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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.

 


Natural Remedy for Poison Ivy

Author: Dr. Larita
September 6, 2016

poison ivyMy husband loves to work in the yard but he is extremely allergic to poison ivy and we always seem to have some hidden in bushes out there.  This weekend, the weed eater broke and he repaired it, but he tinkered with it sans gloves and ended up with another poison ivy rash. If you have ever had poison ivy, you know how miserable the itch can be. We have  a natural remedy for his poison ivy that actually dries the rash quickly and soothes the itch.

Ingredients:
  • hot water in the bathtub
  • 1/2 cup Natural Apple Cider Vinegar, with the mother
  • 1/2 cup epsom salt
  • 8 drops lavender essential oil (for itch)
  • 4 drops tea tree essential oil (antiseptic)
  • 4 drops peppermint essential oil (soothing menthol)
  • 1/4 cup baking soda
Directions:
Mix everything except the baking soda together in the tub water, making sure the salt dissolves.  Lay in the tub for 15 to 20 minutes splashing the mixture onto the affected areas as needed. When you get out of the tub, make a paste with the baking soda by adding a few drops of water and rub this mixture onto the affected areas.


“Get Better Bruise!” Blendkids2

This blend is made in a 1 oz glass bottle.

You can apply it onto the bruise right after it forms, and then every 15 to 30 minutes for the first day. After the first day, apply it 3 to 5 times a day until the bruise is all gone.

  • 1 oz  trauma oil (trauma oil is an infusion of three herbs in a carrier oil: arnica, St. John’s wort, and calendula.)
  • 4 drops lavender essential oil
  • 2 drops frankincense essential oil

For kids under five:

1 oz (30 ml) of pure trauma oil will do the trick!

No-More-Itch Stick for Bug Bites

These itch sticks are especially soothing! You can use them as needed, and kids can even carry them around to use anytime their bites start itching.

You can make your itch sticks in lotion bar containers, which twist up like lip balm tubes. You’ll need two lotion bar containers, each holding 1 oz (30 ml).

  • ½ oz  beeswax
  • 1 oz  coconut oil
  • ½ oz  jojoba wax
  • 4 drops lavender essential oil
  • 4 drops tea tree essential oil
  • 3 drops cedarwood essential oil

Directions:

  1. Melt the beeswax in a Pyrex measuring cup using the “double boiler method.” (Put the Pyrex in a soup pot about ¼ full of water. Bring the water to a slow boil. I like to leave the handle of the Pyrex hanging outside the pot so it doesn’t get too hot to touch!)
  2. Add the jojoba wax.
  3. Add the coconut oil.
  4. Remove the Pyrex from heat and add your essential oils.
  5. Pour your melted blend into your lotion bar sticks and let them solidify for a few hours.

For kids under five:

Make a blend in a 2 oz  glass spray bottle using:

I recommend making this blend fresh every few weeks.

There are different approaches to using essential oils with little children.

The Aromahead Approach for kids under five is extra cautious. For topical use we prefer to use hydrosols, butters, and carrier oils.

Babies’ and young children’s skin can be so sensitive that essential oils can easily become overwhelming for them. Hydrosols, butters, and carrier oils can often give a child the nudge they need towards rebalancing their health.

That said, there are exceptions. For example, if a child is stung by a bee (assuming they’re not allergic to bees), you can add 2 drops of lavender to ½ oz of aloe vera gel. Apply it to the sting until the pain and swelling calms down, then switch to lavender hydrosol.

Now, thanks to Andrea Butje at Aromahead, you’re all set to enjoy summer!


Aromatherapy First Aid 2

Author: Dr. Larita
July 15, 2016

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 and 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 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.


Burns and Sunburns

Author: Dr. Larita
June 30, 2016

sunburn2For any burn you’ll probably want to use oils that have natural anti-inflammatory and analgesic (pain relieving) properties. Oils that contain a combination of these healing elements include lavender oil, rose oil, roman chamomile, eucalyptus oil, rosewood oil, lemon oil, helichrysum oil, and idaho calasam fir oil.

A great blend for burns that I rely on is the combination of lavender oil, rosewood, and ylang ylang oil. Together they provide anti-inflammatory help, pain relief, and act as a relaxant or sedative to help calm the nervous system and heal the skin, so next time you overdo it at the beach, I’d recommend having this blend on hand.

