Eye strain is common in this day of computers and sight-intensive desk jobs. Of course, essential oils should never go directly into the eye, even when diluted. However, you can ease eye discomfort with either a cold or warm compress.
For most eye problems -- such as sties or inflammation -- use essential oils such as lavender or chamomile because they will reduce the swelling. To create a compress, follow the suggestions for making a compress for headaches in the article How to Get Rid of a Headache With Aromatherapy. For eyestrain, use a warm compress. To reduce inflammation, including that early-morning eye puffiness, try a cold compress. If you have the time, relax with the compress on your eyes for at least five minutes, although even a couple of minutes will provide some benefit.
A quick treatment for eyestrain that is especially handy when traveling is chamomile tea bags. Because the smell of chamomile is soothing and relaxing, too, you will receive an additional aromatherapy treatment to relieve the stress of the road.
Essential oils for eyestrain and inflammation: chamomile, lavender