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Coconut Oil Pulling

Author: Dr. Larita
January 7, 2015

coconut2I know that coconut oil is good for you. My daughters go to Jamaica once a year and they have become coconut oil disciples. They use it for everything from cooking to hair preparation. I recently came across a new use for this versatile product that I am going to try for myself. It is called “oil pulling.”

Oil pulling is simply the process of swishing a tablespoon of organic, cold pressed and extra virgin oil in your mouth for a whole 20 minutes. You can use any kind of oil but coconut or sesame are reportedly the best. The practice of oil pulling is said to remove toxins from your body as well as aiding in your general well being. It aids in oral hygiene, clears skin problems, relieves sinus pressure, aids the lymphatic system, decreases body and organ toxicity, regulates menstrual cycles, alleviates allergies, relieves migraines/headaches, reduces insomnia, improves vision, corrects hormonal imbalance and many other health benefits.


Try A Natural Deodorant

Author: Dr. Larita
December 2, 2014

Your body controls temperature and eliminates toxins by sweating, so stopping underarm sweat with antiperspirant is not healthy and is often thought to be one reason for the rise in breast cancer. The  medical profession does not support this idea and considers it a myth but it just makes sense that if toxins are trapped in your body they can lead to health problems. Do antiperspirants contribute to breast cancer? I have no scientific proof but why risk it?

If you want to try a natural alternative it is worth your while to try Crystal Deodorant in either a spray or roll on bottle. It is 100% natural and contains potassium alum mineral salts. It is non-aerosol, ozone friendly, hypoallergenic, unscented, non-staining, contains no alcohol, and kills odor causing bacteria.  You can add bergamot essential oil if you like your deodorant to smell nice. The Crystal Deodorant has no scent so you can do scented or unscented.

 


Essential Oils at Home IV

Author: Dr. Larita
November 13, 2014

Kitchen smells run the gamut from the wonderful aroma of freshly baked cookies to the stinky smell of burnt popcorn. Kitchens have a trash area where garbage is tossed, a spot for wet coats and muddy boots, and a corner for dog bedding and the cat’s litter box. Essential oils are a natural alternative to commercial air sprays because they cleanse the air for you instead of masking odors; they are harmless to food, humans, and the ozone; and many of them are antibiotic and antifungal so they may even help keep you from getting sick.

  • To cleanse kitchen surfaces add 4-6 drops of any one of the following essential oils to one pint of water: eucalyptus, lavender, lemon, lime, grapefruit, pine, or lemongrass. For a kitchen synergistic blend combine the following essential oils: 10 drops lavender, 15 drops lemon, and 5 drops eucalyptus. This mixture is disinfectant, antibacterial, and leaves a lovely fragrance when used on kitchen surfaces. You can add 8 drops of this formula to 2 1/2 cups of water in a plant spray bottle to spray the air or surfaces.
  • To kill germs on dishtowels soak them in a bowl of boiling water and 1 drop of eucalyptus, thyme, tea tree, or lavender. Let the towels soak  until the water is cool then wash as usual. This will keep your towels germ and bacteria free.
  • To lighten the chore of dishwashing and uplift your spirits at the same time, add 5 drops lime, 3 drops bergamot, 2 drops lavender, and 1 drop orange essential oil to your dishwashing liquid. The natural aroma of these essential oils will make a boring task take on a much lighter note. If you use a dishwasher, simply add 2 drops of lemon  essential oil to the detergent you use in your machine and stir it before closing the door.

Essential oils lose their therapeutic properties after about two years but do not toss them out! Put two drops at a time down kitchen drains to create a nice scent when hot water runs down. Also use them in the water you use to wash windows and trashcans both inside and out. Essential oils make kitchen work safer and much more pleasant.


Essential Oil Help for Maturity

Author: Dr. Larita
October 24, 2014

Once we get older, many of us have problems with bad circulation in the hands and feet. To treat poor circulation, add 30 drops of geranium essential oil to two tablespoons of sweet almond or grapeseed carrier oil. Rub this combination on yourself from the hand to the elbow to aid circulation in your hands and from the foot to the knee to treat your feet and lower extremities.

Geranium is one of the best revitalizing oils there is so you can rub the above mixture all over your body. When you put it on your face you will improve the texture of your skin and make it firmer and smoother. Besides making you look younger, geranium is a very effective antidepressant so it will also cheer you up and make you feel great. Geranium smells very nice too!


