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Stress Synergistic Blends 2

Author: Dr. Larita
January 31, 2012

Specific blends for levels one and three types of stress:

Insomnia

  • 14 drops lemon
  • 9 drops marjoram
  • 8 drops vetiver
Depression
  • 15 drops geranium
  • 12 drops nutmeg
  • 8 drops neroli
Fears
  •  15 drops rose
  • 10 drops chamomile
  • 5 drops petitgraine
Despair
  • 15 drops rose
  • 10 drops petitgraine
  • 5 drops neroli
Guilt
  • 20 drops sandalwood
  • 5 drops chamomile
  • 5 drops clary-sage
Low immunity (viral infection)
  • 10 drops vetiver
  • 10 drops lavender
  • 10 drops geranium

 

 


Stress Synergistic Blends

Author: Dr. Larita
January 30, 2012

Last week we talked about the four levels of stress and I started giving you recipes for stresses in level two. Today I have recipes for stresses in levels one and three. You can use one of the following three blends  for general use. First, 15 drops of clary-sage, 10 drops of lemon and 5 drops of lavender. Second, 15 drops of marjoram, 10 drops of lemon and 5 drops of chamomile. Last, 17 drops of pettigraine, 8 drops of nutmeg and 5 drops of neroli.

I also have some formulas you can try for more specific uses. Remember you can use the blend in a diffuser or a spray bottle. If you can not use either of those methods on the job, put one or two drops on a tissue and sniff it occasionally during the day at work. At night take a bath and use 6 to 8 drops of your blend in the bath water and also make a massage oil to rub over your body before bed.

Tiredness

  • 10 drops lemon
  • 15 drops lavender
  • 5 drops clary-sage

Irritability

  • 12 drops pettigraine
  • 10 drops nutmeg
  • 8 drops sandalwood

Headaches

  • 10 drops geranium
  • 10 drops chamomile
  • 10 drops lavender


Aromatherapy for Stress 5

Author: Dr. Larita
January 27, 2012

I am stressed from writing about stress. I am just going to give you a list of essential oil synergistic blends to use for distressed conditions that we all have at different times in our lives. This is a continuation of the synergistic blends for stress level 2 but these blends are for more specific uses such as:

Helplessness/Apathy

  • 15 drops grapefruit
  • 10 drops rosemary
  • 5 drops lavender

Depression/Guilt

  • 15 drops geranium
  • 10 drops bergamot
  • 5 drops lavender

Anxiety

  • 10 drops geranium
  • 10 drops lavender
  • 10 drops palma rosa

Muscular Pain

  • 15 drops cypress
  • 10 drops lavender
  • 5 drops rosemary

Unexplained Aches and Chills

  • 15 drops ginger
  • 10 drops lavender
  • 5 drops cardamom

Digestive Problems

  • 15 drops coriander
  • 10 drops grapefruit
  • 5 drops cypress

 

 

 


A  man’s self image can be hampered by baldness even though studies have shown a correlation between baldness and high levels of testosterone – meaning bald men are probably virile and manly. If you are one of those virile balding men, you can do one of three things. First, you can go with the baldness and shave your head. Second, you can purchase one of several drugs that stimulate hair growth. These drugs are used to treat high blood pressure so they dilate  blood vessels, stimulate cell division, and in the process, encourage hair growth.

Aromatherapists regularly use essential oils that have the same function as the above mentioned mentioned drugs but unlike chemical drugs, essential oils are harmless to the body when used correctly. Hereditary factors can figure into a balding problem. But aromatherapists know that by reducing the aging factor in the body by keeping cell functions healthy and vigorous actually delays the hereditary factor in balding.

The essential oils to use for stimulating hair growth will work on your whole system, especially the circulatory and lymphatic systems. Make a body oil  with some of the essential oils that stimulate hair growth and you can treat your baldness and work on your whole body at the same time. You could also make a massage oil using a good carrier oil like jojoba oil and a blend of the essential oils below. Choose oils for the blend that are masculine smelling and suit your taste.

ESSENTIAL OILS TO STIMULATE HAIR GROWTH

  • rosemary
  • sage
  • lavender
  • geranium
  • basil
  • ginger
  • cedarwood
  • thyme
  • lemon
  • grapefruit
  • cypress


Tomorrow I am going to tell you how to treat baldness with essential oils but first, let’s talk about stimulating hair growth. Long hair is always fashionable and essential oils can help you have longer hair too. Hereditary factors can contribute to hair loss, as can your overall age and health as well as stress and prescription drugs.

