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VetiverVetiver oil has been used in traditional medicine in South Asia, Southeast Asia and West Africa for thousands of years. It’s native to India, and both its leaves and roots have wonderful uses. Vetiver is known as a sacred herb valued because of its uplifting, soothing, healing and protective properties. It’s a natural body cooler — making it extremely popular in tropical countries. In fact, in India and Sri Lanka it’s known as the “oil of tranquility.”

Some of vetiver oil uses include treating heat strokes, joint disorders and skin problems. Using vetiver oil is also a way to boost energy levels when you’re exhausted. In addition, it’s used to cool the body during very high temperatures and soothe feelings of anxiety and nervousness. Now here are 6 excellent reasons to use vetiver essential oil.

  1. Vetiver oil promotes the regeneration of skin and tissue, which helps rejuvenate the skin and remove dark spots, acne and scars. It also has anti-aging properties that work to treat stretch marks and wrinkles. Simply add a few drops of vetiver oil to your face wash, body wash or lotion for an improved complexion.
  2. Vetiver oil possesses the ability to protect the body against damage caused by free radicals. Benefits of this powerful antioxidant include healthy skin, slower aging, better detox support and reduced cancer risk.
  3. A 2001 study showed that vetiver oil is effective in treating children who have ADHD. Researchers tested different essential oils in children with ADHD and found that vetiver oil increased performance by 100% in all participants. The calming properties of vetiver oil helped lessen ADHD symptoms and increase concentration.
  4. Research has shown that vetiver oil naturally boosts the immune system and the nervous system. It has a protective effect on the body, working to lessen toxicity. Thanks to its antioxidant properties, studies have shown that vetiver oil is able to inhibit DNA damage, while stimulating the immune system and providing support to the nervous system.
  5. Vetiver oil can be used in aromatherapy to promote relaxation and reduce stress. Studies have shown the oil can help with anxiety, panic attacks, insomnia and depression. In one study, vetiver oil was found to have the same impact as Diazepam, a calming medication for anxiety, muscle spasms, seizures and other conditions. Add a few drops to your oil burner and inhale.
  6. Researchers at the the Louisiana State University Agricultural Center analyzed eight different essential oils for their ability to repel termites. They found that vetiver oil proved to be the most effective due to its long-lasting activity. It effectively repelled termites and may also have the ability to repel mosquitoes.

Source: Dr. Axe


An Oil Burner Is Great For My Perfect Environment

Author: Natural-Beauty
August 14, 2017

I love to get some relaxation in when I come home from work or when I get home after a hard workout and finding some great oil burners (also called diffusers) has helped me to create just the right space to relax in. I love to get some good aromatherapy in with these burners and they have helped me to enjoy my home atmosphere to the fullest.

My burners for oil are perfect for my everyday relaxation needs. I am usually really hyped up towards the evening and the burners help me to ease my mind and to calm down so that I can get a great night’s rest. I have experienced such a big difference ever since I started using the burners. They have helped me out so much when it comes to getting some great rest.

With a quality oil burner, I no longer have to be so stressed out at night. The one that I have been using serves as a nice décor accent and it gives me the perfect environment to relax in and to ease my mind. The burners allow me to diffuse great fragrances like lavender and they are perfect for helping me to get into the right state of mind.


Therapeutic grade essential oils are mainly concentrated herbs and people are missing out on their health benefits because of the misconception that they are only for elevating mood or just to be used as perfume oils. Numerous essential oils also have properties that kill germs, purify the air and much more. They can be used as alternative first aid care for everything from acne to urinary infections.

If you would like to add additional essential oils to the basic three we discussed in the previous post, you may wish to include rosemary, peppermint, orange, geranium and lemon. Your Aromatherapy First Aid Kit should also include carrier oils such as sweet almond oil, jojoba oil, and or shea oil to mix your essential oils in, plus aloe vera, vitamin E and garlic oil, which can be created by mixing garlic cloves with sweet almond or grape seed oil.


First Aid with Aromatherapy I

Author: Dr. Larita
August 7, 2017

Every home has a first aid kit but there is an alternative, have you ever thought about assembling your own aromatherapy first aid kit? All you need is a good container marked Essential Oils, Alternative First Aid, or Aromatherapy to house the kit and keep your oils away from light, dampness and extreme heat so they don’t deteriorate. The three major oils to stash in your kit are Eucalyptus, Lavender, and Tea Tree Oil.

These three oils will aid with colds, wounds, burns, bruises, insect bites, muscle pain, fungal infections and much more. They can be dispensed in a number of ways depending on the need including directly from the bottle, in a carrier or base oil, in a steam bath, or on a compress. We will continue with more information about your alternative aromatherapy first aid kit as well as a few more essential oils to add to your stash in another post.


Aromatherapy for Coughs

Author: Dr. Larita
August 3, 2017

Aromatherapy is excellent for treating coughs, whether they are dry coughs or coughs with mucus. The aromatherapy treatments recommended here are much more natural for you than over the counter cough syrups and prescription medications.

