Muscle Fatigue Essential Oils

Author: Dr. Larita
January 24, 2017

If you have been doing a lot of shopping recently, you may be suffering from muscle fatigue when you wake up in the morning. 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.

If you are one of those unfortunate people who has a case of continuous muscle fatigue or myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME), you may be helped by using this muscle fatigue formula: 5 drops of thyme essential oil, 10 drops rosemary, 5 drops cypress, 10 drops eucalyptus/peppermint essential oil, diluted in 2 tablespoons of grapeseed oil. You can use any other carrier oil but grapeseed oil is very light to the touch.

It is important that ME sufferers get enough sleep but many times, because of their aching muscles, they have insomnia so they are extremely tired and yet they can’t sleep. The essential oils to use for insomnia are valerian, marjoram, chamomile, clary-sage, sandalwood, and lemon. Massage any of these oils into your body before having an oil bath. Use any of the above mentioned oils in a blend of a total of 30 drops to 2 tablespoons of carrier oil. Massage this over your whole body while you run a warm bath. Then put 4 drops of any essential oil from the list into the bath and swish it around before getting in. Rest in the water or read a book until the water starts to cool and then go to bed. Do this nightly to help with your insomnia.

Essential Oils for Yeast Infection

Have you been recently introduced to the world of essential oils; or are you a veteran practitioner and have been around the block when it comes to using natural oils?  If you are curious about whether or not you can use an essential oil to stymie and heal a yeast infection, the answer is “of course!”  There are several different types of oils you can employ to fight off nearly any kind of yeast infection.  Most of the antifungal oils will be discussed here, so take some time to get informed on these oils; feel free to consult the sources at the end of an article for further learning. It won’t take long before you know enough to start using essential oils for yeast infection treatment.

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Lemongrass Essential Oil

A well known essential oil that has been shown to be effective against Candida is lemon grass essential oil.  Lemon grass, (also known by its scientific taxonomy ‘Cymbopogon citratus’) is a plant that thrives in tropical climates.  This herb is especially popular in Southeast Asia.  Some of the chemical constituents of lemongrass include terpenes, alcohols, aldehyde, and ketones.  Scientific studies done on lemongrass indicate that this tropical herb possesses antibacterial, antifungal, and anti-inflammatory properties.  Lemon grass is indeed a potent herbal remedy that could allay many different types of health maladies.  Keep reading for more information about using this herb as an essential oil for yeast infection.

Lemongrass Plant PictureLearn more about lemongrass essential oil for yeast infection »

Clove Essential Oil

Clove oil is another essential oil to add to your arsenal when you want to terminate yeast.  Clove (also known by the scientific taxonomy of Syzygium aromaticum) oil contains eugenol and carvacrol; these two chemical constituents of the herb have been shown to have potential for treating vaginal yeast infections.  Consequently, this is one oil to include in your assortment of essential oils for yeast infections.

When clove oil was used in tandem with lemongrass oil, researchers found that these essential oils were able to fight against the biofilm produced by Candida.  By effectively fighting biofilm produced by yeast as it grows in the body, problems with drug resistance and recurrent infection could be ameliorated.  This finding could make using these oils especially helpful for women who suffer from recurrent yeast infections.  Case in point, in a study published in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology (Volume 140, Issue 2, 27 March 2012, Pages 416–423); researchers found that Candida with preformed biofilm was sometimes 1024 times as resistant to conventional antifungal drugs.

Learn more about clove essential oil for Candida »

Tea Tree (Melaleuca) Essential Oil

Tea tree oil is a very powerful substance and can effectively fight a yeast infection.  There is a lot of research that indicates tea tree oil is an effective remedy for Candida albicans.  One study, published in the Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy, found that small concentrations of this oil were able to inhibit several different species of Candida.

