For many people, lush lashes are a cornerstone of personal confidence. Some are blessed in the eyelash department, and others not so much. Fortunately, even those with the most meager lashes can do certain things to strengthen and improve their health for a fuller appearance. These changes can be diet-based or topical to seek results.  

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One of the most notable options for encouraging lash growth is the use of castor oil. When applied to the skin, this ingredient helps to condition and prevent breakage. Specifically, the ricinoleic acid inside this oil is hailed for assisting with hair loss by stimulating new growth. This natural chemical also acts as a humectant which draws in moisture. Luckily, castor oil is easy to find and won’t break the bank. Namskara makes this pure organic version that you can feel comfortable letting your skin drink in.

Olive Oil

Dip into your pantry and break out the olive oil if you want to give your lashes a boost. It can soften the eyelashes as well as initiate growth, making them less prone to breakage as well. You can also use it as a natural eye makeup remover to gently clear away residue at night. If you don’t already have some in the kitchen or want to keep them separate, try this one by H&B Oils Center which is cold-pressed, unrefined, and straight from Italy.

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Another favorite nontoxic choice is almond oil. This is a great emollient and also contains Vitamin E to further nourish the lashes. For those who aren’t a fan of the normal texture of oils, this is a good pick because it’s thinner than most but will still keep hair follicles strong. Thus, it supplies the vitamins and environment needed for optimal regrowth. This option from US Organic is pure and comes in a glass dropper format for easy use.

Lavender Essential OilPlant Therapy USDA Certified Organic Lavender Essential Oil. 100% Pure, Undiluted, Therapeutic Grade. 10 ml (1/3 oz).

Give lavender essential oil a try for lash health and growth due to its stimulating properties. It’s important to remember not to use this directly on the skin by itself– you should mix a few drops in with a carrier oil of your choice, like one of the first three oils mentioned. This organic one by Plant Therapy is top-quality, which is particularly important for essential oils. Alternatively, you can explore similar effects with rosemary or peppermint essential oils if you are careful around the eyes and dilute them well.

Lentils ShaSha Organic Sprouted Bio-Buds, Lentils, 16oz (454g)

On the food front, there are also certain ingredients to consume for your best lashes. Lentils are a wonderful choice because they are a good source of folic acid, which limits hair loss as well as ensures healthy tissue development– including hair and lashes. Some sprouted lentils like these by ShaSha will help make sure you aren’t deficient, not to mention delicious and full of protein.

Pumpkin SeedsJiva Organics Organic Pepitas / Pumpkin Seeds (Raw, Sproutable) - 2 Pound Bag

Pumpkin seeds are also a promising choice for improving your eyelashes from the inside out. The zinc levels that these provide an important component for hair growth as well as retention of the follicles. Scientific studies have been conducted to verify its use for addressing alopecia (a hair loss condition), which offers even more positive indications for the hair on your eyelashes. Jiva Organics offers this simple bulk version which will allow you to snack on them as often as desired without running low too quickly.

Dried ApricotsTerrasoul Superfoods Sun-Dried Apricots Unsulphured (Organic), 24 Ounce

Snack on this sweet fruit for added lash assistance. Dried apricots are high in iron, which is essential for healthy eyelash growth. As this is associated with hemoglobin production which impacts cells responsible for hair growth, a diet lacking iron may also take a toll on your lashes. Luckily, you can eat some dried apricots to facilitate a proper hair cycle and prevent unnecessary loss. Get your hands on these by Terrasoul Superfoods for the full raw and organic benefits.

If you want to give your eyelashes some extra love, these options will definitely help you out to get them looking and feeling the best. Everyone is different, so play around and see which gives you the preferred outcome. Don’t forget to be patient too– seeing authentic change isn’t immediate but will ultimately be more rewarding.

Also, for even more health and food guidance, be sure to download the Food Monster App, which you can find on both Android and iPhone, as well as Instagram and Facebook! The app includes over 10,000 plant-based, allergy-friendly recipes to help inspire you with new healthy recipes each day.

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