What to Use for Dry Skin

Author: Dr. Larita
September 29, 2016

Are you confused about whether to use an ointment, a lotion or a cream to relieve your dry skin? These terms describe the way skin care products are prepared. Ointments are prepared using oil and may stay on your skin longer but many people don’t like them because they are  greasy and don’t soak into the skin. Creams are less oily than ointments and can be made from natural products so they do soak into the skin easily. Lotions are water-based and get absorbed into the skin quickly, causing instant, but not long-lasting, relief. For longer-lasting relief, choose ointments or creams.

If you have dry or itchy skin, avoid using too much soap, antiperspirants,  hot baths or anything else that removes your natural oils. Skin dryness and itchiness is worse when the humidity is low and you should definitely avoid stress, too much exposure to the sun, and smoking or secondhand smoke.


Oven Fried Lime Tilapia Fillets

Author: Dr. Larita
September 28, 2016

I have started dabbling in cooking with essential oils and so far, I’ve had some delicious results. We eat mostly chicken, turkey and fish rather than red meat so that’s mostly what I’ve been experimenting with so far. Here is a fish recipe that we really enjoyed today. If you have tried others, please let me know which essential oils you used so I can try it.

Oven Fried Lime Tilapia Fillets

  • Heat oven to 425 degrees
  • Mix 1 drop lime essential oil with 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Brush 4 tilapia fillets with 1 teaspoon of the lime/olive oil blend and set the rest aside
  • Sprinkle the fillets with Mrs. Dash, cayenne pepper, garlic powder and sea salt to taste
  • Sprinkle uncooked Cream-o-Wheat on top of the fillets
  • Cover your pan (I use a dark cookie sheet) with aluminum foil and spread the remaining lime/olive oil on the foil
  • Wipe the top of each fillet in the oil on the pan and then lay it on its back side – that way some of the seasonings and cream of wheat will also be on the back of your fillets
  • Cook for 10 minutes or until the fish flakes with a fork. Tilapia fillets can be thick or thin so gauge your cooking time according to the size of your fish
  • Serve right away with seasoned rice and salad – bon appetit!

 

 


Organic Oils Are Beneficial in Lots of Different Situations

Author: Natural-Beauty
September 27, 2016

4 organic oilsSometimes people just aren’t aware that there is more than one way to do things. For example, essential oils are great natural remedies that aren’t as widely known as more common medicines you can find in or near a pharmacy. You can use essential oils for a lot of different things as well, as they are great for many different kinds of situations.

For example, lavender organic oils are calming and soothing oils that are great for helping people get to sleep. If you’re having a restless night, just try some lavender organic oils and see for yourself. And there are other organic oils that help you feel more awake and energetic. Instead of going for a caffeinated beverage, perhaps an essential oil can help pep you up.

All in all, organic oils are there to help people. I think more people should give them a try. They’re natural remedies that can make people’s lives better in a very positive way. They smell great too, so it’s recommended you try different combinations to give your nose a treat. I like using essential oils to make my house smell nice to both me and the guests that come through the door.


Aromatherapy Massage

Author: Dr. Larita
September 26, 2016

Your skin is the vehicle that can take you anywhere you want to go and do anything for you that you want if you simply add essential oils to your massage oil. No matter what your reason for having a massage, there is an essential oil that will make it even better.  Always use a quality carrier oil for your massage. Sweet almond oil is my favorite carrier oil for massage but liquid shea oil is also wonderful.

Aromatherapy Massage Oil Formulas

  • Add lavender for stress relief and relaxation
  • Add rosemary to relieve sore muscles and pain
  • Add a blend of peppermint and grapefruit for an energizing massage anytime you need a lift
  • Finally, add ylang ylang for a sensual intimate massagey


Essential Oils for Ringworm

Author: Dr. Larita
September 23, 2016

ringworm

Ringworm is the term used to describe fungal infections of the skin. Athletes foot is a fungal infection and can be called ringworm too but today, I’m talking about ringworm or fungal infections on any other part of your skin but especially on the scalp. Ringworm on the scalp can cause temporary baldness and as a former elementary school principal, I saw the disease on many children. It is so contagious that we had to send children home when they had it, at least until they had been treated for the problem. The name ringworm comes from the ring shape that forms on the skin as the disease spreads in a circular shape.

The essential oils you can use to treat ringworm are tea tree, lavender, thyme or myrrh. Tea tree is very effective in treating this disease. Apply 1 drop of tea tree oil on the affected area 3 times a day until it is clear, probably around 10 days should do it. After that, make a blend of 30 drops of tea tree in 2 tablespoons of coconut or jojoba oil. Rub this oil on the affected area every day.


Diarrhea Essential Oils

Author: Dr. Larita
September 22, 2016

Recently, I had a bout with diarrhea which can be caused by many things but the reasons usually fall into either food, nerve or viral related categories. Whatever the cause, if you have diarrhea you should drink plenty of water.

