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frankincense2I have talked about frankincense in this blog before and the fact that it takes so long to harvest it. Well, now it seems that we may be running out of frankincense trees all together as well as people to farm and harvest the sap used for frankincense essential oil.

It would be a shame for us to lose frankincense essential oil in the name of progress. Frankincense forests are declining because of progress in areas such as agriculture and job growth or because other trees such as the Acacia tree grow faster and are taking over the forests.

Cancer begins when the DNA code in a cell becomes corrupted and shuts the cell down. Scientists have discovered that there is some agent in frankincense that can reset a cancerous cell and stop it from closing down. Wouldn’t it be awesome if we could get a cure for all the different cancers there are in the world from something so natural as an essential oil? That is a really good reason for finding a way to preserve the frankincense forests in the Middle East.

 


Bergamot Essential Oil

Author: Dr. Larita
April 18, 2018

bergamot blogWhen I first discuss essential oils with someone who is not familiar with them, I always tell them that aromatherapy is the specific use of the natural fragrances of plants to enhance physical, mental and emotional well-being. Bergamot essential oil is good for supporting the spirit, easing the mind and healing the body.

Bergamot Supports the Spirit

  • Bergamot essential releases pent-up emotions allowing you to express your feelings realistically
  • Bergamot also relieves feelings of apathy and listlessness

Bergamot Eases the Mind

  • Take a bath with 2 drops bergamot and 4 drops neroli to ease severe emotional anxiety
  • Apply a massage oil of 4 teaspoons liquid shea oil, with 2 drops bergamot, 4 drops rose and 4 drops sandalwood to ease and calm grief

Bergamot Heals the Body

  • To clear and cleanse oily or problem skin or acne, mix 2 drops bergamot, 4 drops sweet orange and 4 drops geranium in 4 drops jojoba oil and apply it to your face or any other area with problem skin.
  • To cleanse and heal infected cuts or boils use a hot compress with 2 drops bergamot and 4 drops tea tree oil


Relaxing-diffuserFor the last installment in our series on eliminating stale odors in your home, let’s put our knowledge to use. Here are a few blends you can use in your diffuser to get you started. You can mix and blend to your hearts content. Use your favorite essential oil or the oil that puts your mind at ease to make your own special blend. Experimenting with essential oils is fun and you may just come up with a winner. These blends will work well to rid your home of stale odors. You don’t have to name the blends but it’s kind of fun to do so. If you don’t name them, keep up with the ingredients you use, as well as the amounts.

Fresh and Clean Home

  • 2 drops lavender
  • 2 drops lemon
  • 2 drops rosemary

Essential Odor Eliminator

  • 2 drops grapefruit
  • 1 drop lemon
  • 1 drop eucalyptus lemon
  • 1 drop lavendar

You can use the above blends for the above reasons or you can just add essential oils to your diffuser even if your house is not funky. They will lift your spirit and make you feel good.

 

 

 


Eucalyptus-Lemon Essential Oilessential oil synergy

This installment in our series on eliminating stale odors in your home starts with eucalyptus-lemon essential oil. You can get it already blended or you can make the blend yourself with eucalyptus and lemon essential oil. There are families of bacteria and fungus lurking in your home. They are hiding behind the stove, in the dish drain and in the vegetable bin with the celery you never used that has turned to slime. Eucalyptus-lemon, like most essential oils, is anti-bacterial so it’s just the thing you need to get rid of those stale odors. While it freshens up those funky smells, it will open up your sinuses so you can breath better at the same time.

Cypress Essential Oil

This essential oil has a dual purpose. It stimulates sweating while simultaneously curbing excessive perspiration. This property will keep your home smelling fresh because your gym clothes that are waiting around in a basket for laundry day won’t have that musty smell from sweat. As with several other essential oils, you can use cypress as a deodorant and replace the commercial deodorants that contain cancer causing chemicals.


stale odorWe are continuing our discussion about stale odors in your home. I should mention these bad smells can be anywhere. Consider places like your car, office, basement – anywhere you might be. I don’t know about you, but if I don’t have to smell a bad odor, I don’t want to. Today let’s talk about a couple more essential oils that will help you eliminate stale odors in your home.

Rosemary Essential Oil

The bubonic plague, also known simply as the plague killed over 1/3 of the earth’s population at that time. It was a devastating disease and people would burn rosemary to help stop the spread of the disease. Hospitals also used it to purify the air. Well, in this day and age, you can use rosemary essential oil in your diffuser to clean up stale air in the home because it has an antiseptic and purifying effect. It also smells great.

