues that are used to adhere the fake lashes contain formaldehyde, and prolonged usage of these glues and adhesives can cause permanent eyelash damage and loss.
Can We Really Get Longer Lashes, Naturally?
The simple answer to this is, yes! While it’s not going to be as instantaneous as false lashes, or lash extensions, it will be your own natural eyelashes, which means you get to keep them. Yay!
Vitamins Are Important
Just like the hair on our head, our eyelashes are also affected by vitamin deficiencies. If you’re eating a lot of whole, organic foods that are rich in vitamins, you likely shouldn’t be deficient, but most of us need a little boost.
If you’re not getting enough fat soluble vitamins like Vitamin C, B-Complex, and Collagen, our eyelashes will suffer and appear thinner, sparser, and have slow regrowth. Ensuring that you are well nourished, and getting all the proper vitamins, is essential for healthy hair, skin, nails, and eyelashes.
Homemade Natural Eyelash Growth Serum
There are a lot of eyelash growth serums on the market these days, even ones that come with a prescription, but most of them have all kinds of chemicals that can be damaging to your eyes, and I don’t know about you, but that doesn’t sound safe or appealing to me.
Luckily there is a much more natural way to help grow your lashes, and making a growth serum at home with ingredients you can understand is a much better way to treat your eyelashes. The combination of the ingredients in this serum will give your lashes a boost of nourishment, and you’ll start to see a positive change within weeks of continued usage.
Some of the key ingredients in this serum are:
- Castor Oil: Castor oil is known for its uh…laxative effects when taken internally, but when applied externally to the hair and skin, castor oil provides deep conditioning, Omega-6 fats, vitamins, and proteins that all help stimulate growth. You could easily use castor oil on it’s own, as I use it on my hair and scalp, but the other ingredients in this serum give it an additional boost.
- Coconut Oil: I use coconut oil for almost everything I can get my hands on, but it’s especially good in this recipe as it has additional fatty acids that are wonderful for hair growth. It also acts as a nice carrier oil for the thicker castor oil.
- Emu Oil: Yes, this oil does actually come from the Emu bird, but it’s rendered from the fat of the animal when the Emu is processed for its meat. Emu are raised all over the world specifically for their meat, and the entire bird is used so there is absolutely no waste. They also do not tolerate inhumane conditions for the Emu, and will actually improve conditions just for the bird. “Naturally rich in collagen, emu oil is regenerative in nature and also possesses anti-inflammatory and bacteriostatic properties.” (source)
- Lavender Essential Oil: Helps speed up lash growth.
Natural Eyelash Growth Serum Recipe
What You’ll Need
- 1 teaspoon Castor Oil
- 1 teaspoon Emu Oil (can substitute more castor oil if you choose)
- 1/2 teaspoon Coconut Oil
- 2-4 drops Lavender Essential Oil
- Small glass amber bottle with dropper. (I get mine here)
What To Do
- Mix all the ingredients into a small glass amber bottle.
- To use, squeeze a small drop of serum onto your finger, or onto a cotton swab.
- Gently massage onto your lash line until fully absorbed. You can do this before bed and let it sink in overnight.
- Use daily, or twice daily for best results.
Additional Tips: This serum can be used anywhere you are suffering from thinning hair like your eyebrows, or scalp. If you make a larger batch, this serum will last you up to a year as long as you keep it in a dark glass bottle, and airtight. Don’t mix this with other ingredients as the will break down the serum a lot faster, making it not as effective.
Have you tried to make your lashes longer? What are some of the ways you care for your lashes?