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Your child’s constipation can be caused by anything from a change in food habits to stress, and even by the way he or she is toilet trained. The child’s feces may be dry and in the shape of little balls. You can relieve this problem with a combination of essential oil massage and plenty of fruit juice and water. You can also dilute any of the following essential oils alone or in combinations of two oils in 2 tablespoons of sweet almond oil:

ESSENTIAL OILS TO TREAT CONSTIPATION

BABY’S CONSTIPATION MASSAGE OIL FORMULA

Here is a synergistic blend of essential oils to treat your child’s constipation. Dilute in 2 tablespoons of  sweet almond oil 4 drops of geranium, 6 drops of patchouli and 15 drops of mandarin. Give the child a large glass of natural fruit juice and water at bedtime and then gently massage his whole abdomen in the same direction the intestines go, clockwise.


It is better to prevent an illness than to cure it so try this blend of immune-boosting oils to avoid catching any germs in the first place. Add the following oils to an oil burner to gently scent the room. Use your oil burner (also called a diffuser) on a daily basis, especially during the cold season.

  • 2 drops lemon
  • 2 drops grapefruit
  • 2 drops eucalyptus

Note: As with all use of essential oils, there are some safety precautions to follow. Aromatherapy essential oils are extremely strong and should never be applied neat to the skin or taken internally unless advised by a fully qualified professional. If you have sensitive skin it’s a good idea to perform a patch test with your chosen oils, making sure they’re properly diluted in a carrier oil. If there’s no reaction after 24 hours then you can safely use the oils.

If you are pregnant or have underlying health issues it’s always a good idea to seek the advice of a qualified aromatherapist to find out which oils are suitable or even speak to a health professional for advice. Extra precautions should be used when treating the elderly or the very young. Once again, it’s best to get advice on the most suitable oils to choose.


Essential Oils for Sinusitis

Author: Dr. Larita
March 28, 2017

A sinus infection can be miserable, not to mention downright painful. Here is another alternative health solution for you. This blend can help to open up the sinuses, clear mucus and fight off germs.

Add the following oils to a large bowl of steaming water. Lean over, covering your head with a towel and spend a few minutes breathing in the vapors. This can be repeated once a day as necessary.

  • 2 drops peppermint
  • 1 drop eucalyptus
  • 1 drop basil

Sometimes when you’re suffering from nausea or sickness, the chances are you won’t want to be take the time to blend oils or you’re at work and your boss and co-workers would probably frown if you brought in hot water and a towel. When that is the situation, I suggest you keep it simple and just inhale your essential oils from a tissue.

Add two drops of one of the following essential oils to a tissue and inhale as needed. Alternatively, add a few drops to an oil burner  and inhale the aroma that way. Again, if you’re at work, the tissue is probably the way to go.


Children bring home all kinds of germs from school and they generously pass them on to the rest of the family. If you are the mother o fa school age child, you already know this very well. Besides using basic steps such as balanced diet, exercise, sleep and good hygiene, there’s not a lot we can do to stop children from catching bugs but there is something we can do to protect ourselves or at least limit the effects if we do catch a bug.

Many people get antibiotics from a doctor when they come down with a cold. I have an alternative idea for you to get and stay well without using those drugs which often have lingering side effects. When you start to get that feeling of a stuffy nose, scratchy throat and the other symptoms of a cold, try this aromatherapy blend and knock those symptoms right out of the ball park. This may not be a cure for the common cold but it will clear the airways and since essential oils have antiviral qualities, they definitely won’t hurt.

Add the following oils to a large bowl of steaming water. Lean over, covering your head with a towel and spend a few minutes breathing in the vapors. This can be repeated once a day as necessary.


Take a look at your current health care plan and you can see why people are seeking alternative health care remedies. It’s no wonder people are looking for cheaper alternatives; especially for routine illnesses like common colds, sinusitis, constipation and migraines. Some folks are even finding remedies for arthritis, psoriasis, alopecia and other chronic and mild illnesses.

Naturopaths say that for every illness, there is a suitable natural healing alternative. Aromatherapy is a viable, much less expensive alternative health care option which uses essential oils, the volatile liquid from plant materials and certain aromatic compounds. Essential oils have an effect on an individual’s health or mood. Using these oils before you get sick is an excellent way to prevent many illnesses from occurring at all. If you do catch a cold or some other common illness, it will be much less severe.  It is definitely worth your while to really look into using these natural products to keep yourself and your family healthy.