If you have food related diarrhea, use one of these oils to make a massage oil; peppermint, eucalyptus, thyme, chamomile, or tea tree. A good synergistic blend for food related diarrhea is 2 drops chamomile, 3 drops peppermint, and 1 drop eucalyptus. Mix this blend into 1 teaspoon of jojoba oil and massage over the whole abdominal area.

For nerve related diarrhea, make a synergistic blend of  1 drop chamomile, 2 drops eucalyptus and 3 drops lavender and dilute it into 1 teaspoon of a good quality carrier oil like liquid shea oil. The viral oils to blend are 3 drops thyme, 2 drops lavender and 1 drop tea tree. Make it into a massage oil in the same manner.

You can also make a drink by adding 1 drop of essential oil to a teaspoon of honey and stirring it into a cup of warm water and sipping the drink slowly. Use peppermint for both food related and nerve related diarrhea and use eucalyptus for viral related eucalyptus.


Constipation

Author: Dr. Larita
September 21, 2016

constipatedConstipation is often caused by a weakness in the anal area and it can become so bad that the feces become impacted and must be removed by a doctor. Feces left in the rectum become dry and hard and as time passes, they become more and more difficult to pass.  Before it gets to that stage, you can try some diet changes as well as adding bulking agents like fiber to meals. It will help if you insert a tiny sliver of soap into the rectum or you can purchase glycerine suppositories. Drink plenty of water and eat dried stewed fruits.

Massaging the lower abdomen following the intestinal tract often helps to shift impacted feces allowing the bowels to move easier. Before massaging it is very helpful to drink a cup of hot water with 2 teaspoons honey, 1 drop ginger and 1 drop fennel essential oil added. Sip the drink slowly, wait ten minutes, then massage with the following oils in a clockwise manner over the stomach. Massage as deeply as possible without making it uncomfortable and then massage over the hips, lower back and down the spine  to right above the anus. Do this three times a day until your bowel movements become regular.

Essential Oils for Constipation

Formula for Constipation

Dilute the formula in 2 tablespoons sweet almond oil or another high quality carrier oil.


A Skin Cleansing Soap That Keeps Skin Moisturized

Author: Natural-Beauty
September 20, 2016

3 skin cleansing soapIt’s important to make sure you’re not stripping the moisture from your skin when you cleanse yourself. Washing up with the wrong soap could lead to itchy dry skin that just makes you feel uncomfortable. But luckily there are natural soaps available that help keep the skin smooth and moisturized, and have a nice scent to them too.

The skin cleansing product I’m talking about is a shea butter and aloe vera African black soap. It’s a great soap bar that works for all skin types, whether you have dry or oily skin. But what’s great about this soap is how gentle it is on the skin, and how it doesn’t strip away the necessary natural oils. It makes sure you have moisturized skin that won’t crack or itch even after you step out of the shower.

I also heard from my friend that has this soap that it helps clear up blemishes. I’m not sure how it does it, but my friend has been able to control their acne problem just by using this soap. All in all, this soap is definitely worth a try. It’s a great skin cleansing product for just about anyone that wants clean and soft skin.


inhalersI want to share a recipe from Andrea Butje’s Aromahead Institute that uses Aromatherapy for muscle tension and headache relief at the same time.

The recipe is really convenient because it’s made in an aromatherapy inhaler. When using aromatherapy for muscle tension, it’s good to also make a blend you can apply topically. It’s so soothing to massage sore muscles with a therapeutic body butter or oil. But you’re not always in a place where you can massage your aching muscles with a blend so an inhaler is great to use anywhere because it’s the size of a lipstick and you can keep it in your pocket or purse.

One reason this inhaler recipe can be so helpful is because the essential oils have components that are useful for easing tension and pain. Inhaling the essential oils also calms your nervous system, increasing circulation and encouraging your muscles (including the muscles in your neck and scalp) to relax.

Muscle Tension and Headache Inhaler

Have you ever made an aromatherapy inhaler? If not, you can see me make this recipe in a YouTube video by clicking here.

An inhaler consists of a little plastic sleeve with a cotton insert. The cotton absorbs the essential oils. A bottom piece snaps in place to keep the sleeve closed, and then there’s a lid that closes the whole thing up.


Cellulite 3

Author: Dr. Larita
September 16, 2016

bath2We talked about using essential oils in the bath so they can penetrate your skin by osmosis. You can use any of the following oils in your bath to fight cellulite:

ESSENTIAL OILS TO FIGHT CELLULITE

  • oregano
  • juniper
  • grapefruit
  • lemon
  • cedarwood
  • fennel
  • cypress
  • thyme
  • rosemary
  • sage
  • basil
  • patchouli

TOXIN ELIMINATOR BATH

Place 2 handfuls of epsom salts and 1 handful of rock salt in your bath. Now run the water and add 8 drops of the following synergistic blend:

  • 6 drops each oregano and juniper
  • 10 drops each lemon and grapefruit
  • 8 drops basil

Blend this mixture together well in the tub. Massage the cellulite problem areas while they under the water. In the next couple of blogs, I have some anticellulite bath blends for you.


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