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First Aid with Aromatherapy II

Author: Dr. Larita
December 24, 2010

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
December 23, 2010

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.


The Gift of Youth

Author: Natural-Beauty
December 16, 2010

The holidays are creeping ever-closer and that means the time we have to get our holiday shopping done is quickly running out. If you’re like me then you have a long list of family, friends and loved ones to shop for. And with all the traffic, the crowds and the long lines you’re probably not all that enthusiastic about getting the shopping done. Fortunately, lower shipping prices have finally made online shopping a reality. Armed with a keyboard and a credit card we can finally avoid at least a few of the frustrations of the holidays.

If there’s anyone on your list who’s concerned about their appearance or their age then you can’t go wrong with an affordable anti-aging cream. Look for one made with natural materials that won’t do more damage than good. Quality skin care products can be a challenge to find because so many large cosmetics companies sneak harsh chemicals into their products under the guise of long chemical names. Pay attention to the ingredients in the products you buy to avoid giving anything that may contain undesirable ingredients. This is especially easy online since web-based retailers are sure to share as much information about a product as possible. When all else fails, however, try going to the manufacturer’s website. If they’re proud of their products then they won’t be afraid to tell you what’s in them.


Aromatherapy for the Holidays

Author: Dr. Larita
December 16, 2010

Christmas and Kwanzaa are almost here – are you ready?  Some of you are going all out and spending lots of money on electronic gadgets and expensive clothing for your family. If you want to cut back on spending and make the holidays more meaningful, give the  gift of aromatherapy products. Essential oils make excellent gifts and will be very useful to your friends and family. Body oils last longer on your body and blend with your body chemistry to make your chosen fragrance unique on you.

If you need any suggestions, check out this list:

  • Aromatherapy essential oils
  • Aromatherapy gift baskets
  • Aromatherapy incense
  • Body (fragrance) oils, with the same fragrance lotion and shower gel
  • Essential oil travel kits
  • Aromatherapy massage oils
  • Essential oil diffusers
  • Wood incense burners


More Aromatherapy Massage

Author: Dr. Larita
December 14, 2010

We 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.


Aromatherapy for Coughs

Author: Dr. Larita
December 11, 2010

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.


Gifts of Fragrance

Author: Dr. Larita
December 6, 2010

Now is the time of year when people are looking for great gifts to give to friends and relatives for the  holidays. Whether it is for the home or the body, many of us like to give wonderful smelling scents as gifts for Christmas or Kwanzaa. We have previously discussed using essential oils to scent the air with diffusers. Essential oils can also be added to the bath, massaged into the skin, or inhaled directly.

If you are concerned about using natural skin care products, you should use body oils instead of  perfume or cologne. Body oils are designed to be used on your skin. They may or may not contain essential oils. They are often formulations based on the traditional designer brands. When you purchase perfume or cologne in a department store, you  are paying a high price for the brand name, the advertising campaigns, cosmetics gifts, and the beautiful fancy packaging. These designer brand name perfumes are comprised of concentrated oils and 75% to 85% alcohol, ethanol and or water.

The alcohol and ethanol used make your perfume smell much stronger than it is but it fades within a few hours. As your perfume (or the alcohol in it) evaporates, it not only takes your fragrance but your natural body oils with it, drying your skin as it goes.  Body oils are pure, concentrated perfume oils in a cosmetic grade vegetable oil base that blend in with your body chemistry making the scent your own. They evaporate naturally giving your skin a softer, smoother feeling – plus they contain no alcohol, ethanol or water so many people who are allergic to perfumes and colognes can wear body oils with no problems.


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