Addicted to Tranquilizers?

Author: Dr. Larita
March 30, 2015

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Tranquilizer drugs, mostly benzodiazepines, are used to treat the symptoms of anxiety. These drugs are very popular and go by such names as Valium, Librium and Ativan among others. Another smaller group of chemical drugs are also used to treat anxiety symptoms like sweating and palpitations. These drugs are very popular and thousands of people use them and become addicted after only a short time. Besides addiction, there are side effects like headaches, excessive fatigue, depression, menstrual and sexual dysfunctions as well as skin rashes, nausea and other problems.

Aromatherapy offers a safe, effective and natural alternative to the use of chemical drugs to treat anxiety and stress.  It has also proven to be effective in assisting those addicted to chemical tranquilizers to stop their use, even after years. The best use of aromatherapy essential oils to help stress is before the person resorts to chemicals. There are many essential oils that can be used to reduce stress, especially when used in massage by an understanding massage therapist. The first oils to come to mind for this purpose are lavender, neroli and ylang-ylang.  Others that are also excellent choices are bergamot, chamomile, clary sage, rose and sandalwood.


Baby Aromatherapy Remedies IV

Author: Dr. Larita
March 27, 2015

Colds and Coughs

All mothers worry about protecting their baby from colds during the winter or when they are exposed to other children. You should not use essential oil treatments on babies and children as a precaution, because someone else in the home has a cold. To protect your baby, use essential oils diluted in water in a plant spray bottle to use around the house. Spray in the hall outside baby’s room but not in the room.

The easiest way to treat a baby’s cold is to place a small bowl of boiling water to which you have added 3 drops of eucalyptus oil under the baby’s bed at the opposite end from his head. The steam will rise and molecules of the eucalyptus aroma will be released into the room.

You can also use this synergistic blend to treat baby’s cold symptoms:

  • Eucalyptus – 10 drops
  • Tea tree – 10 drops
  • Lavender – 10 drops
    Mix this blend and store in an amber glass bottle

To use this synergistic blend, place 3 drops on an infuser in the bedroom for overnight and again during the day. For difficult breathing, place 2 drops on a piece of cotton and place it under the edge of  baby’s pillow. When giving baby a bath, add 1 drop of the synergistic blend to the water and swish it around (for babies and children one to five years old, add 2 drops to the bath.) You can also make a massage oil using 3 drops of the synergistic blend to 2 teaspoons almond oil and massage this over baby’s chest and back.


Teething

There is a wide variation in the age when babies begin teething but whenever they start, teething may cause inflammation and soreness of the gums, runny nose, runny stool and often fever as well. It’s important to give the baby something to chew on at this time but do not give him anything he can choke on. Teething is often wrongly blamed for any and every symptom a baby can get so it is important to stay aware of your baby’s condition at this stage.

The essential oil formula for teething is: chamomile – 6 drops or lavender – 5 drops diluted in 5 teaspoons sweet almond oil and mixed well. Then take 1 teaspoon of the oil mix and put it in a small container. Fill with ice-cold water and stir very well. Now you have two mixtures for a two-part treatment. First,  dip a cotton ball into the cold water and oil mixture and gently wipe around baby’s gums. Then using  just the oil mix, massage around the outside of baby’s face along the jaw line. You only need to use a couple of drops of the oil mix each time; just rub a little between your fingers before applying.


Baby Aromatherapy Remedies II

Author: Dr. Larita
March 25, 2015

Sickness and Vomiting

Babies who are constantly being sick and vomiting may very well be allergic to cow’s milk so consult your doctor who may prescribe a soy milk product. If your baby is not allergic to cow’s milk but continues to throw up, they can be treated effectively with peppermint oil which calms the stomach and makes digestion easier. Put one drop on a cotton ball and place the cotton ball in the baby’s bed at the opposite end from the baby’s head.

Sleeplessness

If your baby keeps you awake all night, this remedy can be used every other night until he or she has learned to sleep through the night. When you put baby to bed, put a bowl of boiling water beneath the bed on the floor not directly under the baby’s head. Add 1 drop chamomile and 1 drop of geranium oil to the boiling water. Keep the door to baby’s room almost closed (not all the way) to keep the aroma molecules in baby’s room. After a few alternate days of this treatment, your baby will start to conserve his energy and sleep during the night.


