Shingles is a viral infection characterized by a painful rash. The rash can appear anywhere on the body but usually it is a single stripe of blisters along the right or left side of the torso. It mostly appears in people over the age of 50 but anyone can get shingles if they had chicken pox as a child or a person of any age can contract the disease if they come into contact with someone who has open sores from shingles.

You have a higher risk of developing shingles if you:

  1. are over 50
  2. have a weakened immune system
  3. are taking cancer treatments
  4. take certain medications

If you think you may have shingles, see your physician right away to prevent further complications. There is no cure for shingles but you doctor will prescribe anti-viral medications to help your symptoms and prevent complications from arising. Many people find relief with essential oils. Several essential oils have been found to help soothe painful rashes and possibly help speed up the healing process.

The seven essential oils recommended for shingles below can be used topically in the bath or in a carrier oil as a massage; or they can be diffused into the air with a diffuser. Try any of these oils alone or in a blend of 2 or 3 that you like. Use 6 to 8 drops in your bath or 2 – 4 drops in a carrier oil such as sweet almond oil or jojoba oil.

  1. tea tree
  2. lavender
  3. chamomile
  4. lemongrass
  5. bergamot
  6. geranium
  7.  black seed oil


Aromatherapy Massage for Pain

Author: Dr. Larita
April 27, 2017

I have talked about massage techniques for use at home with your own massage and essential oils. I’ve even had the need to use the aromassage techniques on myself occasionally. Last night my husband began having pains in his back around his right shoulder blade. He had been trimming the hedges that go all the way around our back yard. Around bed time, he was in pain and could hardly take a deep breath.

I poured about one teaspoon of jojoba oil into the palm of my hand and added eight drops of rosemary essential oil (the bottle must already be open and ready to use.)  I used effleurage massage on his back. That is a big word that simply means you use firm or gentle soothing strokes to enable the essential oils to penetrate the body and bring about relaxation and calm to sore and aching muscles. When I stopped after only about ten minutes, he said it felt 100%  better.


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.


Body Creams Help Me to Keep My Skin Nourished and Beautiful

Author: Natural-Beauty
April 25, 2017

body creamsAs I recently began to spend just a bit of time working on making sure that I would be able to have some excellent items that I could use to take care of my skin, I was really delighted to be able to find some different kinds of creams that would be perfect for nourishing my skin. It was so easy for me to be able to find different types of creams that were the perfect items for me to use.

I decided to look for some natural creams as these were bound to be the better ones for me to use on my skin on a regular basis. My skin can be sensitive, so choosing items that don’t have any additives was something that was very important to me. I spent some time looking at some natural body creams so that I would be able to find the ones that were the very best for me to use.

Now that I have been able to work with these different creams a whole lot more, I have been really enjoying them. It is wonderful to be able to use such high quality creams on my body to care for my skin. It seems that my skin looks and feels a lot nicer when I have used these items.


Tea Tree Oil for Fungus

Author: Dr. Larita
April 25, 2017

A reader left a message after reading the Pretty Feet blog today. He said that he had toenail fungus for about 10 years and some very bad foot odor too. He read a previous blog about tea tree oil and smelly feet and he started to use the spray mentioned in the article for his shoes. He said there was great improvement in the shoe smell but his toenails were still thick because of the fungus.

He read that tea tree oil is anti-bacterial and anti-fungal so he started putting one neat drop of it on each nail every morning. He said that after about a week of daily use, he could see that his nails were less thick and there was less fungal growth. Toenails grow slowly so there is still some fungus there but he is beginning to see healthy nails growing in with no fungus. If he keeps that up, he will have pretty feet too, or should I say handsome feet?


Tea Tree Oil in the Garden

Author: Dr. Larita
April 24, 2017

There are a number of essential oils that combat bacteria and viruses but not many oils are also effective anti-fungals. Tea tree oil helps to control fungal infections by reducing the rate at which the fungus reproduces. It is often used as an alternative medical remedy to treat fungal infections like athlete’s foot.

With plants being living organisms, it makes sense that tea tree oil can treat their fungal infections too. By just diluting 4 or 5 drops in a spray bottle of water you can treat plant fungus and mold. This treatment will also rid the plant of a variety of insects which makes tea tree oil an excellent ally for your garden.


Aromatherapy Facial Masks II

Author: Dr. Larita
April 21, 2017

Green clay is the best of the clays and it can be used on all skin types. It is good for treating acne and other skin disturbances as well as providing an antiaging effect for mature skin. Green clay balances combination skin, normalizes oily skin and revitalizes dry skin. It is rich in calcium, magnesium, potassium, and sodium and energizes connective tissue. It stimulates very gently and it is effective in increasing the lymph flow and circulation allowing oxygen to speed the elimination of waste products.

