Q&A: What is the most effective essential blend for use in aromatherapy massage for stress and anxiety?
There are important nutritional considerations to eliminating acne that you can read about elsewhere on this site, or purchase a Nutrition & Supplementation Personal Report for a personalised answer. Aside from proper nutrition, you should also use essential oils. These are plant-based volatile molecules (they are not vegetable oils like coconut, almond, etc) that you can use very sparingly, topically, for a powerful effect.
Essential oils that have anti-acne properties include: lavender (lavendula officinalis), frankincense (boswellia carteri), basil (ocimum basilicum), bergamot (citrus aurantium var bergamia), and tea tree (melaleuca alternifolia).
For acute cases: Apply a drop of lavender oil, for instance, directly to a pimple or a budding pimple 2–3x per day. It will help dry it out very quickly and calm the inflammation. Some see results in as little as one day. This is safe to do with lavender and frankincense essential oils. Tea tree essential oil should not be applied directly. Dilute it to roughly 1 drop per 1 ml (or 5 drops per teaspoon) of a “carrier oil” such as almond oil or apricot kernel oil, then apply it to the area.
For prevention: Try to eliminate toxins, artificial products, chemicals, preservatives, and antibiotics from your skin care. This means either making your own skin care products fresh, or buying plant-based skin care products that you are certain are free of: phthalates, parabens, triclosan, antibiotics, artificial colorings, and other chemicals which can mimic hormones in the body and have even been associated with cancer. The body’s need to deal with these chemicals we put on it, in addition to the toxins in the air and the toxins we put IN it, are part of what causes acne to occur and recur. An all-natural skin care regimen that also includes the nutritional suggestions mentioned in other answers will be your best bet.
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James L Poole's answer to Healthy Living: Do essential oils work?
Almond oil by itself will not do much. To be clear, almond oil is different from essential oils, which DO have an effect on stretch marks when used properly. Essential oils are volatile molecules that you use just 1-2 drops of, vs almond oil which is something you rub/slather on or cook with. The best way is to mix them together.
For stretch marks, use a mixture of 1 teaspoon of almond oil with 1 drop of juniper essential oil, 1 drop of lemon essential oil, 1 drop of geranium essential oil, and 1 drop of grapefruit essential oil, or any combination of these that you can find. Do not use more than 4 drops total. Rub this mixture *after* your post-workout shower for best results.
You can find these essential oils at most health foods stores or online. Go with a reputable brand like Aura Cacia, Doterra, Veriditas Botanicals, Springfield, New Directions, or Young Living. Essential oils from any of these companies will work well, though they have different price points. You can also buy a pre-made product especially for pre- and post-workout circulation and skin health, like either of these that I provide at my online store: Cellulite Detox Body Oil, and Sore-No-More™. Both reduce the appearance of stretch marks very quickly when used properly.
For more on how to use essential oils, I suggest reading this: James L Poole's answer to Healthy Living: Do essential oils work?.
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Let's say you have intractable stubborn back pain. You look online for an answer, talk to your GP, but all you find out is that you have "_____ syndrome" or "_____ dysfunction" or "idiopathic _____." Your doctor tells you to take ibuprofen or writes you a prescription, but it doesn't work well enough or you have side effects. You go online again, search for that syndrome/dysfunction/condition, and what do you find? Not much…except advice to take ibuprofen, hope it gets better, or "try surgery as a last resort." When you look up the medication itself, you find scary stuff like this. It all leaves you with a sick (or sicker) feeling, wondering what other options are out there. Is this really the way it has to be?
No. In fact that doesn't even make sense anymore. As a society we're finally starting to get that the best health solutions are the ones that are tailored to you. Conventional medicine can fall short in this area, because most of its ideas and treatments come from a different mindset entirely - one of treating symptoms rather than people. This is why we are slowly but surely headed in the direction of more individualised and holistic health care. Taking this path yourself can be challenging and scary, but it is worth it. Most of us just need to know that there are solutions out there, and in most cases, finding them means looking into the field called "complementary medicine”, also known as “holistic health" or "alternative health." There are many modalities within this umbrella term, so it can be hard to find what's right for you, but it's worth the search.
First don’t be deterred by the many naysayers you will find and the relative lack of “gold standard" Western placebo-controlled double-blind studies. Don’t let that stop you from finding what works for you. Remember: that standard is really meant for pharmaceuticals like the ones you are trying to avoid! Drugs weren't made to work for you, they were made to work for the pharmaceutical industry. They have billions of dollars to research their drugs and fund these studies, and as we see time and time again, they need it! Complementary modalities without that kind of funding are safely working for millions of people every day, and the number of people taking advantage of them is growing fast.
Most of these therapies work on many different levels to provide you with a lasting, holistic (meaning: taking the WHOLE of you into account) solution - they don't just try to lessen a problem's symptoms! The best part is that complementary therapies can and should complement your regular health care rather than replace it. (This is why "'alternative' health/therapy" is an unfortunate and misleading term. The word "holistic" or "complementary" better suits its true purpose.) They optimise your care, so you can live your best possible life and lifestyle.
So how do you find what works? There is a whole different energy motivating these kinds of health solutions, so the key is to have patience and follow your intuition. They are not all the same, they don’t all work for everyone, but there are multiple ones that will really agree with you - but you have to try them first. If you feel more comfortable, you can find modalities that do have Western studies supporting their efficacy and then branch out from there.
When you find a therapy that sounds interesting, find customer reviews, seek out referrals, call the therapist and ask questions, and look into any supportive organisations or associations there may be. For instance one of my modalities, the Emmett Technique, has a worldwide organisation with a website you can use to learn more about the technique and find experienced practitioners in over a dozen countries. Another good resource to learn about the many different complementary medicine modalities out there is the website of the International Institute for Complementary Therapists. They have listings of complementary therapists all over the world. You can even go to your local health foods store and ask the attendants for information and advice.
Most importantly, just be open to trying things out for yourself, and be patient. Don't give up on all of holistic health if one session or one modality doesn't quite give you everything you hoped for. Remember, this is about finding that solution that works for YOU. Give the process - and yourself - the time and attention you need to find it.
James L Poole
I am a holistic health therapist: Emmett Technique practitioner, aromatherapist, nutritional therapist, and Reiki healer. This is my blog about natural healing. For more frequent updates, please check my Facebook group page.