Archive for February, 2012

Natural Body Scrubs

Author: Dr. Larita
February 29, 2012

There are plenty of skin care products out there that are best left to the professionals.   Salt and sugar scrubs, on the other hand, can be made quite easily in your kitchen, so for those who enjoy homemade products and custom scents, here’s your opportunity.  The scrubs are a way to gently exfoliate your body and promote healthy skin. They can be used before or along with your bath or shower.

The first thing you need to decide is whether you prefer salt or sugar.  Those with sensitive skin often do better with sugar, which is more gentle and melts away faster in the warm water.  Then, it’s time to collect your ingredients.

The basics of the recipe are sugar or salt, food grade oil (such as jojoba, grapeseed, or avocado), and essential oils.   You can use a variety of different oils depending on your skin’s needs. For example, grape seed oil is slightly astringent and great for oily skin, while sweet almond oil is great for dry skin that needs a lot of moisturizing.  You might also choose to use a bit of honey, especially in sugar scrubs, to help smooth out the texture of the scrub.  You can get creative with seasonal scents, or even add some coffee crystals for a little extra wake-up power in your shower.

Here’s a sample recipe:

8 cups salt OR sugar (raw or light brown)

2 cups jojoba oil

1/2 cup avocado oil

Your choice of essential oils (a few drops)

Honey for texture

Slowly mix the oils into the sugar or salt. You are aiming for a consistency that is wet, yet allows you to ball it up without it dripping back through your fingers.  Add honey and/or more oil as needed.  When you have achieved your desired texture, mix in your essential oils.

Note: be sure to use pure essential oils and not fragrance oils which are often synthetic and can be highly irritating.


All Natural Deodorant

Author: Dr. Larita
February 28, 2012

Our body controls temperature and eliminates toxins by sweating. Stopping underarm sweat with antiperspirant is not healthy and is often thought to be one reason for the rise in breast cancer. The  medical profession does not support this idea and considers it a myth but it just makes sense that if toxins are trapped in your body they can lead to health problems.

If you don’t want to take a chance with your health, it is worth your while to try Crystal Deodorant. It is 100% natural and contains potassium alum mineral salts. It is non-aerosol, ozone friendly, hypoallergenic, unscented, non-staining, contains no alcohol, and kills odor causing bacteria.  Do antiperspirants contribute to breast cancer? Physicians may say they do not but I say, why take a chance if you don’t have to? Try Crystal Deodorant for yourself.

 


The Best Essential Oil

Author: Dr. Larita
February 27, 2012

If you have no other, lavender essential oil is the most basic oil to have in your home because it is extremely effective. Lavender is excellent in treating burns and scalds. In either case, it can be put directly on the affected area right away. It is one of just a few essential oils that can be put directly on the skin with no ill effects.

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.


Childhood DiarrheaChild

Author: Dr. Larita
February 24, 2012

Children can get diarrhea for many reasons, such as physical problems like bacteria, viruses, flu and ear infections. Maybe the child has an allergic reaction to a medication or even a food. Stress from nervous tension can also cause diarrhea in children, maybe from a bully at school or from hearing parental arguments that he or she doesn’t understand.

Whatever the cause of the diarrhea, it is very important that you do not let the child become dehydrated. Replace the lost fluids with lots of liquids and if the diarrhea continues for more than 24 hours, consult your physician. Give your child diluted soups and drinks with honey in them. Do not force them to eat solid food and don’t give them any dairy products because that will only make things worse.

Use any of the oils below  in a massage oil to rub gently on the abdomen:

You can also use this massage oil formula:

  • 5 drops of ginger
  • 8 drops of sandalwood
  • 8 drops chamomile

Dilute these oils in 2 tablespoons of liquid shea oil.


Children’s Aches and Pains

Author: Dr. Larita
February 23, 2012

When my youngest was a child, she often complained that her legs hurt. I would just hug her, tell her they were growing pains, give her a bath and have her go to bed. She loved riding her bike and I thought that was why her legs hurt. We did ask her doctor about the pains during a yearly physical but he didn’t find any problems. I now know that I could have helped my baby more by massaging her legs with essential oil in a carrier oil.

If your child has aches and pains in his limbs from a hard day at play, massage his limbs with one to two drops of lavender in a teaspoon of a carrier oil like liquid shea oil. If your child is over five years old, you can use rosemary essential oil either in addition to (one drop of each) or instead of the lavender oil.


