Indulge Your Senses

Author: Natural-Beauty
August 28, 2015

diffusersWe’ve all come home from a long day at the office, or a just from a long day, and wished we could wash the day off. Unfortunately the effects of a tough day usually affect our inside more than our outside, so washing off the day will often involve more than just a simple shower. In order to escape from the pains of the day we need to indulge all of our senses and achieve maximum relaxation with as little effort as possible. Aromatherapy is a time-honored method of doing just that.

Because the portion of our brains that translate scent into experience are so close to the portion of our brains that deals with memory, scents can often trigger vivid memories and emotions. With the right scents we can even create a sense of stillness, safety and relaxation. Finding the right aromatherapy for you may start out as a challenge but once you find the perfect blend, or the perfect oil, all of your hard work will have paid off. There’s nothing like the relaxation and relief that aromatherapy can provide. Start with a good aromatherapy diffuser and an aroma you know you’ll love and you’ll thank me for it!


Facial steams are relaxing,  stress-relieving and great pampering routines that can be done once a week, or for those with very sensitive or dry skin, once a month. Steaming is an excellent way to increase circulation to the skin, promote the release of toxins and impurities, deep cleanse and open pores, and experience the benefits of essential oils and herbs.

To prepare a facial steam, you’ll need a large heat-safe bowl, boiling water, a towel, and the essential oils or herbs you want to use. Combine the hot water and essential oils/herbs in the bowl, place the towel over your head, and lean over the bowl in such a way that the towel creates a tent, keeping the steam in. Keep your face a comfortable distance above the water, breathe deeply and enjoy for up to five minutes taking breaks as needed.

Essential oils can be calming, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, balancing, and fungicidal. Some common oils you might already have include lavender, tea tree, chamomile, clary sage, and neroli. You can use fresh or dried herbs as well, including comfrey, rosemary, lemon balm, chamomile, fennel, mint, and more. Chose your additions based on your needs at the time, or simply work with combinations that smell right to you, whether they are invigorating, relaxing or simply delicious!


Shea Butter for Stretch Marks

Author: Dr. Larita
August 26, 2015

Stretch marks plague many women during pregnancy but they are also common in both men and women when there is a sudden weight gain or loss. Boys and girls may get them during puberty when their bodies undergo the changes that occur at that time. Shea butter is an excellent natural product to use to get rid of stretch marks and also to prevent them.

Shea butter is 100% pure and natural and it contains vitamin A and vitamin E which both have exceptional healing properties for the skin. The vitamin A in shea butter is important for improving skin conditions including stretch marks, blemishes, wrinkles, eczema, and dermatitis as well as properties that treat skin allergies, insect bites, sunburns, frostbites, and many other common skin conditions. The vitamin E in this rich creamy extract may serve as an anti-free radical agent that aids in preventing the harmful effects of the sun and environmental exposure on the skin.


Naturally Clean Kitchens

Author: Dr. Larita
August 25, 2015

I have all kinds of cutting boards that I use in the kitchen but I like my wooden cutting boards the best. Did you know that all those nicks and scratches on your cutting boards can hoard germs? Yes, they can so you should clean them well but not with harmful chemicals like my mother used to do. All you need for this cleansing is a little salt and some citrus. You can use lemon or grapefruit peel or the essential oil from either fruit or you can use both the fruit and the essential oil.

cutting boardIf you are using the fruit, cut it in half and remove the inside. Pour a small handful of salt on the cutting board and use the fruit peel to rub it into the cutting board. Clean both sides of the cutting board in this manner and then rinse well with hot water. You can use any kind of salt but the chunkier it is, the better it works for me.

If you are using the essential oil approach, pour a small handful of salt on the cutting board and add three drops of lemon or grapefruit essential oil. Use an abrasive sponge to rub in the salt and essential oil. Turn the board over and add more salt and 3 more drops of essential oil to the other side and do the same thing and then rinse your board with hot water. If you live in Florida like Andrea Butje, you may want to use both essential oil and the fruit, just work the salt and essential oils in with the fruit. Voila! Your cutting board is now germ free and ready for use.

 


Soften Your Hands Naturally

Author: Dr. Larita
August 24, 2015

hand careI’ve been cleaning today and, as usual, I didn’t use my gloves. Now my hands are all dry with a few nicks and cuts plus my nails look terrible. I’ve got a blend for hand care that will help me with this problem. If you need some loving care for your hands, please use the formula below.

