Archive for June, 2012

When I left work at 5:00 pm, the thermometer said 106 degrees. The temperature in my car had to be 10-15 degrees hotter than that, at least it felt that way to me. I saw a rake in the yard when I got home and our yard looked neat and trim so I knew my husband had cut the grass and trimmed the shrubs. I wondered why the rake was still out and one section of the yard had lots of leaves still on it.

I asked my honey about the rake and he said he started feeling lightheaded around 1:30 pm so he thought he would go in the house for a while and go back out later to finish the yard. He was outside from 7:30 am until 1:30 pm – no wonder he had heat exhaustion. He came in and took a cold shower, continued to drink water and then proceeded to work in the house as usual. When I got home, his muscles had locked on him and I treated him for heat exhaustion. It was a good thing he took a cold shower or I may have had to take him to the hospital emergency room because heat exhaustion can easily lead to heatstroke.

Not drinking enough water or replacing the salt your body loses when the temperature soars into the 100s is dangerous. If you feel dizzy, faint, and nauseous (you may not even feel thirsty) get out of the sun, retire to the shade or go inside. Then drink as much water as you can. Try to drink 3 quarts of water with 1 teaspoon of salt added. Apply undiluted lavender or eucalyptus essential oil to your temples, the back of your neck, and your solar plexus (upper abdomen), and breathe deeply.



Earache Remedy

Author: Dr. Larita
June 27, 2012

I am a retired educator and during my years in the schools, I saw many children miss too much school because 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

Stress Free Scents

Author: Dr. Larita
June 26, 2012

Aromatherapy is a form of alternative medicine that has helped many adherents to relax and experience a sense of profound calmness. In today’s hustle-and-bustle business world, it’s nice to have a pleasant respite. For many people, that means inhaling the soothing scent of essential oils. These oils affect much more than just the nose and the body’s olfactory senses. They travel to the limbic system to enhance mood.

Aromatherapy essential oils are derived by extracting and boiling down the essence of beneficial plants. These oils have been shown to relieve sleep disorders and to improve people’s overall outlook on life. If you are overworked and stressed out, take a moment to pamper yourself with some much needed aromatherapy.

Lose Weight with Patchouli

Author: Dr. Larita
June 25, 2012

I have another reader question that I would like to discuss today. Anna asked if I would help her with more information on how to lose weight with patchouli essential oil. First, Anna, there is no wonder drug or essential oil that will help you to eat less. It is really about self control and your own mindset that you want to change your body through diet and exercise. Visualize a piece of meat and imagine cutting and separating the fat from the lean part. If your diet consists of fruits, vegetables, fish and meat, your body tissue will look like the lean cut of meat. On the other hand, if you eat cakes and sweets, potatoes smothered in butter and fatty meats, you body tissue will be like the fatty part.

There are many essential oils that help fight fat but Anna asked abut patchouli which can help dieters in several ways. First, it has the ability to diminish your appetite. Regularly put 2-3 drops of patchouli into a diffuser and let it diffuse through the air to reduce your appetite. This is a good way to balance the diet and exercise program you are on. You can also put 8-10 drops of patchouli into your bath water. This will not only help you to reduce your appetite, it may also ease water retention and bloating. Massaging your body with 1 ounce of a good carrier oil containing 2-3 drops of patchouli will also ease water retention and help you tone your body as your diet and exercise program help you lose weight. Anna, I hope this is helpful to you and to any others interested in losing weight.

Raw Skincare

Author: Natural-Beauty
June 22, 2012

New to the natural skincare market is a concept known as “raw skincare.” The concept is that all ingredients used are plant-based rather than synthetic or petroleum-based. The all-natural ingredients are also not heated above a specific temperature during the extraction and blending processes.

The ill-effects of chemicals on the skin are well established. Meanwhile, health minded individuals are rediscovering the impressive properties of unadulterated organic oils and creams laced with natural herbs. When you treat your skin to raw, unprocessed ingredients it will thank you in tone and texture.

Sunflower Oil

Author: Dr. Larita
June 20, 2012

Here is a good question from a Natural Body Guru reader, “Is sunflower oil a good type of oil for sensitive (dry) skin. Why do you think someone can be allergic to almond oil, shea butter, olive oil, basically every type of oil when applied topically on the skin – except the sunflower oil? Is this oil perhaps more gentle?”

