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Shea Butter Cream

Author: Dr. Larita
March 31, 2011

Shea butter is a 100% pure and natural cream containing vitamin A and vitamin E which both have exceptional healing properties for the skin. The vitamin A in shea butter is important for improving skin conditions including blemishes, wrinkles, eczema, and dermatitis as well as properties that treat skin allergies, insect bites, sunburns, frostbites, and many other common skin conditions. The vitamin E in this rich creamy extract may serve as an anti-free radical agent that aids in preventing the harmful effects of the sun and environmental exposure on the skin.

Shea butter is derived  from the seed of the shea tree and is extracted and prepared without the use of chemicals. The best shea butter for skin use is prepared by cold press methods without the use of added chemicals or preservatives. Other pure and natural ingredients can be added to shea butter to make it an even more beneficial product for your skin.


Here are several other ways to add essential oils to your Christmas holiday celebrations:

  • Make Christmas logs for the fireplace by adding 1 drop of either sandalwood, frankincense, cypress, cedarwood, or myrhh essential oil. Be sure to let the oil soak in the log for at least an hour. Essential oils are flammable so don’t use them before that hour is up. That will be simple if you treat more than one log at a time but only use one essential oil treated log per fire.
  • Treat candles with essential oils by lighting the candle and letting the wax begin to melt then add 1 drop of either bay, pine, geranium, cinnamon, mandarin, orange or peppermint essential oil directly to the liquid wax. Remember, the oils are flammable so be careful not to get the oil on the flame. If you don’t have a steady hand, blow the candle out to add the oil and relight it right away. A good blend for candles is 4 drops of mandarin, 1 drop of geranium, and 1 drop of cinnamon. Make the blend and then use one drop on each candle.
  • Place pine cones in a plastic bag with a cotton ball soaked with 2 drops of  pine essential oil to keep them smelling fresh when you use them as decorations. Seal the bag and leave it overnight so that the next morning the cones will have a gentle outdoorsy smell.
  • Decorate your pine cones or candles with ribbons that you have infused with a seasonal essential oil or essential oil blend. Add 6 drops of your choice of oils to 1 cup of water and swish the ribbons in the mixture then let them dry.
  • Tie holly and ivy with ribbons suffused with a citrus essential oil but you might want to use a romantic essential oil such as ylang ylang to tie your mistletoe and complete your Christmas aroma background.


I promised to continue our discussion about using essential oils to celebrate yearly events so let’s continue with more on the Christmas celebrations. When you are expecting guests for a holiday soiree, make a Christmas house spray by diluting 4 drops of pine, 2 drops of mandarin and 1 drop of cinnamon essential oils into a plant-spray bottle containing 1 1/2 cups of water. If you like, you can add 1 drop of frankincense or 1 drop of a mixture of frankincense and myrhh. Too much frankincense and myrhh will make your home  smell like a church (unless that is what you want,) so it is best to blend a tiny bit of those scents in with your Christmas house spray if you like.

There are other essential oils that you can use in your Christmas house spray so play around with them and experiment. Other essential oil choices are the fresh scents of mandarin, tangerine, and orange. Use them when visitors are coming for a Christmas party. Holiday cakes and cookies always make a house smell warm and inviting so add the spicy essential oil scents of cinnamon, clove or bay to your house spray, fire logs or candles and you will add a warm note to your essential oil blends.

 


Celebrate with Essential Oils

Author: Dr. Larita
March 22, 2011

Certain scents are associated with the different events we celebrate throughout the year. For me, the scents of orange, peppermint and pine are associated with Christmas. We eventually started using artificial trees because they are more convenient but that pine smell still reminds me of my younger days. The smell of turkey roasting always brings back memories of family gatherings at Thanksgiving because my mom always cooked the turkey early in the morning and we woke up smelling that delicious mouth watering scent. With the fast paced lives we live today, we may not have the traditional scent of a live tree at Christmas and we may not cook our own turkey; but with the convenience of essential oils we can re-create some of the aromas of yesterday that bring back those fond memories.

Since most of us have wonderful memories of Christmas, I’m going to begin with that celebration. Even if you do bring home a real Christmas tree instead of a silver one, real trees are now coated with preservatives to keep the needles from falling all over the place because of our centrally heated homes. With essential oils, we can re-create the memorable Christmas aroma. Mix 6-12 drops of pine essential oil into 1 cup of water and spray your tree or you can put several drops of pine oil on cotton balls and place them inconspicuously around the tree. I’ll continue with more on celebrating with essential oils in my next blog.

 


A few years ago my husband had a pair of sandals that he really loved and he wore them quite often that summer. Those sandals had a buckle that rubbed a sore spot on the top of his instep. It was an unsightly scar when it healed and he started putting shea butter on it every day. He always puts shea butter on his feet after a shower anyway but he put a little extra on the scar. It worked so subtly that we couldn’t really tell if it was working or not but he put the shea butter on the spot diligently.

Yesterday he asked me if I remembered the dark spot that had been on his foot from his sandals. I told him that I thought I did and that I did remember that they left a dark scar on his foot. He told me to come and look at his foot. When I did, I could tell that the scar was practically gone. I could barely see where it had been. I think I’m going to go ahead and put the shea butter on my baby stretch marks. That shea butter really works well.


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