Lavender Aromatherapy Oil 3

Author: Dr. Larita
November 27, 2015

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Lavender is an invaluable essential oil in both perfumery and aromatherapy. The therapeutic benefits of lavender are varied and many. It is perhaps the most versatile essential oil, used for many conditions affecting the digestive, respiratory and nervous systems and in the treatment of muscular and joint pain. Last but not least, lavender is highly esteemed for treating skin disorders as well as for use in skin care and cosmetics. It is one of the very few essential oils that can be used neat (undiluted) on the skin to treat burns, wounds and scars, etc. It is used in skin care and for keeping insects at bay as well as to ease their bites. Lavender is used in facial care, soaps, foot care, deodorants and powders for its aroma and therapeutic benefits.

Lavender originated in the Mediterranean region, and from there spread to all of Europe. In the 13th and 14th centuries it was cultivated extensively in the gardens of monasteries for both its visual appearance and medicinal properties. It is now grown for distillation in France, Spain, Yugoslavia, Bulgaria, Australia and New Zealand. Because of its antibacterial and insect repellent properties, sachets stuffed with the dried buds are used around the home to scent clothes and drawers, and lavender waters are used to scent linens and sheets.

Lavender’s effect on the mind is incredible – it is both stimulating and calming. A little lavender can be applied to the pillow or sprayed on the sheets to induce a restful sleep, and it is also immensely effective in relieving headaches. The stimulating effects and antiseptic properties of lavender make it particularly suitable for scenting soaps and fragrant waters and other toiletries and hygiene products. Its reviving qualities become even more effective when paired in synergies with stimulating essences such as rosemary, eucalyptus or lemon.

Aside from lavender waters, in the perfumer’s hand lavender holds special reverence. There is an entire genre of perfume based on the lavender note – Fougere – which takes its characteristics from the contrast between herbaceous lavender and the bitter-sweet notes of coumarin and oakmoss. The solvent extraction yields a turquoise-colored Lavender Absolute with a velvety smoothness, and an ink-like dark green from the Lavender Seville Absolute, which has an herbaceous wine-like depth and raspberry-like undertones. I use a range of lavender oils in many of my hand made Candles products and oils for your massage.

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Author: Dr. Larita
November 26, 2015


Aromatherapy for Overeating

Author: Dr. Larita
November 25, 2015

thanksgivingEvery holiday I tell myself that I won’t eat too much but I always manage to feel stuffed after dinner because I have to taste everything. Even if I just put a teaspoon of everything on my plate, it still turns out to be too much. Essential oils will not dissolve all the extra food you eat for dinner but they will allow you to digest that food more easily. The best way to use essential oils for digestion is in a honey tea. Mix 1 or 2 drops of essential oil into a teaspoon of honey, put it in a mug, pour hot water on it, mix it up and then sip the drink slowly. You can use any one of the following essential oils:

My favorite essential oil is peppermint if I’m only going to use one oil for overindulgence. However, it might be a good idea to be ready for the holiday season and make a synergistic blend of essential oils to have ready whenever you overeat. Once you have blended the following oils together in these proportions, use 1 to 2 drops in honey tea.

  • 10 drops mandarin
  • 2 drops peppermint
  • 2 drops ginger
  • 5 drops lemon
  • 3 drops coriander


essential oilsAromatherapy is the easiest method of using essential oils, and also the most commonly practiced. The best thing about using essential oils for aromatherapy is that the oils do no necessarily have to be medicinal grade, which means they are less expensive and much easier to find. The best essential oils are 100% pure and organic though and they do not have to be expensive, depending on the oil.
Obviously the more costly brands of oil are going to be more pure, but any of the essential oils found at your local health or specialty stores will do just fine for household aromatherapy. Tomorrow I’ll give you some of my favorite recipes for using essential oils in our home. To make these homemade recipes, you will need a few basic ingredients (6 or 8 oz spray bottles, distilled water, grape seed or another carrier oil) and your favorite essential oils (a few of mine are orange, lemon, tea tree, peppermint and lavender).


Citrus Kitchen Mist

Fill spray bottle with water (does not have to be distilled) and add 20 drops essential oil of lemon; shake well. Use for spraying on counter tops or cleaning the stove, fridge or appliances. Leaves a fresh scent while disinfecting!

Lavender Linen Spray

Fill a spray bottle with distilled water and add 20 to 30 drops essential oil of lavender. Spray sheets, pillowcases, or other linens for a lovely fresh scent! This also works well for spritzing your hair, especially if you have wavy or curly locks.

