Archive for April, 2011

Since The Beginning of Time

Author: Natural-Beauty
April 28, 2011

Aromatherapy has been around since the beginning of time. It is based off of essential oils, which are volatile liquids that are distilled from plants, shrubs, flowers, trees, bushes, and seeds. Oil distillation is a delicate and precise art. It wasn’t called aromatherapy until the 1900’s.

Ancient Egyptians and Romans would give aromatherapy gifts to Cleopatra to use as perfume. The Egyptians used aromatic plant essences to treat both physical and mental health problems as well. Today we use  in the same way. We give it as gifts and also use it as a form of alternative medicine.


The Egyptians, Chinese, and American Indians have used peppermint essential oil for thousands of years because they understand it has many healthful properties. Peppermint 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 this essential 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 a 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 is 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 hot water with honey and a pinch of bicarbonate of soda. 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.


Keep Your Skin Looking Fresh

Author: Dr. Larita
April 27, 2011

Your skin is a living breathing organ and to keep it looking young and fresh, you must keep it hydrated along with the rest of your body. To improve the condition of your skin and delay or even reverse the aging process, do the following:

  1. drink plenty of water
  2. eat a diet rich in antioxidants
  3. wash your face with a gentle natural soap
  4. use a good moisturizing cream

Be gentle when you wash your face and don’t scrub too hard because scrubbing is not good for your skin. I splash lukewarm water on my face and then make a soapy lather in my hands but you can also use a soft cloth to wash your face. After rinsing well, I use an astringent like witch hazel on a cotton ball before moisturizing with 30 second face lift.


Prevent Teen Skin Breakouts

Author: Dr. Larita
April 26, 2011

My daughter paid off her car loan (big celebration) and asked me to go pick up her title from the dealer because she no longer lives here. I was just going to run in and run out but you know what happens to the best laid plans. I asked for the papers and the receptionist was looking them up but couldn’t find them so the office manager came over and started to help. He told me they were serving sandwiches to their customers today and asked me to go make myself a sandwich while they did a little digging for the correct papers. While I was making a turkey  sandwich with all the fixings, the receptionist got a call from her son.

She and the office manager started discussing teenaged children and the receptionist said she remembers what she was doing at the same age her daughter is now and she is very worried because her son had just called to tell her that her daughter had invited her boyfriend over while mom was at work. I told her I had more problems like that with my girls than I ever had with my son. The office manager said he only has a 12 year old son and his biggest problem so far is that his skin just started  breaking out with pimples. You know I had to put my two cents in about skin problems. I told him to get his son some Dudu-Osun African Black Soap and also some shea butter so he can get rid of the pimples. He surprised me by saying  he wanted to get him some natural products instead of the ones with the expensive commercials and infomercials because he thinks natural products are better for you. I was all set to go into the whys and wherefores but I didn’t have to, he already knew about our natural products. You should try it too if you have any problems with your skin.


My husband of 43 years usually takes care of me but this week, I was the one taking care of him. He hardly ever gets sick but he came down with a sore throat. It hurt so much he thought he might have strep throat. I asked him if he had read my blog on essential oils to use for sore throat but he said his throat hurt too much for him to remember right then.

I gave him a cup of hot water with a teaspoon of honey in it and we added 1 drop of lavender, 2 drops of lemon and 2 drops of chamomile essential oil. While he was sipping the drink, I mixed 2 drops of lavender, 2 drops of lemon and 1 drop of tea tree essential oil in a teaspoon of liquid shea oil. I massaged this blend on his throat, chest, temples, forehead and the back of his neck. When he was done drinking the tea, he went to bed. The next morning he told me he was 99% sore throat free. Now, it may not work that quickly but if you  give it a chance it will work for you too and you will not need chemical antibiotics that can cause you other problems.


Home Made Lemon Pepper

Author: Dr. Larita
April 20, 2011

Would you like a delicious substitute for plain black pepper? Would you like it to be something easily made at home?  This is a recipe for lemon pepper that will enhance any recipe that you want to give a little pizazz. I like to give a little lemon pepper spice to fish and salad recipes but it is also good on baked potato and scrambled eggs. You may come up with something else that you want to “lemon pepperize!” If you do, let me know so I can try it too.