One caveat when using tea tree oil–make sure you are careful to not poison yourself.  Ingesting even a small amount of tea tree oil can make you sick; a little bit more and you can die.  This oil is indeed powerful, but it can be dangerous.  Try diluting this oil in other oils when you use it.  It may also be wise to consult a knowledgeable apothecary or doctor before you start using this essential oil.
Learn more about tea tree oil & yeast infection »

Thyme (Thymus vulgaris) Essential Oil

Thyme essential oil has been shown to be perhaps one of the best essential oils to use to treat a yeast infection.  It should be included in your arsenal of remedies for this purpose.  One study showed that oil from Thymus vulgaris was the second best inhibitor of Candida albicans; the best oil was oregano oil.  Consider this oil if you plan on mixing different essential oils together for a more comprehensive natural cure.

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Oregano (Origanum sp.) Essential Oil

Essential oil from the Origanum species (several species of Origanum are sold as oregano) has shown even stronger antifungal efficacy than even thyme oil.  This is therefore one of the best essential oils to use for a yeast infection.  If you plan on using only one essential oil to treat your yeast infection, oregano oil would be a great choice.

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Cinnamon (Cinnamomum zeylanicum) Essential Oil

Cinnamon essential oil is a great oil to cook with and is also a potent killer of Candida albicans–the fungus responsible for most vaginal yeast infections.  Cinnamon oil is a proven natural remedy for yeast infections and should be an oil you use.  Cinnamon oil is easy to procure and makes a great natural cure to keep on hand for other reasons besides vaginitis.  If you can, take some time to learn more about this powerful medicinal tool provided by nature.

Learn more about cinnamon oil for Candida »

Bael (Aegle marmelos) Essential Oil

Another essential oil for yeast infection elimination is bael or Bengal quince (binomial name: Aegle marmelos).  This oil is from a tree native to India and is currently present throughout Southeast Asia.  In a study conducted by Pattnaik S1, Subramanyam VR, Kole C.  aegle oil was found to inhibit 12 different fungi.  Practitioners of Ayurveda in India use different elements of the bael plant for treating a wide variety of ailments.  You may wish to add this oil to other oils to create a synergistic yeast killing effect.  Dr. James A. Duke recommends mixing herbs together to enhance a natural remedy.  This may be a prudent course of action when working with essential oils.  There seems to be a limited amount of research available on Aegle marmelos; consequently, you may wish to consult a knowledgeable herbalist or medical doctor before you try using this oil to cure a yeast infection.

Learn more about bael oil for Candida »

Citronella Essential Oil

Another essential oil that was shown to inhibit the growth of fungus was citronella oil.  In a Japanese study, researchers discovered this oil indeed had powerful antifungal abilities.  However, the study also used another terpene (a chemical produced by plants which are often quite aromatic) called linalool.  By using citronella essential oil and linalool in conjunction, the researchers saw that fungus was effectively inhibited.  According to the study’s abstract:

Citronellal and linalool completely inhibited the growth of all tested fungal strains at a dose of 112 mg/L. Their minimum inhibitory doses ranged from 14 to 56 mg/L. The α- and β- pinenes showed an inhibitory activity against some fungi, whereas the other 8 volatile compounds lacked this property.

You may be wondering where you can get linalool.  Linalool is a chemical constituent of another essential oil–coriander seed essential oil contains linalool.  It may be very prudent to acquire both of these oils and use them in conjunction to treat a yeast infection.  Another proof that Dr. Duke was correct in proposing mixing herbal treatments together creates a synergistic therapeutic effect.

Learn more about citronella oil and Candida yeast »

Geranium Essential Oil

This essential oil is perhaps not the best choice for fighting a yeast infection.  One study found that using geranium oil by itself to treat Candida albicans did not reduce the number of yeast cells present in the vaginas of mice.  However, when used with vaginal washing, some reduction in vaginal yeast was seen.  This could likely be a spurious correlation as the vaginal washing by itself could have been the only treatment which helped allay vaginal yeast.  The study could only estimate that geranium essential oil played a part in healing a yeast infection.

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Orange Essential Oil

Currently there are perhaps not many widely available studies showing if orange essential oil treats a yeast infection.  A study published in the journal Food Control did show that orange oil was able to kill all the moulds it was tested on.  This study’s aim was to understand how essential citrus oils could be used to preserve foods; however, this strong activity against moulds could suggest that orange oil would also work against Candida albicans.

