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Natural Skin Care for Eczema

Author: Dr. Larita
August 4, 2017

Friends are asking me how to treat their eczema with a more natural alternative to prescription medicine. First of all, eczema is often the result of an allergy. For children, this allergy is commonly to cow’s milk or eggs. My daughter was allergic to wheat when she was a baby but she got over it eventually and can eat it now with no breakout of eczema. I believe my eczema comes from chocolate. I still eat it, I just don’t eat it very often so that the breakout is minor and over quickly.

To ease the itch of eczema, apply this formula to the affected area twice a day:

  • Chamomile essential oil – 10 drops
  • Yarrow essential oil – 5 drops
  • Tagetes essential oil – 5 drops

Diluted in:

  • Almond oil – 2 tablespoons
  • Jojoba oil – 30 drops
  • Evening Primrose oil – 10 drops

If you get a more serious breakout of eczema you can get cortisone cream, an over the counter medicine that helps when used with the above. With severe cases, I suggest you see your physician.


Relieve Allergies Naturally

Author: Dr. Larita
June 22, 2017

MODEL RELEASED. Man sneezing into a handkerchief.

My husband has really bad allergies but he loves to do yard work. He has tried all the OTC medications to no avail. Every time he goes into the yard he comes back sneezing. I was on Facebook one day and I saw a post from Aromahead Institute for an aromatherapy class to get rid of allergies naturally. I decided to go ahead and take it since it was free and I learned so much I signed up for another class.

The best thing about this is that my husband hasn’t been sneezing after yard work since I made him an essential oil inhaler. His inhaler has one of the essential oils formulas I learned during the class. Add 5 drops each of cedarwood, tea tree and lavender essential oil to the inhaler and sniff as needed. Just like with cooking, I can’t do anything exactly like it says so we also added 2 drops each of peppermint and eucalyptus essential oils to the inhaler. My husband loves it and I love not hearing him sneezing and snorting after yard work.


Essential Oils for Pets

Author: Dr. Larita
June 8, 2017

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!


Some people put essential oils directly on their dog to naturally control fleas. However, essential oils are very strong and you don’t want to do that. Don’t take the chance that your dog will have a reaction. With people, it’s not a good idea to put essential oils directly on the skin, unless you dilute them in a carrier oil, such as coconut oil so why do that to your pet?

It is a better idea to apply a drop of geranium essential oil directly to the dog’s collar. Not his collarbone, but his fabric-made collar. The scent lasts for days and insects hate the smell of essential oils. In fact, you can put a few drops of peppermint essential oil on a wet kitchen sponge and use it to wipe down your counters in the spring when ants come trailing in from the rain. This oil has the amazing ability to repel those ants as well as many other insects.

Using geranium works for city dogs who are mostly inside and don’t spend a lot of time outdoors. If you live in an area infested with ticks, geranium essential oil may not protect you or your pet from a tick infestation. This is a big concern, in light of the widespread reports of Lyme disease. So I would check with your pet’s vet. If you live in a wooded area, and you’re worried about Lyme disease, discuss this with your own physician. That way, you can decide if the risk of using chemical flea products outweighs the benefits.

Another essential oil that is often used to keep the fleas away is lemongrass. Both of these oils are extremely versatile. So you can use them for a wide range of other things. For instance, I like to put geranium essential oil in my facial moisturizer because it’s considered a great natural wrinkle fighter.


What’s That Funny Smell?

Author: Dr. Larita
May 24, 2017

A friend and I were discussing the band aid on her finger one morning and she told me she had gone to the doctor because her finger was infected at the site of a hang-nail and he suggested she purchase some tea tree oil. We had discussed tea tree oil before because of its anti fungal, anti bacterial, anti viral properties and I thought it could possibly take the place of some of the prescriptions she used so often.

Later in the day I smelled the strong scent of tea tree oil and I kept hearing the question, “What’s that smell?” My colleague came into my office and we had a good laugh because she had spilled half the bottle of tea tree oil when she was changing her band aid but she didn’t want anyone to know that the strong smell was coming from her cubicle and anyway her finger was feeling a lot better.


