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Aromatherapy for Inspiration

Author: Dr. Larita
March 19, 2018

Welcome to the turning of the year!

by Andrea Butje Guest Author

InspirationAromatherapy for inspiration and quiet times.

I love to spend time reflecting on the year, and dreaming and planning for the future. It’s so important to give ourselves space for this—to take a few steps back and slow down, especially if we’re usually “going, going, going,” as so many people’s busy schedules ask them to do.

So I want to share a few ways we can give ourselves this quiet time, open ourselves to peace and inspiration, and feel uplifted.

Journaling and meditating are great practices. I like to schedule my journaling for the morning, so I’m sure to have this time for myself before the day’s events pick up. I wake up, light some incense, and settle in for fifteen minutes of reflective journaling. It’s a great way to use Aromatherapy for inspiration.

If you prefer to diffuse essential oils rather than light incense, here’s a diffuser blend that can help you get into the right state of mind:

Dream and Plan Diffuser Blend

  • 4 drops Clary Sage (Salvia sclerea)
  • 3 drops Orange (Citrus sinensis)
  • 3 drops Siberian Fir (Abies sibirica)

A lot of people schedule reflection time at the end of the day, too—it’s a good way to come down and relax. I like to use different oils at the end of the day than at the beginning. Resin oils and florals are just right! You can diffuse them, or use them in a bath salt blend (like the one below). Warm baths can really encourage your mind and body to let go. (This is enough for one bath. If you want to make more to have on hand, I recommend making a fresh batch every few weeks.)

Reflect and Relax Bath Salts

  • 2 oz (56 gm) Himalayan salt
  • 1 teaspoon jojoba (Simmondsia chinensis)
  • 1 drop Elemi (Canarium luzonicum)
  • 2 drops Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)
  • 3 drops Cedarwood (Juniperus virginiana)

If you want to get a little creative and use Aromatherapy for inspiration…

I’ve listed some oils you can use in your own recipes and blends (just to get your creative juices flowing!):

  • Geranium (Pelargonium roseum x asperum)
  • Frankincense (Boswellia carterii)
  • Orange (Citrus sinensis)
  • Myrrh (Commiphora myrrha)
  • Clary Sage (Salvia sclarea)
  • Elemi (Canarium luzonicum)
  • Siberian Fir (Abies Siberica)
  • Patchouli (Pogostemom cablin)
  • Cedarwood (Juniperus virginiana)

Closing out one year always means preparing for the next, so these blends are just right for endings, beginnings, and transformation. Have fun with them!


Bedroom Essential Oils

Author: Dr. Larita
March 14, 2018

Aromatherapy and romance are natural partners so let’s discuss the use of essential oils in the bedroom.  If you want to keep your bedroom smelling dreamy and enhance the romantic experience, make a special romantic essential oil blend and keep it in the bedroom for that purpose. For a synergistic romantic bedroom blend, spray the following formula in the air and on carpets: 8 drops palma rosa, 1 drop ylang-ylang, 2 drops clary-sage, 2 drops nutmeg, and 4 drops of lime mixed in 2 ½ cups of water.

  • Other great scents of a more general nature to use in the bedroom include chamomile, geranium, lavender, or lemon.
  • If you have trouble sleeping, use a diffuser with a relaxing oil like chamomile or clary-sage on it.
  • You can also wash, dry and store your linens with essential oils to aid sleep.
  • Put a cotton ball with one drop of your favorite scent on it in the corners of your bedroom closet.
  • Use essential oils on drawer liners and also line the floor of your closet. Don’t use more than one or two drops of oil because you just want a subtle aroma to keep the air fresh, not enough to interfere with your perfume.


Eucalyptus Essential Oil

Author: Dr. Larita
March 12, 2018

Eucalyptus essential oil, from the eucalyptus tree originally native to Australia, has been used for centuries to treat chest and other respiratory problems. It is a very versatile oil that is anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antibiotic, diuretic, analgesic, and deodorizing. Research has proven eucalyptus has antiviral properties as well.

You probably know about its effectiveness against coughs and colds because several over the counter cold medications list eucalyptus as an ingredient, including many cough drops. It is similarly effective in the treatment of cystitis and sunburn and can be used as an insect repellent for humans and pets.


Thyme Essential Oil

Author: Dr. Larita
March 9, 2018

aromatherapy2I like to periodically feature one of the more popular essential oils that everyone should have on hand in their home. Thyme is a very useful essential oil because of its powerful antiviral properties. It has been used for centuries by ancient civilizations. The Greeks and the Romans used it to flavor cheese and alcohol. The Egyptians used it in their embalming practice and the Scots used to make a tea and drank it thinking it gave them courage and strength. Today, thyme is used in aromatherapy for its many therapeutic uses.

