Oil Diffusers Make My Evenings a Lot More Relaxing

Author: Natural-Beauty
April 29, 2016

oil diffuserWhen I get home from work, I am mainly concerned about being able to calmly sit and just enjoy the evening without having to do much of anything at all. I have been working on making this into an even more relaxing experience by getting the right items to help me relax. I have recently been trying out aromatherapy since there are different essential oils that really help with relaxation.

To make sure that I can easily diffuse the essential oils and have them spread their smell around my home, I have started to look at some different types of diffusers. I have managed to find some different ones including oil burners and other varieties of oil diffusers. I am going to test out a few different types to see which ones might work the best for me in my home.


Natural Skin Care Recipes II

Author: Dr. Larita
April 28, 2016

We are continuing our blog on natural skin care recipes using the basic mask formula containing 2 ounces of green clay and 3 teaspoons of corn flour. The basic mask formula should be combined and set aside to be used with the formulas below. You can also use 1 tablespoon of the basic mask formula with enough of one of the liquid ingredients below to form a paste and add your essential oils to that.

Today’s formulas are for problem skin. Remember to blend the ingredients together and form a smooth paste. Leave the mask on the skin for fifteen minutes then rinse it off and apply a facial treatment oil like aloe vera or jojoba oil. After applying the oil, dab your face with a tissue.

Revitalizing Mask for Dehydrated Skin

  • 1 tablespoon basic mask
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon Brewer’s yeast
  • 1 teaspoon jojoba oil
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 drop chamomile
  • 2 drops carrot oil

Combine and use 1 drop

Acne

  • 1 tablespoon basic mask
  • 1 teaspoon waterCombine and use 1 drop
  • 1 drop chamomile
  • 1 drop lavender
  • 1 drop juniper
  • 1 drop patchouli


Natural Skin Care Recipes

Author: Dr. Larita
April 27, 2016

Are you tired of purchasing overpriced skin care products with too many ingredients that you can’t pronounce? The face mask that you purchased from the drug store may be convenient but it was probably made in a factory under unknown conditions over a year ago. You can start your own natural skin care regimen with inexpensive products that are natural and excellent for your skin. A homemade mask takes only a few minutes to put together and once you have the basic ingredients ready in a jar or carton, you can have your own instant face mask made specifically for your particular skin requirements. If you are ready to start making your own facial mask, this blog is for you.

This is a recipe for a purifying, toning, soothing and rejuvenating mask. First, let’s just make the basic mask recipe so you can have it on hand. Since we often have areas of dry skin, oily skin and normal skin, you can use this basic mask recipe with several different facial formulas. We will be using green clay which you can purchase at your local drugstore or health food store. The recipe calls for 2 ounces of green clay and 3 teaspoons of corn flour. Mix the clay and corn flour together in a jar and keep it ready for combining into one of several different mask formulas that we will describe later. You can also use 1 tablespoon of this basic formula with enough of the other liquids needed for a particular recipe to form a paste and then add your chosen essential oils when you are ready. For each recipe, you will blend the ingredients together to form a smooth paste and leave it on your skin for fifteen minutes. Rinse it off with warm water and apply a facial treatment oil such as grapeseed or almond oil. Dab the face with a tissue after applying the oil.

Mask Formula for Normal skin

  • 1 tablespoon basic mask
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon water
    Combine and use 1 drop
  • 2 drops geranium essential oil
  • 1 drop of rosewood essential oil


Making Foam Soap 2

Author: Dr. Larita
April 26, 2016

hand soapYesterday we talked about making foam soap my way but I know that many people really prefer to have a recipe with measurements, especially when making a blend for the first time.  So here is how it breaks down:

  • 1.5 oz (45 ml) castile soap
  • 15 drops distilled Lime essential oil
  • 15 drops Orange essential oil

If you’re thinking, “But wait—aren’t citrus oils phototoxic?” You’re right, many are. But Sweet Orange is not phototoxic, and distilled Lime does not have the phototoxic properties that cold-pressed Lime does.

Also, phototoxicity isn’t a concern in products designed to wash off the skin. (In lotion or body cream, phototoxicity is a significant safety issue. But with foam soap, a wash off product, it is okay to use phototoxic oils.)

You can choose your own essential oils when you make foam soap. Just stick with about 30 drops total for this little travel size.

Since you’re adding aloe (a water based product) to the castile, I would suggest making it fresh every few weeks.

You can watch me make this foam soap blend on a YouTube video I made. That way, you can see how to estimate your measurements yourself.

Andrea Butje – Aromahead


Making Foam Soap

Author: Dr. Larita
April 25, 2016

hand soap foamingYou can make foam soap for your bathroom, kitchen, or travel bag. Foam soap feels so light, airy, and silky on my hands. I just had to create a recipe for it with essential oils (to make it feel even more luxurious)!

