Facial steams are relaxing,  stress-relieving and great pampering routines that can be done once a week, or for those with very sensitive or dry skin, once a month. Steaming is an excellent way to increase circulation to the skin, promote the release of toxins and impurities, deep cleanse and open pores, and experience the benefits of essential oils and herbs.

To prepare a facial steam, you’ll need a large heat-safe bowl, boiling water, a towel, and the essential oils or herbs you want to use. Combine the hot water and essential oils/herbs in the bowl, place the towel over your head, and lean over the bowl in such a way that the towel creates a tent, keeping the steam in. Keep your face a comfortable distance above the water, breathe deeply and enjoy for up to five minutes taking breaks as needed.

Essential oils can be calming, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, balancing, and fungicidal. Some common oils you might already have include lavender, tea tree, chamomile, clary sage, and neroli. You can use fresh or dried herbs as well, including comfrey, rosemary, lemon balm, chamomile, fennel, mint, and more. Chose your additions based on your needs at the time, or simply work with combinations that smell right to you, whether they are invigorating, relaxing or simply delicious!

Facial Cleansers

Author: Dr. Larita
October 20, 2016

facial cleansers

If you use regular soap to wash your face, you probably know that this kind of soap can irritate your skin. Soap that is not designed specifically for your face can be much too tough on sensitive facial skin. For that reason, facial cleansers are a great way to remove the grime and dirt of the day without damaging or drying out your face.

When you use a moisturizing facial cleanser, remember that you should wash twice a day, once in the morning and once at night. Give the facial cleanser time to work. Rub it into the skin in a circular motion, and then let it sit for about half a minute before removing.

When washing and drying your face, be careful not to pull at the skin, especially the skin around your eyes because it is sensitive and can stretch over time when repeatedly pulled. Know the benefits of your specific facial cleanser. If it contains moisturizers, you could be done after the initial face wash. If your skin feels dry, however, apply a basic face specific moisturizer.

A Skin Tightening Cream Helps You Look Good Without Surgery

Author: Natural-Beauty
October 19, 2016

3-great-skinYou don’t have to go through a painful procedure to be able to look your best when you can have some quality skin products working for you. These products will help to ensure that you can keep your youthful glow alive no matter what age you are. Using some good cream for skin tightening can really help you look your best every day.

Having great skin really shows and it is always nice when you can have the skin that you can be proud of and that you can show off without feeling like you want to hide your skin or your face. A good cream can do wonders for your complexion and leave it bright and leave your skin looking youthful and having that glow that people love.

A good skin tightening cream can really do wonders for how your skin feels and the way that it looks. It is a nice alternative so that you can have a natural remedy and you don’t have to worry about having dry skin or skin that is saggy. An all-natural cream is definitely something to look into for your skin needs. You can use this cream and feel good about doing something that is natural and without chemicals.

breast-sizeWe are continuing yesterday’s blog with a couple of treatments to help you on your journey to increase and firm your breasts. For the first treatment, you will dilute 3 drops of cypress oil in 1 teaspoon of witch hazel. Add this to a bowl of cold water and splash the breasts alternately 10 times (at least) each. Alternate your splashes to allow for contraction and dilation. Then massage the breasts in circular movements with the formula below.


Apply this firming treatment every day after exercise.


Dilute these oils into 2 tablespoons of either grapeseed or almond carrier oil. If the ice-cup method is too cold for you, use cold water from the shower.

pectoral-exerciseIncreasing or decreasing our breasts is mostly out of our control. It mainly depends on our personal adipose fatty tissue which is  what gives our breasts their shape. We can, however keep them upright and firm if we start early and work hard at it. Exercise that involve the pectoral muscles will keep your breasts from showing signs of sagging or drooping. The breast stroke is an excellent example and another good breast firming exercise is pushing your hands against each other at chin level keeping the elbows stuck out on either side. Essential oils used with cold water and ice treatments can also help because the cold water contracts the tissue.

Splash your breasts or apply an ice-cup in circular movements around the breasts and follow up by applying massage oil. Massage is the best way to help prevent stretch marks caused by gaining and losing breast weight. The best carrier oil to use on breasts are grapeseed or almond. Make your massage oil using 5 drops of essential oil to each 1 teaspoon of carrier/base oil. The best essential oils to use for increasing and firming breasts are fennel, clary-sage, sage, lemongrass, geranium, cypress, carrot and spearmint.

frankincense2I have talked about frankincense in this blog before and the fact that it takes so long to harvest it. Well, now it seems that we may be running out of frankincense trees all together as well as people to farm and harvest the sap used for frankincense essential oil.

It would be a shame for us to lose frankincense essential oil in the name of progress. Frankincense forests are declining because of progress in areas such as agriculture and job growth or because other trees such as the Acacia tree grow faster and are taking over the forests.

Cancer begins when the DNA code in a cell becomes corrupted and shuts the cell down. Scientists have discovered that there is some agent in frankincense that can reset a cancerous cell and stop it from closing down. Wouldn’t it be awesome if we could get a cure for all the different cancers there are in the world from something so natural as an essential oil? That is a really good reason for finding a way to preserve the frankincense forests in the Middle East.


