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As if you needed another thing to worry about, it's being widely reported that teens are taking part in a trend called "beezin." What is this, you ask? Well, have you ever applied lip balm to your eyelids? Yeah, me neither. But your teen might be.
Lip balm and eyelids
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Lip balm, specifically Burt's Bees lip balm, is becoming a popular eyelid accessory — reportedly, teens are using the lip balm on their eyelids to either help stay alert or enhance being drunk or high. Burt's Bees regular lip balm is pretty spicy, for lack of a better word. I've known that for a long time from my own use, and when my kids use it in its intended manner, they enjoy the zing.
It turns out that Burt's Bees contains peppermint oil, which accounts for the scent and the tingling sensation. If you apply a thin layer of it to your eyelids, you get an entirely different experience — one which I'm not sure is all that pleasant, but it's apparently fun enough to do recreationally. Whether it really gets one "high" is debatable… in fact, I suspect that it can lead to eye problems if it actually gets in your eyes.
Weird trends and teens
I'm not sure who came up with this, but I'm fairly certain it's not a new "trend." I've read comments from people who claim to have been doing it since before the internet was even around. But this is just another addition to add to our parenting files, as what our teens may be doing and what to watch out for. It's not likely seriously harmful, but if peppermint oil gets into your eye, that's just not good. As my friend Aubrey, who uses essential oils for healing purposes, says, "Oh it burns! And you can't open your eye."
So, just a heads up, keep your eye out (pun intended) for your teen to have minty-smelling eyelids.