It is not uncommon to find people who are allergic to nuts and nut oils because many people have nut allergies. It is, however, unusual for someone to be allergic to olive oil. In this case, it may have been that the olive oil was not a pure virgin organic cold-pressed product which is necessary to use on the skin. Sometimes products sold for cooking may be prepared in such a way that they no longer contain the enzymes and properties needed to benefit your skin.

People who may be sensitive to nuts can try carrier oils like grapeseed oil, avocado oil, and sunflower  oil because the oil is not derived from a nut but from seeds or fruit. If any of you readers can suggest other oils you’ve experienced that can be used as an alternative to nut derived carrier oils, please post a comment on this subject. I will post it on twitter too under @owensinc and you can comment there.


All About Routine

Author: Natural-Beauty
June 18, 2012

Good skin care is all about routine. I learned that lesson the hard way when my skin started breaking out uncontrollably. For a teenager breakouts are okay, even normal, but for a professional woman, breakouts are unacceptable.

I consulted with a dermatologist to find out what was going on. She asked me several questions about my busy life. She found the problem immediately: I wasn’t committing to a skin cleansing routine twice a day. She gave me a stern lecture about taking the time to take care of my skin, especially removing makeup at the end of the day. After two weeks of sticking to a strict regimen, the stubborn breakouts went away.

Get Rid of Toenail Fungus

Author: Dr. Larita
June 14, 2012

A reader left a message after reading the Pretty Feet blog today. He said that he had toenail fungus for about 10 years and some very bad foot odor too. He read a previous blog about tea tree oil and smelly feet and he started to use the spray mentioned in the article for his shoes. He said there was great improvement in the shoe smell but his toenails were still thick because of the fungus.

He read that tea tree oil is anti-bacterial and anti-fungal so he started putting one neat drop of it on each nail every morning. He said that after about a week of daily use, he could see that his nails were less thick and there was less fungal growth. Toenails grow slowly so there is still some fungus there but he is beginning to see healthy nails growing in with no fungus. If he keeps that up, he will have pretty feet too, or should I say handsome feet?

Pretty Feet

Author: Dr. Larita
June 13, 2012

The first thing I notice about anyone wearing sandals is how their heels look now that they are exposed for all to see. Are they dry and cracked after being cooped up in socks and boots all winter? People don’t realize how those dry, cracked feet look to others! I always want to help them get soft and appealing feet that look beautiful in sandals. There are only a few steps to take for you to have pretty feet too.

First, exfoliate your feet by using a salt or sugar scrub in the shower to help remove dry and dead skin, eliminate the appearance of cracked heels, and start the healing process. If you also have calluses on your feet, gently use a pumice stone to start sloughing the callus down but do it gradually over a week or more.

The second thing is to give your feet a deep moisturizing treatment with either raw shea butter or shea butter cream by coating your feet with the butter and then putting your socks on before going to bed. You can do the deep moisturizing treatment as often as you like but don’t forget to moisturize your feet after each shower too. The finishing touch for feet that look good in sandals is to give yourself a pedicure and, if you like, put on your favorite color nail polish and enjoy the summer!

Aromatherapy for Babies 4

Author: Dr. Larita
June 12, 2012

Colds and Coughs

All mothers worry about protecting their baby from colds during the winter or when they are exposed to other children. You should not use essential oil treatments on babies and children as a precaution, because someone else in the home has a cold. To protect your baby, use essential oils diluted in water in a plant spray bottle to use around the house. Spray in the hall outside baby’s room but not in the room.

The easiest way to treat a baby’s cold is to place a small bowl of boiling water to which you have added 3 drops of eucalyptus oil under the baby’s bed at the opposite end from his head. The steam will rise and molecules of the eucalyptus aroma will be released into the room.

You can also use this synergistic blend to treat baby’s cold symptoms:

To use this synergistic blend, place 3 drops on a diffuser in the bedroom for overnight and again during the day. For difficult breathing, place 2 drops on a piece of cotton and place it under the edge of  baby’s pillow. When giving baby a bath, add 1 drop of the synergistic blend to the water and swish it around (for babies and children one to five years old, add 2 drops to the bath.) You can also make a massage oil using 3 drops of the synergistic blend to 2 teaspoons almond oil and massage this over baby’s chest and back.

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