Youthful Neck Care

Author: Dr. Larita
July 20, 2017

No matter how much make up and concealer is on your face, you must take care of the delicate skin on your neck or it will be like a lovely rose on a stalk that can’t support it. The neck is one of the first places on the body to show its 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 the neck responds extremely well to essential oil treatments.

The essential oils for neck care 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 very delicate 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 oil, 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.


Body Oils

Author: Dr. Larita
July 19, 2017

If 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.


Now days, essential oil diffusers are, well….essential. They dispense an aromatic mist while preserving the beneficial properties of the essential oil which is perfect for lifting your mood and relieving stress. In the busy world in which we live, essential oil diffusers help us calm down and take a step back. They improve both physical and mental health. Plus they make your living areas smell amazing.

Essential oil atomizing diffusers can be used in any place you can think of; your bedroom, your bathroom, your living – all places that could use a little essential oil. Running one in your office could help you be more productive at work. Road trips or traffic jams are the perfect reason to have a diffuser in your vehicle. There’s no place in which you couldn’t use a little lift through aromatherapy.

If you are new to essential oils, there’s no better way to get to know them than through your essential oil atomizing diffuser.

Try a few of our top favorite essential oil recipes for your essential oil diffuser  below to get you started!

 

20 ESSENTIAL OIL RECIPES FOR YOUR DIFFUSER

1. LET’S FOCUS – ESSENTIAL OIL DIFFUSER RECIPE

This is a much-loved combo, and for good reason! It’s perfect to increase alertness, or when you need a quick pick-me-up.

2. FRESH AND CLEAN – ESSENTIAL OIL DIFFUSER RECIPE

This blend is wonderful for creating a welcoming atmosphere in your home. It’s bright and fresh:

3. ODOR ELIMINATOR – ESSENTIAL OIL DIFFUSER RECIPE

For a fresh and clean scent.

  • 2 parts lemon essential oil
  • 1 part tea tree essential oil
  • 1 part cilantro essential oil
  • 1 part lime essential oil

4. SEASONAL SUPPORT – ESSENTIAL OIL DIFFUSER RECIPE

These three oils together are spectacular for helping to maintain clear breathing and a healthy immune response especially during the spring and summer months.

5. CITRUS EXPLOSION – ESSENTIAL OIL DIFFUSER RECIPE

Be ready for company in a jiffy with a happy and clean scent.

6. DEEP BREATH – ESSENTIAL OIL DIFFUSER RECIPE

Here’s a “calming” blend to give your brain a rest.

  • 1 part bergamot essential oil
  • 1 part patchouli essential oil
  • 1 part ylang ylang essential oil

7. RESPIRATORY SUPPORT – ESSENTIAL OIL DIFFUSER RECIPE

Use this blend to support respiratory function–especially during the winter months.

8. FLOWER GARDEN – ESSENTIAL OIL DIFFUSER RECIPE

Want your home to smell like a flower garden in full bloom? Try this one.

  • 1 part geranium essential oil
  • 2 parts lavender essential oil
  • 2 parts roman chamomile essential oil

9. MAN-CAVE – ESSENTIAL OIL DIFFUSER RECIPE

This is a very masculine and woodsy scent… but girls like it too.

  • 2 parts white fir essential oil
  • 2 parts cypress essential oil
  • 2 parts wintergreen essential oil

10. BUG REPELLENT – ESSENTIAL OIL DIFFUSER RECIPE

Keep the bugs at bay with this blend.

  • 1 part lemongrass essential oil
  • 1 part thyme essential oil
  • 1 part eucalyptus essential oil
  • 1 part basil essential oil

11. SPICED CHAI – ESSENTIAL OIL DIFFUSER RECIPE

Craving a cup of chai? Put this blend in your diffuser.

  • 3 parts cardamom essential oil
  • 2 parts cassia essential oil
  • 2 parts clove leaf essential oil
  • 1 part ginger essential oil

12. SPICEY CITRUS – ESSENTIAL OIL DIFFUSER RECIPE

Aaahhh…the crisp smell of autumn.

13. WOODSY – ESSENTIAL OIL DIFFUSER RECIPE

Feeling like a walk in the woods, but stuck at home? Try this instead.

  • 3 parts frankincense essential oil
  • 2 parts white fir essential oil
  • 1 part cedarwood essential oil

14. IMMUNE BOOSTER – ESSENTIAL OIL DIFFUSER RECIPE

A healthy blend for the fall and winter months.

15. GOODBYE STRESS – ESSENTIAL OIL DIFFUSER RECIPE

Feeling frazzled?

  • 2 parts frankincense essential oil
  • 2 parts bergamot essential oil

16. GOODNIGHT – ESSENTIAL OIL DIFFUSER RECIPE

For a sweet night’s sleep.