 


Aromatherapy for Alzheimers

Author: Dr. Larita
February 2, 2017

Watching your loved one’s intellect become disabled by the debilitating disease of Alzeimer’s is a disheartening experience. Living with and caring for a parent or spouse who no longer knows who you are may seem hopeless but aromatherapy massage can bring back your former closeness and introduce a new form of communication between the two of you. This is not a therapeutic massage, just a way to show love and caring so a gentle body massage or a foot or hand massage will do. The essential oils used in this aromatherapy massage will be not only pleasing to the Alzeimer’s sufferer’s senses and yours too, but could also reawaken pleasant memories. Any essential oil can be used but if the sufferer is your Mom and you know she always wore lavender perfume then lavender essential oil would be the perfect choice. Who knows what the Alzeimer’s patient, locked inside her brain, will experience with such an olfactory memory jerk?

Think back and try to recall the aromas your loved one favored and recreate them now. If you simply can’t remember, some good choices are the citrus essential oils of lemon, grapefruit, and orange plus the spices such as cardamom, coriander, ginger and nutmeg because they stimulate the gastric juices and also touch on the basic instincts of feeding and survival. In less advanced cases of Alzeimer’s you can incorporate the gentle fragrances of flowers such as lavender, rose, and geranium coupled with the spices mentioned above or even with basil or rosemary. Make a synergistic massage oil blend of 5 drops of rose, 5 drops of geranium, 2 drops of basil, 10 drops of lavender and 2 drops of rosemary essential oils. Add 5 drops of this blend to 1 teaspoon of jojoba or grapeseed oil and either give the full body massage, hand or foot massage, or simply gently massage the neck and shoulder area.


Muscle Fatigue Essential Oils

Author: Dr. Larita
January 24, 2017

If you have been doing a lot of shopping recently, you may be suffering from muscle fatigue when you wake up in the morning. Rosemary essential oil is a great one to use during your morning shower because it is a mental and physical stimulant and also during a relaxing bath after a long strenuous day because it is an excellent treatment for all muscular conditions. Rosemary has antiseptic properties and is often used to treat muscular sprains, rheumatism, arthritis, depression, fatigue, memory loss, migraine headaches, coughs, flu, and diabetes. It is also used in beauty treatments, hair care products, and acne preparations.

If you are one of those unfortunate people who has a case of continuous muscle fatigue or myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME), you may be helped by using this muscle fatigue formula: 5 drops of thyme essential oil, 10 drops rosemary, 5 drops cypress, 10 drops eucalyptus/peppermint essential oil, diluted in 2 tablespoons of grapeseed oil. You can use any other carrier oil but grapeseed oil is very light to the touch.

It is important that ME sufferers get enough sleep but many times, because of their aching muscles, they have insomnia so they are extremely tired and yet they can’t sleep. The essential oils to use for insomnia are valerian, marjoram, chamomile, clary-sage, sandalwood, and lemon. Massage any of these oils into your body before having an oil bath. Use any of the above mentioned oils in a blend of a total of 30 drops to 2 tablespoons of carrier oil. Massage this over your whole body while you run a warm bath. Then put 4 drops of any essential oil from the list into the bath and swish it around before getting in. Rest in the water or read a book until the water starts to cool and then go to bed. Do this nightly to help with your insomnia.


Essential Oils for Yeast Infection

Have you been recently introduced to the world of essential oils; or are you a veteran practitioner and have been around the block when it comes to using natural oils?  If you are curious about whether or not you can use an essential oil to stymie and heal a yeast infection, the answer is “of course!”  There are several different types of oils you can employ to fight off nearly any kind of yeast infection.  Most of the antifungal oils will be discussed here, so take some time to get informed on these oils; feel free to consult the sources at the end of an article for further learning. It won’t take long before you know enough to start using essential oils for yeast infection treatment.

Before you get started learning about essential oils; consider checking out Sarah Summer’s natural yeast infection program that can get rid of an infection in about 12 hours.  The book is sold by a large internet publishing company (to learn more about the company that publishes Sarah’s book, peruse this information about the U.S. basedKeynetics incorporated).  Sarah also guarantees her book and provides an 8 week return policy–like it or promptly get a full refund.

Lemongrass Essential Oil

A well known essential oil that has been shown to be effective against Candida is lemon grass essential oil.  Lemon grass, (also known by its scientific taxonomy ‘Cymbopogon citratus’) is a plant that thrives in tropical climates.  This herb is especially popular in Southeast Asia.  Some of the chemical constituents of lemongrass include terpenes, alcohols, aldehyde, and ketones.  Scientific studies done on lemongrass indicate that this tropical herb possesses antibacterial, antifungal, and anti-inflammatory properties.  Lemon grass is indeed a potent herbal remedy that could allay many different types of health maladies.  Keep reading for more information about using this herb as an essential oil for yeast infection.

Lemongrass Plant PictureLearn more about lemongrass essential oil for yeast infection »

Clove Essential Oil

Clove oil is another essential oil to add to your arsenal when you want to terminate yeast.  Clove (also known by the scientific taxonomy of Syzygium aromaticum) oil contains eugenol and carvacrol; these two chemical constituents of the herb have been shown to have potential for treating vaginal yeast infections.  Consequently, this is one oil to include in your assortment of essential oils for yeast infections.

