In today’s world most of us are very conscious of what we are doing to the earth’s ozone layer with commercial aerosol air fresheners. When you use essential oils to scent your home, you are providing your family with a much better option and your home will have a delightful aroma. You can scent your home with essential oils in the following ways:

  • Use  about 8 drops of essential oil to 2 1/2 cups of water and spray as finely as possible towards curtains and carpets. Test curtain and wood materials before spraying to avoid water stains.
  • Purchase a light bulb ring or use one drop of essential directly on a light bulb in a standing lamp. Make certain the light is turned off before applying the oil because essential oils are flammable. Once the oil is applied, turn on the light and the heat from the bulb will release the scent into the room.
  • Turn a log fire into a fragrant event by applying one drop of essential oil (try cypress, pine, sandalwood, or cedarwood) to each log. Your guests will think you are using imported wood for your fire!
  • Diffusers are an easy effective way to scent a room. Wipe them clean before applying a different oil or blend. If you don’t have a diffuser, place a bowl of boiling water with 5-6 drops of essential oil in a centrally located place in the room. Remove the bowl when the water cools and keep it out of the reach of children and pets.
  • Add 4 drops of essential oil to a cotton ball and place it close to your heat source in winter months or put as many drops as you like in a humidifier.


The first impression of your home is the aroma that greets guests as they enter. This first sniff says a lot about your household, whether there are pets and smokers, the kind of food cooked there, etc. Real estate agents are becoming more aware of the importance of aromatherapy and have started advising their clients to create a homey atmosphere when trying to sell their house by baking cookies or bread and putting on a fresh pot of coffee when expecting home viewers.

If you are not a baker, you might want to know that a few drops of clary-sage or lemon essential oil will put your new home buyers or any guests at ease. They might comment, “Your home has such a lovely relaxed atmosphere, we don’t know why.” You can rest assured it is because of the scent of clary-sage or lemon essential oil that you have in your diffuser!


Facial Toner Makes My Wrinkles Melt Away

Author: Natural-Beauty
May 20, 2016

facial tonerI have recently been doing just about everything that I can to make sure that I am able to get rid of some of the wrinkles on my face. I hate how old I look now that these different wrinkles have started forming. It is not a very good look for me, so it is very important that I do something to keep myself as wrinkle free as I possibly can.

To ensure that I am able to keep my face looking good on a regular basis, I have been trying some different facial creams and soaps that are supposed to help keep my skin healthy. Healthy skin has a lot more elasticity and can easily spring back preventing wrinkles of most types. I have been using these items to help eliminate some of the wrinkles.

I have had the most luck with a facial toner that I use on a consistent basis. I put this on at least once every day so that it can work on tightening my skin and making it much more firm. I love using this serum because I have found that this really does wonders to eliminate the overall look of wrinkles on my face.


Are you thinking about losing weight? If you are then, good for you. Just remember, when you start an exercise  program after laying off for a while, you will probably get sore muscles in the bargain. Essential oils can sooth those aches and pains and maybe even help you stay on your program. They not only provide your body with the deep cleaning you need but also help eliminate waste products from your body.

Before you take your shower, put three neat drops of essential oil on a clean washcloth and massage that all over your body and then shower as you normally do. A blend of equal parts of rosemary, lemon, and eucalyptus peppermint is a wonderful mixture for this purpose. When you are done showering, massage your muscles  with a muscle relaxing oil or a toning oil – whichever one meets your needs.

Essential Oils to Use Before and In the Showershower in shower

  • Lavender
  • Rosemary
  • Pine
  • Lemon
  • Eucalyptus
  • Eucalyptus peppermint
  • eucalyptus lemon
  • Juniper
  • Bergamot

 

 


More Help for Sore Muscles

Author: Dr. Larita
May 18, 2016

workout1The essential oils cardamom, ginger, and tangerine go a long way toward relieving overworked, sore muscles when blended into a carrier oil like liquid shea oil. Use this recipe and massage sore muscles after your workout.

  • 1 oz liquid shea oil or sweet almond oil

  • 5 drops cardamom essential oil

  • 3 drops ginger essential oil

  • 6 drops tangerine essential oil

Spicy oils can feel too warm on your skin but when blended with liquid shea oil and tangerine, they are balanced and just work the wonders we want them to work. Shea oil and tangerine essential oil both love skin! If this blend still turns out to be a little hot or irritating for you, just add 4 drops of lavender.


scented air freshenerSince I have a refillable air freshener in my home, I like to find great new scents that I can add to it so that I can make my house smell nice. I like being able to try more natural scents because I love the smell of different types of flowers and plants in my home. I have been using air freshener like this for a really long time now.

Whenever people come into my home, they complement me on how amazing the room smells because it is so fragrant and beautiful. I feel great when I am complimented like this because I work hard to pick out great new scents each time. I have been able to find many that can smell subtle around my home so that they don’t overpower everything.

Most recently, I started looking for some new type of scented air freshener that would be good in my home. I decided on a very flowery type of scented air freshener that would be perfect. When I walk into my home now, it smells like a beautiful garden is in bloom somewhere in there. I love the way that this air freshener makes my home smell.


Aromatherapy Diffusers Make My Home Smell Great

Author: Natural-Beauty
May 16, 2016

aromatherapy diffusersI recently started to work on finding some great new diffusers that I can use around my home to make the place smell really nice. I have been trying to find some diffusers since the air fresheners that I was using in my home haven’t really worked as well as I thought they would. I know that I need something that is a lot better than this to make my home smell nice.

I have heard great things about diffusing essential oils, so I have been looking for the right type of diffusers that I can use to get the scent into the air. I have been able to find a lot of different types of aromatherapy diffusers that I could use all around my home for this purpose. I bought a few different ones that I could have around my home.

I have been able to use these diffusers to make it so that I have a wonderful smell spreading throughout my home. I have been trying a few different scents for my house and am always pleasantly surprised by the way that the smell drifts through my home. It is great to have a nice smell that is not at all overpowering.


Rosemary Essential Oil

Author: Dr. Larita
May 6, 2016

 The atrium at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel

Rosemary essential oil is a great one to use during your morning shower because it is a mental and physical stimulant and also during a relaxing bath after a long strenuous day because it is an excellent treatment for all muscular conditions. Rosemary has antiseptic properties and is often used to treat muscular sprains, rheumatism, arthritis, depression, fatigue, memory loss, migraine headaches, coughs, flu, and diabetes. It is also used in beauty treatments, hair care products, and acne preparations.

Several years ago, I went to a conference in Nashville and we stayed at the Opryland Hotel – that place is huge – and at the end of the day my feet were aching terribly. I massaged a mixture of rosemary and grapeseed oil on my feet after my shower and my roommate asked what the wonderful scent was. I’m not crazy about the scent although it is not unpleasant, but for my tired aching feet, rosemary essential oil is priceless!


Massage II

Author: Dr. Larita
May 5, 2016

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
May 4, 2016

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.

 


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