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Essential Oil of Peppermint

Author: Dr. Larita
June 12, 2018

Essential oils are chosen for their medical properties first and second for their ability to take care of a broad range of health problems. Peppermint has been used by many cultures (Egyptians, Chinese, and American Indians) for thousands of years because of its healthful properties. It has many therapeutic uses and is one of the oils that should be in everyone’s medicine chest. It is a superb digestive, it helps the respiratory system and promotes circulation, it is an anti-inflammatory and it is an antiseptic. These qualities make peppermint oil excellent to use in the treatment of indigestion, flatulence, bad breath, headaches and migraines, skin irritations, toothache, and fatigue. It can also help to keep pests like mice, fleas, and ants away!

My grandson is staying with me for a few weeks this summer and he loves Grandma’s cooking. One evening he ate way too much dinner (I made some of his favorite dishes) and ended up with a stomach ache. When he said he was going to bed early, I knew he had a bad stomach ache so I gave him my treatment for indigestion. First I made him some aromatherapy tea consisting of very warm water, 1 drop of peppermint oil, a pinch of bicarbonate of soda and honey to taste. I had him sip the tea while I blended a massage oil consisting of 1 teaspoon jojoba oil, 2 drops peppermint oil and 3 drops eucalyptus oil. I blended the three ingredients well and massaged his upper abdomen and he went to bed. The next morning he didn’t even remember the stomach ache.


Do you have trouble falling asleep at night? My husband worked nights as a respiratory therapist for years and now that he is retired, his sleep rhythms are out of whack! We have tried many ways to get him to go to sleep at a regular time but he still needs assistance.

Reflexology or foot massage has proven to assist in helping him fall asleep at night. Essential oils have amazing health benefits and also have potent relaxing and calming characteristics. Using these two techniques together is really helpful if you have trouble falling asleep. Always blend your essential oils with a carrier oil for best results.

Of course, essential oils are helpful in many ways and there are a number of methods you can use but reflexology is probably the quickest way to get them into your body because when the essential oil is applied to your feet, its traces can be found in the body after 20 minutes.  There are many essential oils for use with reflexology, depending on what you are working on but we are using a blend of rosemary, cypress and lavender. They work best for our needs. Google reflexology and see what will help you the most.


Aromatherapy for Prickly Heat

Author: Dr. Larita
April 26, 2018

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Prickly heat is an uncomfortable condition that seems to run in my family. Thankfully, it missed me but my youngest daughter had it when she was a child and now her son has it too. She recently sent me a picture of my oldest grandson’s back and asked me what could possibly be wrong with him. He had a rash of tiny blisters that looked like little pinkish or reddish spots. My first thought was that he had contracted scabies from one of the many pets he has but luckily it turned out to be prickly heat. When my daughter found out it was prickly heat, she remembered she used to have it when she was little and how much it itched.

To treat prickly heat, the first thing to do is to stay as cool as possible. Expose the affected areas to air when you can and only wear cool light clothing when you must be covered. You can also apply a splash  made by blending 6 drops each eucalyptus, lavender and chamomile in a teaspoon of alcohol and shaking it all in a cup of spring water. A warm bath is soothing too if you add 4 drops each of lavender and eucalyptus. An aromatherapy bath is even better for prickly heat if you add baking soda to the water. When you add baking soda, leave out the eucalyptus and mix the lavender in the baking soda before you put it in the water.


Spring Allergies

Author: Dr. Larita
April 2, 2018

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On the first day of Spring this year, my husband went to work in the yard. It was only to pick up the dead limbs from all the snow we’ve had but it was enough to cause his allergies to flare up like they do every time he does yard work. Allergies can come from all manner of irritants such as foods, dust, and chemicals to name a few. When these substances invade the body, the defense mechanisms are triggered and you may get sneezes, hives or even respiratory arrest. Aromatherapists approach allergies with essential oils that are calming and soothing to relieve the overreaction to the irritant.

For my honey’s reaction to grass, I had him add one drop of oregano essential oil to a large cup of chamomile tea with honey and stir well and frequently. Later, I gave him a massage with a mixture of 2 drops lavender and 2 drops chamomile essential oil diluted in a tablespoon of liquid shea oil onto his forehead, temples, sinuses, neck, and chest. He stopped sneezing so much even before he used the massage oil. He went to bed and got a good night’s sleep and that always helps. The next day he was feeling much better.


Essential Oils for Pets

Author: Dr. Larita
March 15, 2018

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!


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.


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