Relaxing Massage Oil

Fill a small empty bottle (one that has a screw-on lid, i.e. an empty vanilla bottle) with grape seed oil and add 10 to 20 drops lavender essential oil. Use more oil if you have a larger bottle, less if the bottle is smaller. Shake well to combine. Pour a small amount into the palms of your hands and rub hands together before you give a massage. Works well on babies after a bath.

Deodorizing and Disinfecting Cloth Diapers

To deodorize and disinfect cloth diapers, add a few drops of lavender and tea tree essential oil to wash water before you add soiled diapers. The lavender leaves a pleasant fragrance and the tea tree oil acts as a disinfectant.

Essential oils are wonderful for nearly any household use: adding to laundry (lavender or citrus blends), scenting homemade cleaners (citrus blends), boiling in water for “potpourri” (cinnamon), adding to bath water (lavender), spraying on clean clothing before ironing, etc.

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Bath Oils Soothing for New Mothers

Author: Natural-Beauty
November 20, 2015

Pregnancy is both a beautiful and stressful experience for women. Since the baby is so connected to the mother, when the mother is stressed out her baby may feel stressed out as well. Taking a relaxing soak with aromatherapy bath oils can put mother and child in a good frame of mind.

Not only will a relaxing soak with bath oils reduce stress, it also surrounds the mother with beautiful smells. Many pregnant women report sensitivity to smell. Doctors recommend mothers surround themselves with pleasant smells to ease the mind and prevent nausea. You can dilute 5 drops of any of these essential oils – tangerine, grapefruit, geranium, chamomile, ylang ylang, lavender in 1 teaspoon of shea, grapeseed, or almond oil to make a wonderful bath oil. If you or a loved one are going through a difficult pregnancy and have a hard time relaxing, consider giving bath oils a try.

Better Health with Essential Oils

Author: Dr. Larita
November 19, 2015

lavender picLavender essential oil is one of my favorites. Here are some ways to use lavender to improve your health naturally. I am taking courses at Aromahead and this is one lesson I already know about.

  1. Add 3 drops of lavender to your nightly bath water. The lavender and warm water will turn your bathroom into a spa and you will sleep like a baby.
  2. Add 15 drops of lavender to a spray bottle of water containing 1 teaspoon of unscented aloe vera gel and 2 tabs of Vitamin E. Keep this spray in the refrigerator and spray on sunburned or windburned skin.
  3. Add 3 to 4 drops of lavender to 1 ounce jojoba oil for a 100% organic skin moisturizer.
  4. Add 5 drops of lavender and 5 drops of frankincense to an inhaler and sniff when you’re in stressful situations for a calming effect.
  5. Add 20 drops of lavender  to 4 ounces of bath salts to make aromatic gifts for family and friends.

Aromatherapy for Pregnancy

Author: Dr. Larita
November 18, 2015

pregnancyFrom the moment of conception, everything you eat or apply to your skin filters to your baby. The baby will hear everything you hear and feel everything you feel so pay attention to the kind of music you listen to, the movies you watch and try to keep the tension in your life at a minimum. This is a time in your life when you should eat and drink only the best of everything, cut out bad habits and definitely give up smoking.

Many essential oils are safe to use while you are pregnant but there are also some that you should avoid. The ones that are safe for you to use are tangerine, mandarin, grapefruit, geranium, chamomile, rose, jasmine, ylang-ylang and lavender. You can use these oils in a bath, shower, as a massage or in one of the room methods. During pregnancy, always use the minimum amount of essential oils.

Essential Oils for Yeast Infection

Have you been recently introduced to the world of essential oils; or are you a veteran practitioner and have been around the block when it comes to using natural oils?  If you are curious about whether or not you can use an essential oil to stymie and heal a yeast infection, the answer is “of course!”  There are several different types of oils you can employ to fight off nearly any kind of yeast infection.  Most of the antifungal oils will be discussed here, so take some time to get informed on these oils; feel free to consult the sources at the end of an article for further learning. It won’t take long before you know enough to start using essential oils for yeast infection treatment.

Before you get started learning about essential oils; consider checking out Sarah Summer’s natural yeast infection program that can get rid of an infection in about 12 hours.  The book is sold by a large internet publishing company (to learn more about the company that publishes Sarah’s book, peruse this information about the U.S. basedKeynetics incorporated).  Sarah also guarantees her book and provides an 8 week return policy–like it or promptly get a full refund.

