Lesson 36: Aromatic Iridology
Can the color of your eyes help determine which essential oils would be most effective for your particular health issue?
Iridology has been around for hundreds of years. It is a well-respected science, and the art of analyzing what the color and structure of the eye reveals to a trained Aromatherapists. It has been found to provide valuable health information about an individual; information that can guide us towards an individual’s strengths and weaknesses. Iridology cannot name what diseases may be in the body; it is not used for diagnoses. It is a tool for assessing conditions and levels of health on a physical and mental level, as well as for emotional aspects.
Iridology can be approached in a very complex manner, or (as presented in this book) a very simple, user-friendly, tool that can guide even the beginner Aromatherapists towards the essential oils that will give the quickest and most long-term results. The method presented here combines the basics of both iridology and aromatherapy. It is just one more method that can help you decide which essential oils might benefit you or others.
Eye Color: The Essential Answer
The method presented here revolves around the three main eye colors: blue, brown, and mixed. According to iridology studies, each eye-type has physical, mental, and emotional strengths. Each eye-type also has specific tendencies toward weakness in these same three categories. The weaknesses of one eye color are another eye color’s strengths; happily, we each get the strengths of both “other” eye colors not our own. Here, only weaknesses are discussed because knowing the general weaknesses of each eye color can be the key to understanding how to target and strengthen underlying health issues and this can help us decide which essential oils might be best.
Blue Eye: Lymphatic Genotype
The blue eye appears in several shades; blue-white, blue-grey, white-blue, blue-black, greenish-blue, or grey. According to iridology, the main areas of weakness for a blue-eyed person (on a physical level) are found in the lymphatic system, which is why “the blue eye” group is called the Lymphatic Genotype. Blue-eyed people also have inherent weaknesses in the skin, respiratory system, urinary system, mucous membranes, kidneys, and adrenals. These areas of weakness may manifest themselves in a variety of symptoms or afflictions, such as over-stressed kidneys, adrenal weakness, thyroid issues, acne, dandruff, dry skin, eczema, allergies, swollen glands, arthritis, rheumatism, sinus issues and nasal congestion, coughing, sneezing, stiffness, aching muscles, vaginal discharge, water retention, infection of the mucous membranes, or an overactive immune system. Common reaction sites include adenoids, tonsils, upper respiratory, lungs, genitourinary tract, lining of stomach, and intestines. Their mental and emotional weakness is restlessness. A social and emotional weakness is an inability to give and receive. Blue-eyed people may also find it difficult to deal with emotional pain or forgiveness, may experience diminishing flexibility, and have a tendency toward limiting self-perception.
Brown Eye: Hematogenic Genotype
The brown eye does not come in as many shades as the blue eye. Colors range from light-brown to dark-brown to black-brown. The major areas of potential physical challenges for brown-eyed people are mostly blood-related, which is why this group is called the hematogenic genotype. They tend to have blood imbalances, circulatory disorders, mineral deficiencies, liver and gall bladder issues, imbalances in the hormonal system, and weakness in the gastrointestinal tract. The main body systems that need focus are the digestive and circulatory systems. Weaknesses in these systems show up in many different ways. The list includes anemia, thick blood, and blood diseases resulting from the body’s inability to maintain proper levels of minerals such as iodine, copper, arsenic, zinc, and iron. These weaknesses may result in circulatory insufficiency, varicose veins, arteriosclerosis, liver congestion, gallbladder congestion, spleen insufficiency, and also glandular system weaknesses such as in the pineal, pituitary, thymus, or gonads. Disturbances in the gastrointestinal tract may appear as constipation, digestive pains and problems, toxicity, spasmodic aches and pains leading to severe illness. Emotional symptoms common for the brown eye are: anger and resentment, repression of expression, and emotional fluctuations. Although brown-eyed people are good at giving, they have difficulty receiving. They can become obsessive, allowing their desires and emotions to rule them. It is important to notice that most of these physical and emotional weaknesses are often called “silent killers” because issues in the circulatory system or gastrointestinal tract often go undetected until suddenly manifested in an emergency situation such as heart attack or colon cancer.
