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Do you crave sugar? Most of us do. Science has found that sugar addiction is just as serious as heroin and cocaine addiction. Some may not agree with that but sugar has been proven to cause some serious negative impacts such as obesity, type 2 diabetes and irritable bowel syndrome. You can kick the sugar habit by using natural peppermint essential oil.

Giving up sugar can take you through changes all the way from weakness to cravings or indigestion but as your body adjusts to a life without refined sugar, using peppermint essential oil can make you feel stronger and overall healthier. It has an effect on blood pressure, heart rate both of which can change when giving up refined sugar. Peppermint oil has also been found to treat indigestion and stomach pain in people with irritable bowel syndrome. Stomach issues often arise when getting off refined sugar, as your body goes through a detoxing period.

There are many sugar substitutes that you can use that don’t involve the use of nasty chemicals (like many synthetic sweeteners do). Instead reach for fresh, ripe fruit to help satisfy your innate and very crucial need for glucose, a sugary compound our brains depend on to properly function.

Reducing your dependency on refined sugary junk food can result in a smaller waistline. The benefits of eliminating or cutting down refined sugar intake are endless – and peppermint oil can help!

How To Use Peppermint Oil

1. Apply drops of peppermint oil to your temples and to the insides of your wrists.
2. Repeat the above every morning and evening.
3. Inhale the peppermint oil directly by using a diffuser or by putting 2-3 drops on a cotton ball or tissue and inhaling throughout the day.

 


Rheumatoid arthritis, a chronic inflammation of the joints, can occur at any age. It affects connective tissues and may be brought on when the autoimmune system turns on itself and then attacks healthy cells. When this happens, joints can become useless and muscle starts wasting away. Symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis include acute or chronic pain, headaches, and tender swollen lymph nodes.

Nutrition is important in the treatment of arthritis. Limit or cut out completely dairy and wheat products, red meat, salt, sugar, acidic fruits, and soft drinks. Eat vegetarian foods, white fish and poultry, plus lots of salads with raw vegetables and any form of cooked or uncooked cabbage. Drink lots of water and add carrot juice to your diet. Increase your vitami,mn and mineral supplements; especially take calcium, zinc, and vitamins C, B, and D.

Use any of these essential oils in your bath and massage oil: eucalyptus, peppermint, chamomile, geranium, rosemary, lemon, thyme, and lavender. Before beginning your essential oil bath or massage therapy, you must draw the toxins out of your body with a clay poultice. Make the clay poultice from green clay which you can get from any health food store. Make a stiff paste by adding water to 1 tablespoon to dry clay. Then add 2 drops eucalyptus, 1 drop peppermint, 3 drops chamomile, and 1 drop lavender essential oils to the clay paste and mix well. Smear the paste over the sore joints and painful areas and cover with muslin (which you can buy by the yard) and rest for at least 15 minutes; longer if possible. Follow this course of action twice a day.


Arthritis is a chronic inflammation of the joints and if you have any form of this disease, you will want to read this blog. Today I’m going to discuss aromatherapy and essential oils for rheumatoid arthritis.

Rheumatoid arthritis can occur at any age. It affects connective tissues and is probably brought on when the autoimmune system turns on itself and then attacks healthy cells. When this happens, joints can become useless and muscle starts wasting away. Symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis include acute or chronic pain, headaches, and tender swollen lymph nodes.

Nutrition is important in the treatment of arthritis. Limit or cut out completely dairy and wheat products, red meat, salt, sugar, acidic fruits, and soft drinks. Eat vegetarian foods, white fish and poultry, plus lots of salads with raw vegetables and any form of cooked or uncooked cabbage. Drink lots of water and add carrot juice to your diet. Increase your vitamin and mineral supplements; especially take calcium, zinc, and vitamins C, B, and D.

Use any of these essential oils in your bath and massage oil: eucalyptus, peppermint, chamomile, geranium, rosemary, lemon, thyme, and lavender. Before beginning your essential oil bath or massage therapy, you must draw the toxins out of your body with a clay poultice. Make the clay poultice from green clay which you can get from any health food store. Make a stiff paste by adding water to 1 tablespoon to dry clay. Then add 2 drops eucalyptus, 1 drop peppermint, 3 drops chamomile, and 1 drop lavender essential oils to the clay paste and mix well. Smear the paste over the sore joints and painful areas and cover with muslin (which you can buy by the yard) and rest for at least 15 minutes; longer if possible. Follow this course of action twice a day.


Arthritis Treatment

Author: Dr. Larita
November 27, 2017

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The Australian Center for Complimentary Medicine and Research studied the effects of shea butter on arthritis and found that it really does work. I could have told them that. I’ve been using shea butter on my knees  for over 10 years and it has helped me tremendously. I recently started going to Zumba classes and it is really hard on my knees. When it’s over, I go straight home, take a shower and then massage my knees with shea butter cream. It definitely helps ease the stiffness.

The way to use shea butter to ease joint pain is to put a dab of this amazing cream on the effected joints and rub it in clockwise circles. The friction heats up the butter and it soaks into your skin. It seems to lubricate and actually put  some “juice” back in the joints. To make it work even better, add 1 drop of peppermint essential oil to the shea butter. The peppermint oil is anti-inflammatory and is often used to treat arthritis and rheumatism. This is how I treat my arthritis naturally. My knees still tell me when it’s going to rain but I would much rather use natural medicines than prescriptions that often  have many side effects that you don’t know about until it’s too late.


