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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.


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.

 


Bergamot Magic Belly Rub

Author: Dr. Larita
July 17, 2017

Bergamot Mint loves late dinners and midnight snacks.

It has a few favorite “open all night” cafes and 24-hour restaurants, but it also likes hanging out with friends at home and indulging in treats.

Bergamot Mint never worries about digestion, even on nights when it tumbles into bed right after a big snack. It makes this Magic Belly Balm to help it digest its food easily. Here’s a recipe that makes enough Belly Balm for Bergamot Mint and all its friends!

Bergamot Mint’s Magic Belly Balm

  • 1 oz (28 g) beeswax (Cera alba)
  • 2 oz (60 ml) jojoba (Simmondsia chinensis)
  • 3 oz (84 g) coconut oil (Cocos nucifera)
  • 1 oz (28 g) shea butter (Butyrospermum parkii)
  • 42 drops Bergamot Mint essential oil (Mentha citrata)
  • 14 drops Cardamom essential oil (Elettaria cardamomum)
  • 21 drops Peppermint essential oil (Mentha × piperita)

Directions

  1. Create a “stovetop double boiler” by placing a Pyrex measuring cup into a soup pot that’s ¼ full of water. Bring the water to a gentle boil.
  2. Put the beeswax in the Pyrex and melt.
  3. Add the jojoba and coconut oil and remelt.
  4. Add the shea butter and melt, stirring gently with a glass stirring rod or the handle of a stainless steel spoon. As soon as the shea butter is melted, remove the blend from heat.
  5. Add the essential oils, stirring gently.
  6. Pour your blend into two 4 oz (120 ml) glass jars. Give it about 20 minutes to solidify.

Massage your Bergamot Mint Belly Balm into your belly and low back when you feel overly full or have an upset stomach.

This recipe makes 7 oz (210 ml) . . . and that’s a lot of Belly Balm! You can use seven 1 oz (30 ml) jars and give some away as gifts!

If you’d rather use a belly oil than a rich balm, here’s a recipe from The Aromahead Blog for Belly Spasm Oil. It’s just as effective, but has a different texture.

Thanks to Andrea Butje, Aromahead Institute for today’s information.


Despite a long standing faith in the power of allopathic medication and other conventional forms of treatment, more and more people are now opting for natural forms of remedy. Natural remedies for uterine fibroids are an alternative form of treatment that is both safe and reliable. Uterine fibroids, also known as fibroid tumors, leiomyomas, or myomas, develop within the uterus. Women across the globe face this problem in their reproductive years. The popularity of natural treatments specifically for uterine fibroids has risen in the last few years.

Natural treatments for fibroids tend to be much safer compared to conventional medication as they cause little or no side effects.

This is because, unlike conventional medication, natural treatments do not interfere with your body’s internal mechanism. If you are looking for natural remedies for your uterine fibroids, these are some of the options available to you:

Herbs

dandelion root for uterine fibroids

Dandelion root helps liver function.

Using herbal treatment for your fibroids helps in balancing the hormonal activity and strengthening the liver, thereby reducing estrogen levels in the uterus. Herbs also help in dealing with difficulties like heavy bleeding and excruciating cramps. Herbs like vitex, help in lowering estrogen level, while herbs like dandelion root and milk thistle, help in improving liver function. Other herbs like nettle and yellow dock work towards detoxification of the body and help to regulate the heavy bleeding caused due to fibroids.

Proper Diet

oats for uterine fibroids

Oats for a balanced diet.

This is possibly the most fundamental treatment among all the natural remedies for uterine fibroids. A diet rich in saturated fats will cause your liver to be dysfunctional and subsequently increase estrogen levels and cause hormonal imbalances. A recommended diet would be one which is low fat and high fiber. Therefore, foods like oats, millet and brown rice, fish, nuts, fruits, vegetables, and soy are advisable. It is safe to avoid dairy products in general. The key factors to ensure are that firstly, your diet is mainly alkaline-forming so as to balance the acidic content in your body and secondly, the food you eat does not overwork your digestive system.

Aromatherapy

rose for uterine fibroids

Rose essential oil to relax the body.

Aromatherapy uses essential oils to increase circulation in and around the pelvic region. This helps in relaxing the uterine muscles and subsequently reduces abdominal cramps. The essential oils of ginger, rose and marjoram are greatly beneficial for relaxing the body, stimulating circulation and balancing the hormones. These essential oils may also be used in therapies like abdominal compresses.

Meditation

meditation for uterine fibroids

Meditation to calm the mind.

Stress has become a part and parcel of our daily lives. For women, stress can prove to be a catalyst for uterine fibroids. Stress increases blood pressure and causes hormone levels to be erratic, thus aggravating the growth of uterine fibroids. Meditation can go a long way in relaxing the body and calming the mind. It also helps you to deal better with the complications that fibroids entail. While meditating, it is important to inhale and exhale slowly through your nostrils only.

Exercise

aerobic dancing for uterine fibroids

Aerobic dancing to help reduce stress and blood pressure.

Exercises like aerobic dancing, brisk walking, cycling and running help to reduce stress and blood pressure. Exercises also help in stimulating a healthy blood circulation and relieving muscle tension. This greatly relieves sufferers from abdominal pain associated with menstruation and fibroids. It is advisable to avoid participating in sports like basketball and tennis as they tend to increase the stress levels and, thus, enhance the growth of fibroids.

When using natural remedies for uterine fibroids, it is advisable to utilize a combination of remedies for a wholesome approach to the problem. Thus complementing a proper diet with meditation and exercise will help in dealing with the condition holistically. Holistic treatments work towards strengthening your body from within and thereby equipping your body with the force it needs to fight diseases in general and fibroids in particular. Natural remedies require some dedication and patience. It is important to remember, however, that persistently following these treatments will help in curing the fibroids permanently and prevent the condition from occurring in future.