Mixed Eye: Biliary Genotype
The colors of the mixed-eye genotype are just that—mixed! Mixed eyes are generally very beautiful. Not only are they diverse colors, they also vary in pattern: blue-brown, light-brown, green with brown centers, amber, green with an amber center, or blue with a brown center. The mixed eye is a modern-day phenomenon. Hundreds of years ago there were only two eye colors—blue and brown. As people migrated from continent to continent and inter-married, a new eye type emerged. Mixed-eyed people can have both the strengths and weaknesses of the blue- and brown-eyed people.
One distinct weakness for the mixed-eye type is pancreatic function and all organs that produce bile; that is why this group is called the biliary genotype. Disease pathways of the biliary eye include gastrointestinal and digestive issues such as constipation, diarrhea, and flatulence. Mixed-eyed people are also prone to liver and gallbladder insufficiencies, which may lead to blood toxicities. On an emotional level, mixed-eye persons may struggle receiving (due to the blue in their eyes); or they may experience anger and resentment (due to the brown in their eyes). Grief, sadness, and feeling vulnerable are often seen in mixed-eyed people. Due to having both blue and brown in their eyes, people with mixed eyes sometimes experience confusion and frustration in self-identification.
Making Use of Eye Colors for Aromatherapy
So how do we use information on each eye type to choose which essential oil or blend to use?
The answer lies in the core systems of weakness for each eye color. For example, all three eye types may have stomach complaints, and we could choose oils traditionally known to help ease stomach pain. While we may select an oil that works for one person, that same oil may not work for another. A blue-eyed person’s stomach issues may be the result of an under-active lymphatic system, while the brown-eyed individual’s stomach issues will most likely be the result of poor circulation. The stomach issues of someone with mixed eyes may be a result of a poorly functioning liver or gall bladder that may be putting strain on the stomach for digestion.
As an iridologist in a clinical setting, I would select essential oils according to eye color in order to strengthen areas known to be inherently weak for that genotype. For a digestion issue in a brown-eyed client, I may choose Orange (Citrus sinensis) because it is not only good for digestive disorders, it is also a hepatic stimulant that supports the liver to produce bile. For someone with blue eyes, Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare) has the perfect therapeutic properties for stomach issues because it is a stomach as well as an expectorant to address the excess mucus that a blue-eyed person would most likely have. Coriander (Coriandrum sativum) is a balancing digestive aid and a general tonic for the pancreas—exactly what a mixed-eyed client needs.
With this in mind, begin by listing the therapeutic properties you would want for a particular eye color when creating synergistic blends. Choose oils that have the most therapeutic properties in common with your list, and voila! You should be able to create a blend tailor-made to work almost every time for an individual with that eye color. Even someone with the most basic knowledge of the most commonly used essential oils, and their main therapeutic qualities, can easily determine which essential oil or oils would be best.
Sometimes a condition, disease, or illness will occur that is not consistent with an eye color. For example, a blue-eyed person getting diabetes or heart disease, neither of which are inherent weaknesses of the blue eye. On the contrary, pancreatic and heart function should be a blue-eyed person’s strengths. Whenever I am asked about this phenomenon, I tell the story of the Titanic.
The Titanic was built to never sink. It was built with ten holding tanks purposely so that if one tank filled with water, the others would keep it afloat. Unfortunately, when the Titanic hit the iceberg, water overflowed from one tank to the next until the Titanic sank to the bottom of the sea. Our bodies are similar. We have ten major body systems, and were born with weak systems and strong systems. When a weak system becomes overburdened from genetics, the environment, or poor health habits, the “water” overflows from one tank to another, so to speak, and we develop symptoms and diseases that should not be—they should be our strengths.
We need to continually strengthen our weak systems so that they can support the “water” (vitality) in our body, and not overburden our strengths. We need to keep our bodies balanced, healthy, and “afloat.” Using essential oils with a focus on turning our weaknesses into strengths, along with developing good health habits, can create the kind of vitality we desire. Knowing eye color provides a key to determining the essential oils and health habits needed to help accomplish your health goals.
Several years ago, I found myself continually asking: “Why does one oil work for one person but not for another for the exact same issue?” I began researching to see if this method of using eye color to strengthen weak systems of the body could answer this question. By combining the understanding of iridology with aromatherapy, this frustration was finally resolved and led to what seemed a natural conclusion—always look at the core body systems and focus on strengthening the weak systems based on eye color.
