Aromatherapy for Flu

Author: Dr. Larita
November 21, 2017

This is the time of year that everyone gets a flu shot and hopes they can skip getting the flu. I haven’t had a flu shot in years and I haven’t had the flu since the last time I took the flu shot either. The flu is a viral attack on your body that involves fever, tiredness, coughs, colds, muscle aches and exhaustion. How can one flu shot attempt to prevent so many different viruses that could be the cause of your flu? The best treatment for flu needs to be quick and aimed at fighting the virus as well as raising your immunity levels.

If you start to feel achy, shivery and cold, take a warm bath and add 5 drops of tea tree oil, 2 drops of lavender , and 2 drops of thyme. Next massage your whole body with 2 drops of tea tree and 3 drops of eucalyptus diluted in 1 teaspoon of jojoba oil. Then you should get in bed and rest.

You can spray your bedroom with thyme and lavender or put those oils in a diffuser. Drink plenty of liquids. You can make a special drink for your flu by combining 1 drop of clove and 2 drops of lavender. Use 1 drop of this blend in a teaspoon of honey stirred into a cup of warm water and sip slowly. You will feel better than if you took a flu shot and your arm won’t hurt either!


Use Aromatherapy for Cold Relief

Author: Dr. Larita
November 20, 2017

 

Common colds and the flu are prevalent everywhere but especially in close quarters. Too often, people use antibiotics to treat colds and flu but I believe antibiotics may do more harm than good. Why use a synthetic medicine when you can use pure organic essential oils that are natural and have antibacterial and antiviral properties to treat your illness? To treat a common cold you can use the following oils in a hot bath. Just relax in the tub and inhale deeply.

2 drops – Thyme
2 drops – Tea tree
1 drop – Eucalyptus
3 drops – Lemon

If you would rather use the steam inhalation method, you can use one drop each of thyme, tea tree, lavender and clove in a bowl of steaming hot water. Put a towel over your head above the steaming blend and breath deeply for 5 to 10 minutes, taking a break whenever needed.

If you are away from home and can’t perform the steam inhalation method, you can add one drop each of peppermint, eucalyptus, and clove to a tissue. Inhale this aroma deeply whenever possible. You will love your portable inhalation method. It works very well in the office.

Before going to bed, massage the chest, neck and sinus area with the following essential oils diluted in 1 teaspoon of shea oil or another cosmetic grade vegetable oil of your choice:

1 drop – Lemon
2 drops – Eucalyptus
3 drops – Rosemary

Keep your risk of catching the common cold at a minimum by washing your hands frequently.


Natural Skin Care for Men

Author: Dr. Larita
November 17, 2017

We women constantly talk about how to care for our skin because we  love to look beautiful but most men aren’t concerned with their skin until there is a problem that needs solving. Your face is the first thing people notice about you. Here are a few tips to ensure that your skin stays healthy and you look good.

  • Cleanse by washing your face daily with a natural soap that not only cleanses but also exfoliates so that you get a deep cleansing, 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, staying in shape with exercise, and steering clear of alcohol, smoking, fatigue and stress.


Natural Shaving Cream for Men

Author: Dr. Larita
November 16, 2017

man shavingPreviously we discussed a natural shaving cream for women. Actually, anyone can use it but the geranium essential oil in the recipe smells so pretty, I’m sure it seems more feminine. Today, I’m saying this 100% natural shaving cream is for men because of the aroma of the essential oil used but, again, anyone can use it. If you like the scent of an essential oil, you can use it for yourself, whether you’re male or female. Also, you can substitute any essential oil you would rather use for the ones in the recipe.

Many men like the scent of sandalwood but if you would rather have  something citrus like, try lime essential oil instead of the sandalwood.

  • 1/3 cup coconut oil
  • 1/3 cup shea butter
  • 1 tablespoon unscented castile soap
  • 10 to 15 drops sandalwood essential oil
  1. Place the shea butter and coconut oil in a large mixing bowl.
  2. Whip with a mixer until well combined and it has fluffed up to almost triple it’s original amount (usually takes 3 to 5 minutes).
  3. Add the castile soap and essential oil. Whip again for 1 to 2 minutes or until well blended.
  4. Place shaving cream in a glass jar. Store covered. Use as desired.

Adapted from Six Dollar Family


Aromatherapy Shaving Cream

Author: Dr. Larita
November 15, 2017

I have no hair on my legs or under my arms so I do not have to shave them and this blog is not about my own experience. We have a customer who gave us a great idea. She purchases our unscented hair conditioner and uses it as her shaving cream. She boasts that it is the best thing she has ever used to shave her legs and underarms.

When she told us about this, we were intrigued so we asked her if we could add 20 drops of lavender essential oil to her 8 ounce bottle of unscented hair conditioner. She wanted to know what the lavender will do. We explained that lavender is antibacterial and will act as an antiseptic if you cut yourself while shaving. The lavender will accelerate healing of cuts and nicks that are inevitable when you shave delicate areas often.

When this customer returns to Fragrance World of Topeka, I will let you know what her response is to the lavender in her conditioner. She was already excited about using the unscented conditioner as a shaving cream because she discovered that use on her own. Why don’t you try it too. I believe you will be happy with either the conditioner alone or with the addition of lavender essential oil.