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About the author

 GABE. E.is an alternative medicine proponent, osteopathic physician, and web entrepreneur, who markets and reviews a variety of alternative and natural treatment methods for various illnesses and diseases.


bottle of aroma essential oil or spa and natural fragrance oil with dry flower

We all get bloated from time to time. We feel sluggish, are not motivated to do anything, and even have trouble buttoning up our pants because our stomach has grown in size. While uncomfortable, bloating can be the result of any number of things, from the food we eat to hormonal fluctuations of your bodies.

Sometimes bloating can cause us to experience pain due to gas build-up, but other times, it may be due to causes that we can’t quite put our finger on.

Luckily, through the use of essential oils for bloating, you can help relieve your discomfort. The following are five essential oils you should try today.

5 essential oils for bloating

Peppermint oil

This pleasantly scented oil can help with most forms of pain, helping to relieve the symptoms of bloating as well. Peppermint candy, often given after meals, isn’t to simply give you a sweet treat after you’ve eaten, but instead, it helps to settle the stomach. This concept is also put into effect when using peppermint essential oil, as it calms the stomach and reduces the pain from cramping. After mixing peppermint oil with your choice of carrier oil, simply apply it to the skin to reap its effects.

Juniper berry oil

Known for containing antioxidants such as polyphenol and flavonoids, juniper oil is one of the best essential oils to help relieve bloating. By eliminating free radicals, it also helps to promote overall health. Juniper oil can also help improve blood circulation by eliminating excess fluids from your body and, in effect, reduce bloating. Being a versatile oil, it can be used aromatically with the use of a diffuser. Once mixed with a carrier oil, it can be massaged on to your abdomen. If so inclined, you can simply just inhale its wonderful scent straight from the bottle.

Ginger oil

This root spice has been long known to harbor many beneficial health effects when consumed, but its oil can also be used externally on your skin as well. Thanks to ginger’s antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, it is great at relieving bloating, abdominal pain, and other digestive problems. Simply apply a ginger oil mix onto your stomach to get all of its amazing benefits.

Chamomile oil

This plant is well known for helping us relax to get much-needed sleep, but it can also be used to help relieve annoying cases of bloating as well. Chamomile oil works by reducing bowel inflammation. Simply massage your chamomile oil solution onto your stomach to get relief from your bloating.

Cumin essential oil

Cumin seeds have long been used to spice up any dish, but not known to most is that cumin essential oils are some of the finest for bloating. It works to help reduce cramping, abdominal pain, and even irritable bowel syndrome symptoms such as constipation and diarrhea. Simply apply your cumin essential oil mixture to your bloated stomach at night to get quick relief. While cumin oil is great, it is not recommended for use in pregnant women.

By: Emily Lunardo | Colon And Digestive | Friday, June 23, 2017 – 05:00 AM


Chamomile Essential Oil

Author: Dr. Larita
June 27, 2017

There are several types of chamomile essential oil but let’s discuss chamomile Roman which is especially good when used for the treatment of insomnia and nervous conditions. Chamomile is another essential oil that is antibacterial, antiseptic, and disinfectant but it is most useful for its internal and external anti-inflammatory properties.

Chamomile can be used when children have teething problems and can be added to the bath to ease nerves and tetchiness. It can also be used to treat burns, sunburn, psoriasis, eczema, asthma, hay fever, diarrhea, sprains and strains, nausea, fever, and nervous or depressed states. Chamomile’s analgesic, diuretic, sedative and calming properties make it absolutely essential to have in your basic care kit.


head lice

I worked with elementary school children for 28 years and I know that you can treat head lice with tea tree oil. I love tea tree oil for all of its many and diverse uses. I just don’t like the way it smells. I use it if I’ll be home but not if I have to go out. I have an excellent oil treatment for head lice that does not use tea tree oil. Add 10 drops each of rosemary, lavender, geranium, and eucalyptus  to  2 ounces of sweet almond oil.

Rub the oil throughout the hair and leave it on for at least 1 hour then shampoo the oil out and rinse it well. Comb the hair with a nit comb after shampooing. Repeat this activity in about 3 days. Be very careful when you apply the oil and do not get it in the eyes. If essential oil gets in the eyes, wipe it out with plain sweet almond oil, not water. Water disperses the oil too quickly.


Sciatic Relief

Author: Dr. Larita
May 12, 2017

sciaticaSciatica is often erroneously referred to as pain in the lower back. However, the correct meaning is pain at any point along the sciatic nerve caused by pressure on the nerve. This nerve begins in the pelvic area and moves  below the sacroiliac joint to the buttocks, behind the hip joint, down the thigh and then divides at the knee into two branches which end up in the foot. Sciatic pain can happen at any point along the nerve’s pathway and can be caused by a bulging spinal disc, poorly designed chairs or even just poor posture. I think it may even be caused by jobs that require sitting for long periods of time.

The pain we have (yes, I do have it too) from sciatica is a symptom of some underlying problem so treating the symptom alone is not a good enough treatment. You must discover the cause of the pain and treat that too.  An osteopath may be able to help you as well as using better posture and getting yourself more supportive furniture. You might think massage would be helpful but I did not find that to be true. I almost jumped off the massage table when the masseuse touched my sore spot.

The best thing to use is a cold compress to which you have added a drop of chamomile or lavender essential oil to reduce the irritation and lessen the pain. I have even used an ice pack for 20 minutes when the pain was really bad. Gentle massage (which I do for myself because I’m the only one who can tell how much pressure I can take at that point) can be used at times when the pain is not too extreme. You can also use Lavender or chamomile essential oil in a warm, not hot, bath for relief too.


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