To treat a dry cough, mix 2 drops of eucalyptus essential oil and 2 drops of lemon essential oil with 2 tablespoons of honey. Dilute 1 teaspoon of this mixture in 6 to 8 ounces of warm water and sip it slowly. Next, massage your back and chest with 3 drops of eucalyptus essential oil and 2 drops of thyme essential oil diluted in 1 teaspoon of carrier oil. If you like the steam inhalation method, use 3 drops of lavender in a steaming hot bowl of water.

If you have a cough with mucus, use the same treatment but instead of the drink described above, mix the following essential oils: 2 drops of eucalyptus, 1 drop of thyme, and 1 drop of tea tree blended together and then use only 1 drop of this mixture in a tablespoon of honey. Dilute 1 teaspoon of the honey-essential oil mixture in 6 to 8 ounces of warm water and sip it slowly.


Baby’s Massage Oil

Author: Dr. Larita
August 1, 2017

Newborn babies respond well to touch and since it is an important part of the parent child bonding custom, parents should start using massage right away. Commercial baby oils usually have a petroleum or mineral oil base which is good for protecting baby’s skin from water and urine but not necessarily good for baby’s skin. I suggest using a formula which consists of carrier oils that are good for skin as well as essential oils that are good for the skin and have other benefits too.

The following formula uses 1/10th of the essential oil in an adult massage oil but it is still an excellent treatment for eczema and cradle cap, inflammation and teething problems and it acts as a general strengthener. It also boosts the immune system and has a wonderful calming effect  on the nervous system. The loving touch of mommy or daddy’s massage all over his or her body, avoiding only the genitals and the eyes, will keep baby contented.

Baby’s Massage Oil Formula

  • Chamomile – 1 drop
  • Lavender – 1 drop
  • Geranium – 1 drop
    Dilute in 2 tablespoons sweet almond oil

This massage oil can be used daily on your two to twelve month old baby.


no constipationEating natural foods like greens, broccoli, figs and prunes and also drinking lots of water can help with constipation. Choose organic products so you leave out the toxins from chemicals used to grow so many of today’s foods. Be very careful about choosing your foods during pregnancy because all the “natural” foods might look natural but contain some very unnatural products. Because of the unnaturalness of today’s food and pressure on the pregnant woman’s digestive system, constipation is a common ailment during pregnancy but do not use chemical laxatives.

Besides eating natural foods, another excellent way to clear the bowels is to take a glass of water and add 1/4 teaspoon of green clay, which you can find at your local health food store. As the clay passes through your system it absorbs toxins in your body and passes them on out. While you’re at the health food store, you can also look for psysillium husks. These are pure fiber and can be taken in capsule form or raw. They will also clean out all the gunk hiding in your bowels.

Patchouli essential oil is handy to have around whether you are pregnant or not.  Just add 30 drops of patchouli to 2 tablespoons of liquid shea oil or sweet almond oil in a dark colored bottle. Rub the oil all over the abdomen in a clockwise direction starting at the lower right hand side by the groin and rub right up to underneath the breasts, across to the other side and down to the groin hairline again.

 


Have an Aromatherapy Bath

Author: Dr. Larita
July 28, 2017

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


pregnant-womenPregnancy can bring an overabundance of minor problems such as backache, swollen feet and legs, heartburn, indigestion and insomnia. Some women just feel aggravated in general because they are unable to easily do their normal routine with a swollen belly in the way. If you feel this way during pregnancy, you need some TLC. Here is an extraordinary preparation that you can have your spouse or friend massage into your back regularly during pregnancy that will ease your physical problems and at the same time, lift your spirits. Use any rose you can afford (it can be very expensive) or you can substitute the rose with geranium.

Pregnancy Pick-Me-Up Massage Oil

Use some or all of these oils in equal proportions to a total of 30 drops per 2 tablespoons of a carrier oil such as liquid shea oil or sweet almond oil. During pregnancy many women feel tired after working all day. Essential oils can make your swollen legs and aching back feel much better. Pregnant women should only use 2 – 4 drops of essential oil in a bath. Choose your favorite oil from the list above or combine 1 drop each of geranium and lavender.

 


Aromatherapy and Pregnancy

Author: Dr. Larita
July 26, 2017

pregnancyFrom the moment of conception, everything you eat or apply to your skin filters to your baby. The baby will hear everything you hear and feel everything you feel so pay attention to the kind of music you listen to, the movies you watch and try to keep the tension in your life at a minimum. This is a time in your life when you should eat and drink only the best of everything, cut out bad habits and definitely give up smoking.

Many essential oils are safe to use while you are pregnant but there are also some that you should avoid. The ones that are safe for you to use are tangerine, mandarin, grapefruit, geranium, chamomile, rose, jasmine, ylang-ylang and lavender. You can use these oils in a bath, shower, as a massage or in one of the room methods. During pregnancy, always use the minimum amount of essential oils.


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