What to Use for Dry Skin

Author: Dr. Larita
November 14, 2017

Are you confused about whether to use an ointment, a lotion or a cream to relieve your dry skin? These terms describe the way skin care products are prepared. Ointments are prepared using oil and may stay on your skin longer but many people don’t like them because they are  greasy and don’t soak into the skin. Creams are less oily than ointments and can be made from natural products so they do soak into the skin easily. Lotions are water-based and get absorbed into the skin quickly, causing instant, but not long-lasting, relief. For longer-lasting relief, choose ointments or creams.

If you have dry or itchy skin, avoid using too much soap, antiperspirants,  hot baths or anything else that removes your natural oils. Skin dryness and itchiness is worse when the humidity is low and you should definitely avoid stress, too much exposure to the sun, and smoking or secondhand smoke.


Aromatherapy for Depression

Author: Dr. Larita
November 13, 2017

depression2Depression affects people in different ways and from different causes. Nature has given us many plants to relieve the symptoms of depression, we just need to use them. There are antidepressant essential oils which are diverse in the ways in which they affect depression so it is important that the best essential oil is chosen for your depression symptoms. For example, it would not be helpful to use a sedative oil if the depressed person feels tired and lethargic.

If the depression is in the form of restless irritability and the inability to sleep, that might be the very oil you need. Chamomile, clary-sage, lavender, sandalwood and ylang-ylang are all oils that are both antidepressant and sedative. Just the opposite of that are bergamot, geranium and rose. They are all oils that that can help lift the mood without sedating the person. Sometimes, anxiety is part of the depression. Neroli is the most helpful essential oil for that kind of depression and if you mix the neroli with it, jasmin is believed to increase confidence in self and in your ability to overcome difficulties.

A massage therapist is very important for a depressed person because of the contact with another person but baths are very helpful too. Baths not only can be taken on any desired day,  they cause the depressed person to do something for him or herself. Also, when using essential oils in the bath, you can change the oil you use every time or blend different oils together depending on your mood.


How to Treat Injuries 3

Author: Dr. Larita
November 10, 2017

We all know that massage is extremely effective for sore aching muscles because it reduces fluid retention and swelling while also stimulating blood circulation and lymphatic flow. In general, you should use 5 drops of essential oil to each 1 teaspoon of carrier oil. During the most severe stage of injury, you may need to double that dose of essential oil but when the acute stage has lessened, go back to the 5 to 1 rule.

Compresses are also good to use during the acute stage of an injury. Use a total of 8 drops of essential oil on the compress whether your compress is hot, cold, wet or steamed. My grandmother used to iron a cabbage leaf and put it on the sore spot while it was still warm. Apply the warm cabbage leaf compress for 10 minutes and repeat as necessary, warming it again before each use.

Another great treatment for sore muscles is a clay poultice. Add 2 tablespoons of green clay to cold or hot water and blend it until you have a thick and sticky paste. Add your essential oils to the blend and mix them in well. Apply your poultice to the sore area and wrap it with a bandage or a piece of light cloth like muslin.

 


How to Treat Injuries 2

Author: Dr. Larita
November 9, 2017

Yesterday we discussed the most commonly known methods of treating injuries – heat, cold and RICE (rest, ice, compress and elevation.) I didn’t say much about RICE because it is so often talked about by physiotherapists and sports therapists that we all seem to know the term. Today, let’s talk a little about another treatment method – ointments.

You can make your own ointment which can be a carrier for your favorite essential oils. In many cases, the essential oils work better in an ointment when you use them during a physical activity than they do in a vegetable based carrier oil. You can make your ointment base in a double boiler by blending 4 tablespoons of anhydrous lanolin (get it at your local health food store) and 2 tablespoons of sweet almond oil to make a total of 3 ounces ointment. Blend the lanolin and almond oil together well  and then mix in your chosen essential oils.

We will talk more about the essential oils to use for different injuries later. This week, I am giving you several different methods to treat injuries using pure and natural essential oils as your medicine of choice. While we discuss our way through the different methods, you can be gathering containers in which to store your oils and ointments. By now, you should already have your essential oil kit  ready to make your blends.

 

 

 


How to Treat Injuries

Author: Dr. Larita
November 8, 2017

If you have an injury that can be treated at home, one method you can use is heat. When you put heat on an injury or a sore part of the body it dilates the capillaries and increases your blood flow. The increased blood nourishes the tissue and this can speed the healing process, reduce muscular spasms and reduce your pain. Unfortunately, applying heat carries the risk of letting blood and plasma seep into the injured area and prolong the healing process. For this reason, it is important that you do not apply heat for at least 12 hours after the injury.

Another method you can use is cold. Cold causes the small capillaries to contract and this decreases the amount of blood that collects around the wound. This can also prolong the healing process. The good thing about using cold though is that it reduces bruising, swelling, pain and inflammation.

The RICE method is often used with sports injuries. Rice means rest, ice, compress, and elevation which are the steps you should take to treat an injury needing care. Resting the injury insures that no additional injury takes place. Ice can be applied in a number of different methods. Whichever method you choose, apply the ice 20 minutes, rest 20 minutes and repeat this for 3 to 4 hours. We will continue this discussion.


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