Lavender Essential Oil

Author: Dr. Larita
September 19, 2017

Everyone should have lavender essential oil in their home. It is indispensable for use at home or on the go. I have a bottle in my office as well as at home. You’d be surprised how many of my colleagues have asked to use it for a number of reasons. Lavender is considered the mother of all essential oils because of its power and versatility.

Some people don’t like the aroma of lavender – I must say I didn’t when I first smelled it many years ago but now I love it. Even when I didn’t like the smell of it, I used it because it is excellent to use if you have a minor burn, or scald, a cut or graze, an insect bite or headache, a tooth abscess or sleeplessness. This essential oil is an outstanding healer that also prevents scarring, brings calm, relaxation and stress relief. It is a natural antiseptic, antibiotic and antifungal agent that also has sedative and antidepressant properties. Lavender is one of the few essential oils that can be applied neat (directly) to the skin.


The Basic Essential Oil Care Kit

Author: Dr. Larita
September 18, 2017

Essential oils are extremely adaptable. Each one can be used for a variety of roles. We will be discussing 10 essential oils in the basic essential oil care kit. These 10 will manage a host of problems. As we discuss the oils, you can decide which ones you want to include first as you assemble your kit over time. Essential oils are useful for a number of purposes that cover everything from health care to well-being to the enhancement of mind, mood, and emotion; from skin care to gardening and from home care to celebrations. With that in mind, we can say that essential oils will make a huge contribution to your home.

Along with these essential oils, your kit will also benefit from the addition of aloe vera gel, witch hazel water, rose water, lavender and chamomile hydrolats as well as a carrier oil or two.


Confidence Builder Essential Oil

Author: Dr. Larita
September 15, 2017

Have you ever wanted to try something new and fun, but didn’t feel quite confident enough?

Sometimes lack of confidence drains your energy and leaves you saying, “Well, I didn’t really want to try that anyway . . .”

Ginger essential oil thinks it’s important to be comfortable, but it also loves stretching its boundaries and finding new expressions of happiness. That can take a little courage and confidence!

Ginger makes this emboldening diffuser blend when it wants to fill the air with an “I can do it!” atmosphere.

The “I’m Amazing!” Diffuser Blend

Add the essential oil drops to your diffuser, and see how amazing you feel. Along with ginger, this blend includes rosemary, which is excellent for helping your mind feel focused and work at its best, black spruce, known for reducing fatigue and feeling more enthusiastic, and sweet orange, whose sunny sweet personality makes everything seem more comfortable and happy.

If you love diffuser blends, Andrea Butje has a recipe on YouTube that you might enjoy. It’s for an Energizing Diffuser Blend. Give it a try!

Thanks to Andrea Butje and Aromahead for today’s blog.


Alcohol Free Perfume Recipe

Author: Dr. Larita
September 14, 2017

Today I’m going to give you a recipe I like for a perfume made from essential oils. You will need small glass bottles and pipettes to transfer the oils, and a small notepad to record your recipe so it can be reproduced or adjusted.

To create our perfume we are going to start by using a couple drops of vetiver and cedarwood as the base notes. This is trial and error, you try it and if you like it good, if not you can change it. Keep track of the number of drops of each essential oil you use on the notepad. When you have your base notes the strength you want, add a few drops of clove bud for the middle note and a few more drops of orange and ginger as the top notes.

Let the essential oils sit for 24-48 hours away from heat and sunlight. Your perfume blend will change somewhat as it matures. If you like the blend, go ahead and dilute it by adding fractionated coconut carrier oil to the bottle. Add a little carrier oil at a time until you feel the dilution is right. If you want to change the blend, you can adjust it before adding the carrier oil and let it sit another 24-48 hours. While adjusting, keep track of the number of drops of oil you use. This recipe will give you a spicy perfume blend. Try other essential oils to make your own unique scents.


Make Perfume Using Essential Oils

Author: Dr. Larita
September 13, 2017

Making your own perfume or body oils using essential oils is a lot like making music in a band or orchestra. You need base notes, middle notes and top notes for the blend to be beautiful and to smell wonderful. These notes in perfume making can be either male or female and in some cases they are for either sex so I say, if you like the way it smells – use it. Below are some essential oils in each category for you to experiment with and make your own blends.

