Archive for November, 2011

Aromatherapy for Insomnia

Author: Dr. Larita
November 29, 2011

Do you ever have trouble falling or staying asleep? Aromatherapy essential oils can’t cure your insomnia or the reason you have it but using the right oils can put you to sleep and help you stay there. If you have a serious sleep disorder I suggest you see your physician but if you only have an occasional bout of restlessness, the following tips are worth trying to see which method you like best.

Aromatherapy Sleep Aids

  • put a drop of either chamomile, lavender or clary sage on a cotton ball and leave it close to your pillow
  • make an aromatherapy bed linen spray in a plant spray bottle by blending 10 drops each of these calming oils with sedative qualities: lavender, chamomile, clary sage and bergamot in 1 cup of water
  • take a relaxing bath (at least an hour before you plan to go to sleep) and add 5 to 7 drops of lavender or chamomile to 1 teaspoon of  jojoba or liquid shea oil then swish the mixture around in your bath water
These are just a few of many aromatherapy ways to get a restful night’s sleep. There are also activities you should not do before bedtime if you want to go right to sleep:
  • do not drink coffee or other drinks containing caffeine
  • do not take a hot bath too close to the time you want to go to sleep because hot water can increase your circulation and make it hard for you to get to sleep
  • do not use stimulating essential oils such as basil, oregano, thyme, nutmeg, cinnamon, clove, black pepper, or bay
Have a good night!


Eucalyptus for Cold Relief

Author: Dr. Larita
November 28, 2011

Eucalyptus essential oil, from the eucalyptus tree originally native to Australia, has been used for centuries to treat chest and other respiratory problems. It is a very versatile oil that is anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antibiotic, diuretic, analgesic, and deodorizing. Research has proven eucalyptus has antiviral properties as well.

You probably know about its effectiveness against coughs and colds because several over the counter cold medications list eucalyptus as an ingredient, including many cough drops. I use a CPAP machine and I put a couple of drops into its water tub every night and it really helps me breathe and keeps me free from colds. Eucalyptus is also effective in the treatment of cystitis and sunburn and can be used as an insect repellent for humans and pets.


If your neck is showing signs of age, you might want to give it a special treatment of the following synergistic  blend of essential oils. Use 10 drops of rose, 7 drops clary-sage, 10 drops lemon, and 20 drops carrot essential oil blended well with 1 teaspoon  of evening primrose oil. Gently massage this mixture into the skin and leave it on for at least ten minutes before wiping off the excess oil.

After a long winter of turtle-neck sweaters and woolen scarves, the neck will benefit greatly if you slough off dead skin cells, brighten up and tone the neck and prepare it for a treatment oil as discussed in part I of essential oils for neck care. Mix 1 teaspoon of ground almond with 1/2 teaspoon of jojoba oil into a paste and rub it all over the neck and chest area in upward movements. Leave this on for 10 minutes then rinse it off with water followed by a rinse with the following tonic water: 1/4 teaspoon cider vinegar, 1 tablespoon spring water, 1 teaspoon witch hazel, and 2 drops lemon essential oil. Mix the lemon essential oil with the witch hazel and then blend that with the other ingredients. Rinse most of the paste off with water and then add the vinegar tonic water to the final rinse until all the almond paste is gone.


Have you ever seen a woman whose face was beautiful but when you glanced at her neck, you felt sorry for her because of the wrinkles there? No matter how much make up and concealer is on the face, if you don’t take care of the delicate skin on your neck, it will be like a beautiful flower on a withered stalk that can not support it. The neck is one of the first places where the body begins to show its age.  Crinkled skin, loss of elasticity, wrinkles and double chins all lead one to look older even though great care is put into maintaining the good looks of the face. You can try to keep your neck covered with a scarf but that is not practical and, thankfully, the neck responds extremely well to essential oil treatments.

The essential oils to use for neck care are rose, geranium, clary-sage, lemon, lemongrass, black pepper, or carrot. Use any one of these oils added to a carrier oil like jojoba, evening primrose, or avocado to begin your treatments.  The neck is a very delicate area and must be cleansed with the same care you use on your face. Add one drop of one of the above essential oils to each 3/4 teaspoon of your usual cleansing cream. Then each night before bed apply the following blend: 8 drops of pettigraine, 3 drops of orange, 10 drops carrot oil, 14 drops palma rosa, and 5 drops of lemon blended well with 3 teaspoons jojoba oil, 2 teaspoons wheatgerm oil, and 2 teaspoons of avocado oil. Leave this on for a few minutes and then wipe off any excess with a tissue before going to bed.


What is a light diffuser?

Author: Natural-Beauty
November 23, 2011

If sitting under a fluorescent light all day isn’t exactly appealing to you, look into the benefits of light diffusers. A light diffuser is a cover that’s used to shield and soften the light coming from a fluorescent bulb. It scatters the harsh light in order to produce softer light.