When clove oil was used in tandem with lemongrass oil, researchers found that these essential oils were able to fight against the biofilm produced by Candida.  By effectively fighting biofilm produced by yeast as it grows in the body, problems with drug resistance and recurrent infection could be ameliorated.  This finding could make using these oils especially helpful for women who suffer from recurrent yeast infections.  Case in point, in a study published in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology (Volume 140, Issue 2, 27 March 2012, Pages 416–423); researchers found that Candida with preformed biofilm was sometimes 1024 times as resistant to conventional antifungal drugs.

Learn more about clove essential oil for Candida »

Tea Tree (Melaleuca) Essential Oil

Tea tree oil is a very powerful substance and can effectively fight a yeast infection.  There is a lot of research that indicates tea tree oil is an effective remedy for Candida albicans.  One study, published in the Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy, found that small concentrations of this oil were able to inhibit several different species of Candida.

One caveat when using tea tree oil–make sure you are careful to not poison yourself.  Ingesting even a small amount of tea tree oil can make you sick; a little bit more and you can die.  This oil is indeed powerful, but it can be dangerous.  Try diluting this oil in other oils when you use it.  It may also be wise to consult a knowledgeable apothecary or doctor before you start using this essential oil.
Learn more about tea tree oil & yeast infection »

Thyme (Thymus vulgaris) Essential Oil

Thyme essential oil has been shown to be perhaps one of the best essential oils to use to treat a yeast infection.  It should be included in your arsenal of remedies for this purpose.  One study showed that oil from Thymus vulgaris was the second best inhibitor of Candida albicans; the best oil was oregano oil.  Consider this oil if you plan on mixing different essential oils together for a more comprehensive natural cure.

Learn more about Thyme essential oil for Candida »

Oregano (Origanum sp.) Essential Oil

Essential oil from the Origanum species (several species of Origanum are sold as oregano) has shown even stronger antifungal efficacy than even thyme oil.  This is therefore one of the best essential oils to use for a yeast infection.  If you plan on using only one essential oil to treat your yeast infection, oregano oil would be a great choice.

Learn more about oregano oil for yeast infection »

Cinnamon (Cinnamomum zeylanicum) Essential Oil

Cinnamon essential oil is a great oil to cook with and is also a potent killer of Candida albicans–the fungus responsible for most vaginal yeast infections.  Cinnamon oil is a proven natural remedy for yeast infections and should be an oil you use.  Cinnamon oil is easy to procure and makes a great natural cure to keep on hand for other reasons besides vaginitis.  If you can, take some time to learn more about this powerful medicinal tool provided by nature.

Learn more about cinnamon oil for Candida »

Bael (Aegle marmelos) Essential Oil

Another essential oil for yeast infection elimination is bael or Bengal quince (binomial name: Aegle marmelos).  This oil is from a tree native to India and is currently present throughout Southeast Asia.  In a study conducted by Pattnaik S1, Subramanyam VR, Kole C.  aegle oil was found to inhibit 12 different fungi.  Practitioners of Ayurveda in India use different elements of the bael plant for treating a wide variety of ailments.  You may wish to add this oil to other oils to create a synergistic yeast killing effect.  Dr. James A. Duke recommends mixing herbs together to enhance a natural remedy.  This may be a prudent course of action when working with essential oils.  There seems to be a limited amount of research available on Aegle marmelos; consequently, you may wish to consult a knowledgeable herbalist or medical doctor before you try using this oil to cure a yeast infection.

Learn more about bael oil for Candida »

Citronella Essential Oil

Another essential oil that was shown to inhibit the growth of fungus was citronella oil.  In a Japanese study, researchers discovered this oil indeed had powerful antifungal abilities.  However, the study also used another terpene (a chemical produced by plants which are often quite aromatic) called linalool.  By using citronella essential oil and linalool in conjunction, the researchers saw that fungus was effectively inhibited.  According to the study’s abstract:

Citronellal and linalool completely inhibited the growth of all tested fungal strains at a dose of 112 mg/L. Their minimum inhibitory doses ranged from 14 to 56 mg/L. The α- and β- pinenes showed an inhibitory activity against some fungi, whereas the other 8 volatile compounds lacked this property.https://www.jstage.jst.go.jp/article/jarq/37/4/37_249/_pdf

You may be wondering where you can get linalool.  Linalool is a chemical constituent of another essential oil–coriander seed essential oil contains linalool.  It may be very prudent to acquire both of these oils and use them in conjunction to treat a yeast infection.  Another proof that Dr. Duke was correct in proposing mixing herbal treatments together creates a synergistic therapeutic effect.