Basic Essential Oil Kit

Author: Dr. Larita
October 13, 2014

Many people are interested in using essential oils in their home because they are finding out that essential oils are the powerful medicines nature created to keep us healthy instead of the high priced chemically enhanced products we get from the drug store. If you want to start using natural essential oils in your home medicine cabinet as a natural alternative to chemicals, the ones I suggest for your basic 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. We will discuss all of these oils eventually but today, let’s look into 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, it helps the respiratory system and promotes circulation, it is an anti-inflammatory and it is an antiseptic. These qualities make peppermint oil an excellent choice to use in the treatment of indigestion, flatulence, bad breath, headaches and migraines, skin irritations, toothache, and fatigue. Peppermint oil is very strong so if you’re going to rub it on your skin, always use a carrier oil and do not ingest it. I have put ONE drop of peppermint oil in my green tea when I didn’t have any peppermint tea bags and I liked it just as well as the tea bag but it might be something you have to work up to. I’ve used it many times for upset stomach too but I never take it neat, always mixed in water or tea. Lastly, if you put 5 drops of peppermint oil on a cottonball and put it in strategic places in your home, it can help to keep pests like mice, fleas, and ants away. Talk about a versatile essential oil!


Don’t Eat Mango Butter

Author: Natural-Beauty
July 2, 2013

DSC_0002_thumb11Contrary to its name, mango butter is generally not something that is edible or should be eaten. There are a number of other useful purposes for mango butter, even if they may not live up to the deliciousness that the product’s name suggests. Mango butter is very similar to cocoa butter, in that it is a body butter that is often used for moisturizing.

Mango butter can be mixed with many different types of oils and other butters in order to make different types of creams. Mango butter is commonly used as a skin cream and a hair cream because of its moisturizing effects. Again, like cocoa butter, even though mango butter sounds like it would be tasty, it is highly advised that you do not eat it.


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My daughter is a chiropractic doctor and also very health conscious regarding how to eat to live well. She sent me an article from Natural News about coconut oil, the same coconut oil I’ve been praising for use as a massage oil and to use in hair products. The article states that coconut oil can be used as a natural treatment for Alzheimer’s symptoms. Of course, pharmaceutical companies do not want this information to come out yet so they have time to market their own medical remedy of an Alzheimer’s treatment.

Coconut oil naturally has MCTs (medium chain triglycerides) that the medical companies have had some success using in their chemical products. MCTs occur naturally in coconut oil. It can be used to cook with or taken orally. It is very simple to administer the coconut oil. Two tablespoons twice a day taken orally has been shown to be effective for treating symptoms of Alzheimer’s. For more details, see the video by Dr. Mary Newport.


Raw Skincare

Author: Natural-Beauty
June 22, 2012

New to the natural skincare market is a concept known as “raw skincare.” The concept is that all ingredients used are plant-based rather than synthetic or petroleum-based. The all-natural ingredients are also not heated above a specific temperature during the extraction and blending processes.

The ill-effects of chemicals on the skin are well established. Meanwhile, health minded individuals are rediscovering the impressive properties of unadulterated organic oils and creams laced with natural herbs. When you treat your skin to raw, unprocessed ingredients it will thank you in tone and texture.


Basic Essential Oil Kit

Author: Dr. Larita
February 13, 2012

Many people are interested in using essential oils in their home because they are finding out that essential oils are the powerful medicines nature created to keep us healthy instead of the high priced chemically enhanced products we get from the drug store. If you want to start using natural essential oils in your home medicine cabinet as a natural alternative to chemicals, the ones I suggest for your basic 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. We will discuss all of these oils eventually but today, let’s look into 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, it helps the respiratory system and promotes circulation, it is an anti-inflammatory and it is an antiseptic. These qualities make peppermint oil an excellent choice to use in the treatment of indigestion, flatulence, bad breath, headaches and migraines, skin irritations, toothache, and fatigue. Peppermint oil is very strong so if you’re going to rub it on your skin, always use a carrier oil and do not ingest it. I have put ONE drop of peppermint oil in my green tea when I didn’t have any peppermint tea bags and I liked it just as well as the tea bag but it might be something you have to work up to. I’ve used it many times for upset stomach too but I never take it neat, always mixed in water or tea. Lastly, if you put 5 drops of peppermint oil on a cottonball and put it in strategic places in your home, it can help to keep pests like mice, fleas, and ants away. Talk about a versatile essential oil!


Aromatherapy essential oil diffusers are the practical, effective, and convenient way to disperse the curative properties of essential oils. In the past, the practice of diffusing essential oils was a difficult procedure but with the development of diffusion accessories and tools it is now a simple process to diffuse your essential oils for aromatherapy. These versatile tools can be used in homes, offices and professional practices for diffusing the healing properties of aromatic essential oils.

There are several models and styles to choose from depending on your preferences and tastes. You can select from a diffuser that emits essential oils into the air using ultrasonic technology or if you desire something with more style you may decide to invest in a carved Soapstone diffuser that simply uses a tea light candle. Either way, an aromatherapy diffuser is a natural alternative to synthetic air fresheners.


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