A simple way to strengthen your hair is to use rosemary essential oil. Simply add 1 drop of this amazing essential oil to a cold water rinse when you finish washing your hair. There is no need to rinse the rosemary out because it will give your hair a lustrous shine. The cold water rinse will cause your blood capillaries to contract and that will cause the movement of nutrients into the bulb of the hair or the follicle that feeds the hair. Many of the best selling hair products contain rosemary essential oil.

 


Denture Care with Essential Oils

Author: Dr. Larita
January 18, 2012

If you wear dentures you know that sometimes, no matter how careful you are, those dentures are going to irritate your gums. When that happens, it can be a miserable feeling and unless you want to walk around toothless for a few days, you have to grin and bear it. Here is another case where essential oils can come to the rescue as an alternative health aid that really works and will not cost you a fortune.

Dilute the following in 1 teaspoon of sweet almond oil:

  • 1 drop of clove essential oil
  • 3 drops of chamomile essential oil
  • 1 drop of lemon or lavender essential oil

Mix this blend well and apply 1 to 2 drops to a cotton ball you have wet with water and squeezed most of the water out of before placing it on the sore spot. You can hold it there for as long as you want. I usually keep mine in all night but don’t try that if you don’t sleep with your mouth closed. I don’t want you to swallow the cotton ball or choke on it!  You can also massage your gums with this oil blend before putting your dentures in your mouth the next morning.


Aromatherapy Diffusers

Author: Dr. Larita
January 13, 2012

 

Aromatherapy elevates the mood, relaxes the senses, and even relieves various ailments such as headache and colds. For these reasons it has been used by many spas worldwide. More and more people are learning to enjoy the effects of aromatherapy at home too.

With the use of essential oil diffusers, a room can be kept fragrant for hours. All it takes is a few drops of essential oil in water and the place will smell relaxing and soothing. Diffusers come in many different designs and styles.


Naturally Healthy Hair

Author: Dr. Larita
January 12, 2012

If your sebaceous glands are not producing enough oil to keep it healthy, your hair probably looks dry and flyaway. The protective oils produced by your hair are essential for protecting it from the elements but exposure to sun, wind, heat, and chemicals can damage hair, leaving it frizzy.  Split ends, broken shafts and a rough texture are all signs that your hair is lacking a sufficient sebum coating.

Ways to repair dry hair include:

  • Using a very gentle natural shampoo followed by a cream conditioner that you leave on your hair (not your scalp) for several minutes
  • Avoiding the use of chemical products such as hair dye and styling products because they can be very harsh on hair and wearing a hat if you’re going to be out in the sun, and a swimming cap if you’re going to be in chlorinated water
  • Adding a few drops of oil (coconut, jojoba, olive oil, etc) will give protective moisture to hair if you simply place a few drops  in your hands, rub your hands together and then work through your hair to give it a light sheen
  • Drying hair on the low or coolest setting if you must blow it dry
  • Combing your hair in the shower with conditioner in it because this is the time your hair is at its smoothest and strongest; otherwise, use a boar bristle brush, which will be more gentle and less likely to tear hair, as well as helping to distribute oil through the hair
  • Washing your hair less often and using a weekly deep conditioner
  • Having your hair trimmed if you are experiencing split ends- at least 1/2 inch above the splits


Aromatherapy for Sore Backs

Author: Dr. Larita
January 11, 2012

I got too ambitious with the cleaning this weekend and when I finally stopped, my back was killing me! I have an aromatherapy treatment for back pain that I will share with you. The best way to administer this treatment is to massage the sore area. Massage using essential oils provides welcome relief from chronic back pain because the oils penetrate deeply into the sore contracted muscles causing them to expand. Essential oils also cause increased blood flow to the sore area and allow torn tissues to be repaired by the body. Use any of the following essential oils in blends of 2 to 3 oils and then use 5 drops of the blend per 1 teaspoon of a good carrier oil like sweet almond oil, jojoba oil or liquid shea oil.

  • Thyme
  • Camphor
  • Chamomile
  • Vetiver
  • Cypress
  • Peppermint
  • Eucalyptus
  • Rosemary
  • Ginger
  • Lavender
  • Juniper
  • Sage
  • Oregano

 


Aromatherapy for Earaches

Author: Dr. Larita
January 5, 2012

Many children miss too much school because of the pain of earaches. Recurrent earaches could be a sign of a perforated eardrum or an infection and the child should see a pediatrician. However, for a common earache, use one teaspoon of warm sweet almond oil with one drop of lavender and one drop of chamomile added and blended well. Soak a small cotton ball in the mixture and use it to plug the ear.

You can also massage around the ear area, up the neck and across the cheekbone with the following mixture diluted in 1 teaspoon of almond oil:

  1. Tea tree – 3 drops
  2. Thyme – 1 drop
  3. Lavender – 2 drops


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