Note: We’re talking sunburns and burns from your hair straightener, not third-degree, here! If you have a third-degree burn, see your doctor or go to the emergency room. 

Source: Yoganonymous


sore muscles 2Does your circulation struggle with heat? If you’re sorer than a triathlete after a big race or puffed up like an angry blow-fish, why not try using essential oils that increase circulation and reduce inflammation. These oils can be added to almond oil or grape seed oil to make massage oils and be rubbed into problem areas. Basil is one of the key essential oils for healing muscle inflammation—yes, the same herb you put on your pasta! Basil oil can be placed directly on the problem area or diffused. Eucalyptus oil is the perfect “anti” oil, working as an anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-aging, and anti-inflammatory agent. If you dilute it 50:50 in water and then diffuse it, the oil will even help to kill airborne bacteria. Like many other oils, a few drops can also be rubbed directly into the problem area. Just the tiniest drop of eucalyptus always makes me feel like I’ve wandered into the most luxurious of spas and am being waited on hand and foot.

Source: Yoganonymous


Essential Oils Travel Kit

Author: Dr. Larita
October 9, 2015

travel

Next month, we will be traveling to visit relatives for the Thanksgiving holiday and I know lots of readers will be doing the same thing this weekend. Every time I travel, I carry my essential oil travel first aid kit with us for those emergencies that always seem to occur. Whether you travel by plane, train, bus, or car, it won’t cost you very much to assemble an essential oil travel kit; but it can save you a lot of problems and anxiety on the road. It is usually not a problem to carry essential oils on an airplane as long as the quantities you take are less than an ounce each. You can take everything you need for the most common ailments that may plague you or your family members while you are away. I usually carry my lavender, peppermint and eucalyptus on every trip.


Natural Antiseptic Medicines

Author: Dr. Larita
September 21, 2015

I used to purchase over the counter antiseptic creams for my family’s cuts and bruises. When I first heard about using lavender or tea tree essential oil for the same purpose, I was skeptical but I purchased the essential oils anyway. Then, one day my middle daughter got a scrape on her leg and I was out of antiseptic cream so I used both lavender and tea tree essential oils on the area. The lavender calmed her down and she stopped crying quickly and returned to playing with her sisters.

My girls had a ritual whenever a band-aid was necessary. We had to look at the sore place every day until it was healed. I would apply more antiseptic and they would get a nice new child friendly band aid. I was pleasantly surprised by how quickly the sore spot healed when we used the lavender and tea tree essential oil.

I tried the lavender and the tea tree separately on different occasions and both work equally well. I never purchase over the counter antibiotic or antiseptic medications any more because they contain extra ingredients that I don’t believe are necessary. I can use the essence of flowers and plants with the same or even better antiseptic, antibiotic, and anti-fungal properties. The essential oils are all natural and contain no questionable ingredients.


I rubbed my index finger on the top heating element of the oven when I reached in to take out some chocolate chip cookies I was baking for my grandchildren. I didn’t say a bad word but I did yell and almost dropped the cookies. I usually put aloe vera juice directly from the plant on burns but my grandkids watered my plant to death and I had given it to my neighbor to nurse back to health (because I definitely do not have a green thumb.) My husband swears by lavender essential oil for everything from bruises to cuts to burns so I put lavender on the burn and hoped for the best.

This was a really bad burn because when I jumped I also rubbed the skin against the metal bracket holding the heating element and tore the burned flesh. I put two to three drops of lavender oil neat (no carrier oil) on the burn 2 to 3 times a day and it was healed in a week.  You can barely see where the injury was and it is still fading.


What do you do when your child or grandchild gets a little scratch or scrape and comes running to you crying? Well, I just kiss it, wipe away the tears, and together we go to “doctor it up” with a non-stinging first aid solution for minor cuts and bruises.

Let your child help and learn first aid. Saturate a cotton ball with witch hazel and one to two drops of lavender essential oil. Gently wipe the affected area and add a fun band-aid. This will take their mind off the boo-boo and the lavender will calm them down and kill the germs.

An even faster method is to pre-blend the witch hazel in a one-ounce bottle and add five to six drops of lavender essential oil. Shake the bottle before use to mix the ingredients. The next time your youngster gets a minor injury, you’ll already have a liquid first aid concoction on hand and the child can shake it up and put it on the cotton ball. The crying will stop in no time!


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