Old days, Kajal was used ‘to ward off the evil eye’, in other words, to reduce the effect of some of the harmful rays on newborn babies and infants. They would use it around the eyes as well as a dot on the forehead and behind the ear.
The Kajal was made using pure homemade ghee/ coconut oil ( with a dash of camphor), wick made from the fibres of the cotton silk tree and collected over pure silver or brass plates. Made in small quantities and stored in special containers to avoid any contamination or fungal growth.
Can we replicate this?
Are we sure of the purity of the ingredients, the metal containers etc? Even if the Kajal is lead-free, many other contaminants can be in it.
Why do you want to use it? Is it for looks? Or for good eyesight? Or for the sparkle it lends?
We need to be clear about the intention.
If it is to have good eyesight or to keep them cool and bring a glint, then there are far safer and effective ways.
Kids need to be more outdoors and see the expanse, to make their eye muscles strong and elastic.
Human eyes are meant to see long distances, it is only with the advent of printing that we started using them to read and now to use our gadgets.
Considering the overuse of gadgets and online schooling, screen time should be limited and further supported to maintain good eye health.
The eyes need a good night’s sleep, frequent breaks during the day, focusing on far and near objects, giving them rest with palming and rose water eye pads.
Lastly, your internal state of mind reflects the brightness in the eye.