My daughter, a foot zone therapist, has applied this method for her clients. No matter what symptoms her clients are manifesting, she can generally provide quick and long-lasting results just by her observing their eye color and determining which essential oils might be best to use on their feet.
After discovering this connection between eye color and essential oils, I researched hundreds of essential oils and categorized them into the three eye types. I picked my “top ten” for each eye type. This method has proven to be highly effective.
Essential Oils for Eye Colors
If you are a brown-eyed person with a skin issue, I would recommend Neroli because its main components address the heart and veins (the main weakness for a brown-eye), and the skin as secondary. Even though Lavender components are the best for skin issues, heart and circulation support is secondary. I want to find the best oil to support the main weakness of my brown-eye FIRST, and their skin issue second. My best choice for this is Neroli. Lavender would be a better choice for a blue-eyed person who has an inherently weak skin system and possibly dealing with heart issues.
Are you starting to get the hang of it?
“Which oil do I pick? Do I use all of them, or one or two?” The following list of Top Ten Oils for each eye color is a tool to help you decide. Pick the oil or oils that match the eye color. This list of 30 oils will give you a great starting place.
My Top Ten Oils for Blue Eyes
1. Lavender, Mailette (Lavandula angustifolia clone Mailette)
Indications and Uses: Relieves arthritis, rheumatism, eczema, sinusitis, and acne; reduces bronchial secretions; balances nervous system; promotes healing of burns, wounds, and scars.
Secondary Uses: Lowers blood pressure; heart tonic; relieves headaches, migraines, anxiety, cramps, muscle aches, earache, phlebitis, and insect bites; alleviates insomnia at low doses but prevents sleep at high doses.
2. Bergamot (Citrus bergamia)
Indications and Uses: Relieves pain and coughing; diuretic–increases urine production rids excess fluid; promotes healing of burns, wounds, and psoriasis.
Secondary Uses: Alleviates flatulence, insomnia, and depression; digestive aid; destroys or inhibits parasites and microbes; promotes healing of vitiligo; deodorant.
3. Grapefruit (Citrus paradise)
Indications and Uses: Cleanses kidneys, reduces cellulite.
Secondary Uses: Anti-infectious for colds and flu; antiseptic; liver and blood cleanser; relieves depression, headaches, and exhaustion.
4. Peppermint (Mentha piperita)
Indications and Uses: Promotes healing of skin infections, skin irritations, rashes, eczema; relieves colic, gastric spasm, gas, indigestion, nausea, irritable bowel, bronchial asthma, bronchitis, and urinary tract infections.
Secondary Uses: Relieves migraine, neuralgia, palpitations, ringworm, hepatitis, laryngitis, fever, cirrhosis, hot flashes, irregular periods, and apathy; helps overcome impotence; helps normalize low blood pressure.
5. Eucalyptus Radiata (Eucalyptus radiata)
Indications and Uses: Expectorant; promotes healing for acute and chronic respiratory infections, rhinitis, bronchitis, coughs, and acne.
Secondary Uses: Antiseptic; alleviates earache, vaginitis, conjunctivitis, chronic fatigue, immune deficiency, and flu.
6. Frankincense (Boswellia carteri)
Indications and Uses: Expectorant; relieves asthma, bronchitis, respiratory tract infections, rheumatism, scars, wounds, and ulcers.
Secondary Uses: Energizing; immune stimulant; stimulates menstruation; helps heal sports injuries; alleviates depression, anxiety, and grief.
7. Bay Laurel (Laurus nobilis)
Indications and Uses: Relieves swollen lymph glands, arthritis, rheumatism, mouth ulcers, boils, skin infections, stomach ache, acne, slow digestion, bloating, oily skin, stuffy head, nasal mucus, and stomach gas.
Secondary Uses: Anti-septic; antiviral; diuretic; stimulates menstrual flow; uplifts the mind, helps mind focus attention and concentration.
8. Sandalwood (Santalum paniculatum)
Indications and Uses: Relieves pulmonary infections, chronic bronchitis, urinary tract infections, gonorrhea, pelvic congestion, acne, restricted bronchitis, dry skin, lumbago, neuralgia, sciatica, skin cancer, and nasal mucus; stimulates ability for meditation.
Secondary Uses: Soothing to hormonal system; immune stimulant; antifungal; anti-inflammatory; antiseptic; antiviral; grounding; quiets mental activity; reduces irritation and aggressive behavior.
