Aromatherapy for Inspiration

Author: Dr. Larita
March 19, 2018

Welcome to the turning of the year!

by Andrea Butje Guest Author

InspirationAromatherapy for inspiration and quiet times.

I love to spend time reflecting on the year, and dreaming and planning for the future. It’s so important to give ourselves space for this—to take a few steps back and slow down, especially if we’re usually “going, going, going,” as so many people’s busy schedules ask them to do.

So I want to share a few ways we can give ourselves this quiet time, open ourselves to peace and inspiration, and feel uplifted.

Journaling and meditating are great practices. I like to schedule my journaling for the morning, so I’m sure to have this time for myself before the day’s events pick up. I wake up, light some incense, and settle in for fifteen minutes of reflective journaling. It’s a great way to use Aromatherapy for inspiration.

If you prefer to diffuse essential oils rather than light incense, here’s a diffuser blend that can help you get into the right state of mind:

Dream and Plan Diffuser Blend

  • 4 drops Clary Sage (Salvia sclerea)
  • 3 drops Orange (Citrus sinensis)
  • 3 drops Siberian Fir (Abies sibirica)

A lot of people schedule reflection time at the end of the day, too—it’s a good way to come down and relax. I like to use different oils at the end of the day than at the beginning. Resin oils and florals are just right! You can diffuse them, or use them in a bath salt blend (like the one below). Warm baths can really encourage your mind and body to let go. (This is enough for one bath. If you want to make more to have on hand, I recommend making a fresh batch every few weeks.)

Reflect and Relax Bath Salts

  • 2 oz (56 gm) Himalayan salt
  • 1 teaspoon jojoba (Simmondsia chinensis)
  • 1 drop Elemi (Canarium luzonicum)
  • 2 drops Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)
  • 3 drops Cedarwood (Juniperus virginiana)

If you want to get a little creative and use Aromatherapy for inspiration…

I’ve listed some oils you can use in your own recipes and blends (just to get your creative juices flowing!):

  • Geranium (Pelargonium roseum x asperum)
  • Frankincense (Boswellia carterii)
  • Orange (Citrus sinensis)
  • Myrrh (Commiphora myrrha)
  • Clary Sage (Salvia sclarea)
  • Elemi (Canarium luzonicum)
  • Siberian Fir (Abies Siberica)
  • Patchouli (Pogostemom cablin)
  • Cedarwood (Juniperus virginiana)

Closing out one year always means preparing for the next, so these blends are just right for endings, beginnings, and transformation. Have fun with them!

Aromatherapy Shampoo

Author: Dr. Larita
March 16, 2018

The first thing people notice about us is our hair or more precisely, the color of our hair. Women are often described as, “the one with the curly red hair, the frizzy haired blond, or the brunette with the asymmetrical cut.” Women have been dying their hair for thousands of years and essential oils can not change the cut or color of your hair but they can enhance your color. Chamomile can lighten blond hair, sage is good for black or brunette hair, and carrot enhances ginger and red hair.

Whatever the color, cut and style of your hair, it should also be thick and shining. Using rich nutritious coconut plant based shampoo with pure essential oils will help normalize oil production, enhance circulation and support the health of your hair and scalp on the cellular level. This will give you the healthy radiant hair we all desire. The scent of a synergistic blend of essential oils provides a complete aromatherapy experience each time you shampoo your hair.

Essential Oils for Pets

Author: Dr. Larita
March 15, 2018

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!

Bedroom Essential Oils

Author: Dr. Larita
March 14, 2018

Aromatherapy and romance are natural partners so let’s discuss the use of essential oils in the bedroom.  If you want to keep your bedroom smelling dreamy and enhance the romantic experience, make a special romantic essential oil blend and keep it in the bedroom for that purpose. For a synergistic romantic bedroom blend, spray the following formula in the air and on carpets: 8 drops palma rosa, 1 drop ylang-ylang, 2 drops clary-sage, 2 drops nutmeg, and 4 drops of lime mixed in 2 ½ cups of water.

  • Other great scents of a more general nature to use in the bedroom include chamomile, geranium, lavender, or lemon.
  • If you have trouble sleeping, use a diffuser with a relaxing oil like chamomile or clary-sage on it.
  • You can also wash, dry and store your linens with essential oils to aid sleep.
  • Put a cotton ball with one drop of your favorite scent on it in the corners of your bedroom closet.
  • Use essential oils on drawer liners and also line the floor of your closet. Don’t use more than one or two drops of oil because you just want a subtle aroma to keep the air fresh, not enough to interfere with your perfume.

Clean with Essential Oils

Author: Dr. Larita
March 13, 2018

Essential oils can be used in the living room to freshen carpets, curtains, and furniture. Make a carpet freshener powder by mixing 1 drop of peppermint, or grapefruit essential oil per tablespoon of bicarbonate of soda or borax powder. Add the essential oil to the powder and mix it well in a blender. Allow the mixture to sit overnight before using it the first time. You can make as much as you want to have on hand and store it in a zip lock bag or a sealed jar. To use the carpet freshener, sprinkle it on your carpet, leave it there for a few minutes, then vacuum. You can also add the powder directly to your vacuum bag to stop odor; add 8 drops of essential oil to a cotton ball and put it inside the bag each time you change it; or simply add 8 drops of essential oil directly onto the bag.