Learn more about citronella oil and Candida yeast »

Geranium Essential Oil

This essential oil is perhaps not the best choice for fighting a yeast infection.  One study found that using geranium oil by itself to treat Candida albicans did not reduce the number of yeast cells present in the vaginas of mice.  However, when used with vaginal washing, some reduction in vaginal yeast was seen.  This could likely be a spurious correlation as the vaginal washing by itself could have been the only treatment which helped allay vaginal yeast.  The study could only estimate that geranium essential oil played a part in healing a yeast infection.

Learn more about geranium oil for Candida »

Orange Essential Oil

Currently there are perhaps not many widely available studies showing if orange essential oil treats a yeast infection.  A study published in the journal Food Control did show that orange oil was able to kill all the moulds it was tested on.  This study’s aim was to understand how essential citrus oils could be used to preserve foods; however, this strong activity against moulds could suggest that orange oil would also work against Candida albicans.

Learn more about orange essential oil for Candida »

Cautions About Essential Oils

  • Concentration of the Oil —  Essential oils can be manufactured differently depending on who makes the oil.  Sometimes oils are changed by the addition of other similar essential oils or via synthetic chemicals.  The oil could also be diluted with other inert oils such as olive oil.  Make sure your product lists the concentration of actual essential oil so that you know how potent your oil truly is.  If it is heavily diluted, and is not 100% pure, you may not see the expected results from using a weak concentration.
  • Amount to Use —  Every oil is different and contains different chemicals.  Some essential oils used in large amounts that are unsafe can cause negative effects on the body.  Make sure you understand what a safe dose is before you use an essential oil for yeast infection.
  • Type of Use — Each essential oil may have methods of use that are safe and some that are certainly unsafe.  Tea tree oil can be used safely externally on the skin, but can be fatal if ingested.  Many citrus oils have phototoxicity and can cause burns on the skin if exposed to sunlight after application.  Make sure you know the proper procedure for utilizing an essential oil before starting your treatment regimen.
  • Plant Parts Used — Different plant parts can be used to create oils from the same species that have different chemical compositions; and thus different competencies.  Make sure you understand if there are varying ways for a certain type of oil to be made.  Some oils may always be made from the same plant elements so there may not always be this concern.

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The Picture of Health 3

Author: Dr. Larita
January 19, 2017

bath3Cedar wood, lemon and sandalwood are essential oils that can be mixed to make a synergistic blend to help promote the body’s ability to control its hormonal balance as well as oil production within the skin. These oils can also help relieve stress which can often cause skin outbreaks.

We often hear about essential oils being useful for physical conditions but did you know they can be beneficial for your mental health as well? Blending these three essential oils together produces scents that permeate your body and mind to offer relaxing, healthful benefits that last. Besides being relaxing, cedar wood is an oil that treats diseases like arthritis, eczema and acne.

Lemon is one essential oil that everyone should have in their essential oil kit because it is good for sore throat, nervous conditions, blood pressure, digestive problems and it is antiseptic. When blended with other essential oils, it can treat tension headaches and insect bites. It has many other useful properties but this blog is about the blend. Sandalwood is reputed to aid in the treatment of impotence and to help reduce the anxiety that leads to frigidity so you can see how it is useful in this blend to relieve stress.


Natural Breast Care II

Author: Dr. Larita
December 14, 2016

breast-cancer-2Yesterday we talked about taking care of our breasts by examining them for lumps once a month and stopping the use of commercial deodorants containing aluminum salts. Today, I’m going to give you two essential oil formulas. One is a breast toning massage oil and the other is a soothing formula for sore breasts. For any of you who currently have breast cancer and an impending surgery, use the soothing massage oil before surgery and the toning massage oil after.

If you find a lump in your breast, please do not panic. Many times the lump you find is due to monthly cycle related problems. Of course, you should see your doctor if you find a lump or have breast pain. I do faithfully have my yearly mammogram too. One year after my mammogram I was asked to come back in and have another test because they found three small lumps. After the second test and several days of me agonizing about it, they found that it was just some extra fluid in my mammary glands and nothing to worry about.

There is no room in this blog for me to tell you about the firming and toning exercises you can do for your breasts but you can find that out at your local YWCA. After excercising, massage your breast area in a circular pattern once a day with the toning massage oil. If your breasts are sore for any reason, use the soothing massage oil in the same pattern. For both formulas, combine the essential oils and add them to 2 tablespoons of a good carrier oil like sweet almond, jojoba, grape seed or liquid shea oil.

BREAST TONING MASSAGE OIL

  • Geranium – 8 drops
  • Lemongrass – 10 drops
  • Clary-sage – 5 drops
  • Carrot – 5 drops

SORE BREAST SOOTHING MASSAGE OIL

  • Chamomile Roman – 10 drops
  • Geranium – 5 drops
  • Lavender – 10 drops
  • Carrot – 5 drops

 

 

 


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