Oregano for Cold Symptoms

Author: Dr. Larita
December 9, 2016

We all know that oregano is used as a flavoring for spaghetti and pizza but that is usually the dried and crushed leaves instead of the essential oil. According to Wikipedia, Hippocrates used oregano as an antiseptic, as well as a cure for stomach and respiratory ailments. Oregano is still used today in Greece as a palliative for sore throat.

Oregano is high in antioxidants because of its phenolic acids and flavonoids. It also has shown antimicrobial activity against strains of food-borne pathogens. The Complete Book of Essential Oils & Aromatherapy by Valerie Ann Worwood lists oregano several times as one of the  essential oils to use for respiratory problems such as coughs, sinusitis and influenza.

My main reason for writing about oregano essential oil today is anecdotal. We went to lunch with some friends and the topic of essential oils came up. One of our friends said that he had been using some over the counter medicines for a cold that kept lingering when he was told to try oregano essential oil. He says that he was so tired of feeling bad that he put 5 or 6 drops of oregano on his tongue and he felt better almost instantly. While that was distressing to me because I don’t think you should take essential oils by mouth without diluting them, I think I will try oregano essential oil the next time I start feeling like I’m coming down with a cough, sore throat or a cold.


Using Aromatherapy Gifts for the First Time

Author: Natural-Beauty
December 8, 2016

2532163_origMy sister recently became very interested in the benefits of aromatherapy. She’s been telling me a lot about her experiences with it and says that even she was surprised by the results she’s gotten in regards to her mood and mental clarity. She has all these different essential oils at her home and oil diffusers, which apparently are one of the most important aspects of aromatherapy.

Her interest in aromatherapy has piqued my curiosity and she got me some aromatherapy gifts for my birthday after I told her that I was interested but didn’t really know where to start. She got me an oil diffuser and a couple of her favorite essential oils and instructed me on how to properly use them to get the most benefits out of aromatherapy.


Inhalation Aromatherapy

Author: Dr. Larita
December 7, 2016

coldDo you feel a cold coming on? Do you already have a miserable cold and feel stuffy? Aromatherapy inhalation is a method of using essential oils that will help you tremendously. All you do is add a few drops of essential oil to hot water to make a therapeutic steam. Inhaling this steam will help to open your airways and improve your breathing during colds, flu, hay fever and sinusitis. The essential oil travels up your nose through the vapor and then the tiny molecules of essential oil help to loosen blockages and sooth mucous membranes in your nasal passages. As you breath deeply and breathing becomes easier, the essential oil vapor travels farther down the respiratory passages toward your lungs. This will ease your cough and tight chest.

It is easy to do an aromatherapy inhalation at home. Half fill a heatproof bowl with near boiling water. Remove your glasses or contact lenses, add up to a total of 6 drops of essential oil to the hot water, lean over the fragrant steam with a towel draped over your head and the bowl. Lift the towel every 2 to 3 minutes so you don’t become uncomfortable. Breathe slowly, deeply and steadily so the aromatic fragrance enters your nose and lungs for up to 15 minutes. You will feel the essential oils clearing your head and nose, bringing a feeling of lightness and relief.

These inhalation blends are safe for all adults except those with asthma. If you have asthma, these may be too strong for you and you should not use inhalations. Instead, you should take an aromatherapy bath to ease your breathing.

  • To ease a stuffy head, use 3 drops eucalyptus and 3 drops pine
  • To unblock the nose, use 3 drops peppermint and 3 drops oregano
  • To sooth the throat and chest, use 3 drops cedar wood and 3 drops frankincense
  • To help ease a chest infection, use 3 drops tea tree and 3 drops lemon


Some Anti-Aging Moisturizers Really Smooth Out My Face

Author: Natural-Beauty
December 6, 2016

2-moisturizerAfter I started to spend a lot of time dealing with many of the different types of wrinkles that were big parts of the way that my face looked, I started to look into how wrinkles formed. I found that it might be better if I were able to use some different moisturizers to keep wrinkles from forming on a regular basis. With moisturizer, my skin would be more elastic and easy to deal with.

It was wonderful to be able to use the different types of moisturizers to really make a difference in how smooth of a face I would have. I spent a while researching different types and I eventually ended up choosing some great anti-aging moisturizers. With the right kind of moisturizer, I knew that I could keep my body from forming such terrible wrinkles all of the time.

I am going to love being able to use different types of moisturizers on a regular basis. Having so many wonderful types of moisturizer that I can use on my face has really made it so that I have started to feel much more beautiful all of the time. With moisturizer like this, I feel so much better about the way that I look.


Anti-Aging Skin Care Products Help Keep Me Looking Young

Author: Natural-Beauty
December 5, 2016

1-no-wrinkles-faceAfter I recently started to notice that I was getting a lot of wrinkles on my face, I began to look for different types of products that I would be able to use to make sure that I didn’t look so old all of the time. It was difficult for me to find items that I really felt were ones that might work for me on a regular basis. I needed something that would really make a difference.

There are a whole bunch of different types of items on the market that can be used on a regular basis to keep these wrinkles away. I have mostly been working on just finding a couple that I can use on a regular basis. There are a whole bunch of really wonderful types of anti-aging skin care products that are the very best ones for me to try on a regular basis.

With some of these great products, I am actually starting to see some really wonderful results. It is great to be able to use these different items to make it so that I can really enjoy making myself look a lot more attractive. With so many products to help make me look young, I feel that I am going to easily start looking a lot better.


Aromatherapy for Stress

Author: Dr. Larita
December 2, 2016

Everyone has varying degrees of stress in their life on a scale from positive to distressful. Your mind, body, and soul will greatly benefit from the use of pure, safe, natural, and effective essential oils. Aromatherapy essential oils may be exactly what you need if you are trying to reduce the mental stress caused by work, school, unemployment, or financial worries.

