Essential Oils May Help Heal Acne

Do you suffer from acne, but don’t want to use prescription or over the counter medications that may cause side effects or use harmful ingredients? Essential oils may provide some help, according to Dr. Patrick B. Massey, medical director for complementary and alternative medicine for the Alexian Brothers Health System, who recently wrote an article on the topic at

There are a number of medical studies exploring the use of essential oils on skin conditions, especially acne, and while prescription and some over the counter medications are effective, they often have side effects and may contain preservatives, stabilizers and other synthetic compounds that may not be safe for long-term use, Massey explained.

Essential oils, on the other hand, are derived from plants and many have well-documented medicinal properties. In a 2012 study published in the medical journal Alternative Medicine Review, a double-blind placebo-controlled study showed the essential oil copaiba (South American tree) was significantly better than a placebo in reducing acne, Massey stated.

Another 2012 medical study showed essential oils from orange and sweet basil were also very effective, demonstrating “the inhibition of bacterial growth.” And tea tree oil has also been studied for acne, showing “a significant antibacterial activity especially for the acne-causing bacteria Propionibacterium acnes,” Massey noted.

For more on Massey, visit his Web site,

New Essential Oils Line by Cleopatra’s Choice

Whether inhaling the fragrance or applying it on different points of the body, essential oils have been used for centuries to sooth the mind, body and spirit. Cleopatra’s Choice, a company known for their all-natural ingredients and skin care products including dead sea bath salts, dead sea mud soap and 100-percent, organic shea butter, recently added a line of essential oils.

“Aromatherapy has long been used to treat everything from congestion to anxiety,” said Alex Keyan, CEO of Cleopatra’s Choice. “Our customers are serious about using natural ways of improving their lives and the essential oil line fits that perfectly. The difference this time is the pampering is a mind-body experience.”

The new line includes a variety of products such as Lavender oil (known to calm the body and mind; Tee Tree oil, often used an antibacterial and antifungal treatment; and Peppermint oil, an energizing fragrance that can  help with congestion or sore muscles.

For more on the essential oils and other products from Cleopatra’s Choice, visit