9. Fir, Balsam (Abies balsamea)
Indications and Uses: Relieves bronchitis, chest infection, and lung congestion of all kinds.
Secondary Uses: Helps with nasal catarrh and chronic sinusitis when diffused; works deeply, yet gently when applied to joints and muscles; helps to tone and strengthen the body.
10. Patchouli (Pogostemon cablin)
Indications and Uses: Promotes healing of acne, allergies, inflamed skin, eczema, cracked skin, and scar tissue; nervous system sedative; wound healer.
Secondary Uses: Anti-depressant; antifungal; anti-inflammatory; anti-septic; anti-bacterial; balances an overactive mind.
My Top Ten Oils for Brown Eyes
1. Neroli (Citrus aurantium var. amara)
Indications and Uses: Reduces palpitations by regulating heart rhythm; has a calming effect on anxiety, shock, and stress as it helps diffuse anger.
Secondary Uses: Beneficial for the skin, particularly aging skin.
Suitable for every type of skin; balances new cell growth; tones the complexion; fights scar tissue, stretch marks, and especially thread veins.
It is a remarkable tonic for the nervous system.
2. Carrot Seed (Daucus carota)
Indications and Uses: It is toning and rejuvenating to the liver, and it releases blocked energy.
Secondary Uses: Alleviates eczema and psoriasis; helps control cholesterol; regulates the thyroid, skin ulcers, and wrinkles; lifts in cases of exhaustion; and is a diuretic aid for reduction of fluids.
3. Green Mandarin (Citrus reticulate)
Indications and Uses: Liver protective, aids digestion, prevents gas, and stimulates the stomach.
Secondary Uses: Antibacterial; antiviral; expectorant; relieves anxiety and stress; soothes sore muscles; clears the chest, and sinuses; beneficial for acne, dull skin, oily skin, scars, wrinkles; can inhibit or alleviate depression; relieves spasms, cramps, and insomnia.
4. Cypress (Cupressus sempervirens)
Indications and Uses: Reduces swelling and pain of varicose veins and circulatory stagnation; tonifies the liver.
Secondary Uses: Anti-infectious; helps with oily hair and skin, sweaty feet, spasmodic cough, restless leg syndrome, menstrual cramps, lymph stagnation, Helps overcomes grief, irritability, apathy, inflexibility, excessive thinking and talking. Stimulates pancreas, reduces cellulite, and alleviates rheumatism, colitis, asthma, and bronchitis.
5. Orange (Citrus sinensis)
Indications and Uses: A stimulant for the liver, supporting it to produce bile, which also supports digestion. Reduces constipation, gas, nausea, and abdominal pain.
Secondary Uses: Averts and alleviates depression; relieves spasms and cramps; antiseptic; antibacterial. May aid insomnia.
6. Ginger (Zingiber officinale)
Indications and Uses: Ginger stimulates circulation. It relieves nausea caused by traveling (motion sickness), chemotherapy, and pregnancy. Relieves angina pain caused by poor blood flow through the heart. Aids constipation, sluggish digestion, and diarrhea.
Secondary Uses: Relieves chronic bronchitis, toothache, and rheumatism pain; helps overcome impotence.
7. Black Pepper (Piper nigrum)
Indications and Uses: Stimulates sluggish liver and circulation, warms the body, especially for arthritis and rheumatism. Supports digestion, eases gas and constipation.
Secondary Uses: Anti-inflammatory; relieves sore muscle pain and stiffness. Some studies show that smelling black pepper can help people quit smoking. May aid chronic bronchitis, laryngitis, colds and helps overcome frigidity.
8. Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis ct.1.8 cineole)
Indications and Uses: Improves circulation, specifically in the brain, memory, and alertness. Addresses weak heart, palpitations, and arteriosclerosis. Supports the liver, helps with jaundice, cirrhosis, gall bladder malfunction, and sluggish digestion. Alleviates vertigo.
Secondary Uses: Relieves gout, cystitis, rheumatism, coughing, bronchitis, sinusitis, neuralgia, and fatigue. Helps stop bedwetting; promotes healing of bruises, burns, wounds and assists in overcoming impotence.
9. Cedarwood (Cedrus atlantica)
Indications and Uses: Heart tonic.
