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Making your own perfume or body oils using essential oils is a lot like making music in a band or orchestra. You need base notes, middle notes and top notes for the blend to be beautiful and to smell wonderful. These notes in perfume making can be either male or female and in some cases they are for either sex so I say, if you like the way it smells – use it. Below are some essential oils in each category for you to experiment with and make your own blends.

Base Note Essential Oils (Always start with the base and go up)

  • Benzoin
  • Cedarwood
  • Cinnamon
  • Frankincense
  • Myrrh
  • Sandalwood
  • Patchouli
  • Vanilla
  • Vetiver

Middle Note Essential Oils

  • Carnation
  • Clary Sage
  • Clove
  • Geranium
  • Ginger
  • Jasmine
  • Marjoram
  • Rose
  • Thyme

Top Note Essential Oils

  • Anise
  • Bay
  • Bergamot
  • Cumin
  • Lavender
  • Lemon
  • Lemongrass
  • Lime
  • Mandarin
  • Pettigraine

Tomorrow we will talk about the strength of your aromatic mixture and the kind of bottles you will need to store it in. Right now, you can go to your local perfumery and start sniffing the essential oils above to see which ones you want to experiment with when you make your first perfumes.

 


Sports Aromatherapy

Author: Dr. Larita
June 18, 2018

There are many wonderful essential oils that are really great for supporting your performance in sports or your recovery from a bit too much activity in sports. You can blend them in body oils, lotion blends, shower gels or make your own balms.

Some oils are great for recovery and some stimulating ones are great for performance. Some oils have antispasmodic and natural pain killing properties so are great to use in recovery of injuries. Here are a few of my favorite oils for these purposes:

Rosemary

This uplifting and fresh herbal essential oil is great for increasing energy. The oil is extracted from the leaves and smells just like the herb used in cooking. It’s also used in many hair care products because if its stimulating properties and it works as a memory stimulant so it can be used when studying or when you need to focus on something. Rosemary has a fresh herbal scent and helps with digestion and breathing too. It’s great for sports performance because it is energizing and stimulating and if you travel a lot, you can also use it to combat jet lag. You can add the oil to your shampoo and shower or bath products. It has antiseptic, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties among many others. Rosemary is advised to avoid during pregnancy and when suffering from high blood pressure.

Birch

Birch oil is a natural painkiller with the main ingredients of salicylic acid and methyl salicylate. It is a fantastic oil to use for recovery from sports. It’s a great detoxing oil, speeding the recovery time after a performance. It’s antispasmodic and a great oil for rheumatism and arthritis as well as one of the best in treating cellulite. Birch is great for the skin and hair and is often used in body and hair products in some countries. It is made from the bark of a birch tree and has an herbal camphor type of scent. It is quite potent and you only need a few drops in your blend.

Fennel

Fennel oil is made from fennel seeds and is similar to rosemary. It’s fresh energizing and uplifting. It has antispasmodic, diuretic and stimulating properties and it helps to remove excess fluid, so it is a great oil to use to remove cellulite. It is a great oil to use during or after exercise to help muscles and nerves and it is also stimulating to the mind so it helps with concentration. It’s a great oil to aid your digestion and circulation but this oil should be avoided during pregnancy.


Lavender Essential Oil Uses

Author: Dr. Larita
June 13, 2018

lavenderA whiff of lavender oil can trigger various sensations, and its sweet fragrance brings to mind rows and rows of beautiful blue-violet flowers under the summer sky. But if you look beyond lavender oil’s aroma, you’ll find that there’s more to it than meets the eye – or your sense of smell. Both lavender and lavender oil are valued for their fragrance and versatility. The flowers are used in potpourris, crafting, and home décor, while the essential oil is added to bath and body care products, such as soaps, perfumes, household cleaners, and laundry detergent.

Lavender oil is known for its anti-inflammatory, antifungal, antidepressant, antiseptic, antibacterial, and antimicrobial properties. It also has antispasmodic, analgesic, detoxifying, hypotensive, and sedative effects. Lavender oil is one of the most well-known essential oils in aromatherapy, and can be:

  • Added to your bath or shower to relieve aching muscles and stress.
  • Massaged on your skin as a relief for muscle or joint pain, as well as for skin conditions like burns, acne, and wounds. Make sure to dilute it with a carrier oil.
  • Inhaled or vaporized. You can use an oil burner or add a few drops to a bowl of hot water, and then breathe in the steam.
  • Added to your hand or foot soak. Add a drop to a bowl of warm water before soaking your hands or feet.
  • Used as a compress by soaking a towel in a bowl of water infused with a few drops of lavender oil. Apply this to sprains or muscle injuries.

I also recommend adding lavender oil to your list of natural cleaning products. You can mix it with baking soda to make an all-natural antibacterial scrub for your bathroom and kitchen.