Add the following essential oils to a 1 ounce dark glass bottle filled with 1/2 jojoba oil and 1/2 liquid shea oil leaving room at the top for the essential oils. Shake well before using.

  • 5 drops patchouli
  • 5 drops frankincense
  • 5 drops myrrh
  • 5 drops lemon
  • 5 drops rose

Use this luxurious blend often and especially any time you’ve been using your hands to do hard work.

 


Natural Cleansers

Author: Dr. Larita
August 21, 2015

bathtubAll week we’ve talked about natural skin care, but today we’re going to talk about a different kind of natural cleanser. This cleanser is for your home, not your skin (although it will treat your skin well when you use it in you home.) To make this amazing natural cleanser, combine the following ingredient in a 10 ounce container:

  • 1 cup baking soda
  • 3 tablespoons castile soap
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 15 drops Siberian fir
  • 15 drops lemon
  • 10 drops cinnamon

Combine the baking soda, castile soap and white vinegar in the 10 ounce container  until you it forms a paste. Add the essential oils to the mix. Use this formula on any surface in your home that needs cleaning.

 


Natural Clay Masks 2

Author: Dr. Larita
August 20, 2015

If you read the last blog post and are ready to start your natural skin care regimen by making your own facial mask, this recipe is for a purifying, toning, soothing and rejuvenating mask. The basic mask recipe calls for 2 ounces of green clay and 3 teaspoons of cornflour. Mix the clay and cornflour together in a jar and keep it ready for combining into one of the mask formulas below. Or you can use 1 tablespoon of this basic formula with enough of one of the liquid ingredients below to form a paste and then add your chosen essential oils when you are ready. 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 Formulas:

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

Dry skin

  • 1 tablespoon basic mask
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon almond or evening primrose oil
  • 2 drops carrot oil
  • 2 teaspoons water
    Combine and use 1 drop
  • 1 drop chamomile
  • 1 drop rose

Oily Skin

  • 1 tablespoon basic mask
  • 1 tablespoon Brewer’s yeast
  • 1 tablespoon water
    Combine and use 1 drop
  • 1 drop rosemary
  • 1 drop lavender

Revitalizing Mask for Dehydrated Skin

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

Acne

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


Natural Clay Masks

Author: Dr. Larita
August 19, 2015

CLAY MASKFacial 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 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 the 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 to 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 best used on oily to normal skin.

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 anti-aging 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 instead. 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.

 

 


 

FWOT fwotIf you are concerned about using natural skin care products, you should use body oils instead of  perfume or cologne. Traditional designer brand perfumes are comprised of concentrated oils and 75% to 85% alcohol, ethanol and or water. When you purchase perfume or cologne, you  are paying a high price for the brand name, the advertising campaigns, the “cosmetics gifts” you receive for purchasing a certain dollar amount, the alcohol used, and the beautiful fancy packaging.

The alcohol and ethanol used make your perfume smell much stronger than it is but it fades within a few hours. As your perfume (or the alcohol in it) evaporates, it not only takes your fragrance but your natural body oils with it, drying your skin as it goes.  Body oils are pure, concentrated perfume oils in a cosmetic grade vegetable oil. They evaporate naturally giving your skin a softer, smoother feeling – plus they contain no alcohol, ethanol or water so many people who are allergic to perfumes and colognes can wear body oils with no problems.


Natural Skin Care for Men

Author: Dr. Larita
August 17, 2015

We women constantly talk about how to care for our skin because we  love to look beautiful but most men aren’t concerned with their skin until there is a problem that needs solving. Your face is the first thing people notice about you. Here are a few tips to ensure that your skin stays healthy and you look good.

  • Cleanse by washing your face daily with a natural soap that not only cleanses but also exfoliates so that you get a deep cleansing, your pores stay clear and your face looks healthy.
  • Tone your skin with a natural astringent containing 1 ounce witch hazel, 3 ounces distilled water, 1 teaspoon cider vinegar and the following essential oils: 2 drops juniper berry, 1 drop lime and 1 drop grapefruit. This mixture must be shaken each time you use it.
  • Moisturize your face daily with a natural moisturizer that contains no alcohol or fragrances.
  • Protect your skin by: avoiding overexposure to the sun, eating healthy, staying in shape with exercise, and steering clear of alcohol, smoking, fatigue and stress.


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