My favorite way to make foam soap calls for castile soap, which is already in a liquid form. I don’t blend my castile soap with water to thin it out (but some people do, as it saves on the cost of the final product). Instead, I like to blend in a little aloe vera gel, for an extra skin-softening effect.

You can get foam soap pump bottles from Aromatics International. They have two sizes—one is just right for your bathroom or kitchen sink, and one is small enough to travel with. This recipe is for the smaller size, which holds 50 ml (1.67 oz).

I’ll be honest . . . I don’t actually measure my ingredients when I make foam soap! I just fill my bottle most of the way with castile soap. I add a little aloe vera gel, then I add about 30 drops total of essential oils. I always make sure to leave some space in the bottle, because once I screw the lid on, it will cause the liquid to rise a little. In other words, don’t fill it to the top.

Andrea Butje – Aromahead


Aromatherapy Carrier Oils Dilute Strong Oils

Author: Natural-Beauty
April 22, 2016

carrier oil aromatherapyEssential oils are great for a variety of different things, but in many cases the oils themselves are a bit too strong to be used. It would only take a few drops of a pure essential oil to provide enough scent for aromatherapy in many cases. This means that in most cases, it is important to mix this oil with another variety of oil before diffusing it.

The best thing to do with strong essential oils is to make sure that they are always combined with another oil. You can buy small bottles of pure essential oils and use a couple of drops from these to combine and create a good aromatherapy oil. There are many different types of aromatherapy carrier oils that can be used to dilute the pure oils.


A Health Care Alternative

Author: Dr. Larita
April 21, 2016

There are several different ways to use aromatherapy as an alternative health care method. Two of those ways, aerial diffusion and direct inhalation, are aided by the use of a diffuser. There are many different types of diffusers for you to investigate but their purpose is to get the essential oil aroma into the air.

The main difference in aromatherapy diffusers is the way in which they disperse the scent into the air.  A home diffuser uses ultrasonic technology to emit oils into the air and they cover more territory than a two or three part soapstone burner. The smaller diffusers are perfect for covering the area in a sickroom, office, bedroom, or bathroom. Some diffusers use electricity to heat the oils while others use tea light candles or a small light bulb. Whichever type you use depends on how much you want to pay for it and whether you prefer candle or electric energy.


Aromatherapy Cleaning Spray

Author: Dr. Larita
April 20, 2016

A Recipe for You: “Grime Go Away” Surface Spray 

 by Andrea Butje

Tea Tree and Lemon are some of the most trustworthy natural cleaners in the essential oil world. This recipe combines them in a base of Tea Tree hydrosol (which is a powerful cleaner all by itself) and a splash of vinegar.

  • 14 oz (420 ml) Tea Tree hydrosol (Melaleuca alternifolia)

  • 2 oz (60 ml) vinegar

  • 40 drops Tea Tree essential oil (Melaleuca alternifolia)

  • 30 drops Lemon essential oil (Citrus limon)

Make this blend in a 16 oz (480 ml) spray bottle. (I generally like using glass, but for cleaning products I usually suggest PET plastic—it’s known as a non-reactive plastic that doesn’t leach.) Spray “Grime Go Away” liberally on your surfaces. In areas that are especially grimy, you might want to let it sit for a minute before scrubbing it away with a sponge or rag.


I recommend making this blend fresh every few weeks.


Amazing Tea Tree Oil

Author: Dr. Larita
April 19, 2016

Tea tree or melaluca oil is taken from the melaluca tree native to Australia. It is used by the aboriginal people there to treat colds and sore throats as well as skin disorders. The leaves and twigs from the melaluca tree are crushed and inhaled or sprinkled on wounds. Use of the oil did not become popular until the 1920s but its popularity died out in the 1940s when chemical antibiotics became available. Use of the natural tea tree oil became popular again in the 1970s when interest in using natural products resurfaced.

A number of essential oils fight bacteria and viruses but not many of them 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. Tea tree oil is very versatile and should be included in your aromatherapy pharmacy to treat acne, dandruff, candidas, cold sores, mites, scabies, lice and head lice.

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 as well as for us humans.


Your Sense of Smell

Author: Dr. Larita
April 18, 2016

By Dr. Mercola

Your sense of smell is your most primal sense and exerts surprising influence over your thoughts, emotions, moods, memories, and behaviors. Aromatherapy allows you to harness the olfactory power of plants, using their essential oils to enhance your physical and emotional health. Essential oils have been scientifically shown to be particularly helpful in treating stress, mood, sleep, pain, nausea, memory, and energy. A recent study revealed that humans can distinguish more than one trillion sensory stimuli, instead of 10,000 as previously thought. There is recent evidence that humans do indeed produce pheromones, contrary to prior belief. For example, you can actually smell fear or disgust.

You can read more about this interesting theory by clicking here.


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