Fighting Signs of Age

Author: Natural-Beauty
February 22, 2012

I’ve gotten to that age where my skin, weight, and energy levels don’t bounce back like they used to when I was in my early 20s. It seems like every morning I wake up to find a new wrinkle or line that hadn’t been there when I went to bed. To help fight the signs of aging, I’ve started a new skincare regimen.

For starters, I’ve switched to a gentler cleanser. The cleansers and toners I used as a teenager to ban acne are just too harsh for my older, more fragile skin. I’ve also found the best anti-aging skincare moisturizer and eye cream. I slather them on liberally at night so the nutrients can soak in while the skin naturally goes into repair mode. In the morning, I cleanse my face again and put on a lightweight moisturizer with SPF 15 to protect from sun damage.


Your child’s constipation can be caused by anything from a change in food habits to stress, and even by the way he or she is toilet trained. Stools become dry and pellet like. You can usually relieve this problem quickly with a combination of essential oil massage and plenty of fruit juice and water. You can also dilute any of the following essential oils in 2 tablespoons of sweet almond oil:

ESSENTIAL OILS TO TREAT CONSTIPATION

  • geranium
  • rosemary
  • patchouli
  • chamomile
  • mandarin
  • tangerine

Here is a synergistic blend of essential oils to treat your child’s constipation. Dilute in 2 tablespoons of  sweet almond oil 4 drops of geranium, 6 drops of patchouli and 15 drops of mandarin. Give the child a large glass of natural fruit juice and water at bedtime and then gently massage his whole abdomen in the same direction the intestines go, clockwise.


30 Second Face Lift

Author: Dr. Larita
February 20, 2012

I guess I take too many things for granted. A girlfriend of mine said she wasn’t sure she was using our 30 Second Face Lift correctly. When I asked her why, she said, “Well, there are no directions on the jar.” So, in case there are any more of you who want directions for this wonderful moisturizing cream, I’m going to give you the directions today.

The first thing to do when you are ready to moisturize your face is to cleanse it with a gentle natural soap. Lather the soap in your hands with warm water and use gentle circular motions. Don’t forget to lather your neck too because it should be treated just as lavishly as your face.  You can rinse your face with warm water or use a face towel soaked in very warm water and wrung dry to steam your face. Just lay the warm towel on your face for about 30 seconds and then pat dry.

Next, wipe your face with a natural astringent like witch hazel or vinegar. I use cotton rounds because they are lint free, but you can use a cotton ball too. I don’t use very much astringent so I don’t dry my face after applying it. If your face is wet after using the astringent, you are using too much and you should blot it dry this time and not use so much astringent next time.

The last thing in this scenario is to apply a natural moisturizing cream like 30 Second Facelift. Rub about 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon of the cream on your palms and fingertips. Wipe it on your face in circular motions starting on your cheeks and moving up to your forehead don’t forget your neck, starting at the base and moving up to the chin. When you have rubbbed it in well, you can blot your face with a tissue. The only makeup I wear is a little  bit of lipstick. If you like, you can add eye makeup but you won’t need liquid makeup or powder since it just clogs your pores.


Can I Use Facial Scrubs Daily?

Author: Dr. Larita
February 17, 2012

A common question that many women ponder is how often to use a facial scrub. After all, scrubs can work wonders on clogged pores, but they can also be harsh on acne prone skin. As a rule of thumb, if you have dry skin, only use a facial scrub once a week.

People with oily skin can use a facial scrub two or three times a week. More than three times a week can have a damaging effect. If your skin is exceedingly dry and your skin is prone to frequent breakouts, avoid facial scrubs altogether. In those instances it is better to use a gentle cleanser twice a day and wipe away excess oil with toner.


Sweet Almond Oil

Author: Dr. Larita
February 16, 2012

Almond oil is the most popular carrier oil used for facial and body massage because its excellent emollient properties help the skin to balance absorption. It is a great moisturizer that is suitable for all skin types, helps relieve irritation, inflammation and itching, and is fantastic when used for lubricating because it penetrates slowly.

Sweet almond oil is a good massage medium to use to assist in the spread of the carrier oil and essential oil mixture, while still allowing you time to do a good massage before it is absorbed by the skin. Not only does almond oil help protect the surface of the skin, but it is a wonderful emollient, skin soother and softener, conditioner of the skin, and it promotes a clear, young looking complexion. Almond oil is suitable for all skin types but is especially good for dry or irritated skin.


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