Archive for May, 2011

I had decided not to write a blog today, I was going to take a break for the Memorial Day holiday. As usual, we had the family over for a big meal. My husband grilled chicken and hot dogs and we usually grill salmon for family members  who don’t eat meat. Today though, we had fried fish which was very tasty too. Our side dishes were baked beans, potato salad, macaroni and cheese and fruit salad. Everything was so tasty that we all ate way too much and I ended up administering one of my natural remedies for overindulgence.

Some of the grownups had second helpings of several dishes and my grandson even had thirds! When we slowed down and I started hearing, “I’m stuffed,” I knew I had to fix a remedy. I boiled some water in the teapot and poured a cup for all of us. I added one teaspoon of honey, a pinch of baking soda and one drop of peppermint essential oil to each cup. We all sipped our tea and talked about going for a walk around the neigborhood when we came back from putting flowers on Granny’s grave. After the walk, we each had a dish of ice cream – we never learn, but at least we know how to take care of our upset stomachs.

 


Geranium is an essential oil that should be in everyone’s home because it works  intently on the emotions, is helpful with many medical conditions, and it smells incredible while it’s working. Most essential oils come directly from the plant of the same name but geranium oil is not extracted from the brightly colored flower. It comes from the species Pelargonium –  Geranium Robertianum and is popularly known for treating clean cuts but geranium has many other uses.

Geranium essential oil is very helpful for women who have hormonal imbalances. It can be used to treat PMS symptoms, endometriosis, menstrual cramps and menopause symptoms. Add 10 drops of Geranium to a diffuser or pour a couple of drops onto a cotton ball and gently inhale. To relieve menstrual cramps, try massaging the affected area with 5 drops of Geranium oil blended in a tablespoon of carrier oil. If massage is too painful, add 5 drops of geranium to a warm compress and cover the abdomen to ease the pain.

Geranium makes chilblains disappear overnight and is used in skin care to bring a radiant glow. It is also a fundamental ingredient in the treatment of endometriosis, diabetes, blood disorders, throat infections, nervous disorders, and it works well as a sedative. Geranium is reported to help in cases of uterine and breast cancer but if nothing else, it will definitely help the sufferer to relax and cope with the illness.

 


There are many essential oils that you can use alone or in blends of two or three to fight wrinkles and the aging process. My favorite oils for this purpose are lavender, thyme, patchouli, clary-sage, fennel, chamomile, frankincense, myrrh, lemon, rosemary, and sweet orange. There are others that are also good for treating wrinkles so please comment on this post if you’d like the whole list of anti-aging essential oils.

You can use the above oils as a face oil (add a carrier oil), in a bath, and also as a body oil because you should be pampering all of your skin, not just your face. Skin regenerates at a different rate for all of us so allow at least thirty days before expecting to see an improvement. It is also important to treat your inside as well as the outside so don’t overload your system with toxins like alcohol, red meat, caffeine, and sugar because they clog your skin cells as well as your digestive system.


Frankincense Essential Oil

Author: Dr. Larita
May 23, 2011

 

Frankincense is another essential oil that can help you live a healthier more natural life. It is often used to support skin health. Frankincense has an earthy, basalmic scent that is calming and can increase spirituality and inner strength.

Topical Uses

  • apply 1-2 drops of frankincense essential oil daily to the face and neck to help repair sun damage, renew healthy looking skin, and to minimize oil production and breakouts
  • drop onto minor cuts,  scrapes and bruises to reduce redness and discomfort
  • massage several drops onto the temples or the back of the neck for stress relief

Inhalation Uses

  • diffuse frankincense oil to enrich  meditation and prayer
  • inhale or diffuse it to deepen breathing and encourage calmness

 


Peppermint Essential Oil

Author: Dr. Larita
May 20, 2011

I am continuing my blog about healthy living with essential oils and today’s featured oil is peppermint. This essential oil can help support normal digestion and has often been used to promote healthy respiratory function and ease tension headaches. Its fresh minty fragrance combats physical and mental fatigue. Peppermint essential oil is very robust and should not be used topically without a carrier oil to dilute it so it will not harm your skin.

Topical Uses

  • rub one drop of peppermint essential oil (diluted in a small amount of almond, grapeseed or jojoba oil) on the temples, forehead, over the sinuses, (avoiding contact with the eyes) and on the back of the neck to help soothe head and headache pressure
  • apply peppermint oil to the back of the neck and shoulders repeatedly throughout the workday to keep your energy levels up

Inhalation Uses

  • diffuse for energy and mental clarity
  • inhale peppermint oil before and/or during a workout to help boost your mood and prevent fatigue

Internal Uses

  • add a drop to herbal tea to enhance the flavor and help aid digestion
  • add a drop to a cup of hot water with a teaspoon of honey and a pinch of baking soda  to sooth an upset stomach due to overeating

 


Lavender Essential Oil

Author: Dr. Larita
May 19, 2011

Lavender is a very versatile essential oil that can be used to clean and sooth minor burns, scrapes and other skin irritations. It has a relaxing, refreshing scent and also balancing properties that calm the body and the mind.  Lavender essential oil can be used both topically and internally.

