Chronic back pain can come from specific physical reasons such as a slipped disc, lumbago, sciatica, or fibrositis and there are often medical remedies for these types of back problems. More often, back pain is the result of the strains of daily life. It may come from lifting heavy boxes, gardening, sitting at a keyboard all day, bad posture or even from lugging in the groceries after shopping. Falls and whiplash can come back years later in the form of back pain too.

Essential oils can greatly relieve chronic back pain. They penetrate deeply into contracted muscles encouraging them to expand and they increase blood flow to the area and the muscle tissues needing to be repaired by the body. The best way to use essential oils for this purpose is in a synergistic blend although you can use any of the oils alone. All three of the following synergistic blends are wonderful for alleviating back pain.

Synergistic Blend I

  • 10 drops of rosemary
  • 10 drops of marjoram
  • 10 drops of sage
Synergistic Blend II
  • 10 drops of lavender
  • 10 drops of eucalyptus
  • 10 drops of ginger
Synergistic Blend III
  • 10 drops of peppermint
  • 10 drops of rosemary
  • 10 drops of basil
Dilute the 30 drops of your synergistic blend in 2 tablespoons of your favorite carrier oil. Massage eases any kind of back pain although you may need to get a friend to do it for you. If no one is available to help, you can massage your lower back on your own but the upper back is more difficult although it can be done. Ice massage is very helpful for treating lumbago, sciatica and fibrositis which are often caused by sitting in one position for too long (that’s where my pain is coming from!) You just need to freeze several Styrofoam cups with water, freeze them and then cut the cup down so there is about 2 inches of ice protruding. Massage in a circular pattern over the sore areas in your back.

Facial 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 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 the 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 useful on oily to normal skin only.

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.

Diffusers Make My Home Smell Excellent

Author: Natural-Beauty
July 20, 2016

diffusersWhen I first started to work on making my house smell a lot nicer, I immediately thought of the different types of chemical air fresheners that were available. I tried these in my home for a while, but they seemed to be far too potent for me to use them in my home all of the time. I decided right away to stop using these in my home.

I started to look for something that might be a bit more natural and more mild so that I didn’t end up feeling like my home was being overpowered by chemicals. I was able to find a lot of natural essential oils that I would just need a diffuser to use. These would be so much nicer for me to be able to use on a regular basis than the nasty air fresheners.

I looked at several different types of diffusers before I was able to find the one that I would like to use in my home. Once I found the right kind of diffuser, I chose to purchase it right away just so that I would be able to start diffusing oils in my home. It is wonderful to walk in through the door of my home to enjoy this lovely smell.

Citrus essential oil and slice of ripe fruits: orange, lemon and lime fruits

Essential oils are a huge part of a natural beauty routine. Often touted for their aroma therapeutic properties, sometimes the topical benefits are overlooked. Essential oils, Absolutes and CO2 extracts are not only beneficial for beauty purposes but also to heal wounds, bug bites and irritating skin conditions. Here are some of the most popular ones.

