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.


Silky Smooth Massage Oil

Author: Dr. Larita
June 30, 2015

massage fat blasterWe all need a good massage occasionally and I have a recipe for a massage oil that will have you wanting a massage everyday. You only need a 1 ounce bottle filled with 1 ounce of liquid shea oil. The essential oils to add are:

  • 5 drops patchouli
  • 3 drops neroli
  • 3 drops lavender

After adding the essential oils to the liquid shea oil, screw the cap on and shake gently. Pour about the size of a quarter into your hands and massage all over you body avoiding your face, eyes and sensitive areas. When the massage is completed, always wash your hands.


A Facial Massage for You

Author: Dr. Larita
June 26, 2015

facial massageI truly believe giving yourself a facial massage daily or at least twice a week is highly beneficial for your skin and your well-being. The right facial massage has a multitude of benefits for the skin. It increases circulation, helps with puffiness and congestion and firms and tones the skin naturally.  Using natural skin care facial products, you can do this type of massage in your own home.

Using the right natural skin care products on our skin is only one part of good skin care. Your lifestyle plays a huge part on how your skin looks. If you do not sleep and eat well and you often feel stressed, these things can have a major impact on your skin and can be triggers for skin conditions like acne, eczema and rosacea. In fact meditation is probably the number one best thing you can do for your skin and your mental condition.


Massage II

Author: Dr. Larita
June 25, 2015

massage therapy2We are continuing to discuss “aromassage” as a valuable method of using essential oils as part of the healing process when using aromatherapy. In previous blogs we have discussed which essential oils to use for sore or fatigued muscles (See Essential Oil Muscle Relief). You can always look at the archived blogs if you have any questions. Now let’s look at what kind of aromassage to use for different parts of the body.

  • Shoulders – aromassage into the shoulder muscles with both effleurage and petrissage movements. Make firm strokes from the shoulder to the neck and back again using thumbs and palms.
  • Arms – aromassage up towards the armpit, using effleurage or petrissage on the fatty or muscular areas only.
  • Back – Use firm or gentle effleurage or petrissage but do not massage over the vertebrae. Start from the lower part of the back and with both hands stroke all the way to the shoulders. Slide your hands over the shoulders and then return down the sides of the back. Repeat these strokes as many times as you like, the longer you aromassage, the more relaxing it is.
  • Abdomen – only use circular movements on the abdomen and move in a clockwise direction. Effleurage is the best method to use on the abdomen.
  • Legs – use effleurage to aromassage the legs and always move upwards. You can use petrissage on the fatty or muscular areas only but not over varicosed areas.
  • Women’s reproductive problems- aromassage using effleurage movements beginning at the lower back and sliding over the hips. Then slide each hand over the abdomen separately and repeat the whole process.
  • Feet – aromasssage from the toes to the heel with the thumbs under the foot and the fingers on top.

All massage should flow as the blood does, toward the heart. After an aerobic workout, aromassage is useful to release toxins and keep your muscles supple.


Massage I

Author: Dr. Larita
June 24, 2015

massage therapyAromatherapy massage or aromassage is an excellent way to apply essential oils as part of an alternative healing process. It is not hard to do and anyone can do it for family, friends, even to yourself. There are many different ways to apply aromassage:

  • Effleurage – this is a series of gentle, soothing strokes which allow essential oils to penetrate your body and help you to relax and become calm. For this method, use your whole hands in  either long or short strokes that can be either firm or gentle.
  • Petrissage – is similar to gently kneading dough. Use the palm, finger tips and thumbs to slowly and gently knead the body. Petrissage is most helpful when used on fatty areas and on backs.
  • Head massage – put the essential oils  on your fingertips to massage the scalp. Work the fingers all over the scalp.
  • For migraine and headaches – massage around the base of the neck and work your way up to the base of the scalp. Massage in this manner for a few moments with firm effleurage strokes.
  • For the neck – massage the neck using small, firm circular movements from the base of the neck, up either side of the vertebrae to the base of the scalp. Massage the sides of the neck and repeat these movements in a more gentle fashion and work your way down the neck. Repeat several times using appropriate essential oils.

We will continue this blog tomorrow with more areas for you to massage.

 


Do you like aromatherapy candles? Most people use aromatherapy candles because they like the scent. You can have the scent without the toxins by using an aromatherapy diffuser. Here are some reasons why you might want to consider using a diffuser instead of candles:

  • Some candles are made of an unhealthy petroleum by-product – paraffin. If you use candles for any reason, use only the ones made of soy or beeswax.
  • If the candle has a metal wick instead of a cotton one, it is probably releasing lead into the air.
  • Too many times the aroma comes from a synthetic scent that is toxic even when it is unburned.
  • Some experts believe burning essential oils reduces their therapeutic value.

 

I usually use an aromatherapy diffuser to burn essential oils to scent my rooms or for other aromatherapy purposes. I also love burning scented candles but I am careful of the type of candles I burn. If you simply love the ambiance of flickering candle light, you can now purchase flameless candles.



I rubbed my index finger on the top heating element of the oven when I reached in to take out some chocolate chip cookies I was baking for my grandchildren. I didn’t say a bad word but I did yell and almost dropped the cookies. I usually put aloe vera juice directly from the plant on burns but my grandkids watered my plant to death and I had given it to my neighbor to nurse back to health (because I definitely do not have a green thumb.) My husband swears by lavender essential oil for everything from bruises to cuts to burns so I put lavender on the burn and hoped for the best.

This was a really bad burn because when I jumped I also rubbed the skin against the metal bracket holding the heating element and tore the burned flesh. I put two to three drops of lavender oil neat (no carrier oil) on the burn 2 to 3 times a day and it was healed in a week.  You can barely see where the injury was and it is still fading.


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
June 18, 2015

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. Ok, this is getting too long so I will finish it tomorrow!

 


Relieve Chronic Back Pain 2

Author: Dr. Larita
June 17, 2015

back pain2Massage eases all kinds of backache pain. You can massage your lower back yourself but you might have to get a partner to massage your upper back. You can apply the oils to your upper back with a sponge or cloth attached to a back brush. There are even tools for applying lotion on your back and those would work well for applying your essential oil blends too.

Ice massage is excellent for lumbago, sciatica and fibrositis. Typists, clerical workers and other jobs that require you to sit in one position for a long time can cause you to develop these conditions. You may get a chronic ache in the upper back muscles which can go into spasms. Ice massage will help any area that feels inflamed. Prepare your ice in advance so that it is ready when your muscles are aching. Fill several styrofoam cups with water and freeze them, then cut the styrofoam down so that the ice is protruding. Massage the inflamed area with the ice using circular motions.

Back Pain Synergistic Blend

  • 10 drops rosemary
  • 10 drops peppermint
  • 10 drops basil
  • 2 tablespoons liquid shea oil

Mix the blend and use it anytime you have a muscle ache, especially in the back area.


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