Grapefruit Essential Oil

Just like lemon essential oil which we’ve already discussed, grapefruit essential oil works the same way. When you smell it floating around in the air in your home you’ll see why it’s one of my favorite essential oils. Grapefruit is somewhat stronger than lemon so many people use it where the odor is stronger too, like the bathroom. It’s also great to use in the shower because it is such a refreshing pick me up. Tomorrow we have one more essential oil  to discuss and then we can get into some diffuser recipes.


bad odor

Don’t you hate it when you come home and discover you can still smell the food you cooked the night before? Or when you open his bedroom door, you can smell your teenage son’s sneakers? Most people simply spray air freshener to eliminate the odors but if you care about your family’s and your own health, you should read the label on those air fresheners. They are full of harsh chemicals. Do you really want your family to breath  that? A better solution for those smells is to use all natural essential oils. I’m going to show you the best essential oils and why you should use them.

Lemon Essential Oil

There is nothing better than the smell of fresh smelling  lemon essential oil to remove the stale odor. The reason it works so well is that it neutralizes bad smells. The citric acid in lemon oil is better than just about anything else and it’s especially good at eliminating food odors. Many people use lemon essential oil in the kitchen to remove bad odors coming from trash cans, dishwashers and garbage disposals. You can simply put a few drops directly into the area or you can use a diffuser in the kitchen.

Lavender Essential Oil

On your next wash day, put 4 to 6 drops of lavender essential oil into each load. Sometimes I leave my clothes in the machine for a couple of days and if have lavender in the load, I don’t get that musty odor because lavender’s anti-mold property eliminates it. The lavender will keep your clothes smelling fresh for days and using it on your bed linens will help you sleep better too because of lavender’s calming properties.


Spring Allergies

Author: Dr. Larita
April 2, 2018

allergies

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.


Aromatherapy Massage Oils Are Perfect For A Relaxing Escape

Author: Natural-Beauty
March 26, 2018

Using some nice massage oils is always great for a refreshing massage experience that helps me to really get away from my stressful life for a bit. I have been experimenting with massage oils for a while and it has been nice to get some that have a nice scent and the really help to replenish and to refresh my skin.

It is nice to find some massage oils that are stimulating and invigorating. I can always find some massage oils online that are perfect for my most relaxing massage experience. It is nice to find some great deals on the oils that are the best ones for my needs. I like to get a massage on the weekend after a long week.

It feels so good to get a massage after a hard workout or after a long week in general. With some great aromatherapy massage oils, I can ensure that I am getting the best massage experience possible every time. The ones that I have been using are great for really awakening the senses and having me feeling refreshed for the next busy week. I am excited to see what I can find next when shopping massage oils online.


Cedar and Citrus Bath Salts

Author: Dr. Larita
March 23, 2018

Use a 2-ounce plastic jar to make your own cedar and citrus blend bath salts. This aromatherapy blend will help your soul if you have a cold and need to get some sleep. In your jar add the following ingredients:

  • 2 oz  medium grain pink Himalayan salt
  • 1 tsp jojoba oil
  • 3 drops cedarwood essential oil
  • 2 drops sweet orange essential oil

First, pour the salt and jojoba oil into the jar then add the drops of essential oil. Blend the mixture with the flat end of a spoon to distribute the oils evenly throughout the salts. This is just enough for one bath. If you want to make more at one time you can double or triple the recipe but don’t make more than you will use within a few weeks. You can always make more.


Take An Aromatherapy Bath

Author: Dr. Larita
March 21, 2018

aromatherapybath2If you had a stressful day and need to take some time out, take a bath; even better than that, take an aromatherapy bath – one enhanced with your favorite essential oils. The fragrant effects of the essential oils along with the warm water of the bath are a form of holistic treatment. I am usually in a big hurry and take my shower with essential oil enriched shower gel but it is not the same as an aromatherapy bath.

To get your aromatherapy bath ready, light candles around the bathroom and play soft music so the ambiance is right for relaxation. Run the water at a comfortably warm temperature and when it is run, swirl in one of the following water softening agents,  depending on the kind of treatment you want.

  • To detoxify your body’s systems use 4 ounces of epsom salts
  • To soften the water and soothe your skin use 4 ounces of full cream milk
  • To nourish dry skin, use 2 teaspoons of unscented dispersing bath oil

Now you are ready to choose your essential oils, use a total of 6 drops, swish the water and get in. Soak for at least 20 minutes, adding hot water if necessary. Relax and enjoy your bath. Below are some suggestions for essential oils to use in your aromatherapy bath. If you are pregnant and past your first trimester or have sensitive skin, you should halve the drops in each of the combinations.

  • To relax: 2 drops ylang ylang and 4 drops sweet orange
  • To improve sleep: 4 drops lavender and 2 drops sandalwood
  • To detoxify the body’s systems: 2 drops myrtle and 4 drops grapefruit
  • To soothe the skin: 2 drops chamomile and 4 drops geranium


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