  • Sweet Orange Oil – This sweet citrus promotes the production of collagen as well as increase the blood flow to the skin which can help with fade spots and wrinkles and is helpful at soothing dry, irritated skin. Citrus provide high levels of vitamin c that heal and protect skin. Sweet orange oil also decreases the rate of damage from environmental factors such as uv rays, pollution and toxins. Orange oil is also uplifting and calming which can brighten your mood and balance your hormones.
  • Lemon Oil – Lemon oil is cold-pressed from the lemon rind and contains d-limonene, a powerful cancer fighting antioxidant. It increases luster of dull skin and is detoxifying and rejuevenating. It can help reduce acne with it’s astringent qualities and nourishes dry damaged skin. Like orange oil, it contains high amounts of vitamin C which heal and protect skin.
  • Neroli – This favorite of mine is an intoxicating cross between floral and citrus scents. It is made from the delicate flowers of the bitter orange tree that are hand-picked and handled with great care. It’s fantastic for mature and sensitive skin because it repairs skin at the cellular level. Neroli tones the complexion and improves elasticity which diminishes wrinkles, scars and stretch marks. It’s highly regenerative, calming, improves circulation, balances oily skin and calms sensitive skin with it’s anti-microbial properties.
  • Bergamot Bergamot is cold-pressed oil from the peel of the bergamot fruit(a cross between a lemon and an orange). It’s a mood enhancer and is especially wonderful at healing acne and infected pores due to it’s anti-bacterial qualities. effective toner and skin balancer as well as a treatment for eczema and psoriasis, scars and dark spots.
  • Lemongrass – Lemongrass has antimicrobial, antibacterial, antiseptic, and anti-fungal properties which detoxify, heal acne and brighten skin. Perfect for use as a toner and to strengthen skin tissues.
  • GingerGinger oil comes from the ginger root but is a more potent source of benefits because it has a higher concentration of gingerol. Ginger contains a high level of anti-oxidants that prevent free radical damage and premature aging. It’s also highly antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial which make it a great addition to acne treatments or skin sensitivity issues and allergies.

Thanks to Argan Republic

essential oils5Here are Emily’s top 5 favorite essential oils for allergies:

1. Tea Tree Oil

Nobody in my house likes the smell of tea tree oil, not even me. However, it works wonders for stuffy heads and watery eyes. There are a lot of people that do like the aroma that tea tree gives off though so it’s a win/win for those folks.

Tea tree oil can be used for a lot of different ailments. I definitely recommend tea tree oil to have on hand at all times.

2. Eucalyptus Oil

Eucalyptus oil is strong and effective when you need to unclog or cleanse. Personally, I love the smell of eucalyptus. I use it for my son and myself all the time, especially since we live in a house with stachybotrys (black mold).

Aside from the ways that I mentioned above, I also will sprinkle 2-3 drops of eucalyptus oil on our pillows when we are fighting allergies. It’s especially helpful in relaxing inflamed passages so that it’s easier to get a good nights sleep.

I have also bought dried eucalyptus leaves at our local IGA and boiled them in water on the stove when I ran out of eucalyptus oil. It also worked very well but I’m still partial to my oils.

3. Peppermint Oil

Peppermint is another oil that I would recommend to have in your essential oil collection. It’s use goes far beyond therapeutic purposes. Peppermint oil can also be used for many ways around the house, including a natural ant and rodent deterrent.

Peppermint oil has been said to help reduce pressure and tension, which comes in handy for sinus headaches. I have used peppermint oil for headaches before and have had much success. I really want to buy a diffuser necklace that isn’t bulky so that I can add peppermint oil to it. Peppermint oil is one of my favorite scents and I also get a lot of headaches.

4. Lavender Oil

Lavender oil is probably most known for making you fall asleep faster. Along with providing you with tranquility, lavender oil can help soothe your passageways when they flare up. Lavender is a mentally and physically soothing oil that has a very potent and pretty floral smell to it.

5. Lemon Oil

Lemon oil is actually an all-natural antihistamine (reduces inflammation). There’s no surprise that lemon oil is strong and potent, either. Burning lemon oil always helps me focus better and seems to declutter a lot of the brain fog that I battle.

You can also get creative with your oils when you burn them or aromafy. Add 1-2 drops of lemon, peppermint, and lavender to concoct a cocktail of aromatherapy bliss.

Thanks to Emily from The Unextreme

Aromatherapy First Aid 2

Author: Dr. Larita
July 15, 2016

Therapeutic grade essential oils are mainly concentrated herbs and people are missing out on their health benefits because of the misconception that they are only for elevating mood and as perfume oils. Numerous essential oils also have properties that kill germs, purify the air and much more. They can be used as alternative first aid care for everything from acne to urinary infections.

If you would like to add additional essential oils to the basic three we discussed in the previous post, you may wish to include rosemary, peppermint, orange, geranium and lemon. Your Aromatherapy First Aid Kit should also include carrier oils such as almond oil, jojoba oil, and or shea oil to mix your essential oils in, plus aloe vera, vitamin E and garlic oil, which can be created by mixing garlic cloves with sweet almond or grape seed oil.