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Cautions About Essential Oils

  • Concentration of the Oil —  Essential oils can be manufactured differently depending on who makes the oil.  Sometimes oils are changed by the addition of other similar essential oils or via synthetic chemicals.  The oil could also be diluted with other inert oils such as olive oil.  Make sure your product lists the concentration of actual essential oil so that you know how potent your oil truly is.  If it is heavily diluted, and is not 100% pure, you may not see the expected results from using a weak concentration.
  • Amount to Use —  Every oil is different and contains different chemicals.  Some essential oils used in large amounts that are unsafe can cause negative effects on the body.  Make sure you understand what a safe dose is before you use an essential oil for yeast infection.
  • Type of Use — Each essential oil may have methods of use that are safe and some that are certainly unsafe.  Tea tree oil can be used safely externally on the skin, but can be fatal if ingested.  Many citrus oils have phototoxicity and can cause burns on the skin if exposed to sunlight after application.  Make sure you know the proper procedure for utilizing an essential oil before starting your treatment regimen.
  • Plant Parts Used — Different plant parts can be used to create oils from the same species that have different chemical compositions; and thus different competencies.  Make sure you understand if there are varying ways for a certain type of oil to be made.  Some oils may always be made from the same plant elements so there may not always be this concern.


pregnant-womenPregnancy can bring an overabundance of minor problems such as backache, swollen feet and legs, heartburn, indigestion and insomnia. Some women just feel aggravated in general because they are unable to easily do their normal routine with a swollen belly in the way. If you feel this way during pregnancy, you need some TLC. Here is an extraordinary preparation that you can have your spouse or friend massage into your back regularly during pregnancy that will ease your physical problems and at the same time, lift your spirits. Use any rose you can afford (it can be very expensive) or you can substitute the rose with geranium.

Pregnancy Pick-Me-Up Massage Oil

Use some or all of these oils in equal proportions to a total of 30 drops per 2 tablespoons of a carrier oil such as liquid shea oil or sweet almond oil. During pregnancy many women feel tired after working all day. Essential oils can make your swollen legs and aching back feel much better. Pregnant women should only use 2 – 4 drops of essential oil in a bath. Choose your favorite oil from the list above or combine 1 drop each of geranium and lavender.


The Picture of Health 3

Author: Dr. Larita
January 19, 2017

bath3Cedar wood, lemon and sandalwood are essential oils that can be mixed to make a synergistic blend to help promote the body’s ability to control its hormonal balance as well as oil production within the skin. These oils can also help relieve stress which can often cause skin outbreaks.

We often hear about essential oils being useful for physical conditions but did you know they can be beneficial for your mental health as well? Blending these three essential oils together produces scents that permeate your body and mind to offer relaxing, healthful benefits that last. Besides being relaxing, cedar wood is an oil that treats diseases like arthritis, eczema and acne.

Lemon is one essential oil that everyone should have in their essential oil kit because it is good for sore throat, nervous conditions, blood pressure, digestive problems and it is antiseptic. When blended with other essential oils, it can treat tension headaches and insect bites. It has many other useful properties but this blog is about the blend. Sandalwood is reputed to aid in the treatment of impotence and to help reduce the anxiety that leads to frigidity so you can see how it is useful in this blend to relieve stress.

The Picture of Health 2

Author: Dr. Larita
January 18, 2017

sore musclesThis week we are discussing essential oils and how they can help keep us healthy in mind, body and soul. Yesterday was for eucalyptus and pine. Today we will discuss a different synergistic blend. A synergistic blend is the combination of two or more essential oils that blends their properties and makes a harmonious mixture that is even more beneficial.


Lemongrass and sage essential oils, like eucalyptus and pine, are also good for fatigue and are known to help some people with headaches. These scents can calm the nervous system and relax one’s inner person, thus minimizing the headache that has been driving you to distraction.

Lemongrass can also be used for sore muscles and it works amazingly fast. If your muscles are sore after exercise, drink a bottle of water and then add two drops of lemongrass and 2 drops of rosemary to 2 teaspoons of coconut oil in a small container. If you’re really sore, also add 1 drop of peppermint oil and blend well. Massage a small amount of this blend to the sore areas.

