Aromatherapy Smudging

Author: Dr. Larita
April 24, 2015

When people think of aromatherapy, essential oils like lavender and patchouli usually come to mind. However, indigenous Native American Indians and many other traditional cultures around the world have used another type of aromatherapy for hundreds of years. Smudge stick sounds like something you would use to apply eye makeup with, but “smudging” is actually a method of aromatherapy employed by burning herbs, like dried sage or lavender, throughout a dwelling.

Some Native Americans believe the smoke created by burning some herbs has a cleansing affect, as well as cognitive, emotional and physical benefits. Some even believe “smudging” can act as a messenger to energies and realities beyond conscious comprehension and understanding. Just as many take a hot bath to refresh and relax their bodies, dedicated smudgers burn sage or sweetgrass to treat depression, anger, fear, grief and anxiety.

Smudge sticks can be found at many specialty health stores. To begin smudging use matches or a candle to light the stick, and blow on the flame to put out the fire. Let the smudge stick smolder. Once the smoke begins to fill the air, fan it towards the body. If you are allergic to smoke and feel you can not get the benefits of smudging, you can use a diffuser to achieve the same results without the smoke. You can use any essential oil to achieve the benefit you want.


Mangos Hydrate Your Skin

Author: Natural-Beauty
April 23, 2015

When you hear the word mangos you probably think of a delicious fruit. Did you also know that mangos are great for skin care? Mangifera indica is a species of mango found in India that is well known for its soothing, moisturizing benefits. When turned into mango butter it can be applied like a cream.

Mango butter is an all-natural product rich in antioxidants. It is incredibly hydrating and can help skin conditions like eczema, rashes, dry cracked skins, minor cuts and burns, as well as soothe achy muscles. Plus, mango has a light sweet aroma that you’re sure to enjoy. Why would you want to put synthetic, over-processed chemical lotions on your skin when you can get better results from an all-natural product?


Anti-Aging Neck Care II

Author: Dr. Larita
April 22, 2015

When your neck starts showing signs of age, you might want to give it a special tightening treatment with the following synergistic  blend of essential oils. Use 10 drops of rose, 7 drops clary-sage, 10 drops lemon, and 20 drops carrot essential oil blended well with 1 teaspoon  of evening primrose oil. Gently massage this mixture into the skin and leave it on for at least ten minutes before wiping off the excess oil.

After a long cold winter of wearing turtle-neck sweaters and woolen scarves, the neck will benefit greatly if you slough off dead skin cells, brighten up and tone the neck and prepare it for a treatment oil as discussed in part I of anti-aging neck care. Mix 1 teaspoon of ground almond with 1/2 teaspoon of jojoba oil into a paste and rub it all over the neck and chest area in upward movements. Leave this on for 10 minutes then rinse it off with water followed by a rinse with the following tonic water: 1/4 teaspoon cider vinegar, 1 tablespoon spring water, 1 teaspoon witch hazel, and 2 drops lemon essential oil. Mix the lemon essential oil with the witch hazel and then blend that with the other ingredients. Rinse most of the paste off with water and then add the vinegar tonic water to the final rinse until all the almond paste is gone. Finish the treatment by massaging the neck with a natural moisturizing cream.


Anti-Aging Neck Care

Author: Dr. Larita
April 21, 2015

Have you ever seen a woman whose face was beautiful but when you glanced at her neck, you thought about a turkey? No matter how much make up and concealer is on the face, if you don’t take care of the delicate skin on your neck, it will be like seeing a beautiful flower on a stalk that can not support it. The neck is one of the first places the body begins to show age.  Crinkled skin, loss of elasticity, wrinkles and double chins all lead one to look older even though great care is put into maintaining the good looks of the face. You can try to keep your neck covered with a scarf but that is not practical and, thankfully, the neck responds extremely well to essential oil treatments.

The essential oils to use for tightening the skin on the neck area are rose, geranium, clary-sage, lemon, lemongrass, black pepper, or carrot. Use any one of these oils added to a carrier oil like jojoba, evening primrose, or avocado to begin your treatments.  The neck is a very delicate area and must be cleansed with the same care you use on your face. Add one drop of one of the above essential oils to each 3/4 teaspoon of your usual cleansing cream. Then each night before bed apply the following blend: 8 drops of pettigraine, 3 drops of orange, 10 drops carrot oil, 14 drops palma rosa, and 5 drops of lemon blended well with 3 teaspoons jojoba oil, 2 teaspoons wheatgerm oil, and 2 teaspoons of avocado oil. Leave this on for a few minutes and then wipe off any excess with a tissue before going to bed.


Essential Oil Aphrodisiacs

Author: Dr. Larita
April 20, 2015

Essential oils are used by many cultures throughout the world for their healing properties. Some uses for the oils include increasing over-all well being and physical, emotional and mental health. Many essential oils can also stimulate the sex drive and work as powerful aphrodisiacs. So those looking to spice up their love lives should consider filling their oil diffusers with one of the following essential oils:

~Ylang Ylang oil energizes the body and intensifies sexual desire.

~Rose oil aids in hormone balance. This oil works best for women, but is also said to boost sexuality in men.