Aromatherapy First Aid

Author: Dr. Larita
July 14, 2016

first aid kitEvery home has a first aid kit but there is an alternative, have you ever thought about assembling your own aromatherapy first aid kit? All you need is a good container marked Essential Oils, Alternative First Aid, or Aromatherapy to house the kit and keep your oils away from light, dampness and extreme heat so they don’t deteriorate. The three major oils to stash in your kit are eucalyptus, lavender, and tea tree oil.

These three oils will aid with colds, wounds, burns, bruises, insect bites, muscle pain, fungal infections and much more. They can be dispensed in a number of ways depending on the need including directly from the bottle, in a carrier or base oil, in a steam bath, or on a compress. We will continue with more information about your alternative aromatherapy first aid kit as well as a few more essential oils to add to your stash in another post.

Facial Cleansers Keep My Skin Healthy and Beautiful

Author: Natural-Beauty
July 13, 2016

facial cleanserI have always taken a lot of pleasure in making sure that I am able to take great care of my skin on a regular basis. I make sure that I don’t spend too much time out in the sun and when I do I wear sunscreen to make sure that my skin is not damaged. It is always good to do the things I need to keep the skin on my face looking so beautiful.

To make sure that I am able to keep my skin looking nice all of the time, I use all kinds of different products on it throughout each day. This means that I start with facial cleansers in the morning and end with moisturizing cream at night. All of these different products contribute to the way my skin feels and how healthy it is.

It is wonderful to be able to touch my skin and feel how soft it is. I love being able to have all of the right kinds of natural products that make it so that I am able to get the most from the way that my skin is cared for. I really do feel that my skin care regime is part of why my skin looks so young and is so beautiful all of the time.

Essential Oils for Pets

Author: Dr. Larita
July 13, 2016

My daughter’s dog is 18 years old which is pretty old for a dog and she has arthritis so bad that sometimes she can’t walk at all. My daughter asked me what essential oils I have for my “grand-dog” so that the next time she can’t walk or go up and down the stairs she can treat her without having to force  pet medicine down her throat. She’s a little Shih-poo and this is not the only ailment she has but let’s talk about the arthritis treatment today.

Just like with people, arthritis is painful for dogs and you must be careful when you are handling them but dogs do love to be massaged. If your pet has arthritis, they will love your touch as you massage them and the essential oils will be a beneficial treatment. The arthritis dog treatment I suggested to my daughter is 4 drops of rosemary, 2 drops of lavender, and 3 drops of ginger diluted in 2 tablespoons of a carrier oil like sweet almond oil or grapeseed oil.

Try to get the massage oil mixture onto the painful joints working it through the coat and into the skin. Start at your pet’s back  and massage the muscles in rhythmic movements working towards the haunches. Cover all of the legs and include the vertebrae. This may be a little messy but your pet will soon lick off most of the oil and enough will penetrate the skin to be effective.  Also, what they ingest will help their digestive system. An added bonus to this treatment is that fleas do not like lavender!

lavender picLavender essential oil is one of my favorites. Here are some ways to use lavender to improve your health naturally. I am taking courses at Aromahead and this is one lesson I already know about.

  1. Add 3 drops of lavender to your nightly bath water. The lavender and warm water will turn your bathroom into a spa and you will sleep like a baby.
  2. Add 15 drops of lavender to a spray bottle of water containing 1 teaspoon of unscented aloe vera gel and 2 tabs of Vitamin E. Keep this spray in the refrigerator and spray on sunburned or windburned skin.
  3. Add 3 to 4 drops of lavender to 1 ounce jojoba oil for a 100% organic skin moisturizer.
  4. Add 5 drops of lavender and 5 drops of frankincense to an inhaler and sniff when you’re in stressful situations for a calming effect.
  5. Add 20 drops of lavender  to 4 ounces of bath salts to make aromatic gifts for family and friends.


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