There are specific essential oils that can be used for mental stress and they can be used alone or in a synergistic blend. The oils to use are geranium, lavender, sandalwood, basil, bergamot, grapefruit, cardamom, and patchouli. A specific synergistic blend to use might be geranium, lavender and bergamot but you can blend others or simply use just one of the above mentioned oils.

Several ways to use your synergistic blend of aromatherapy essential oils for stress follow:

  • Use 6-8 drops of your chosen oils or synergistic blend in a warm bath or shower every night.
  • Add 5 drops per teaspoon of your essential oils or blend to a carrier oil (i.e., almond, jojoba, liquid shea) and use this formula as a massage oil. You can also massage it on your body before leaving your home and wear it as a fragrance oil.
  • Use the oils in a diffuser at home or at work.
  • Add 8-10 drops essential oils blend to 2 1/2 cups water in a plant spray bottle and spray occasionally in your office or other environment.
  • If you are not allowed to use a diffuser at work (I don’t know why not) you can put a drop or two on a tissue and sniff it occasionally; you can sniff the bottle in which you have stored the oils; or you can put a dab of oil on the space between your nose and upper lip.


 

Some people spend lots of money on electronic gadgets and expensive clothing for the family but if you want to cut back and make the holidays more meaningful, give a gift of aromatherapy products. Essential oils make excellent gifts and will be very useful to your friends and family.

If you need any suggestions, check out this list:

In a later blog, I’m going to give you some ideas for making  hand made aromatherapy gifts for friends and family. Instead of fighting the holiday crowds at the mall, you can spend your time at home making your own gifts.


Better Health with Essential Oils

Author: Dr. Larita
November 30, 2016

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.


 

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There are so many amazing essential oils that can help guide your meditation.  Here are some recommendations:

Sandalwood:  Sandalwood is possibly the best essential oil for meditation although it is quite expensive.  It is extremely cleansing and can break up the negative thoughts and stress that cloud your mind.  If you are experiencing inner noise and a busy mind that is taking away from your ability to focus, relax, and meditate, sandalwood can help clear the chatter.  It is also a hypotensive which can help lower your blood pressure so you can also physically relax during your meditation. Amyris is a wonderful substitute for sandalwood that is not as expensive and has the same amazing properties.

Clary Sage:  Clary sage has been used by cultures all over the world for thousands of years to remove negative energies from a space.  Using clary sage during meditation can clear the room of any negative energies that can influence and distract the mind from focusing.  Clary sage is also an antidepressant so it can help lift your mood, so that you have a positive meditative experience.

Frankincense:  Frankincense is the most powerful essential oil for the spirit.  It promotes grounding, balancing, and openness.  Frankincense can help you connect with your spiritual self.  Frankincense can also help stabilize your root chakra, so that your energy can flow through your chakras.  Frankincense is also has numerous holistic benefits.  It can help reduce pain and inflammation, relieve stress, and clear your nasal passages.  All of these things can distract you during meditation, so it is a great oil to incorporate into your meditation for the health of your mind, body, and spirit.

Lavender:  Lavender is an antianxiety, antidepressant, and relaxant.  Lavender is one of the best essential oils for meditation because its calming properties can put your mind in the right frame to achieve clarity and enlightenment from meditation.  It also helps stabilize and calm you, so if you are having a restless meditation session, you can balance yourself and really focus.

Eucalyptus:  Meditation requires focusing and controlling your breathing.  However, if your airways are blocked or inflamed, you will have difficulty achieving a meditative state.  Eucalyptus is an expectorant and can help clear the airways and release chest tightness, enabling you to breathe deeply and steadily.

Neroli:  Neroli is an extremely spiritually transformative essential oil.  Used during meditation, it can help promote self-love and acceptance, reduce your fears, and inspire creativity.  In the body, Neroli reduces pain and inflammation, decreases blood pressure and cortisol levels, and is an anticonvulsant.  The centering spiritual and physical effects of neroli have a profound impact on meditation and can help you achieve mindfulness, clarity, and inner peace.

Incorporating essential oils into your meditation routine can help your mind focus and center.  It can also clear the negative energies and mind talk that can distract you from achieving mindfulness and enlightenment.  Essential oils can also help soothe your body and connect you. to your spiritual self.  Essential oils are a truly amazing way to enhance your meditation experience.  However, if you are using essential oils for meditation, you need to ensure you are incorporating only the highest quality oils or you will not get the full therapeutic benefits.

Thanks to Organic Aromas Pure and Simple


Aromatherapy and Meditation

Author: Dr. Larita
November 28, 2016

meditationIn this day and age, most of us think we are too busy to start a new routine but if you are stressed out in every day life, starting a practice of meditation can really calm you down, refocus how you use your energy and start you on a happier, healthier way. Using essential oils can help you start a meditation routine and allow you to focus on it enough to get amazing benefits.

Essential oils can be used in two different ways to facilitate meditation.  First you can diffuse the oil into the air using an essential oil diffuser to promote aromatherapy inhalation.  During meditation, aromatherapy inhalation can help stimulate the senses, promote relaxation, and create an ambient space so you can really focus.  The second way is to directly apply thee essential oils to your skin.  There are several ways to do this during meditation.  You can apply the essential oil to sore areas that can distract your mind, you can apply it to your palms for self-directed inhalation, or you can apply it to your pulse points so it can quickly reach the targeted areas.  So how you incorporate your essential oils into your meditation depends entirely on what you need to achieve. If you are using a strong essential oil like peppermint, you will need to dilute it with a carrier oil before applying it directly to your skin.


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