  • 2 parts lavender essential oil
  • 2 parts chamomile essential oil
  • 2 parts vetiver essential oil

17. CANDY STORE – ESSENTIAL OIL DIFFUSER RECIPE

This one smells like candy. The kids love it, and it’ll make your house happy.

  • 2 parts sweet orange essential oil
  • 2 parts wintergreen essential oil

18. ENERGIZE ESSENTIAL OIL DIFFUSER RECIPE

Diffuse this one first thing in the morning for a big boost.

19. GROUNDING – ESSENTIAL OIL DIFFUSER RECIPE

For those moments when everyone really needs to chill out.

  • 2 parts vetiver essential oil
  • 2 parts edarwood essential oil

20. HAPPY HOLIDAY – ESSENTIAL OIL DIFFUSER RECIPE

  • 2 parts white fir essential oil
  • 2 parts sweet orange essential oil

Today’s blog thanks to:  | DIY Ideas


Bergamot Magic Belly Rub

Author: Dr. Larita
July 17, 2017

Bergamot Mint loves late dinners and midnight snacks.

It has a few favorite “open all night” cafes and 24-hour restaurants, but it also likes hanging out with friends at home and indulging in treats.

Bergamot Mint never worries about digestion, even on nights when it tumbles into bed right after a big snack. It makes this Magic Belly Balm to help it digest its food easily. Here’s a recipe that makes enough Belly Balm for Bergamot Mint and all its friends!

Bergamot Mint’s Magic Belly Balm

  • 1 oz (28 g) beeswax (Cera alba)
  • 2 oz (60 ml) jojoba (Simmondsia chinensis)
  • 3 oz (84 g) coconut oil (Cocos nucifera)
  • 1 oz (28 g) shea butter (Butyrospermum parkii)
  • 42 drops Bergamot Mint essential oil (Mentha citrata)
  • 14 drops Cardamom essential oil (Elettaria cardamomum)
  • 21 drops Peppermint essential oil (Mentha × piperita)

Directions

  1. Create a “stovetop double boiler” by placing a Pyrex measuring cup into a soup pot that’s ¼ full of water. Bring the water to a gentle boil.
  2. Put the beeswax in the Pyrex and melt.
  3. Add the jojoba and coconut oil and remelt.
  4. Add the shea butter and melt, stirring gently with a glass stirring rod or the handle of a stainless steel spoon. As soon as the shea butter is melted, remove the blend from heat.
  5. Add the essential oils, stirring gently.
  6. Pour your blend into two 4 oz (120 ml) glass jars. Give it about 20 minutes to solidify.

Massage your Bergamot Mint Belly Balm into your belly and low back when you feel overly full or have an upset stomach.

This recipe makes 7 oz (210 ml) . . . and that’s a lot of Belly Balm! You can use seven 1 oz (30 ml) jars and give some away as gifts!

If you’d rather use a belly oil than a rich balm, here’s a recipe from The Aromahead Blog for Belly Spasm Oil. It’s just as effective, but has a different texture.

Thanks to Andrea Butje, Aromahead Institute for today’s information.


Using Essential Oils To Stay On Top Of My Busy Life

Author: Natural-Beauty
July 14, 2017

I love using nature’s power for healing and my daily needs, and it is so nice to have some good essential oils to help me to really put nature to good use. With my oils, I can really help myself to stay on top of my busy life. I often feel really stressed out and it is good to have some aromatherapy to make sure that I am not letting my busy life overwhelm me.

I am someone who tries to do it all and that can be very stressful. I try to get some tough workouts in regularly and keep my fitness at its peak, I try to be successful at work, and I try to have some time for my love life and to myself as well. It is nice to have some good oils to help me to de-stress and to balance my life.

It is fun to experiment with essential oils and to get to know their benefits for every aspect of my life. There are so many options out there when it comes to the oils and it is nice to have them for my daily living needs. I like to use some oils at home to keep myself looking and feeling my best on a daily basis.


Facelift in a Jar

Author: Natural-Beauty
July 13, 2017

As I’ve gotten older my skin has lost some of its vibrancy and elasticity, particularly on my face. I want my exterior to look as youthful as I feel on the inside. I visited a dermatologist who suggested all sorts of fillers and plumpers, even though I firmly stated that I didn’t want anything to do with needles or surgery.

I figured there had to be a better solution. I did some digging online and found a wealth of information about the benefits of all natural skin care. These organic remedies aren’t that expensive, so I gave it a shot. I bought a cream comprised of Shea butter, Mango butter, Avocado oil, Grapeseed oil, Vitamin E, and pure Coconut oil. Immediately I saw the benefits: glowing, moisturized skin. I call the product a facelift in a jar!