Secondary Uses: Anti-fungal; antiviral; antibacterial; anti-infectious; anti-inflammatory; anti-microbial; anti-spasmodic; stimulates the immune system; uterine tonic; nerve tonic; promotes healing of urinary tract infections, vaginitis, staph infections, viruses in the blood, acne, and eczema; relieves pain.
10. Vetiver (Vetiveria zizanioides)
Indications and Uses: Improves circulation; alleviates inflamed coronary artery and liver congestion.
Secondary Uses: Anti-fungal; antiseptic; immune system booster; supports the nervous system; insect repellant; grounding; relieves arthritis and insomnia; regulates menstrual cycle; increases pancreatic secretion; promotes healing of skin rashes.
My Top Ten Oils for Mixed Eyes
1. Lemon (Citrus limon)
Indications and Uses: Protects and nourishes the liver.
Secondary Uses: Antibacterial; antiviral; antifungal; antiseptic; antispasmodic; diuretic; immune stimulant; relieves rheumatic pain; opens up blood circulation; promotes healing of varicose veins; cell decongestant; contracts and tightens tissue; reduces tension and depression.
2. Rose Geranium (Pelargonium graveolens roseum)
Indications and Uses: Anti-diabetic; a mild pancreas stimulant; astringent—strengthens blood vessels, helps with hemorrhoids.
Secondary Uses: Mild antibacterial; mild antifungal; anti-depressant; anti-inflammatory; antispasmodic; relaxant; antiseptic to urinary system; supports female reproductive system—for infertility, PMS, mood swings, hot flashes, and balancing of menstrual cycle; relieves anxiety, agitation, and nervous fatigue; stimulates the lymphatic system; very good tonic for the skin—balances sebum, cell regenerative, healing for scars, and good for oily or dry skin or hair. Increases imagination and intuition, supports one’s ability to receive, numbs pain both physically and emotionally.
3. Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare)
Indications and Uses: Cardio tonic, alleviates heart palpitations, indigestion, and stomach issues and is a blood sugar balancer.
Secondary Uses: Alleviates constipation, gas, urinary tract infections and stones, backache, and gout; reduces cellulite; addresses women’s issues, such as lack of milk in breastfeeding mothers, breast engorgement, ovary problems, PMS, painful menstruation, and symptoms of menopause.
4. Niaouli (Melaleuca viridiflora)
Indications and Uses: Promotes healing of respiratory infections, skin infections, insect bites, boils, sinusitis, bronchitis, prostatitis, rheumatoid arthritis, coughs, colds, fevers, and psoriasis; reduces wrinkles.
Secondary Uses: Anti-tumoral; relieves pain in labor; reduces coronary artery inflammation and high blood pressure; promotes healing for viral hepatitis, genital herpes, gallstones, hemorrhoids, and varicose veins; helps regulate menstruation.
5. Ylang Ylang (Cananga odorata)
Indications and Uses: Anti-diabetic, calms the heart rate, and lowers blood pressure.
Secondary Uses: Cardio tonic; nerve tonic; aphrodisiac; anti-parasitic; fights intestinal infections; relieves stomach cramps, colic, and insomnia; helps heal skin conditions including itches, scabies, and mange; scalp tonic that stimulates hair growth; helps overcome frigidity and impotence; eases depression; soothes anger.
6. Eucalyptus Citriodora (Eucalyptus citriodora)
Indication and uses Anti-diabetic, lowers blood pressure, calming, and is sedative.
Secondary Uses: Pain relieving especially for chest pain, arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and shingles; antibacterial; antiseptic; antifungal; bug repellent. Relieves bladder infections and vaginitis.
7. Dill (Anethum graveolens)
Indications and Uses: Reduces high blood pressure; balances blood sugar issues; increases low bile production; relieves gastric upsets, constipation, and hiccups. (Dill is in Dill Blend™.)
Secondary Uses: Removes respiratory mucus; relieves bronchitis; promotes sleep; anti-spasmodic for smooth muscles.
8. Juniper Berry (Juniperus communis)
Indication and uses: Anti-diabetic; pancreatic stimulant; stimulates circulation, especially for varicose veins.
