Do Essential Oils Work? Acne, Sleep & Headaches

Do Essential Oils Work? Acne, Sleep & Headaches


– Do essential oils work? This video is an unbiased, sales-free look at the most common uses and the science behind them. (gently chiming bells) In the first video of the series, I looked at some common uses that don’t have any good scientific
evidence to back them. This time I’m looking
at three claims that do. Surprisingly, there’s
been only two human trials on acne treatment with essential oils, namely tea tree oil. The most recent student
included 60 patients with mild to moderate
acne over a 45 day period. Now half received a 5% tea tree oil gel while the other half, the control group, received a placebo gel without
any active ingredients. The 5% tea tree oil was effective in reducing both inflammatory, and non-inflammatory acne lesions, compared with the placebo gel. Researchers speculate this is due to the reported anti-bacterial, and anti-inflammatory
properties of tea tree oil. An older study found
that both 5% tea tree oil and 5% benzoylperoxide, which is conventional acne treatment, have significantly improved
acne symptoms in 124 patients, though tea tree oil was
slower to take effect. So it’s likely not a strong
stand-alone acne treatment but tea tree oil might help in addition to regular acne medication. Something to think about. Alongside diet and exercise, quality sleep is
essential for good health. Now the weight of evidence suggests that lavender oil may
help with relaxation, and sleep quality. Rodent studies have shown
several essential oils, particularly lavender oil,
have strong sedative effects. It reduced mobility in mice about 22%, and the effects remained even if the mouse was
over-agitated with caffeine. Multiple human trials have
also linked lavender oil to better sleep duration and quality, but it has to be inhaled,
rather than applied to skin. Two human studies have shown that the application of peppermint oil to the skin may effectively
reduce headache symptoms. The first study on 32 patients found that a 10% preparation provided
significant pain relief, when sponged on the forehead and temples. The second was more well-designed and studied four headache
attacks per person in a total of 41 patients. A 10% peppermint oil was
shown to be just as effective as a 1,000 mg of panadol. and significantly reduced
reported headache intensity after 15 minutes. The results are promising, and it seems like a largely
harmless alternative to aspirin or paracetamol. So there you have it. The strongest evidence available indicates that essential
oils can help with headaches, sleep quality, and probably facial acne to a noticeable extent. Of course, this scientific perspective answers most questions,
but it cannot account for every single oil nor every single use. There is so much
that has not yet been studied, but it’s safe to say that health claims that venture past those that
I’ve mentioned in this video, such as treating Alzheimer’s disease, or cancer, or some sort of metabolic illness are extremely exaggerated and unproven, and quite frankly, dangerous. If you enjoyed this video, please give it a like and leave a comment. Be sure to subscribe to the channel and check out all my other
videos in this series.

3 Replies to “Do Essential Oils Work? Acne, Sleep & Headaches”

  1. There is a big difference between "no significant difference" and "just as effective" especially in studies lacking statistical power (like the one mentioned with less than 50 subjects). The evidence is hardly sufficient to make the conclusions that you have.

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