Aromatherapy for Chicken Pox

Author: Dr. Larita
October 13, 2016

I don’t know how old I was when I had chicken pox but I think it was about Kindergarten or 1st grade. I do remember how much it itched and standing on a chair while my mother rubbed lotion on me while she told me not to scratch. I still have the scars to prove that it is not good to scratch but it’s very hard not to do so.

Chicken pox is a viral infection that is highly contagious and can be caught more than once. The virus can also lie dormant and then reappear later in life as shingles. A child can catch the virus two weeks before any symptoms appear. Symptoms include fever, a small rash that can turn into blisters that burst and crust over. The spots usually start on the trunk but can spread to the face and limbs. The child should be isolated until the scabs are completely gone.

Sleep is one of the best treatments for chickenpox and bed rest may also keep the fever down. To sooth the irritating itch, add 10 drops of lavender and 10 drops of chamomile German to a 4 ounce bottle of calamine lotion and shake the bottle well. Apply the lotion all over the body twice a day. A bath can also relieve the itching so add 2 drops of lavender essential oil to 1 cup of bicarbonate of soda and mix it in the bath water. It is also helpful to spray the air with an antiviral mixture of 8 drops of tea tree and 4 drops of thyme shaken in 1 cup of water in a plant spray bottle.

Good Skin Moisturizer Will Keep Your Skin Youthful

Author: Natural-Beauty
October 12, 2016

2-skin-moisturizerHaving a good way to bring some added moisture to your skin is easy when you have some good lotion. A good lotion will be able to replenish your skin and make it easy for you to have the great skin that you are wanting to have. It is nice to have the right lotion to be able to soothe you skin and to have great skin all year round.

A good skin lotion will help to keep your skin hydrated and looking good no matter what you are putting it through. If you live in an area with cold and brutal winters, it is important to be able to give your skin what it needs so that it doesn’t end up cracking and getting really dry. Keeping your skin healthy is important when it comes to keeping it youthful.

When you have some good skin moisturizer, you can enjoy having healthy skin that glows and that looks good day after day. The right skin lotion will keep your skin looking its best and feeling its best as well. You don’t have to worry about that tight feeling or painful cracking and bleeding when you have a good lotion working for your skin.

Black Seed Oil

Author: Dr. Larita
October 11, 2016

Black seed or Nigella Sativa is cultivated in Russia, Turkey, Egypt, Arabia, Oman, Ethiopia, Middle East, India, Bangladesh, France, and Germany. It is also known as black seed oil, Kalonji or the seed of blessing. This is a specialty oil that is popular in preparations for acne, burns and wrinkles. It is dark in color with a pungent herbal scent and is often used in middle eastern cooking as a spice or a topping. I first became aware of its edible use when I tasted Naan bread, which I love, and other pastries that use this seed.

Black seeds are extremely beneficial as a food in many aspects of health, both healing and preventative. It has been used traditionally in the Middle East and Southeast Asian countries to treat ailments including asthma, bronchitis, rheumatism and related inflammatory diseases; to increase milk production in nursing mothers; to promote digestion and to fight parasitic infections. Black seed oil has been used to treat skin conditions such as eczema and boils and it is also used to treat symptoms of the common cold. More than 200 university studies conducted since 1959 have confirmed many traditional uses of this powerful seed with anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and anti-histamine properties among them.

Black seed oil is a rich source of essential fatty acids – omega 3 and omega 6, the building blocks of cells and is commonly used for the relief of acne, psoriasis, eczema and pain. It is also commonly used in joint massage and headache. Black seed oil is said by some to be “Cleopatra’s beauty secret.” The Prophet Mohammad stated in his “Hadith” that black seed oil cures every illness except death. The black seed was also found in the Egyptian Pharoah Tutankhamen’s tomb.


Natural Skin Care for Winter

Author: Dr. Larita
October 10, 2016

We are barely into the fall months but I want to get a jump start on the winter months because winter can really abuse your skin if you don’t take special care. To keep your skin healthy and radiant during freezing cold and snowy weather, you must make a few changes to your skin care.

Your normal exfoliating practice might be very effective during the warm months, but it could prove to be too much for the cold season. Frequent or vigorous scrubs and cleanses will expose your new young skin to the harsh, dry air of winter without enough protection. If your moisturizing routine is still leaving you dry after exfoliating, consider cutting back on your weekly scrubs and instead use a natural exfoliating soap that can be used daily.

In addition to an exfoliating soap, the following oil works very well when used after the drying conditions of winter activities. It is a thick oil but it is wonderful protection for your face when it is exposed to sunburn after skiing, sailing, hiking, or simply shoveling snow from your driveway!

  • Chamomile – 10 drops
  • Geranium – 10 drops
  • Lavender – 10 drops
    Diluted in
  • Jojoba oil – 1 teaspoon
  • Evening primrose oil – 1 teaspoon
  • Almond oil – 2 teaspoons

Blend these ingredients together well and keep in an amber glass bottle. Gently massage a few drops into the skin every night before bed and also during the day as a sunscreen.


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