Lemon Pepper Recipe

  • Put 1 ounce of coarsely ground black pepper in a small bowl
  • Add 2 drops of lemon essential oil
  • Mix well
  • Seal in a glass bottle for at least three days before use

You can double this recipe if you think you will be using the lemon pepper often but it is very easy to make so I think it is better to make a small amount at a time and keep it fresh. You can also make orange pepper by using orange essential oil in place of the lemon.


Oregano Essential Oil

Author: Dr. Larita
April 18, 2011

We all know that oregano is used as a flavoring for spaghetti and pizza but that is usually the dried and crushed leaves instead of the essential oil. According to Wikipedia, Hippocrates used oregano as an antiseptic, as well as a cure for stomach and respiratory ailments. Oregano is still used today in Greece as a palliative for sore throat.

Oregano is high in antioxidants because of its phenolic acids and flavonoids. It also has shown antimicrobial activity against strains of food-borne pathogens. The Complete Book of Essential Oils & Aromatherapy by Valerie Ann Worwood lists oregano several times as one of the  essential oils to use for respiratory problems such as coughs, sinusitis and influenza.

My main reason for writing about oregano essential oil today is anecdotal. We went to lunch with some friends and the topic of essential oils came up. One of our friends said that he had been using some over the counter medicines for a cold that kept lingering when he was told to try oregano essential oil. He says that he was so tired of feeling bad that he put 5 or 6 drops of oregano on his tongue and he felt better almost instantly. While that was distressing to me because I don’t think you should take essential oils by mouth without diluting them, I think I will try oregano essential oil the next time I start feeling like I’m coming down with a cough, sore throat or a cold.


Essential oils are extremely potent and most of them must be diluted with a carrier or base oil. Oils used in aromatherapy penetrate the skin, so they need to be diluted  properly so you reap the best benefits from your massage session. A carrier oil is basically used to carry the essential oil and open the gateway for them to make an entry into the skin and render the health benefits from your aromatherapy session. These carrier oils are also referred to as cold-pressed vegetable oils and they are easily absorbed into the skin. Some types of aromatherapy carrier oils include almond, coconut, jojoba, grape seed, aloe vera and olive oil. Almond oil is also a great moisturizer and suitable for all skin types.

Most of the oils that we find in grocery stores are heated, and not cold pressed, so they have less health benefits. You or your therapist has to balance your aromatherapy carrier oil with the essential oil to maximize the health benefits of your session. Of course, there are also many recipes for essential oil use and the recipe usually gives you a choice of the carrier oil to use plus how much essential oil and carrier oil to use.


The Number 1 Essential Oil

Author: Dr. Larita
April 14, 2011

Lavender is the best essential oil to have in your home because it is extremely effective in treating burns, scalds and nervous tension. For burns and scalds, lavender can be put directly on the affected area right away. For nervous tension and headaches, rub the lavender on your temples, forehead, and the back of your neck. If it is a sinus headache you can rub it around the sinus cavities on your face. I suggest you add a half teaspooon of sweet almond oil to the lavender if you have never used it neat before. Try lavender neat a little bit at a time until you know if your skin can tolerate it or not.

Lavender’s properties of antiseptic, antibiotic, antidepressant, detoxifier and sedative allow healing to occur more quickly and prevent scarring. It also accelerates the immune system and speeds the healing process because it stimulates the wound’s cells to rejuvenate more quickly. The next time you burn yourself in the kitchen, put a drop or two of lavender on it two to four times a day until it is healed. The next time you have a headache, rub some lavender on your temples and the back of your neck. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised.


We have had a few nice spring days and already I have noticed many people wearing sandals or flip flops with dry crusty feet and cracked heels. I want  to tell them that they can get rid of dry crusty feet by exfoliating with a salt or sugar scrub in the shower and then gently sloughing calluses with a pumice stone. Use the pumice stone a little at a time over a week or two and the callus will be gone or greatly reduced.

Next, give your feet a deep moisturizing treatment with shea butter cream. Simply coat your feet with the shea butter and then put socks on before going to bed. You can  deep moisturize as often as you like but don’t forget to moisturize your feet after each shower too. The finishing touch for sexy feet that look good in sandals is to give yourself a pedicure and put on your favorite color nail polish.


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