Use Aromatherapy for Cold Relief

Author: Dr. Larita
November 20, 2017

 

Common colds and the flu are prevalent everywhere but especially in close quarters. Too often, people use antibiotics to treat colds and flu but I believe antibiotics may do more harm than good. Why use a synthetic medicine when you can use pure organic essential oils that are natural and have antibacterial and antiviral properties to treat your illness? To treat a common cold you can use the following oils in a hot bath. Just relax in the tub and inhale deeply.

2 drops – Thyme
2 drops – Tea tree
1 drop – Eucalyptus
3 drops – Lemon

If you would rather use the steam inhalation method, you can use one drop each of thyme, tea tree, lavender and clove in a bowl of steaming hot water. Put a towel over your head above the steaming blend and breath deeply for 5 to 10 minutes, taking a break whenever needed.

If you are away from home and can’t perform the steam inhalation method, you can add one drop each of peppermint, eucalyptus, and clove to a tissue. Inhale this aroma deeply whenever possible. You will love your portable inhalation method. It works very well in the office.

Before going to bed, massage the chest, neck and sinus area with the following essential oils diluted in 1 teaspoon of shea oil or another cosmetic grade vegetable oil of your choice:

1 drop – Lemon
2 drops – Eucalyptus
3 drops – Rosemary

Keep your risk of catching the common cold at a minimum by washing your hands frequently.


How to Treat Injuries 3

Author: Dr. Larita
November 10, 2017

We all know that massage is extremely effective for sore aching muscles because it reduces fluid retention and swelling while also stimulating blood circulation and lymphatic flow. In general, you should use 5 drops of essential oil to each 1 teaspoon of carrier oil. During the most severe stage of injury, you may need to double that dose of essential oil but when the acute stage has lessened, go back to the 5 to 1 rule.

Compresses are also good to use during the acute stage of an injury. Use a total of 8 drops of essential oil on the compress whether your compress is hot, cold, wet or steamed. My grandmother used to iron a cabbage leaf and put it on the sore spot while it was still warm. Apply the warm cabbage leaf compress for 10 minutes and repeat as necessary, warming it again before each use.

Another great treatment for sore muscles is a clay poultice. Add 2 tablespoons of green clay to cold or hot water and blend it until you have a thick and sticky paste. Add your essential oils to the blend and mix them in well. Apply your poultice to the sore area and wrap it with a bandage or a piece of light cloth like muslin.

 


How to Treat Injuries

Author: Dr. Larita
November 8, 2017

If you have an injury that can be treated at home, one method you can use is heat. When you put heat on an injury or a sore part of the body it dilates the capillaries and increases your blood flow. The increased blood nourishes the tissue and this can speed the healing process, reduce muscular spasms and reduce your pain. Unfortunately, applying heat carries the risk of letting blood and plasma seep into the injured area and prolong the healing process. For this reason, it is important that you do not apply heat for at least 12 hours after the injury.

Another method you can use is cold. Cold causes the small capillaries to contract and this decreases the amount of blood that collects around the wound. This can also prolong the healing process. The good thing about using cold though is that it reduces bruising, swelling, pain and inflammation.

The RICE method is often used with sports injuries. Rice means rest, ice, compress, and elevation which are the steps you should take to treat an injury needing care. Resting the injury insures that no additional injury takes place. Ice can be applied in a number of different methods. Whichever method you choose, apply the ice 20 minutes, rest 20 minutes and repeat this for 3 to 4 hours. We will continue this discussion.


Yesterday I mentioned carpal tunnel syndrome in a blog discussing oregano essential oil. That started me thinking about my own carpal tunnel and I did a little digging for more remedies for carpal tunnel and I found a blend in Valerie Ann Worwood’s book, “The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy.”

Carpal tunnel is the compression of nerves or tendons in the wrist. It is usually found in people who use the wrists in the same way for long periods, like me – I’m at the computer at least 8 to 10 hours a day. To alleviate the problem, massage your wrists and fore arms twice a day with the 2-3 drops of the blend below diluted in a teaspoon of carrier oil.


Alternative Health Care 2

Author: Dr. Larita
October 10, 2017

Many people are now using aromatherapy as their remedy for common health conditions. Aromatherapy is an alternative form of medicine that uses essential oils or volatile liquid from plant materials and certain aromatic compounds. Basically, the essential oils have an effect on an individual’s health or mood.

There are four different modes of application for aromatherapy essential oils:

  • Aerial diffusion for aerial disinfection or environmental fragrancing
  • Direct inhalation for respiratory decongestion, expectoration, and disinfection
  • Topical applications for body compresses, baths, and therapeutic care for the skin or general massage
  • Oral applications for congestion and parasites

The third part of this series will include ways to use essential oils to effect your health or mood.


Alternative Health Care

Author: Dr. Larita
October 9, 2017

Yesterday, I sliced my pinky finger on the serrated edge of an aluminum foil box. I’m old but it was all I could do not to cry, it hurt that bad and it still hurts today. I used my alternative first aid kit and took care of it with lavender (to calm me down) and tea tree oil which has antibiotic properties. Most homes have one but I think everyone should add essential oils to their family’s first aid kit. All you need is a container to keep your oils away from light, dampness and extreme heat so they don’t deteriorate. 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.

 


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