Health Woe? There’s an Essential Oil for That

A few weeks back, I was struck with a painful tension headache when out with a friend for lunch. Low and behold, she reached into her purse, produced a small bottle of peppermint essential oil, and told me to dab a little bit on each temple. Even though I was slightly hesitant, I complied because I love the smell of peppermint. Wasn’t I surprised when my headache cleared and I was able to enjoy the rest of the afternoon, totally pain free!

When it comes to taking control of our personal health and wellness, natural plant oils can provide a safe, aromatic, and drug-free option for a variety of health woes (i.e., for anxiety, acne, cold sores, and digestive issues). Of course, I always encourage you to talk to your doctor before administering any self-treament…

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1. Tea Tree Oil for Acne

Tea tree oil, known also as Melaleuca, is a natural plant oil with antibacterial and antiviral properties, meaning it can kill bacteria when applied topically to pimples and the nasty skin-dwelling bacteria that encourage acne to develop.

Even though only a small body of evidence has tested this theory, a randomized trail conducted in Australia and published by the National Institutes of Health tested the effectiveness of melaleuca oil as a topical antiseptic on 124 patients, and compared its efficacy to benzoyl peroxide lotion. The results showed that while tea-tree oil and benzoyl peroxide had similar effects in reducing acne and non-inflamed lesions, participants treated with melaleuca oil experienced fewer side effects (i.e., dry skin, redness, irritation).

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