Lemongrass Essential Oil

A well known essential oil that has been shown to be effective against Candida is lemon grass essential oil.  Lemon grass, (also known by its scientific taxonomy ‘Cymbopogon citratus’) is a plant that thrives in tropical climates.  This herb is especially popular in Southeast Asia.  Some of the chemical constituents of lemongrass include terpenes, alcohols, aldehyde, and ketones.  Scientific studies done on lemongrass indicate that this tropical herb possesses antibacterial, antifungal, and anti-inflammatory properties.  Lemon grass is indeed a potent herbal remedy that could allay many different types of health maladies.  Keep reading for more information about using this herb as an essential oil for yeast infection.

Lemongrass Plant PictureLearn more about lemongrass essential oil for yeast infection »

Clove Essential Oil

Clove oil is another essential oil to add to your arsenal when you want to terminate yeast.  Clove (also known by the scientific taxonomy of Syzygium aromaticum) oil contains eugenol and carvacrol; these two chemical constituents of the herb have been shown to have potential for treating vaginal yeast infections.  Consequently, this is one oil to include in your assortment of essential oils for yeast infections.

When clove oil was used in tandem with lemongrass oil, researchers found that these essential oils were able to fight against the biofilm produced by Candida.  By effectively fighting biofilm produced by yeast as it grows in the body, problems with drug resistance and recurrent infection could be ameliorated.  This finding could make using these oils especially helpful for women who suffer from recurrent yeast infections.  Case in point, in a study published in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology (Volume 140, Issue 2, 27 March 2012, Pages 416–423); researchers found that Candida with preformed biofilm was sometimes 1024 times as resistant to conventional antifungal drugs.

Learn more about clove essential oil for Candida »

Tea Tree (Melaleuca) Essential Oil

Tea tree oil is a very powerful substance and can effectively fight a yeast infection.  There is a lot of research that indicates tea tree oil is an effective remedy for Candida albicans.  One study, published in the Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy, found that small concentrations of this oil were able to inhibit several different species of Candida.

One caveat when using tea tree oil–make sure you are careful to not poison yourself.  Ingesting even a small amount of tea tree oil can make you sick; a little bit more and you can die.  This oil is indeed powerful, but it can be dangerous.  Try diluting this oil in other oils when you use it.  It may also be wise to consult a knowledgeable apothecary or doctor before you start using this essential oil.
Learn more about tea tree oil & yeast infection »

Thyme (Thymus vulgaris) Essential Oil

Thyme essential oil has been shown to be perhaps one of the best essential oils to use to treat a yeast infection.  It should be included in your arsenal of remedies for this purpose.  One study showed that oil from Thymus vulgaris was the second best inhibitor of Candida albicans; the best oil was oregano oil.  Consider this oil if you plan on mixing different essential oils together for a more comprehensive natural cure.

Learn more about Thyme essential oil for Candida »

Oregano (Origanum sp.) Essential Oil

Essential oil from the Origanum species (several species of Origanum are sold as oregano) has shown even stronger antifungal efficacy than even thyme oil.  This is therefore one of the best essential oils to use for a yeast infection.  If you plan on using only one essential oil to treat your yeast infection, oregano oil would be a great choice.

Learn more about oregano oil for yeast infection »

Cinnamon (Cinnamomum zeylanicum) Essential Oil

Cinnamon essential oil is a great oil to cook with and is also a potent killer of Candida albicans–the fungus responsible for most vaginal yeast infections.  Cinnamon oil is a proven natural remedy for yeast infections and should be an oil you use.  Cinnamon oil is easy to procure and makes a great natural cure to keep on hand for other reasons besides vaginitis.  If you can, take some time to learn more about this powerful medicinal tool provided by nature.

Learn more about cinnamon oil for Candida »

Bael (Aegle marmelos) Essential Oil

Another essential oil for yeast infection elimination is bael or Bengal quince (binomial name: Aegle marmelos).  This oil is from a tree native to India and is currently present throughout Southeast Asia.  In a study conducted by Pattnaik S1, Subramanyam VR, Kole C.  aegle oil was found to inhibit 12 different fungi.  Practitioners of Ayurveda in India use different elements of the bael plant for treating a wide variety of ailments.  You may wish to add this oil to other oils to create a synergistic yeast killing effect.  Dr. James A. Duke recommends mixing herbs together to enhance a natural remedy.  This may be a prudent course of action when working with essential oils.  There seems to be a limited amount of research available on Aegle marmelos; consequently, you may wish to consult a knowledgeable herbalist or medical doctor before you try using this oil to cure a yeast infection.