Crying is the only way babies have to let us know something is wrong. The ear splitting cry of a hungry baby is transformed into the contented sucking sounds of a nursing baby in seconds when the breast or bottle is presented. When your baby is crying and hunger is not the reason, then colic is the probable cause. Colic can be helped by rubbing the tummy gently with baby massage oil. Turn baby over and rub the middle part of the back in a gentle circular motion. If the colic is more serious, use the following formula in the same manner.

Severe Colic Remedy

Fretfulness Remedy

Formula 1

  • Chamomile – 3 drops
  • Lavender – 4 drops
    Diluted in 2 tablespoons sweet almond oil

Formula 2

  • Chamomile – 4 drops
  • Geranium - 3 drops
    Diluted in 2 tablespoons sweet almond oil

Massage the fretful baby’s feet in the following way: do both feet at the same time, rub your thumbs from the center of the sole of the foot towards the bottom of the toes, over the ball of the foot, in gentle rhythmic movements. You can massage using the oil or just massage through the baby’s socks. The baby may wiggle at first but if you can hold both feet firmly between your thumb and fingers, soon the baby will become quite still. This foot massage elicits a very calming response from a formerly inconsolable baby.


Moisturize your Skin

Author: Dr. Larita
March 23, 2015

Moist, supple skin is the product of both hydration and a good skin care regimen. Not drinking eight 8 ounce glasses of water per day could lead to dry sagging skin, eczema, cracked flaky skin, acne and pimples.

Stay hydrated with water-rich foods: cucumbers are 97% water; tomatoes and zucchini are 95% water; peaches contain 87% water; and grains, beans, and pastas are also good sources of water because they absorb a lot of water as they cook. Use a good quality chemical-free natural moisturizing product to keep your skin moisturized on the outside too. Moist supple skin will keep you looking young and vital.


The Cure for “Backne”

Author: Dr. Larita
March 20, 2015

Acne always seems to crop up when we least expect it and “backne” (acne on the back) usually comes when we’re stressed and at the most inconvenient times too, like prom time or sundress time. What can we do about backne?  We can eat right, drink plenty of water, get enough sleep and exercise regularly to help control breakouts.

When you get hot and sweaty it is important to shower to prevent your pores from becoming clogged. Use an acne-fighting soap for your back and make sure that you exfoliate gently on a regular basis.  Then use a good moisturizer on your back to help clear up acne and treat dry skin.


Stress, whether good or bad, is recognized as a part of everyone’s daily life. It is not easy to avoid, but there are ways to manage it so that you lessen or avoid some of the effects it can have on your mental and physical well-being. Aromatherapy essential oils are a natural treatment for easing stress and below is a recipe for relaxation after you’ve had one of those less than delightful days at home or work.

For a relaxing bath add two drops of bergamot and one drop of petitgrain to your bath and stir to distribute. You can relax with this brew every day. Having a massage is also an excellent way to relax after a trying day. For a soothing massage combine the following:

  • 10 drops lavender
  • 6 drops chamomile
  • 4 drops sandalwood
  • 4 drops ylang ylang
  • 2 ounces carrier oil

You can also add one to two teaspoons of the above blend to your bathwater or leave out the carrier oil and use it in a diffuser for inhalation therapy.

 


Stress is a part of everyone’s life in varying degrees on a scale from positive to distressful. Your soul, mind, and body will benefit greatly from the use of pure, safe, natural, and effective essential oils. Aromatherapy essential oils may be exactly what you need if you are trying to reduce the mental stress caused by giving or taking exams, distress over uncompleted jobs, unemployment, or financial worries.

There are specific essential oils that can be used for mental stress and they can be used alone or in a synergistic blend. The oils to use are geranium, lavender, sandalwood, basil, bergamot, grapefruit, cardamom, and patchouli. A specific synergistic blend to use might be geranium, lavender and bergamot but you can blend others or simply use just one of the above mentioned oils.


What do you do when your child or grandchild gets a little scratch or scrape and comes running to you crying? Well, I just kiss it, wipe away the tears, and together we go to “doctor it up” with a non-stinging first aid solution for minor cuts and bruises.

Let your child help and learn first aid. Saturate a cotton ball with witch hazel and one to two drops of lavender essential oil. Gently wipe the affected area and add a fun band-aid. This will take their mind off the boo-boo and the lavender will calm them down and kill the germs.

An even faster method is to pre-blend the witch hazel in a one-ounce bottle and add five to six drops of lavender essential oil. Shake the bottle before use to mix the ingredients. The next time your youngster gets a minor injury, you’ll already have a liquid first aid concoction on hand and the child can shake it up and put it on the cotton ball. The crying will stop in no time!


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