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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.

 


Tea Tree Oil

Author: Dr. Larita
October 5, 2017

Tea tree oil is another oil for your basic care kit. It comes from the Australian Melaleuca tree and the Aborigines have used it in their medications for hundreds of years. Although its antiseptic action is stronger than carbolic acid, it is non-poisonous to humans. Naturalists and others concerned with alternative health and alternative first aid use tea tree oil in the treatment of all kinds of infections; for ringworm, sunburn, acne, athlete’s foot, toothache, and many other things that require antiviral, antibacterial, or antifungal medication.

Tea tree can be blended into your mouthwash and hair shampoo. I won’t tell you to do this but when I gargle with my mouthwash in the morning, I add 1 drop of tea tree oil  and I believe it is very effective in warding off colds and sore throats as well as bad breath. Tea tree doesn’t smell wonderful but if you blend it with other essential oils, it can be disguised and used in room diffusion methods when someone  in the home is contagious.

 


Using Essential Oils

Author: Dr. Larita
September 5, 2017

If you have been reading Natural Body Guru for a while, you have read quite a bit about essential oils. Occasionally, I like to remind my readers of the different methods one can use to enjoy aromatherapy essential oils in the home. 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

We will talk more about how to use essential oils in future blogs so that you can decide which ways are best for you and your family.


Aromatherapy Alternative Part II

Author: Dr. Larita
September 1, 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.


Take a look at your current health care plan and you can see why people are seeking alternative health care remedies – health care costs continue to rise. It’s no wonder why people are looking for cheaper alternatives; especially for routine illnesses like common colds, sinusitis, constipation and migraine. Some folks are even finding remedies or at least relief for arthritis, Alzheimer’s, 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 or volatile liquid from plant materials and certain aromatic compounds. Basically, the essential oils have an effect on an individual’s health or mood. Look for more on this subject in future posts.


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.


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