The Picture of Health

Author: Dr. Larita
January 17, 2017

mind body soulI’ve mentioned many times that aromatherapy has been around since ancient times and people have used aromatic fragrances in many ways. Using the aromatic fragrances of essential oils stimulates nerves in your nose that can influence and benefit mind, body and soul. These scents come from different parts of flowers, plants and bark. Each scent has a purpose in aromatherapy and can treat different conditions in our bodies, including medical conditions. Don’t use synthetics as essential oils. Only use 100% pure and naturally grown essential oils. This week we’ll talk about some uses of the most familiar essential oils.

Eucalyptus and Pine

Eucalyptus and pine essential oils are good for treating fatigue. They work because they minimize drowsiness and irritability which often cause tiredness and lethargy. Blending these two scents can help you think clearly and stay alert all day. Eucalyptus is anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antibiotic, diuretic, analgesic and deodorizing. It has also been research proven to have antiviral properties. Pine has many of these same properties and the synergistic blend of these two essential oils can help you with many respiratory problems such as asthma, bronchitis, coughs or sore throat.


Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Day

Author: Dr. Larita
January 16, 2017

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It’s the National holiday, Martin Luther King Day and I am taking the day off from blog writing. Please have a safe and enjoyable day.

Skin Care for Men

Author: Dr. Larita
January 13, 2017

img_1273-2Women always talk about how to care for our skin because we  want to look beautiful but men aren’t usually concerned with their skin until there is a problem that needs solving. The first thing others notice about you is your face so here are a few tips to ensure that your skin stays healthy and you look good. The handsome face in the picture is my husband of 49 years. He is a handsome man, in my opinion with great looking skin.

  • Cleanse by washing your face daily with a natural soap like Dudu-Osun Natural Black Soap. It not only cleans but also exfoliates so that you get a deep cleansing and 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, drinking lots of water, staying in shape with exercise, and steering clear of alcohol, smoking, fatigue and stress.

Pet Perfume

Author: Dr. Larita
January 12, 2017

petsYou know how you feel when you’re fresh from the shower and get all dressed up to go out? That’s a great feeling, right? Our pets feel great when they get all dolled up too. Take care of your animals the same way you take care of yourself, the natural way. Pet perfume can be used in the following ways:

  1. As a pet massage oil when blended with a carrier oil like sweet almond oil
  2. As a pet aromatherapy product
  3. As a pet deodorizer
  4. As an anti pest solution
  5. As a general natural pet care product

Pet perfume contains natural essential oils designed to keep your pet smelling fresh and pest free. Your pet will thank you for your loving care.



More Natural Dog Care

Author: Dr. Larita
January 11, 2017

dog breathDogs sometimes have ear wax that becomes smelly and very offensive. This foul smelling material needs removing and the ear needs deodorizing and disinfecting. Lavender  is one of the best essential oils to use for this purpose. Dilute 3 drops lavender in a teaspoon of witch hazel and insert 4 drops into each of your pet’s ears. You can do this with a dropper or by soaking a cotton ball and squeezing drops into the ear. Massage the whole ear gently and continue this procedure daily to soften the wax. Once the wax is softened, it can be removed with a cotton ball.

If your dog has bad breath and dribbles a lot, he probably has dental problems. Have your dog’s teeth checked regularly and cleaned. Sodium bicarbonate or common baking soda and essential oils are a great way to keep your pet’s teeth clean and fresh as well as a natural way to remove tartar. Adding dried pet food to your dog’s diet also helps remove tartar.

You can make a toothpaste and breath deodorizer for your dog by mixing 2 tablespoons baking soda, 1 drop clove and 1 drop aniseed. Make and use this as needed. Apply the paste to your dog’s teeth by dampening a cotton ball, dipping it into the mixture and rubbing it on the teeth. When you finish, give your pet a drink of water. If this doesn’t freshen your dog’s breath, he probably has a stomach problem. Use peppermint essential oil in this case because it is an intestinal cleanser and helps digestion. Rub one drop neat peppermint in a line from beneath the ears and into the shoulders.


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