Nov 09

Sweet Orange and Basil Essential Oils Victorious in Treating Skin Conditions

Essential oils have been a significant component of medical therapy for thousands of years. The role of essential oils in medicine today has been replaced with prescription medications. Lately there has been an increasing demand for natural therapies. One could say that essential oils are coming to the forefront once again.

Many of the prescription medical drugs for acne are effective but have significant side effects. The over-the-counter acne therapies are also effective, but again, have side effects. Acne treatments may contain preservatives, stabilizers and other synthetic compounds. There is some reasonable research that some additives may not be safe for long-term use.

Acne is probably the most common skin condition. Approximately 50 million Americans are affected by acne every year. Almost everyone remembering back to the teen years can recall experiencing the acne scourge. Essential oils may provide some needed relief.

For example, let’s take a look at sweet orange essential oil and basil essential oil. Essential oils are absorbed into the body via the nose and the pores of skin and hair follicles. From there they enter the bloodstream and circulate throughout the body. The beauty of aromatherapy is that you benefit from the inhalation and topical application of the essential oils.

First on our list is sweet orange. It has a fresh, sweet, citrus smell and is considered a valuable treatment oil for many ailments. The oil is extracted from the fruit of the orange plant (Citrus sinensis) by cold-press method and it is best to only use organic, cold-pressed oils to avoid chemical toxicity.

Sweet orange essential oil beneficial for:

  • Anxiety

  • DepressionOrange oil

  • Inflammation

  • Sore throat

  • Digestion

  • Cancer

  • Cellulite

  • Acne

Moving on to see what sweet basil is all about. Basil is a highly fragrant herb most often used as a seasoning in cooking, but also it has become increasingly popular for its various health benefits.

Basil was widely used in ancient times in places like India for various medicinal purposes (Ayurvedic medicine). The herb was used to treat diarrhea, cough, mucous discharges, constipation, indigestion, and certain skin diseases.

Basil essential oil includes its ability to treat:

  • Nausea

  • Motion sickness

  • Indigestionbasil 1

  • Constipation

  • Respiratory problems

  • Stress disorders

  • Itching

  • Eyes

  • Diabetes

  • Acne.

What wonderful fragrances and so very valuable for your health.

A 2012 medical study demonstrated that essential oils from sweet orange and sweet basil were very effective in the treatment of acne (43 percent to 75 percent resolution). They demonstrated that one mechanism of action for these two essential oils was the inhibition of bacterial growth.

The study recruited 28 patients with acne and involved three gel formulations consisting of (1) antibacterial (essential oils), (2) keratolytic medication (3) essential oils mixed with acetic acid, and (4) kerolytic medication with acetic acid. The patients were separated into four groups of seven patients in each group. Treatments were applied daily for eight weeks and weekly checks were conducted to evaluate patient improvement.

The essential oil formulations were chemically and physically stable during application of treatments. The essential oils with acetic acid mixture achieved the highest improvements of 75%. This appeared to be a result of their joint antiseptic and keratolytic activity. Side effects (burning and redness) disappeared within a few minutes of completing the application, therefore, did not interfere with adherence to treatment.

Congratulations, sweet orange and sweet basil in accomplishing such high positive results. Wonderful news for people suffering with acne.

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We, at Good Living Essential Oils, always look forward to hearing about great results from studies using essential oils.