  • Put 2-3 drops on a cotton ball and dab on the affected area for acne, bruises, cuts, eczema, insect bites, oily skin and warts.
  • Put 2-3 drops in a carrier oil and massage it on the affected area for arthritis, gout, muscle aches and pains, sports injuries, sprains and rheumatism.
  • Use 2-3 drops in steam inhalation or in 1 ounce of a carrier oil and rub it on the chest and throat for asthma, bronchitis and coughs.
  • Use 2-3 drops in steam inhalation for colds, flu, mucous infections and sinusitis.
  • Put 2-3 drops in a diffuser for insomnia, physical exhaustion and stress-related problems.
  • Use 2-3 drops in 1 ounce of carrier oil and massage it on the body to fight poor circulation

 


Natural Arthritis Help

Author: Dr. Larita
March 8, 2018

Arthritis is a chronic inflammation of the joints and if you have any form of this disease, you will want to read this blog. Today I’m going to discuss aromatherapy and essential oils for rheumatoid arthritis. This debilitating disease can occur at any age. It affects connective tissues and is probably brought on when the autoimmune system turns on itself and then attacks healthy cells. When this happens, joints can become useless and muscle starts wasting away. Symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis include acute or chronic pain, headaches, and tender swollen lymph nodes.

Nutrition is important in the treatment of arthritis. Limit or cut out completely dairy and wheat products, red meat, salt, sugar, acidic fruits, and soft drinks. Eat vegetarian foods, white fish and poultry, plus lots of salads with raw vegetables and any form of cooked or uncooked cabbage. Drink lots of water and add carrot juice to your diet. Increase your vitamin and mineral supplements; especially take calcium, zinc, and vitamins C, B, and D.

Use any of these essential oils in your bath and massage oil: eucalyptus, peppermint, chamomile, geranium, rosemary, lemon, thyme, and lavender. Before beginning your essential oil bath or massage therapy, you must draw the toxins out of your body with a clay poultice. Make the clay poultice from green clay which you can get from any health food store. Make a stiff paste by adding water to 1 tablespoon to dry clay. Then add 2 drops eucalyptus, 1 drop peppermint, 3 drops chamomile, and 1 drop lavender essential oils to the clay paste and mix well. Smear the paste over the sore joints and painful areas and cover with muslin (which you can buy by the yard) and rest for at least 15 minutes; longer if possible. Follow this course of action twice a day.


Pep Pep Pep Peppermint

Author: Dr. Larita
March 1, 2018

If you want to start using natural essential oils in your home medicine cabinet, the ones I suggest for your basic care kit are lavender, tea tree, peppermint, chamomile, eucalyptus, geranium, rosemary, thyme, lemon, and clove. These essential oils are chosen for their medical properties first and second for their ability to take care of a broad range of health problems. Today, let’s talk about peppermint essential oil.

Peppermint has been used by many cultures (Egyptians, Chinese, and American Indians) for thousands of years because of its healthful properties. It is a superb digestive aid, it helps the respiratory system and promotes circulation, it is an anti-inflammatory and it is an antiseptic. These qualities make peppermint oil excellent to use in the treatment of indigestion, flatulence, bad breath, headaches and migraines, skin irritations, toothache, and fatigue.

It can also help to keep pests like mice, fleas, and ants away! The best property of peppermint essential oil for me is that it is a natural stimulant. I use it in the shower to help get me going in the mornings and also sniff it when I get sleepy at work, it helps me stay awake so I don’t have to drink a gallon of coffee.


Sciatica Relief

Author: Dr. Larita
February 28, 2018

sciaticaSciatica is often erroneously referred to as pain in the lower back. However, the correct meaning is pain at any point along the sciatic nerve caused by pressure on the nerve. This nerve begins in the pelvic area and moves below the sacroiliac joint to the buttocks, behind the hip joint, down the thigh and then divides at the knee into two branches which end up in the foot. Sciatic pain can happen at any point along the nerve’s pathway and can be caused by a bulging spinal disc, poorly designed chairs or even just poor posture. I think it may even be caused by jobs that require sitting for long periods of time.

The pain we have (yes, I do have it too) from sciatica is a symptom of some underlying problem so treating the symptom alone is not a good enough treatment. You must discover the cause of the pain and treat that too.  An osteopath may be able to help you as well as using better posture and getting yourself more supportive furniture. You might think massage would be helpful but I did not find that to be true. I almost jumped off the massage table when the masseuse touched my sore spot.

The best thing to use is a cold compress to which you have added a drop of chamomile or lavender essential oil to reduce the irritation and lessen the pain. I have even used an ice pack for 20 minutes when the pain was really bad. Gentle massage (which I do for myself because I’m the only one who can tell how much pressure I can take at that point) can be used at times when the pain is not too extreme. You can also use lavender or chamomile essential oil in a warm, not hot, bath for relief too.


Discount Fragrances Are My Must Have

Author: Natural-Beauty
February 27, 2018

The power of essential oils is amazing and I love to find some great oils that are perfect for my mental and physical well-being. It is nice to find some great fragrances for every aspect of my life. I can find something that works well for work and for sleep, and for keeping my mood up throughout the day. The right fragrances are perfect for getting through a busy day.

I really like that some essential oils give me some great natural healing. The essential oils are nice for enjoying some great sleep at night, for feeling wide awake in the mornings, and for staying productive at work. I can always find a new fragrance that I just have to have. There are so many fragrances out there and I can always find something perfect for myself or for a friend.

With discount fragrances, I can never go wrong. They are awesome for gifting as well. I can always find a great essential oil that is just what one of my friends or family members needed. Giving the gift of essential oil is easy and it is a great way to surprise someone with a unique gift. I love that I can always find a fresh new fragrance.


Natural Muscle Relief

Author: Dr. Larita
February 26, 2018

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 or 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!


Cellulite 2

Author: Dr. Larita
February 22, 2018

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.

 


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