Base Note Essential Oils (Always start with the base and go up)

  • Benzoin
  • Cedarwood
  • Cinnamon
  • Frankincense
  • Myrrh
  • Sandalwood
  • Patchouli
  • Vanilla
  • Vetiver

Middle Note Essential Oils

  • Carnation
  • Clary Sage
  • Clove
  • Geranium
  • Ginger
  • Jasmine
  • Marjoram
  • Rose
  • Thyme

Top Note Essential Oils

  • Anise
  • Bay
  • Bergamot
  • Cumin
  • Lavender
  • Lemon
  • Lemongrass
  • Lime
  • Mandarin
  • Pettigraine

Tomorrow we will talk about the strength of your aromatic mixture and the kind of bottles you will need to store it in. Right now, you can go to your local perfumery and start sniffing the essential oils above to see which ones you want to experiment with when you make your first perfumes.

 


The Best Anti-Aging Skincare Keeps Me Young

Author: Natural-Beauty
September 12, 2017

Youth is very much cherished nowadays and it seems like people are trying harder and harder to stay young. I have been working hard to stay young throughout the years just like so many other people do. As a woman, I do feel a lot of pressure to keep myself in great shape and to always be looking my best from head to toe.

Finding some nice skincare that is of the anti-aging kind really helps me out a lot when it comes to perfecting my beauty routine. This skincare is a great helping hand so that I don’t have to worry so much about staying young and beautiful. The skincare does a lot of the work for me so that I can enjoy having a youthful radiance.

I have been getting some great results with the best anti-aging skincare so far. This skincare has been working so well for me and it gives me the kind of results that I want to get. I love using this kind of skincare for my face especially. It helps me to get rid of the fine lines and to stop the signs of aging before they begin. I don’t know how I ever went without using this awesome skincare regularly.


Oregano Essential Oil

Author: Dr. Larita
September 11, 2017

massage Oregano is commonly known as a spice  used in the kitchen but it is not just for pizza, it has many therapeutic uses too. As a matter of fact, it was probably used for its healing properties before its palatable properties were discovered. The ancient Egyptians valued oregano for its power to disinfect wounds and speed up the healing process. Throughout the ages, oregano has been used to sooth coughs, calm stomach and digestive disorders, relieve sleeplessness and relax tension.

Essential Oil Applications for Oregano

  • Use 2-3 drops in 2 teaspoons carrier oil and rub on chest and throat for allergies, asthma, bronchitis, and congestion or use 2-3 drops in a steam inhalation.
  • Use 2-3 drops in a carrier oil and massage on affected areas for arthritis, backache, carpal tunnel syndrome, muscular pain and rheumatism.
  • Use 2-3 drops in a diffuser or add 8-10 drops to your night time bathwater for chronic fatigue syndrome, insomnia and nervous tension.
  • Use 2-3 drops in 1 ounce of carrier oil and massage on affected areas for cellulite regularly.
  • Use 2-3 drops  in 1 ounce of carrier oil and massage on temples and neck for headaches and migraines. You can also use this mixture in a hot or cold compress.
  • Use 2-3 drops in 1 ounce of carrier oil and rub on chest and abdomen for indigestion.
  • Use 2-3 drops in a carrier oil and massage on lower abdomen and lower back to encourage menstruation or alleviate premenstrual syndrome. You can also use this blend as a hot compress or use 8-10 drops in your bathwater to ease these symptoms.
  • Use 2-3 drops in a carrier oil and massage into your body to boost lymphatic circulation.
  • Use 2-3 drops in a cold compress for sprains and swelling.
  • Use 2-3 drops in a diffuser to boost immunity after sickness.

Oregano mixes well with basil, cedar, bergamot, citronella, eucalyptus, lavender, lemon, orange, rosemary, tea tree, thyme and wintergreen.


Using Essential Oils III

Author: Dr. Larita
September 8, 2017

This is the third in a series of blogs discussing how to use essential oils for aromatherapy. So far, we have talked about body and water methods but today, I’m going to talk about ways to use them throughout a room.

