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Baby’s Massage Oil

Author: Dr. Larita
August 1, 2017

Newborn babies respond well to touch and since it is an important part of the parent child bonding custom, parents should start using massage right away. Commercial baby oils usually have a petroleum or mineral oil base which is good for protecting baby’s skin from water and urine but not necessarily good for baby’s skin. I suggest using a formula which consists of carrier oils that are good for skin as well as essential oils that are good for the skin and have other benefits too.

The following formula uses 1/10th of the essential oil in an adult massage oil but it is still an excellent treatment for eczema and cradle cap, inflammation and teething problems and it acts as a general strengthener. It also boosts the immune system and has a wonderful calming effect  on the nervous system. The loving touch of mommy or daddy’s massage all over his or her body, avoiding only the genitals and the eyes, will keep baby contented.

Baby’s Massage Oil Formula

  • Chamomile – 1 drop
  • Lavender – 1 drop
  • Geranium – 1 drop
    Dilute in 2 tablespoons sweet almond oil

This massage oil can be used daily on your two to twelve month old baby.


Essential Oil Muscle Relief

Author: Dr. Larita
January 25, 2017

Over exercised muscles cause pain and sometimes even tremble as we try to continue using them. The best therapy is rest followed by a hot bath and a massage. Use ice if there is swelling and pain caused by inflammation. After the rest and ice, take a hot bath into which you have added two drops of lemon essential oil and three drops of marjoram essential oil and soak for as long as possible.

After your bath, massage the aching muscles with 5 drops each of eucalyptus, peppermint, and ginger essential oils diluted in one tablespoon of a carrier oil such as shea or jojoba oil. If there is no relief after this, you may have an injury and you should see a physician!


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.


Some Great Massage Oils Make All the Difference

Author: Natural-Beauty
December 12, 2016

3-massageWhenever I am receiving a massage, I really feel a lot better about getting a massage with some wonderful oils that are good for my skin as well. It is always nice to be able to get a great massage from someone who has a lot of experience giving these different types of massages. With the right kind of a massage, I am able to feel so much more relaxed on a regular basis.

Massages that relax me the most are ones that include special kinds of scented massage oils that can be used as well. It is so nice for me to be able to use all of these different types of oils to make a massage even more relaxing on the whole. Different types of oils are really ones that make a huge difference to me during the massage as they make massages so much more comfortable.

The oils can also be scented in a range of different ways that can aid in creating a relaxing and more attractive atmosphere during the massage. It is so nice to be able to try out different types of massages with a range of different types of oils to see what works the best for me.


breast-sizeWe are continuing yesterday’s blog with a couple of treatments to help you on your journey to increase and firm your breasts. For the first treatment, you will dilute 3 drops of cypress oil in 1 teaspoon of witch hazel. Add this to a bowl of cold water and splash the breasts alternately 10 times (at least) each. Alternate your splashes to allow for contraction and dilation. Then massage the breasts in circular movements with the formula below.

BREAST MASSAGE OIL 1

Apply this firming treatment every day after exercise.

BREAST MASSAGE OIL 2

Dilute these oils into 2 tablespoons of either grapeseed or almond carrier oil. If the ice-cup method is too cold for you, use cold water from the shower.


Cellulite 2

Author: Dr. Larita
September 15, 2016

massage fat blasterHere are some strategies to help you on your journey to get rid of cellulite:

  1. Use a brush of real bristles to increase blood circulation by brushing in upward movements all over your body. When you finish with your shower, turn on the cold water (I use a hand held shower head) and use upward movements on the hardest setting especially on your thighs and upper arms.
  2. Perform exercises that specifically work the areas where you have cellulite. These are often places that don’t get much exercise and therefore they gather toxic waste in your body like stagnant water.
  3. Massage your whole body every day, not just the cellulite areas. Cellulite may only show in certain areas but it is a whole body problem.
  4. Use essential oils in your bath, they enter your skin by osmosis. While you are soaking in the tub, thump and bash cellulite areas to help break down those fat deposits.
  5. A healthy body needs oxygen so breathing deeply is very important. Breathing exercises actually help shift cellulite and can make an impressive difference.
  6. Take time to relax as relaxation is needed to let the body shift waste and fat deposits. In contrast, stress causes cellulite to stick around.

 


When I first saw my newborn son I exclaimed that he looked awful because of his flaky, wrinkled skin. I felt better when the nurse said that he was a beautiful baby and the matter on his skin would be gone in a few days. My great-grandmother lived with us at that point and she told me to use olive oil on his skin and that eventually got rid of the flaky stuff. Some hospitals use olive oil on newborns and that is better than a mineral-based oil but some olive oil has gone through a lot of processing and may have been stored for a long period of time.

The best oil to use on your newborn baby’s skin, especially for that first cleaning in the hospital, is composed of 2 tablespoons almond oil with 5 drops of evening primrose oil, plus 3 drops of jojoba oil and 10 drops of wheatgerm oil. This is a mild, odorless oil and hospital staff should have no objection to using it to clean the baby after its birth. This oil can also be used as a massage oil for you and the baby later.


Carrier Oils for Massage

Author: Dr. Larita
August 12, 2016

Almond oil is the most popular carrier oil used for facial and body massage because its excellent emollient properties help the skin to balance absorption. It is a great moisturizer that is suitable for all skin types, helps relieve irritation, inflammation and itching, and is fantastic when used for lubricating because it penetrates slowly.

Almond oil is a good massage medium to use to assist the spread of the carrier oil and essential oil mixture, while still allowing you time to do a good massage before it is absorbed by the skin. Not only does almond oil help protect the surface of the skin, but it is a wonderful emollient, skin soother and softener, conditioner of the skin, and it promotes a clear, young looking complexion. Almond oil is suitable for all skin types but is especially good for dry or irritated skin.

Other natural carrier oils include aloe vera oil, avocado oil, coconut oil, evening primrose oil, grapeseed oil, jojoba oil, liquid shea oil, red turkey oil, sunflower oil, and natural vitamin E oil. Some of these oils are thin, some are thicker. They range from clear to yellow in color and the price ranges from $4.00 to 100.00 depending on the number of ounces you get. My favorites are sweet almond oil, jojoba oil, liquid shea oil and red turkey oil. I especially like the red turkey oil because that is the one I make my bath oils with because it actually dissolves in water.


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


More Help for Sore Muscles

Author: Dr. Larita
May 18, 2016

workout1The essential oils cardamom, ginger, and tangerine go a long way toward relieving overworked, sore muscles when blended into a carrier oil like liquid shea oil. Use this recipe and massage sore muscles after your workout.

  • 1 oz liquid shea oil or sweet almond oil

  • 5 drops cardamom essential oil

  • 3 drops ginger essential oil

  • 6 drops tangerine essential oil

Spicy oils can feel too warm on your skin but when blended with liquid shea oil and tangerine, they are balanced and just work the wonders we want them to work. Shea oil and tangerine essential oil both love skin! If this blend still turns out to be a little hot or irritating for you, just add 4 drops of lavender.


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