Learn more about bael oil for Candida »

Citronella Essential Oil

Another essential oil that was shown to inhibit the growth of fungus was citronella oil.  In a Japanese study, researchers discovered this oil indeed had powerful antifungal abilities.  However, the study also used another terpene (a chemical produced by plants which are often quite aromatic) called linalool.  By using citronella essential oil and linalool in conjunction, the researchers saw that fungus was effectively inhibited.  According to the study’s abstract:

Citronellal and linalool completely inhibited the growth of all tested fungal strains at a dose of 112 mg/L. Their minimum inhibitory doses ranged from 14 to 56 mg/L. The α- and β- pinenes showed an inhibitory activity against some fungi, whereas the other 8 volatile compounds lacked this property.

You may be wondering where you can get linalool.  Linalool is a chemical constituent of another essential oil–coriander seed essential oil contains linalool.  It may be very prudent to acquire both of these oils and use them in conjunction to treat a yeast infection.  Another proof that Dr. Duke was correct in proposing mixing herbal treatments together creates a synergistic therapeutic effect.

Learn more about citronella oil and Candida yeast »

Geranium Essential Oil

This essential oil is perhaps not the best choice for fighting a yeast infection.  One study found that using geranium oil by itself to treat Candida albicans did not reduce the number of yeast cells present in the vaginas of mice.  However, when used with vaginal washing, some reduction in vaginal yeast was seen.  This could likely be a spurious correlation as the vaginal washing by itself could have been the only treatment which helped allay vaginal yeast.  The study could only estimate that geranium essential oil played a part in healing a yeast infection.

Learn more about geranium oil for Candida »

Orange Essential Oil

Currently there are perhaps not many widely available studies showing if orange essential oil treats a yeast infection.  A study published in the journal Food Control did show that orange oil was able to kill all the moulds it was tested on.  This study’s aim was to understand how essential citrus oils could be used to preserve foods; however, this strong activity against moulds could suggest that orange oil would also work against Candida albicans.

Learn more about orange essential oil for Candida »

Cautions About Essential Oils

  • Concentration of the Oil —  Essential oils can be manufactured differently depending on who makes the oil.  Sometimes oils are changed by the addition of other similar essential oils or via synthetic chemicals.  The oil could also be diluted with other inert oils such as olive oil.  Make sure your product lists the concentration of actual essential oil so that you know how potent your oil truly is.  If it is heavily diluted, and is not 100% pure, you may not see the expected results from using a weak concentration.
  • Amount to Use —  Every oil is different and contains different chemicals.  Some essential oils used in large amounts that are unsafe can cause negative effects on the body.  Make sure you understand what a safe dose is before you use an essential oil for yeast infection.
  • Type of Use — Each essential oil may have methods of use that are safe and some that are certainly unsafe.  Tea tree oil can be used safely externally on the skin, but can be fatal if ingested.  Many citrus oils have phototoxicity and can cause burns on the skin if exposed to sunlight after application.  Make sure you know the proper procedure for utilizing an essential oil before starting your treatment regimen.
  • Plant Parts Used — Different plant parts can be used to create oils from the same species that have different chemical compositions; and thus different competencies.  Make sure you understand if there are varying ways for a certain type of oil to be made.  Some oils may always be made from the same plant elements so there may not always be this concern.


Aromatherapy Relaxation

Author: Dr. Larita
November 16, 2015

Relaxing-diffuserI have a few relaxing blends that I use quite often but I also like to come up with new blends. Sometimes an oil will surprise me with how soothing it is, and I’ll wonder why I’ve never used it in my relaxing diffuser blends before. Then I have a whole new set of ideas for blends to make!

If I’m diffusing essential oils in a candle diffuser, I usually stick to about 5 drops. If I’m using an electric diffuser, I’ll use more—about 10 drops.

Once I find a diffuser blend that I love, I often make a little stock bottle of it. I keep the stock bottle right near the diffuser, so I don’t have to keep all the oils in the blend right there.

The drop count here is for one use in an electric diffuser. That way you can test out the recipes, and if you like one then you can make your own stock blend. To make a stock blend in a 5 ml bottle, just increase the recipes below four times.

Meditate and Smile (you can call this the Smiling Buddha blend!)

  • 6 drops frankincense
  • 2 drops orange
  • 2 drops patchouli 

So your stock blend for this would be:

Floral Heaven

  • 5 drops lavender
  • 1 drop ylang ylang
  • 4 drops palmarosa 

Calm and Earthy

  • 4 drops vetiver
  • 3 drops patchouli
  • 3 drops range

Try these aromatherapy essential oils in your diffuser and let a nice relaxing blend of essential oils ease away your stress.  Guest editor today is Andrea Butje from the Aromahead Institute. You can watch her make a stock bottle of a relaxing aromatherapy blend if you click here.



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