By Dr. Mercola


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.


The price of essential oils varies from place to place and from time to time depending on their availability and their quality. For example, frankincense is harvested twice a year, in the spring and again in the fall. To make a long story short, the bark of the frankincense tree is cut allowing the liquid resin to seep out and as it hits the outside air it starts to crystallize and get hard. After one to two weeks, the hardened resin crystal can be cut off the tree and several different frankincense resins are produced ranging from the pure white “Hojari” which is what was selected for kings and queens to a low grade brownish frankincense resin that contains particles of the tree’s bark.

The crystal resin then goes through a process where it is crushed into powder, put into an oil bath, and steam distilled to extract the oil from the crystal resin. That’s why depending on the time of the year and the purity of your frankincense, you will pay more or less for the product.

Frankincense essential oil is one of the oils that can really calm and soothe the whole body and mind. It eases aches and pains, clears the lungs and acts as a skin tonic. It can be used in a blended massage oil or diluted in the bath for colds, coughs, bronchitis, rheumatism, chilliness, poor circulation, exhaustion, nightmares, heavy periods, respiratory problems and mucus congestion. It also has a good astringent effect on the skin and perks up older more mature skin and helps wounds, sores and ulcers heal properly.


Frankincense, also known as olibanum, is an aromatherapy essential oil commonly used in aromatherapy. It offers a variety of health benefits, including helping relieve chronic stress and anxiety, reducing pain and inflammation, and boosting immunity.  Frankincense can even potentially help to fight cancer according to scientific studies. Below are nine ways you can use this powerful essential oil to help keep your family healthy.

  1. Helps to reduce stress reactions and negative emotions
  2. Helps boost immunes function and prevents illness
  3. May help fight cancer or deal with chemotherapy side effects
  4. Astringent and can kill harmful germs and bacteria
  5. Heals skin and prevents signs of aging
  6. Balances hormone levels
  7. Eases digestion
  8. Acts as a sleep aid
  9. Helps decrease inflammation and pain


I am answering a question from one of our blog readers today. I do this on the blog as questions come up.

Q – I would really like to know more about aromatherapy. What is it, what are the benefits, what are some of the things that could be detrimental or harmful?

A – Aromatherapy has been used for thousands of years. Our whole existence is based on aromas. If we disconnect our societal hang-ups and ourselves and went with just odors, we would see how important it is in everything we do. Our olfactory system is the fastest system in our body next to the brain’s system of thought. It registers on a level below conscious thought in less than a millisecond. We go into flight or fight even before we consciously recognize the odor. Our body is already reacting because this is what has kept us alive. There are some people on this planet that are as sensitive as dogs at hunting other people. There is a tribe in the Philippines that can literally hunt a man by his scent. Everybody is different and everybody has their own scent and so does every animal and every plant. So aromatherapy means treatment-using scents. It is a holistic practice dealing with the body using pleasant smelling botanical oils.

Most essential oils are safe to use but there are a number of them that should only be used under the guidance of a qualified aromatherapy practitioner or not at all. There are some that will cause abortions and historically, that is what they have been used for. Some can cause irritation to the skin and mucous membranes. Here is a list of those oils.

Oils That Are Used With Caution Or Avoided In Aromatherapy

Almond, Bitter Prunus amygdalis, var. amara
Aniseed Pimpinella anisum
Arnica Arnica montana
Boldo Leaf Peumus boldus
Calamus Acorus calamus-acorus
Camphor Cinnamomum camphorus
Cassia Cinnamomum cassia
Cinnamon Bark Cinnamomum zeylanicum
Costus Saussurea lappa
Elecampane Inula helenium
Fennel (Bitter) Foeniculum vulgare
Horseradish Cochlearia armorica
Jaborandi Leaf Pilocarpus jaborandi
Mugwort (Armoise) Artemisia vulgaris
Mustard Brassica nigra
Origanum Origanum vulgare
Origanum (Spanish) Thymus capitatus
Pennyroyal (European) Mentha pulegium
Pennyroyal (N. American) Hedeoma pulegioides
Pine (Dwarf) Pinus pumilio
Rue Ruta graveolens
Sage Salvia officinalis
Sassafras Sassafras albidum
Sassafras (Brazilian) Ocotea cymbarum
Savin Juniperus sabina
Savory (Summer) Satureia hortensis
Savory (Winter) Satureia montana
Southernwood Artemisia abrotanum
Tansy Tanacetum vulgare
Thuja (Cedarleaf) Thuja ocddentalis
Thuja Plicata Thuja plicata
Wintergreen Gaultheria procumbens
Wormseed Chenopodium anthelminticum
Wormwood Artemisia absinthium

 

 


Addicted to Tranquilizers?