~Jasmine oil is said to have a counter-effect on frigidity, impotence and premature ejaculation. It also boosts energy levels.

~Sandalwood oil is said to aid in the treatment of impotence and help to relieve the anxiety that leads to frigidity. Sandalwood also produces something similar to androsterone, a male hormone secreted in the armpits as a sexual signal.


Natural Moisturizer for Finicky Skin

Author: Natural-Beauty
April 17, 2015

I inherited a lot of great traits from my parents, but good skin was not one of them. Since puberty I’ve had incredibly sensitive, finicky skin. Parts of my skin get dried out very easily and other parts look like oil slicks.

I tried just about every mass-produced, commercial product out there to balance and moisturize my skin, but nothing worked. A friend of mine who works in an upscale salon turned me on to natural moisturizers. I’ve been using aromatherapy hand and body lotion imbued with soy, jojoba, coconut, and palm extracts for the last few weeks. I’m proud to report that my skin has never looked more radiant and properly moisturized.


Arthritis is a chronic inflammation of the joints and if you have any form of this disease, you will want to read this blog. Today I’m going to discuss aromatherapy and essential oils for rheumatoid arthritis.

Rheumatoid arthritis can occur at any age. It affects connective tissues and is probably brought on when the autoimmune system turns on itself and then attacks healthy cells. When this happens, joints can become useless and muscle starts wasting away. Symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis include acute or chronic pain, headaches, and tender swollen lymph nodes.

Nutrition is important in the treatment of arthritis. Limit or cut out completely dairy and wheat products, red meat, salt, sugar, acidic fruits, and soft drinks. Eat vegetarian foods, white fish and poultry, plus lots of salads with raw vegetables and any form of cooked or uncooked cabbage. Drink lots of water and add carrot juice to your diet. Increase your vitamin and mineral supplements; especially take calcium, zinc, and vitamins C, B, and D.

Use any of these essential oils in your bath and massage oil: eucalyptus, peppermint, chamomile, geranium, rosemary, lemon, thyme, and lavender. Before beginning your essential oil bath or massage therapy, you must draw the toxins out of your body with a clay poultice. Make the clay poultice from green clay which you can get from any health food store. Make a stiff paste by adding water to 1 tablespoon to dry clay. Then add 2 drops eucalyptus, 1 drop peppermint, 3 drops chamomile, and 1 drop lavender essential oils to the clay paste and mix well. Smear the paste over the sore joints and painful areas and cover with muslin (which you can buy by the yard) and rest for at least 15 minutes; longer if possible. Follow this course of action twice a day.


100% Natural Deodorant

Author: Dr. Larita
April 15, 2015

Our body controls temperature and eliminates toxins by sweating, so stopping underarm sweat with antiperspirant is not healthy and is often thought to be one reason for the rise in breast cancer. The  medical profession does not support this idea and considers it a myth but it just makes sense that if toxins are trapped in your body they can lead to health problems.

If you are not willing to take a chance with your health, it is worth your while to try Crystal Deodorant in either a spray or roll on bottle. It is 100% natural and contains potassium alum mineral salts. It is non-aerosol, ozone friendly, hypoallergenic, unscented, non-staining, contains no alcohol, and kills odor causing bacteria.  Do antiperspirants contribute to breast cancer? Myth or fact, you decide.


The Most Effective Way to Apply Facial Moisturizer

Author: Natural-Beauty
April 14, 2015

If you’re concerned with the quality of your skin, you most likely know that the skin on our faces tends to be particularly sensitive. It is also the most susceptible to the damaging effects of the sun as well as everyday dirt and grime. With all the negative things we subject our faces to every day, it’s important to use the right facial moisturizers.

But once you have that perfect moisturizer for your particular skin type, it’s still important to apply that moisturizer in the most effective way. To achieve the softest skin, make sure to apply the moisturizer in light, circular motions. And remember, if you have oily skin, the less massaging, the better. Massages stimulate oil glands and excessive rubbing will only make the problem worse. Take the most care around the eyes. Be particularly gentle, because pulling or rubbing that skin can cause premature sagging or wrinkles. Also make sure your moisturizer has sunscreen protection of at least 15 SPF. This will ensure that your moisturizer protects you all day.


Aromatherapy with Incense

Author: Dr. Larita
April 13, 2015

Incense is the burning of fragrant biotic materials, often including essential oils, which release an aromatic smoke when burned. The term incense actually is derived from the Latin term incendere which means to burn and it refers to the substance being burned, not the fragrance itself. The use of incense probably originated in Ancient Egypt where the resins from aromatic trees and plants were burned for religious ceremonies. Incense is also used in aromatherapy, meditation, rituals for purification, for creating mood, and to mask bad smells.

There are two different burning methods for incense. First, there is the way most of us are familiar with, direct burning incense sticks or cones. The sticks or cones are lit with a flame which is then blown out leaving a burning tip to smolder and release the fragrance. The other way consists of indirect burning of materials that cannot be used without a separate heat source such as charcoal. You light the charcoal tablets or discs and then place the powder, resin, bark, or incense rocks directly on the burning coal. The type of incense you use depends on your preference but it is good to know that there are so many options and it is always fun to try new things.


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