I Tried A Holistic Dry Eye Treatment For The First Time | Macro Beauty | Refinery29

We’re dealing with the eye, which is such
a sacred place, and people have a lot of fear behind that. I have trouble opening my eyes underwater,
so when I first got it I was nervous too. Hi, my name is Taylor and today I’m getting
a dry eye treatment. I had some issues with my eyes. Within the past year I had this weird, stringy
mucus that was so gross, and I would show my coworkers and they would
be like, “Ew, don’t show me that!” And then I would tell my mom and she was like,
“Go to the eye doctor.” And my eye doctor, she was just like, “Oh,
it’s probably allergies.” But I feel like it’s happened throughout
the year so probably not. Having dry eyes affects my day to day life
because I’m driving a lot, I like to read, I write. Although I take eye drops, and I know there’s
prescriptions to help you fix this problem, I am looking forward to finding a natural
solve. My name is Kari Jansen, I am a Ayurvedic practitioner,
herbalist and massage therapist in LA. And I have my own herbal body care line called
Poppy and Someday. I offer the netra basti, which is the ghee
and the eye therapy, using wheat flour and water. I went to college for health fitness and nutrition. I studied at the Ayurvedic Institute of America. Then I went to India. A group of us went over in a small little
village, and we were there a month studying Panchakarma, which is the cleansing technique
of India. And that was a big eye opener of learning
the basics, and that’s where I learned the netra basti. Hi! Hi! How are you? Lovely to meet you. Nice to meet you. Let’s get it over with. My eyes are already feeling weird anticipating. Okay, so get on the table. Okay. Can I give you these? Yes. I have a problem with interacting with things that
are messy. I’m really nervous about this whole process. I’m the type of person that if anything
gets on me, that I don’t know what it is, I immediately need it off of me. First, I massage their scalp and around their
eyes. That helps relax them. A basti is the word for container. So I make a dough dam. Then I warm up the ghee. If it’s too cold it’s gonna cause more
anxiety, but if the temperature of the oil is perfect, then it creates a safe place. Then I have them gently blink and open their
eyes through the golden light. Then they can look in all four directions. When the temperature starts to get cooler,
then I pour the ghee out. How do you feel? I feel good, I feel clear, I feel moisturized. After the treatment was over I initially felt
like, I can’t believe I did that. I kind of felt very uncomfortable when she
told me to open my eyes because it’s weird having oil surrounding your eyes. I saw pictures that were two eyes at the same
time, which I definitely would not have been able to handle. So I was happy that she kind of gave attention
to one eye at a time. Before Taylor came in, her eyes had a lot
of red in them and they looked really dried, and I could see some mucus in the corners. Afterwards, they were so clear. The red was lessened in her eyes, her pupils
were clear. Kari brings a lot of honor to this Ayurvedic
tradition. She brought it from India but treats it with
a lot of respect and gratitude with her practice in California. I believe in Ayurveda because it’s helped
me. Every time I go to visit India they’re always
super surprised like, “Whoa, you’re into this?” I like to go over there to get inspired and
learn exactly their techniques and how they do it so I could bring it over here and incorporate it to the
Western world. If you have dry itchy eyes, I recommend castor
oil. Put it in the corner of your eyes before you
go to bed and then shut your eyes and blink a couple times, and allow the oil to soothe
your eyes. It’s been about a week since I saw Kari. Right after treatment my eyes felt super hydrated,
super loved upon. And now they kinda feel like they want that
treatment every week. But you’re not allowed to do it every week. You have to do it every three months. So I think I’m gonna definitely use castor
oil in between treatments to make sure my eyes still feel rejuvenated. Thank you so much for watching Refinery29. To watch more videos, click here. To subscribe, click here. Thank you.

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