Author: Dr. Larita
June 1, 2018

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.


Aromatherapy is the practice of using aromatic essential oils from different plants to achieve a higher degree of well-being. In the past, it was often viewed as being a somewhat silly practice, only thought of in the form of burning scented candles during a relaxing bath. Aromatherapy has come a long way and many scientific studies have shown the affect scents have on brain waves. As it becomes more and more popular, people are learning just how many truly beneficial uses aromatherapy has on their mind and body.

Aromatherapy is more than just sweet smelling candles and aromatic massages. Check out five amazing health benefits that aromatherapy can add to your life!

Natural Cures

Many aromatherapy essential oils have actual pain relieving qualities. Some have anti-inflammatory and even antiseptic qualities that make them excellent treatments for many common ailments. These can include headaches and muscle aches, and can even treat issues from skin problems to allergies. This is because the pure essential oils used in aromatherapy are extracted directly from plants that have true medicinal qualities.

Stress Relief

One should never underestimate the importance of stress relief. The ability to relax your mind and body can help with a huge variety of seemingly unrelated issues. At the very least, you can prevent a number of different stress-related problems such as migraine headaches, neck and back pain simply by engaging in the right stress-relieving practices. Aromatherapy is among the top recommended stress-relieving practices.

Sleep Habits

Starting with the ability to relax your mind and body, aromatherapy can vastly improve your sleep habits. Getting to sleep, staying asleep, the quality of sleep you are getting and the ability to wake up refreshed are all quality sleep habits that aromatherapy can help you with. In the event that you did not get enough quality sleep the night before, aromatherapy can even help you perk yourself up during your afternoon slump.

Breathe Easy

The right aromatherapy can also help open up your sinuses and breathing passages so you can breathe comfortably and easily. Some scents even have immune-boosting and antiseptic qualities that could help with some breathing ailments such as sinus problems or allergies. With so many different scents, from relaxing to refreshing, you can enjoy each breath you take a little more too.

Mood Enhancement/Stabilization

Sometimes there is nothing worse than being in a plain bad mood. From the moody blues to true depression, aromatherapy can help to put a smile back on your face. Many aromatherapy scents have real mood-boosting qualities that scientists have actually measured based on changes in brain waves.

Aromatherapy is certainly not just about lighting some candles or making massage oils. In fact, it couldn’t be much further from the truth. These are just five of the nearly endless list of benefits of aromatherapy that you can put to work for you. Aromatherapy works in many different ways, from simply using your nose, to using diffusers and different carrier oils for baths or massages and
more.


  1. The main therapeutic ingredient in peppermint essential oil is menthol. It has local anesthetic properties and reduces throat irritations. Menthol is similar to the ingredient in cayenne or hot peppers, capsaicin, which stimulates heat sensors without really causing a change in temperature. Menthol, however, has a cooling effect on the body without changing the actual body temperature. Some medications may adversely interact with peppermint oil so please consult a physician it you have concerns about drug interactions.
  2. Muscle discomfort – Peppermint oil can reduce discomfort and relax muscles – dilute 2 to 4 drops and apply topically to the affected area. Use with a carrier oil such as sweet almond oil if you have sensitive skin.
  3. Respiratory health – Peppermint oil acts as an expectorant and can relieve some symptoms of respiratory issues. Dilute 2-4 drops and apply topically to your chest and the back of your neck. Or add 10 drops to boiling water, put a towel over your head and breath in the aroma for 5 minutes.
  4. Energy boosting – Because it is invigorating and stimulating, peppermint oil can help fight fatigue and improve focus and concentration. Diffuse it or apply it directly to your temples, wrists and the back of your neck. You can also inhale it directly from the bottle or add a drop or two to a tissue and sniff as needed.
  5. Allergy symptoms soother – Peppermint relaxes the muscles in the nasal passages and clears out mucus and pollen during allergy season. Diffuse 5 drops, inhale it from the bottle or a tissue as above or dilute 2-3 drops and apply it topically to forehead, neck and chest.
  6. Headache relief – Peppermint oil may improve circulation, soothe your stomach and relax tense muscles. It can also help clear your nasal passages when you suffer from a sinus headache. Apply it to your forehead and temples for relief.
  7. Digestive soother – Peppermint oil helps relax the muscles in the intestines and reduce bloating, gas and nausea. It can also serve as a natural remedy for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS.) Diffuse it, apply it topically to your abdomen or take 1-2 drops internally mixed with hot tea.
  8. Fresh Breath and Healthy and Gums – Peppermint  oil has anti-microbial properties that will freshen breath and may kill bacteria that lead to cavities and gum issues. Add 1 drop to your toothpaste or mouthwash or place one drop under your tongue before drinking a glass of water.


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