Of course, you can purchase a face mask that you squeeze from a tube providing an instant face mask but these products contain all kinds of unnecessary ingredients that may even be harmful to your skin. When I look at the expiration date on a product and it is a year or two away, I wonder how that product can be good for my skin and I want a natural alternative. That’s why I make my own facial masks and cleansers. A homemade mask takes only a few minutes to assemble and once you put your tailor made product in a jar you have your own instant face pack ready to use at any time and tailor-made for your own skin type. When you use essential oils in your facial mask, you can target the skin problems you want to target.


Aromatherapy Facial Masks I

Author: Dr. Larita
April 20, 2017

Facial masks have beneficial effects for many skin types because they can nourish, rejuvenate, and stimulate; refine, cleanse, and peel off the outer skin layer; soothe and calm inflammation; clear acne, loosen blackheads; and act as an anti-wrinkle treatment and natural face-lift. For natural skin care, you can use practically any fruit or vegetable in your refrigerator and many other foodstuffs. You can purchase a flower water to blend your dry ingredients but I prefer to use plain spring water as the moisturizer with essential oils that are good for your skin like lavender, geranium or bergamot added for the properties they bring to the mixture.

Clay masks are wonderful because the clay has absorbed the sun and the plants and minerals of earth over thousands of years giving it rejuvenating and anti-aging benefits for our skin. Clays come in an assortment of colors from all over the world and can be found in health food stores and pharmacies. When we combine  the clay with essential oils they complement each other with a synergistic effect providing natural skin care that is highly beneficial. White kaolin clay is best used on normal to oily skin because it has an astringent effect. It removes impurities from the skin as it cleanses and it improves lymphatic flow, increasing blood circulation the the area. Fuller’s earth is a stimulating clay that is a soft brown in color. It is a cleansing clay plus it removes dead skin cells. It is useful on oily to normal skin only. We will discuss more on facial masks tomorrow!

 


The Importance of the Moisturizing Phase

Author: Natural-Beauty
April 19, 2017

It’s not all that uncommon for people to skip out on the moisturizing phase of skin care, but it’s an important stage to reduce the visible effects of aging. When people age, their skin becomes less hydrated which necessitates the use of anti-aging moisturizers to have healthier skin. In the winter, when skin is at its driest, it’s essential to moisturize on a daily basis. There are hundreds of different moisturizer products available, and choosing the right product can be a challenge.

You don’t want to spend an arm and a leg on your moisturizing products, nor do you want a product that doesn’t work well. Not all moisturizers are created equal, so it’s important to shop around, ask friends, and read customer reviews to find the best products. When you’re using a great moisturizer, you’ll notice an immediate difference in the look and feel of your skin.


Floral Essential Oils

Author: Dr. Larita
April 18, 2017

Flowers remind us of the beauty in nature that is all around us. Did you ever notice the way a bouquet brightens up a room, and how its beauty and makes you feel happy to be there? Flowers can also remind us of the love and support in our lives. That’s probably why they’ve always been a popular gift between friends, families and lovers Giving someone flowers can mean anything from “I support you,” to “I love you so much!”

This is the same effect that floral essential oils can have in aromatherapy blends. To add a warm emotional aspect to your essential oil blends, add a floral essential oil. They can inspire security, balance, and happiness. Just like a bouquet of blossoms, they can be so heartwarming!

Maybe that’s why their aromas are often referred to as heart notes (another term for “middle notes”). Heart notes offer fullness and harmony to blends, softening any hard edges of the aroma that might be too sharp, too high, or too deep.

Here’s a diffuser blend that I’ve found is supportive and uplifting after a long day:

Floral Heaven

Try this diffuser blend when it’s time for a little self love. Floral essential oils remind us to treat ourselves well, that we are special and that we deserve special care!

They show up in many skin care recipes, which can make us feel very pampered. Rose is popular for facial products, and lavender is probably the most famous skin loving oil of all.

Even the way some flowers are harvested and prepared shows special care in action. Take jasmine, for example. Jasmine flowers are hand-picked at night, when they’re at their most fragrant. Rose is another example—it takes about 60,000 roses to make a 1 oz (30 ml) bottle of rose essential oil!

This spring, as new flowers pop out of the ground and trees bud, try surrounding yourself with the beauty of flowers and floral oils. They can be so comforting after winter, and support you as you take on fresh growth of your own.

 

Thanks to Andrea Butje of Aromahead.


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