To get rid of streaks on freshly cleaned windows, bunch up a sheet of newspaper, put a drop of lemon, lime or grapefruit essential oil on it and polish the glass with this combination. The essential oil soaks into the newspaper and combined with the newsprint it removes streaks and creates a sparkling finish. You get an added bonus when the sun hits the glass and warms the essential oil releasing a subtle fragrance into the living room.

Make your own furniture polish and banish chemicals and synthetic fragrances from your home with this recipe: melt 8 ounces of plain unrefined beeswax in a double boiler, add 2 1/2 cups of room temperature turpentine and put it aside. Boil 2 1/2 cups water and add 2 ounces of grated pure soap (purchase at the health food store) or grated castile soap and stir until melted, then sit it aside until it is cool but still warm. Slowly add the warm soap and water to the beeswax and turpentine a little at a time stirring constantly. Now add 10 drops of the essential oil of your choice and blend the entire mixture well. Store your furniture polish in a tin can or a small ice cream carton (a Ben and Jerry’s carton will work well and you get to eat the ice cream first.) You only need a small amount at a time to polish your furniture and you will be greatly rewarded for your work by the fragrance of the essential oil and the shine of your furniture.

Lastly, you can use a plant mister spray filled with 2 1/2 cups of water and 8 drops of essential oil to freshen  furniture, curtains, and carpets. Since the living room is where you spend time with family and friends you will want to choose the right blend of essential oils. A calming synergistic blend includes 8 drops geranium, 3 drops clary-sage, 5 drops lemon, and 3 drops bergamot. A stimulating blend to use on a lazy afternoon includes 8 drops of grapefruit, 4 drops lavender, 4 drops lime and 2 drops of basil.

Eucalyptus Essential Oil

Author: Dr. Larita
March 12, 2018

Eucalyptus essential oil, from the eucalyptus tree originally native to Australia, has been used for centuries to treat chest and other respiratory problems. It is a very versatile oil that is anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antibiotic, diuretic, analgesic, and deodorizing. Research has proven eucalyptus has antiviral properties as well.

You probably know about its effectiveness against coughs and colds because several over the counter cold medications list eucalyptus as an ingredient, including many cough drops. It is similarly effective in the treatment of cystitis and sunburn and can be used as an insect repellent for humans and pets.

Thyme Essential Oil

Author: Dr. Larita
March 9, 2018

aromatherapy2I like to periodically feature one of the more popular essential oils that everyone should have on hand in their home. Thyme is a very useful essential oil because of its powerful antiviral properties. It has been used for centuries by ancient civilizations. The Greeks and the Romans used it to flavor cheese and alcohol. The Egyptians used it in their embalming practice and the Scots used to make a tea and drank it thinking it gave them courage and strength. Today, thyme is used in aromatherapy for its many therapeutic uses.

  • Put 2-3 drops on a cotton ball and dab on the affected area for acne, bruises, cuts, eczema, insect bites, oily skin and warts.
  • Put 2-3 drops in a carrier oil and massage it on the affected area for arthritis, gout, muscle aches and pains, sports injuries, sprains and rheumatism.
  • Use 2-3 drops in steam inhalation or in 1 ounce of a carrier oil and rub it on the chest and throat for asthma, bronchitis and coughs.
  • Use 2-3 drops in steam inhalation for colds, flu, mucous infections and sinusitis.
  • Put 2-3 drops in a diffuser for insomnia, physical exhaustion and stress-related problems.
  • Use 2-3 drops in 1 ounce of carrier oil and massage it on the body to fight poor circulation


Natural Arthritis Help

Author: Dr. Larita
March 8, 2018

Arthritis is a chronic inflammation of the joints and if you have any form of this disease, you will want to read this blog. Today I’m going to discuss aromatherapy and essential oils for rheumatoid arthritis. This debilitating disease can occur at any age. It affects connective tissues and is probably brought on when the autoimmune system turns on itself and then attacks healthy cells. When this happens, joints can become useless and muscle starts wasting away. Symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis include acute or chronic pain, headaches, and tender swollen lymph nodes.

Nutrition is important in the treatment of arthritis. Limit or cut out completely dairy and wheat products, red meat, salt, sugar, acidic fruits, and soft drinks. Eat vegetarian foods, white fish and poultry, plus lots of salads with raw vegetables and any form of cooked or uncooked cabbage. Drink lots of water and add carrot juice to your diet. Increase your vitamin and mineral supplements; especially take calcium, zinc, and vitamins C, B, and D.

Use any of these essential oils in your bath and massage oil: eucalyptus, peppermint, chamomile, geranium, rosemary, lemon, thyme, and lavender. Before beginning your essential oil bath or massage therapy, you must draw the toxins out of your body with a clay poultice. Make the clay poultice from green clay which you can get from any health food store. Make a stiff paste by adding water to 1 tablespoon to dry clay. Then add 2 drops eucalyptus, 1 drop peppermint, 3 drops chamomile, and 1 drop lavender essential oils to the clay paste and mix well. Smear the paste over the sore joints and painful areas and cover with muslin (which you can buy by the yard) and rest for at least 15 minutes; longer if possible. Follow this course of action twice a day.

Natural Clay Masks 2

Author: Dr. Larita
March 7, 2018

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


  • 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
March 6, 2018

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.




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