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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.


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.


Massage II

Author: Dr. Larita
May 5, 2016

massage therapy2We are continuing to discuss “aromassage” as a valuable method of using essential oils as part of the healing process when using aromatherapy. In previous blogs we have discussed which essential oils to use for sore or fatigued muscles (See Essential Oil Muscle Relief). You can always look at the archived blogs if you have any questions. Now let’s look at what kind of aromassage to use for different parts of the body.

  • Shoulders – aromassage into the shoulder muscles with both effleurage and petrissage movements. Make firm strokes from the shoulder to the neck and back again using thumbs and palms.
  • Arms – aromassage up towards the armpit, using effleurage or petrissage on the fatty or muscular areas only.
  • Back – Use firm or gentle effleurage or petrissage but do not massage over the vertebrae. Start from the lower part of the back and with both hands stroke all the way to the shoulders. Slide your hands over the shoulders and then return down the sides of the back. Repeat these strokes as many times as you like, the longer you aromassage, the more relaxing it is.
  • Abdomen – only use circular movements on the abdomen and move in a clockwise direction. Effleurage is the best method to use on the abdomen.
  • Legs – use effleurage to aromassage the legs and always move upwards. You can use petrissage on the fatty or muscular areas only but not over varicosed areas.
  • Women’s reproductive problems- aromassage using effleurage movements beginning at the lower back and sliding over the hips. Then slide each hand over the abdomen separately and repeat the whole process.
  • Feet – aromasssage from the toes to the heel with the thumbs under the foot and the fingers on top.

All massage should flow as the blood does, toward the heart. After an aerobic workout, aromassage is useful to release toxins and keep your muscles supple.


I Can’t Get My Shoes On!

Author: Dr. Larita
March 23, 2016

I have had trouble with my feet since the 1990’s when I taught music in the basement of Randolph Elementary School. I never sat down during the day and we danced and marched around on a cement floor that had a thin carpet covering it. Now that I’m older, my feet and ankles swell at the drop of a hat. I recently took off a pair of new shoes while visiting but when it was time to go I couldn’t get my left shoe back on my foot and had to walk on the back of the shoe to get to my car!

The first thing I did when I got home was to sit down and put my feet up. My darling husband got out my foot bath (I got it years ago at Walgreen’s) and put 6 to 8 small marbles in the bottom with warm water. I rolled the soles of my feet over the pebbles very slowly for just a few minutes and then dried my feet.

While I drank a cold bottle of water, my husband added 15 drops of cypress and 15 drops of fennel essential oils to 2 tablespoons of sweet almond oil and massaged my feet and ankles upwards towards my knees including behind the knees. It felt wonderful and my swollen feet and ankles looked normal by the time we went to bed.

If your feet and ankles swell during hot weather, you can still use the above procedure but before your massage put a piece of ice in a plastic bag and massage the back of your knees until they feel very cold. Then rub the ice in the center of the soles of your feet.


Blocked sebum become blackheads (medically known as a comedo or comedones) when the surface cells develop sulphides which, in turn contact  oxygen, causing  the cells to turn black. Blackheads are unsightly and can easily become infected. When you remove them and the opening just fills up again with more sebum; this condition is related to seborrhea, overproduction of the sebaceous glands. Even people with dry skin can develop blackheads, especially on the nose or chin but blackheads can develop practically anywhere on the body, as well as on the face. Wherever they develop, the treatment for blackheads is the same, they need to be removed.

To remove blackheads, get a bowl of steaming hot water, put 1 drop of lavender essential oil on the water and cover your head with a towel, being sure to close off the sides too and steam your face for 10 minutes. Rinse the face with 1 teaspoon of cider vinegar mixed in a bowl of hot (but not boiling) water. If the blackheads are loose, squeeze gently taking care not to damage the skin. Then splash the face with a mixture of 2 ounces of mineral water, 2 teaspoons cider vinegar, 1 teaspoon witch hazel, 2 drops each of bergamot and cypress essential oils.

After patting the skin dry, massage the following oils into the skin. This will help to prevent blackheads from coming back and also loosen the ones that are already there:

  • Lemongrass – 8 drops
  • Lavender – 5 drops
  • Clary-sage – 2 drops
  • Thyme – 5 drops
  • Jojoba oil – 5 drops

Use this massage mixture morning and night. When you wash your face, take care to use a pure natural soap. You can use eye makeup if you like but avoid face makeup and powder.


Sebaceous glands are microscopic glands in the skin that secrete an oily or waxy matter, called sebum, which lubricates the skin and hair of mammals. Sebaceous glands in humans are found mainly on the face and scalp but  you will also find them in other areas of the body as well,  except for the palms of our hands and the soles of our feet.

When sebum gets blocked in a duct that has no surface opening, a hard white lump (milia) appears. Milia, commonly called whiteheads, are usually found on dry skin but they can also appear after some type of damage has been done to the skin. If you have had whiteheads for some time, they will need to be removed by a beautician or a dermatologist. However, you can break up recently formed milia by massage.

Use the following essential oils:

  • Bergamot – 5 drops
  • Thyme – 5 drops
  • Almond oil or jojoba oil  – 1 tablespoon

Use a very small amount of the above essential oil mixture to massage the whiteheads twice a day, in the morning and at night. This will help the milia to be reabsorbed by the body.


Sore Muscle Massage

Author: Dr. Larita
March 3, 2016

Massage is an excellent treatment for a plethora of conditions. It really makes sore muscles feel better in a very short time. Using essential oils with your massage turns it into an “aromassage” and that will benefit your body, mind and spirit. The best essential oils for sore muscles are eucalyptus, oregano, peppermint, rosemary and vetiver.

Most of you know that essential oils must be used with a carrier oil for massage. We usually talk about using sweet almond oil or jojoba oil for your massage carrier oil. Today though, I am going to promote the use of shea butter cream for your massage. You can use it with or without the essential oils and either way, it will be a very beneficial massage. Shea butter itself is a wonderful emollient for your skin. Adding massage to the application of shea butter makes your muscles relax and if you add one of the essential oils above you will feel great.


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