Secondary Uses: Anti-rheumatic; antiseptic; diuretic; tonic to the nervous system; detoxifying; relieves joint pain, bloating, urinary tract infections, bladder and kidney stones, bronchitis, and lymph congestion; helps overcome insomnia and loss of appetite; reduces cellulite; promotes healing of skin conditions and infections, including acne, oily skin, dandruff, and eczema; drives out negative energy when feeling burdened or overwhelmed; releases worry and negative thinking.
9. Cinnamon Bark (Cinnamomum zeylanicum)
Indications and Uses: Anti-diabetic; blood sugar balancing; cardio stimulant.
Secondary Uses: Anti-fungal; aids digestion; balances menstrual flow; relieves rheumatism, flu, coughs, colds, bronchitis, typhoid fever, viral infections, urinary infections, colic, tooth-socket pyorrhea, dysentery, flatulence, fatigue, and depression; helps overcome impotence; helps eliminate warts and scabies; an antidote for snake bites (seek immediate medical care); uplifting, grounding, and helps with courage.
10. Coriander (Coriandrum sativum)
Indications and Uses: Balances glucose levels and supports pancreatic function.
Secondary Uses: Improves circulation; aids digestive; gives energy yet can also calm stress; relieves nervous exhaustion, nausea, and stomach cramps; regulates menstruation.
Below is the practical application of the iridology method:
First, look at eyes of the person you are working with and determine their eye color.
Second, ask about their general lifetime health tendencies and/or health challenges. Using Genotype information from the “Eye Color: The Essential Answer” section, ask about any weaknesses or symptoms within their eye-color category. You will both be amazing at how accurate it is.
Using the information above, you can create a survey form, listing all the weaknesses and strengths possible. If you are unsure of a person’s eye color, the survey (written or verbal) will quickly tell you the right eye color genotype they were born with. This survey form can also be used for the person to complete every thirty days to keep track of their progress.
Now comes the fun part! Browse through your essential oils and oil profile sheets, and divide them in the three eye categories. You will find that many essential oils fall into all three categories; but usually a majority of therapeutic qualities generally fall into one eye category or another. This is where science with art and intuition come into play. Myrrh is a good example. At first glance, I would put it in the brown-eyed category because it is a cardio tonic, but after looking at the properties more closely, I see a broad range of respiratory and skin benefits. Clearly, it belongs in the blue-eyed category. It takes time to divide all these oils into the three categories. I did thirty oils, and it took quite a while. But you will find the time worthwhile, just as classifying your essential oils by chemical families or plant groups; it gives you valuable information to create synergies to serve your needs. Once you have this done, it’s done! You won’t have to do it again. From now on, you will have confidence knowing that the oils you choose will usually give immediate results. Results that will address, not only their weaknesses and current symptoms, but their overall health and vitality, which should provide long-term results.
What have I learned? Studying essential oils’ properties and categorizing them showed me how incredibly multifaceted each of these plants are. I thought it would be a simple endeavor to divide the oils into three categories. At first it was very difficult, with so much material to review on each oil, but eventually I started seeing patterns in their chemical families and the plant part they came from. Using this information has become second-nature for aromatherapy now. After an interview, I can easily select the perfect oil for them.
Let’s pretend Susie asks you for suggestions for oils that will help support her pancreas, because she is diabetic. She has blue eyes, so you think, “Hmm, her pancreas should be her strength, not her weakness.” This is a clue that she has not been taking care of or neglecting her respiratory, lymphatic, urinary tract, and nervous systems as well as her skin. You interview her, asking questions specific to those systems. She may wonder why you are asking her about those issues because she only told you she had diabetes. When you explain the eye-color theory, she will find it fascinating.
You can approach this in one of two ways. Look at the properties of the oils that you put into the blue-eyed category, pick those that address the pancreas and also strengthen her traditional weak areas. Maybe you’re just learning about iridology and haven’t categorized hundreds of essential oils. Simply search out several oils that support the pancreas; study the profiles of each, looking for those that also support the traditionally weak systems of the blue-eye. These are the oils you would choose.
The point of this method is that she may not have the diabetes in the first place if she had concentrated on maintaining and strengthening the systems of the body that are inherently weak in those with blue eyes. This method focuses on the deep core issues of a person’s health, not just the symptoms or diseases that are yelling the loudest. I hope my research will benefit you. I am confident you will have positive results for yourself and others.