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Martin Luther King Jr

Author: Dr. Larita
January 15, 2018

Today, most of us are off from work because of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. Please take this time to think about the freedoms we have in America as well as the ones we don’t. Look at the voting act in your state and see how free you really are. Are restrictions being inflicted on Americans in your state? Stand up for what is right for all people like Martin Luther King Jr. did.

Our right to vote is being threatened in the name of protection from voter fraud but there is really no substantial evidence to indicate that voter fraud exists anywhere in our nation. The right to vote is fundamental to the democratic process. We should protect this right at all costs. The United States serves as a standard and a guideline for other nations seeking to embrace democracy.

 


Natural Wart Therapy

Author: Dr. Larita
January 12, 2018

teasingWhen my youngest daughter was in elementary school she developed warts on her fingers. She was very embarrassed and she hid her hands as much as possible because kids that age can be very mean. Warts are small round tumors  of the skin caused by a virus. The warts that form on the soles of the foot are called verrucas.

Warts will go away on their own in time but who wants to wait that long? Your body will develop immunity to the virus eventually but you can chase those warts away naturally with a simple but effective treatment. Simply apply a single drop of tea tree essential oil directly onto the wart with a toothpick or an orange stick. Cover the wart with a band-aid and keep it covered.

Repeat this treatment daily until the wart shrivels and drops off. It can take anywhere from a few days to a month for that to happen. Once it does fall off, massage the area with shea butter, which is rich in vitamin E, to lessen the scarring and soreness. Adding a drop of lavender to the shea butter will speed the healing too.


Aromatherapy for Menopause

Author: Dr. Larita
January 9, 2018

hot flashThe first time I got a hot flash, I was talking to a fellow music teacher and I suddenly got very hot and sweaty. My office was usually cold and I was always freezing so when John saw me fanning myself he asked me what was wrong. I hadn’t considered hot flashes but he had seen his wife go through the same changes so he said it must be one of those hot flashes. Well, that was embarrassing but it didn’t stop me from fanning myself.

You can take hormone replacement therapy or other chemical medications if you want but I don’t like to take anything that might cause other side effects. There is no need to anyway because there are much safer ways to help yourself in these situations. Eating nutritious foods, cooking with cold-pressed cooking oils, taking vitamins and using evening primrose oil are all very helpful. Essential oils are also very helpful with menopause.

Hot Flashes Synergistic Blend

  • 10 drops clary-sage
  • 11 drops geranium
  • 7 drops lemon
  • 2 drops sage

Dilute these oils in 4 teaspoons of carrier oil (evening primrose would be an additional help for hot flashes) and massage all over your body with 1 teaspoon at a time. You can also use 5 drops in your bath anytime you wish.


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


Essential Oils for Baby

Author: Dr. Larita
December 19, 2017

Do not use an essential oil on a baby until it is at least 24 hours old and even then, only if you have good reason to use it. One good reason is dry and wrinkled skin which many babies have after being in amniotic fluid for nine months and especially if they were overdue or induced. When my first daughter was born, she was absolutely beautiful with lots of curly hair and smooth, clear skin. When my second daughter was born 18 months later I was expecting the same beautiful little angel but she had red splotches and thin straight hair!

If your baby is born with skin problems or develops them early on, you can have a synergistic essential oil blend ready to treat it right away.

  • Wrinkled skin – Mix 8 drops chamomile and 1 drop lavender then put 3 drops of this mixture in 2 tablespoons of the carrier oil mixture of almond oil, evening primrose oil and jojoba oil discussed earlier.
  • Diaper rash – 1 drop chamomile and 1 drop lavender. When you wash baby’s bottom, use a cotton ball dipped in a bowl of 1-pint warm water with one drop of your diaper rash blend added. Swish the water around well first. Use a clean cotton ball each time until the baby is clean and then dry baby’s bottom. Add 1 drop of your essential oil blend to 4 teaspoons of a castor oil cream and zinc mixture. If you have stored your synergistic blend in an amber glass bottle, you can just mix one drop in with 2 teaspoons of the cream and store this in a small sterile container (pill box) and use as necessary.
  • Cradle cap – Mix 1 drop eucalyptus/lemon oil and 1 drop geranium oil and add it to 2 tablespoons of almond oil and shake well. Apply very gently to the scalp with your fingertips avoiding baby’s soft spot. Use this formula once a day until the cradle cap goes away.


Prevent Teen Skin Breakouts

Author: Dr. Larita
December 7, 2017

My daughter paid off her car loan (big celebration) and asked me to go pick up her title from the dealer because she no longer lives here. I was just going to run in and run out but you know what happens to the best laid plans. I asked for the papers and the receptionist was looking them up but couldn’t find them so the office manager came over and started to help. He told me they were serving sandwiches to their customers today and asked me to go make myself a sandwich while they did a little digging for the correct papers. While I was making a turkey  sandwich with all the fixings, the receptionist got a call from her son.

She and the office manager started discussing teenaged children and the receptionist said she remembers what she was doing at the same age her daughter is now and she is very worried because her son had just called to tell her that her daughter had invited her boyfriend over while mom was at work. I told her I had more problems like that with my girls than I ever had with my son. The office manager said he only has a 12 year old son and his biggest problem so far is that his skin just started  breaking out with pimples. You know I had to put my two cents in about skin problems. I told him to get his son some Dudu-Osun African Black Soap and also some shea butter so he can get rid of the pimples. He surprised me by saying  he wanted to get him some natural products instead of the ones with the expensive commercials and infomercials because he thinks natural products are better for you. I was all set to go into the whys and wherefores but I didn’t have to, he already knew about our natural products. You should try it too if you have any problems with your skin.


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.


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