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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.


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.


Best Essential Oils for You

Author: Dr. Larita
February 6, 2017

I recently had the doctor remove some moles from my neck and the whole procedure went well. He even gave me the moles in a little jar of formaldehyde. I know that sounds gross but my granddaughter used to play with them when they were on my neck so I wanted to show her where they went.

Dr. Ed burned the moles off with a little tool that he said is a disposable laser of some sort and I’ve had no problem in any of the 18 spots where he burned off moles, except for one. For some reason this spot has been irritated all along and it wasn’t even the biggest mole. I kept unconsciously rubbing it and I must have made it worse. Well, the point of this blog is to let you know that this eveninng, I put one drop of lavender and one drop of tea tree oil on a cotton swab and dabbed it on the spot. Voila, after one application, it is no longer itching or irritated.

If you don’t have any other essential oils, please get either one or both of these two. Lavender is a natural antibiotic, antiseptic, antidepressant, sedative and detoxifier. It is excellent in the treatment of burns and minor skin irritations. Tea tree is antiviral, antibacterial and antifungul so it can be used to treat all kinds of infections and a wide range of other conditions such as ringworm, sunburn, acne, athlete’s foot and toothache.


Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Day

Author: Dr. Larita
January 16, 2017

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It’s the National holiday, Martin Luther King Day and I am taking the day off from blog writing. Please have a safe and enjoyable day.


Cold Weather Skin Care

Author: Dr. Larita
December 26, 2016

cold weatherHave you ever had to dig your way out of your driveway so you could go to work? The weather had cleared but there were snowdrifts in our yard that were 12 to 16 inches high. We had to keep going back into the house to warm up because the temperature was 3 degrees but the windchill factor made it feel like negative 15 degrees. I had to keep wiping my face because the wind caused tears and the tears felt like they were freezing on my face.

During the winter months, choose face cream and makeup that works hard to protect your skin from blustery breezes.  Choose products that might be heavier than your regular brand, but not so heavy that they clog your pores. Look for solutions that are particularly effective on your T-zone, as this area is most prone to dryness.

Cooler temperatures always make effective skincare more difficult so make the switch to winter skincare products early. Use your winter-ready products daily to help fight the effects of winter weather and keep your skin healthy.


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