Happy Easter!

Author: Dr. Larita
April 14, 2017

HAPPY EASTER!


This weekend, we did the first yard work of the season and it was brutal. All that bending and raking had me on my feet most of the day. When we stopped for the day, I could hardly walk because my back was hurting so badly. I wanted something that would help my back stop hurting but I did not want to take any kind of over the counter pain killers.

My husband offered to massage my back and reminded me that shea butter cream works wonders on sore muscles. I would have taken anything at that point so I got the shea butter and he massaged my back, shoulders, arms and neck. I almost went to sleep and I’ll tell you what, by the time he stopped, my back felt 100% better and today I had no pain. Of course, then I reciprocated because he was hurting just as much as me.


When you get those sugar cravings, use your diffuser with essential oil blends to stop them before you give in. For me, the act of getting the diffuser ready helps me to think about something besides that sweet treat I want to get and that is the first step. After that, the following blends shut off the craving and I can go about my way without adding a 160 calorie Oreo to my diet. Besides, I never could eat just one Oreo cookie and I had to have ice cream with it too.

“Curb Your Cravings” diffuser blend

3 drops dill essential oil

3 drops lemon essential oil

 

“In Control” diffuser blend

2 drops peppermint essential oil

2 drops lemon essential oil

2 drops bergamot essential oil

 

“Beat the Binge” diffuser blend

3 drops ocotea essential oil

2 drops orange essential oil

1 drop cypress essential oil

 

“Kick the Habit” diffuser blend

2 drops dill essential oil

1 drop fennel essential oil

2 drops lavender essential oil

2 drops lemongrass essential oil

 

“Crush the Cravings” diffuser blend

3 drops cinnamon bark essential oil

2 drops cedarwood essential oil

2 drop frankincense essential oil

Recipes thanks to http://oneessentialcommunity.com


I’ve always struggled with my weight and I blame it on my mother. When I was a toddler, she thought I was too skinny and the doctor gave her some vitamins to help me gain weight.When she told me that at a later age, I thought to myself – wow, I could have been skinny! Oh well, I’m not skinny now and I love sweets. I seem to crave sweets after a nice dinner, even if I’m full. I just think I need to have something sweet to end the meal.

  • Cinnamon Bark– helps suppress appetite, helps balance blood sugar levels, helps fight sugar cravings, and helps minimize binging
  • Coriander– helps balance blood sugar levels and helps minimize sugar cravings
  • Dill superstar in fighting sugar cravings and stimulates brain’s satiety center
  • Fennel helps balance blood sugar levels and helps suppress appetite
  • Ginger stimulates brain’s satiety center and helps minimize binging and overeating
  • Grapefruit helps fight sugar cravings, reduces appetite, helps minimize binging and overeating, and helps with emotional and stress-induced eating
  • Ocotea helps stabilize blood sugar levels and promotes feelings of fullness and satiety
  • Peppermint stimulates brain’s satiety center and helps minimize binging and overeating


Soft Smooth Skin Naturally

Author: Dr. Larita
March 9, 2017

I used to work out at the YWCA almost daily when we lived about two blocks away from it. One day after my workout, I was putting on lotion after my shower. A lady walked by me and said, “Wow, you really pamper yourself, don’t you!” I responded, this is a necessity. If I didn’t put lotion on my skin after my shower, I would turn as white as you. We both laughed and then she said she would try it. I never saw her again to find out whether or not she tried it. However, I do know that everyone needs to moisturize their skin after a shower or bath because most soaps really dry your skin.

The main ingredient in soaps that is drying to your skin is sodium lauryl sulfate. It is the same ingredient that is used in cleaning products to remove oily stains and residue. Why would anyone want to use that on their skin? You should only use soaps on your skin and hair that do not contain sodium lauryl sulfate. After bathing, always use a skin moisturizer. A lotion works well in warm weather but a thicker cream like shea butter is better when the weather is cold and drying to the skin. Either one will moisturize your skin but if your skin is oily, opt for the lotion.


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