Topical Uses of Lavender

  • reduce or minimize scar tissue by massaging lavender on or around the area
  • massage lavender onto the soles of your feet or the back of your neck for a calming effect
  • soothe dry, chapped or irritated skin or relieve minor cuts or burns by rubbing lavender on the affected area
  • rub a drop of lavender on your palm and smooth it over your pillow or diffuse it to aid sleep
  • diffuse lavender to minimize seasonal reactions to pollen and dust mites

Internal Uses of Lavender

  • use lavender to infuse lemonade, marinades and dressings to create refreshing and unique variations on your favorite recipes
  • add a drop or two of lavender to your favorite herbal tea for a relaxing drink

There are many more uses for lavender essential oil. You can find other uses by searching Natural Body Guru for the term “lavender” or lavender essential oil. Tomorrow, we will discuss another highly useful essential oil so be sure and come back.


Every day, in every part of our life, we  come in contact with harmful chemicals and toxins through inhalation, taste and touch. Imitation ingredients are in practically every item in our homes, from cleaning products and personal care products to food additives. Essential oils are powerful liquids extracted from aromatic plants. The natural oils in these plants protect the plants from insects, disease and environmental conditions.

Have you ever squeezed an orange or lemon peel and seen the liquid that came out? That liquid is the fruit’s essential oil. When grown, harvested and properly distilled, essential oils have a wide variety of uses and incredible health benefits. You will be astonished at the many uses you will discover for these powerful essential oils. Come back and continue to read Natural Body Guru to discover the everyday uses for essential oils that we will discuss in the next few days. You will be amazed how easy it is to remove harmful chemicals and toxins from your home simply by using essential oils.


If you have been reading Natural Body Guru, you have read quite a bit about essential oils. Occasionally, I like to remind my readers of the different methods one can use to enjoy aromatherapy essential oils in the home. Aromatherapy is an alternative form of medicine that uses essential oils or volatile liquid from plant materials and certain aromatic compounds. Basically, the essential oils have an effect on an individual’s health or mood.

There are four different modes of application for aromatherapy essential oils:

  • Aerial diffusion for aerial disinfection or environmental fragrancing
  • Direct inhalation for respiratory decongestion, expectoration, and disinfection
  • Topical applications for body compresses, baths, and therapeutic care for the skin or general massage
  • Oral applications for congestion and parasites

Next week I will remind you of how to use these methods. Then you can decide which way is best for you and your family.


Natural Skin Care

Author: Natural-Beauty
May 12, 2011

Natural skin care is the care of the skin. Many people use natural skin care products. Generally, people make their own products at home. Many spas and skin care salons now focus on using more naturally-derived skin care products.

There are quite a few natural ingredients including, witch hazel, and shea butter. Jojoba oil helps your face with oil control and can also be used for you hair. Witch hazel can be used for the treatment of acne. Shea butter can be used to help fade scars as well as help with burns and stretch marks. Taking care of your skin is important.


If you are ready to start a natural skin care regimen by making your own facial mask, this recipe is for a purifying, toning, soothing and rejuvenating mask. The basic mask recipe calls for 2 ounces of green clay and 3 teaspoons of cornflour. Mix the clay and cornflour together in a jar and keep it ready for combining into one of the mask formulas below. Or you can use 1 tablespoon of this basic formula with enough of one of the liquid ingredients below to form a paste and then add your chosen essential oils when you are ready. You will blend the ingredients together to form a smooth paste and leave it on your skin for fifteen minutes. Rinse it off with warm water and apply a facial treatment oil such as grapeseed or almond oil. Dab the face with a tissue after applying the oil.

Mask Formulas:

Normal skin

  • 1 tablespoon basic mask
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon water
    Combine and use 1 drop
  • 2 drops geranium essential oil
  • 1 drop of rosewood essential oil

Dry skin

  • 1 tablespoon basic mask
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon almond or evening primrose oil
  • 2 drops carrot oil
  • 2 teaspoons water
    Combine and use 1 drop
  • 1 drop chamomile
  • 1 drop rose

Oily Skin

  • 1 tablespoon basic mask
  • 1 tablespoon Brewer’s yeast
  • 1 tablespoon water
    Combine and use 1 drop
  • 1 drop rosemary
  • 1 drop lavender

Revitalizing Mask for Dehydrated Skin

  • 1 tablespoon basic mask
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon Brewer’s yeast
  • 1 teaspoon jojoba oil
  • 1 tablespoon water
    Combine and use 1 drop
  • 1 drop chamomile
  • 2 drops carrot

Acne

  • 1 tablespoon basic mask
  • 1 teaspoon water
    Combine and use 1 drop
  • 1 drop chamomile
  • 1 drop lavender
  • 1 drop juniper
  • 1 drop patchouli


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