The use of light diffusers is recommended not only in the office, but at home, too. Studies have shown that fluorescent lights can have myriad effects on people, including headaches, eyestrain, and afternoon tiredness, increased stress levels, and difficulty concentrating. Using a diffuser to decrease the likelihood of these affects will not only make the office a more pleasant environment, it will make the home a happier place.


A Skin Care Blog for Men

Author: Dr. Larita
November 22, 2011

Women always talk about how to care for our skin because we  want to look beautiful but men aren’t usually concerned with their skin until there is a problem that needs solving. The first thing others notice about you is your face so here are a few tips to ensure that your skin stays healthy and you look good.

  • Cleanse by washing your face daily with a natural soap like Dudu-Osun Natural Black Soap. It not only cleans but also exfoliates so that you get a deep cleansing and your pores stay clear and your face looks healthy.
  • Tone your skin with a natural astringent containing 1 ounce witch hazel, 3 ounces distilled water, 1 teaspoon cider vinegar and the following essential oils: 2 drops juniper berry, 1 drop lime, and 1 drop grapefruit. This mixture must be shaken each time you use it.
  • Moisturize your face daily with a natural moisturizer that contains no alcohol or fragrances.
  • Protect your skin by: avoiding overexposure to the sun, eating healthy, drinking lots of water, staying in shape with exercise, and steering clear of alcohol, smoking, fatigue and stress.


Carrot Oil

Author: Dr. Larita
November 18, 2011

 

A few days ago I wrote about the three Cs of essential oils, cedarwood, chamomile and cajeput. My great grandmother told me years ago about another “C” essential oil. She said to eat my carrots because they would help me have great eyesight. This may be an old wives tale but it is true that the beta carotene that gives carrots their orange color has been shown in studies to help protect the eye, particularly the cornea, and to be useful in the prevention or slowing down of cataract formation and age-related macular degeneration.

Carrot oil is also an abundant source of carotenoids or antioxidants which  are important for fighting the effects of harmful oxidants, or free radicals in the body. Free radicals can attack and destroy healthy tissue, causing many health problems, one of which is cancer. Because of the antioxidants it contains, carrot oil can reduce the risk of developing certain types of cancer and it is often used in sun tan oils to prevent over exposure to UV radiation from the sun.


Pep Pep Pep Peppermint

Author: Dr. Larita
November 17, 2011

If you want to start using natural essential oils in your home medicine cabinet, the ones I suggest for your basic care 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. I’m going to talk about each of these oils eventually but today, let’s talk about 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 aid, it helps the respiratory system and promotes circulation, it is an anti-inflammatory and it is an antiseptic. These qualities make peppermint oil excellent to use in the treatment of indigestion, flatulence, bad breath, headaches and migraines, skin irritations, toothache, and fatigue.

It can also help to keep pests like mice, fleas, and ants away! The best property of peppermint essential oil for me is that it is a natural stimulant. I use it in the shower to help get me going in the mornings and also sniff it when I get sleepy at work, it helps me stay awake so I don’t have to drink a gallon of coffee.


I Love Lavender and Tea Tree

Author: Dr. Larita
November 16, 2011

I recently had the doctor remove some moles from my neck and the whole procedure went well. He even gave me the moles in a little jar of formaldehyde. I know that sounds gross but my granddaughter used to play with them when they were on my neck so I wanted to show her where they went.

Dr. Ed burned the moles off with a little tool that he said is a disposable laser of some sort and I’ve had no problem in any of the 18 spots where he burned off moles, except for one. For some reason this spot has been irritated all along and it wasn’t even the biggest mole. I kept unconsciously rubbing it and I must have made it worse. Well, the point of this blog is to let you know that this eveninng, I put one drop of lavender and one drop of tea tree oil on a cotton swab and dabbed it on the spot. Voila, after one application, it is no longer itching or irritated.

If you don’t have any other essential oils, please get either one or both of these two. Lavender is a natural antibiotic, antiseptic, antidepressant, sedative and detoxifier. It is excellent in the treatment of burns and minor skin irritations. Tea tree is antiviral, antibacterial and antifungul so it can be used to treat all kinds of infections and a wide range of other conditions such as ringworm, sunburn, acne, athlete’s foot and toothache.


Three Cs of Essential Oils

Author: Dr. Larita
November 15, 2011

Cedar wood oil is used for stress reduction. In ancient times cedar wood oil was used by Egyptians to preserve mummies. It also works well as an expectorant and antiseptic. The aroma of cedar wood is a woodsy, spicy and medicinal scent. This pure essential oil is great to use in massage oils and can be used to treat diseases, like arthritis, eczema and acne.

The second C of essential oils is chamomile. It is known for its calming effect and is often used to ease symptoms of irritable-bowel syndrome and menstrual cramps. Insomnia and anxiety sufferers can benefit from the sedative qualities of chamomile. Plus it is an antiseptic used to sooth skin irritations.

Cajeput, the third of the three Cs essential oils, smells somewhat like camphor and is pale yellow in color. It relieves muscle aches and works well on oily skin. Cajeput is also a great essential oil for treating asthma, coughs, bronchitis and sinusitis. Now, there are other “c” essential oils. We’ll talk about them another day.


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