Essential Oils for Hands

Author: Dr. Larita
July 12, 2017

We put makeup on our faces and go to the gym to keep our bodies in shape but if we don’t take care of our hands all of that is a waste of time. The first place to show age spots is your hands and add that to loose wrinkled skin on the backs of your hands and your hands are telling everyone that you are older than your beautiful face looks! If you work with your hands a lot, this stretches the skin even more and everyone exposes their hands to dirt, grease, grime, heavy detergents, and dish soaps etc. everyday. We should wear rubber gloves when we do this kind of work with our hands but most of us don’t bother to do so.

Essential oils can help you keep your hands looking their best. Couple your essential oils with a good hand cream and you’ll have the whole family using your hand cream very quickly. Use any of the following essential oils with your hand cream and your hands will look their best in no time: rosemary, geranium, sandalwood, patchouli, lavender, rose, lemon, lime, or carrot. You might want to price the essential oils first because you don’t have to use an expensive one.

You can also mix the hand cream as you use it by putting some cream in your hand and adding one or two drops of the essential oil of your choice as you go. I like to use geranium usually because it smells so nice but if I have a cut or scrape (I’m a klutz in the kitchen) I often use lavender essential oil. Any of the oils mentioned above will work to make your hands as beautiful as the rest of you.


The main therapeutic ingredient in peppermint essential oil is menthol. It has local anesthetic properties and reduces throat irritations. Menthol is similar to the ingredient in cayenne or hot peppers, capsaicin, which stimulates heat sensors without really causing a change in temperature. Menthol, however, has a cooling effect on the body without changing the actual body temperature. Some medications may adversely interact with peppermint oil so please consult a physician it you have concerns about drug interactions.

  1. Muscle discomfort – Peppermint oil can reduce discomfort and relax muscles – dilute 2 to 4 drops and apply topically to the affected area. Use with a carrier oil such as sweet almond oil if you have sensitive skin.
  2. Respiratory health – Peppermint oil acts as an expectorant and can relieve some symptoms of respiratory issues. Dilute 2-4 drops and apply topically to your chest and the back of your neck. Or add 10 drops to boiling water, put a towel over your head and breath in the aroma for 5 minutes.
  3. Energy boosting – Because it is invigorating and stimulating, peppermint oil can help fight fatigue and improve focus and concentration. Diffuse it or apply it directly to your temples, wrists and the back of your neck. You can also inhale it directly from the bottle or add a drop or two to a tissue and sniff as needed.
  4. Allergy symptoms soother – Peppermint relaxes the muscles in the nasal passages and clears out mucus and pollen during allergy season. Diffuse 5 drops, inhale it from the bottle or a tissue as above or dilute 2-3 drops and apply it topically to forehead, neck and chest.
  5. Headache relief – Peppermint oil may improve circulation, soothe your stomach and relax tense muscles. It can also help clear your nasal passages when you suffer from a sinus headache. Apply it to your forehead and temples for relief.
  6. Digestive soother – Peppermint oil helps relax the muscles in the intestines and reduce bloating, gas and nausea. It can also serve as a natural remedy for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS.) Diffuse it, apply it topically to your abdomen or take 1-2 drops internally mixed with hot tea.
  7. Fresh Breath and Healthy and Gums – Peppermint  oil has anti-microbial properties that will freshen breath and may kill bacteria that lead to cavities and gum issues. Add 1 drop to your toothpaste or mouthwash or place one drop under your tongue before drinking a glass of water.


Peppermint Essential Oil

Author: Dr. Larita
July 10, 2017

Peppermint essential oil is one of the oldest herbs used for therapeutic purposes and its history dates back to ancient Egyptian, Japanese and Chinese folk medicine. Along with rosemary and mrytle essential oil, it was used in Greek funeral rites to offset the smell of the decaying body.

Peppermint is a wonder to use for all kinds of aches and pains from headaches to muscle aches as well as stomach aches. Its minty smell and taste makes it a great addition to drinks and food. It’s also an energy and mood booster. The menthol it contains gives peppermint its trademark cooling and analgesic effect. I also soothes allergy symptoms and helps when you have a stuffy nose. Add peppermint essential to your natural pharmacy.


I love using some aromatherapy in my home to feel really relaxed and my best when I am spending some time in my home. It is nice to calm down and to be able to get into the right state of mind with some great aromatherapy. I learned about the power of aromatherapy from some of my friends and I have been enjoying having it in my home ever since.

It is so nice to have some good scents in my home to help me to unwind after a busy day and to get rid of my stress. I often feel very wound up after a long day, especially after a workout. I need to be able to calm down so that I can fall asleep quickly and have a great rest at night. My aromatherapy has been helping me so much with that.

With my aromatherapy diffusers, I no longer have to worry about getting some restful and peaceful sleep at night and having some good relaxation during the evening. I love using the diffusers on a daily basis to give me a fresh home that is perfect for some quiet moments. It is nice to be able to get home and forget about the worries of the day.


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