Room Methods

  • Candles – use 1-2 drops.  Light the candle and when the wax starts to melt, add the oils to the melted wax. Be careful not to get the oils on the wick because they are inflammable.
  • Diffusers – use 1-6 drops. Diffusers are specifically made for use with essential oils. There are many different kinds of diffusers and they can be heated by electricity or by candle flame. Be sure the bowl part of the diffuser is made of non-porous material so that it can be wiped clean before a different essential oil is used in it. The main idea is that the bowl is heated by the heat source allowing the essential oil molecules to be released into the air.
  • Light bulbs – 1-2 drops. Heat from light bulbs can release essential oil molecules into the air. You can put the essential oil directly on the light bulb before you turn it on or you can use a light bulb ring. Do not put the essential oil on a bulb that is hot because the oils are inflammable. Light bulb rings only work on the bulb type of light bulbs. They do not work on the new coiled, energy-saving type bulbs. Make sure the light bulb ring fits on your bulb before you add the oils. I didn’t do that and when it didn’t fit the bulb, it fell off and broke!
  • Humidifiers – 1-9 drops. Add the essential oil to the water.
  • Radiators – 1-9 drops. Add the essential oil to a cotton ball and place it by the pipe or somewhere that puts it in contact with the heat.
  • Room sprays – 4 -8 drops per 1 cup water. Use a new plant sprayer  and add warm (not boiling) water, add the essential oil and shake well before using. You can spray the mist into the air or on the carpets, curtains, and furniture. Do not let the water fall on good wood.
  • Water bowls – 1-9 drops. Pour boiling water into a bowl and add the essential oil. Close doors and windows and allow 5 minutes for the aroma to fill the room.
  • Wood fires – 1 drop per log. Use cypress, pine, sandalwood, or cedarwood essential oils. Put 1 drop on each log and let it soak for 30 minutes before using. The oil will be effective on the log for a long time so you can prepare logs in advance and use one essential oil log per fire.


Using Essential Oils II

Author: Dr. Larita
September 7, 2017

water methodYesterday we talked about some body methods you can use to get the maximum effect from your essential oils. Today let’s talk about the water techniques for using these wonderful oils.

Water Techniques

  • Baths – use a maximum of 8 drops of essential oils in the bath or the amount directed for use in a particular recipe. First, close the bathroom door and run the bath, then add the essential oil and swish the water around. Soak in the tub for at least ten minutes while relaxing and breathing deeply. You can dilute the essential oils in a carrier oil before adding it to the water to help your skin feel silky smooth while also relaxing your body.
  • Bidet – use 2 – 3 drops of essential oil diluted in 1 teaspoon carrier oil. Run warm water from the bidet or from the tap, add the essential oil and swish it around so the oils don’t irritate mucous membranes.
  • Douche – only use this method if you are under the care of a naturopath. Add the essential oil to boiled and cooled water from the tap or warmed, bottled spring water. Shake the douche thoroughly before using.
  • Jacuzzi – use 3 drops per person using the jacuzzi.
  • Sauna – use 2 drops per 2 1/2 cups of water. Use eucalyptus, tea tree or pine essential oils. Mix the essential oils in the water  and throw it onto the heat source as usual. Only use one of these three oils because they are the only ones that enter the body with inhalation and exit by perspiration. All three oils are very beneficial as cleansers and detoxifiers.
  • Shower – as directed or use a maximum  of 8 drops essential oil. First, wash as usual in the shower. Then add the essential oil to your washcloth or sponge and rub it over your body quickly as you stand under the running water. Deeply breathe in the aromatic steam.
  • Sitz bath – as directed in your recipe or 2-3 drops. Run a bath to hip level or use a bowl or pan that is big enough for you to lower your behind into it. Add your essential oil and swish thoroughly so the oils don’t irritate your delicate mucous membranes.
  • Hand bath – use 2-4 drops of essential oil – soak the hands for a maximum of 10 minutes in a bowl of warm water.
  • Foot bath – as directed in your recipe or 2-6 drops. Soak your feet for twenty minutes in a bowl of warm water.


Using Essential Oils

Author: Dr. Larita
September 6, 2017

Essential oils (eo) can be used in various ways and I’m going to discuss three general methods to help you get the best use from them.

Body Methods

  • Perfume – dissolve your eo (the strength is up to you) in oil and apply to the body as you would perfume.
  • Tissue or handkerchief – apply 1 drop and sniff as needed.
  • Inhaled as a Vapor – use 2-3 drops  of eo. Pour hot water into a bowl, add the oil, cover your head with a towel and lean over the bowl with your face about 10 inches away and with your eyes closed. Breath deeply through your nose for 1 to 3 minutes, take a break and do it again as needed or until the water cools.
  • Massage oil –  use a maximum of 5 drops to each teaspoon of carrier oil or as directed in a particular recipe. Purchase a brown glass bottle and measure out your base oil. You can use sweet almond oil, jojoba oil, grapeseed oil, shea oil, coconut oil, etc. Add the essential oil and blend it into the carrier oil by turning the bottle upside down several times and then rolling the bottle briskly between your hands. You only need about a teaspoon of this mixture poured into the palm of your hand to massage the whole body.

We will continue this blog with two other methods.


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