Archive for July, 2012

Naturally Healthy Hair

Author: Dr. Larita
July 31, 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


Natural Hemorrhoid Help

Author: Dr. Larita
July 30, 2012

Hemorroids are structures in the anal canal that help us control and move our bowels. They can become swollen and inflamed due to a myriad of reasons and when that happens, they are quite painful. You can have internal or external hemorrhoids. The internal ones may not be painful but can cause you to have bloody stools. External hemorrhoids cause pain in the anal area. At the first sign of hemorrhoids, start drinking plenty of water and taking vitamin E nutritional supplements. In addition, start the following essential oil treatment for hemorrhoids:

  • 2 drops cypress
  • 2 drops geranium
  • 2 drops peppermint

Dilute the essential oils in 2 tablespoons of wheatgerm oil or 1 ounce of KY jelly and apply it to the hemorrhoids several times daily.


Yesterday I talked about aromatherapy for the hot flashes that are common when menopause strikes. Unfortunately, hot flashes are not the only symptom that assail the body during menopause. Today I want to give you some formulas for a few of the other ailments that menopausal women and some men deal with daily.

Day & Night Sweats Formula

  • 10 drops grapefruit
  • 10 drops lime
  • 5 drops sage
  • 5 drops thyme

Water Retention & Bloating Formula

  • 5 drops fennel
  • 5 drops juniper
  • 15 drops lemon
  • 5 drops peppermint

Circulatory Problems Formula

  • 10 drops geranium
  • 5 drops peppermint
  • 10 drops rose
  • 5 drops patchouli

For all of these formulas you can blend the essential oils and then dilute the synergistic blend in 2 tablespoons of a carrier oil like evening primrose or sweet almond oil. You can also use the synergistic blend on a 5 to 1 basis as a massage oil. Either way, massage the formula all over your body and use 5 drops in a daily bath.

 

 

 


Essential oils applied regularly can diminish the tiny creases and cracks around your eyes. The skin around your eye is very delicate and fragile so you must use the lightest carrier oil and a very small amount of essential oils. If any of the oil blend gets in your eye, flush it out immediately with water. Below are eye formulas for different age groups.

For ages 18-25 blend 2 teaspoons hazelnut oil, 2 drops borage seed oil, 1 drop chamomile and 1 drop carrot oil. Ages 25-40 should use 2 teaspoons hazelnut oil, 2 drops borage seed oil, 3 drops evening primrose , 2 drops lavender, 1 drop lemon, 1 capsule vitamin E and 2 drops carrot oil. For ages 40-45 use 2 teaspoons hazelnut oil, 6 drops evening primrose, 3 drops borage seed, 2 drops palma rosa, 2 drops lavender, 1 capsule vitamin E and 3 drops carrot oil. This last formula is for ages 45 and up. Use 2 teaspoons hazelnut oil, 5 drops jojoba oil, 2 capsules vitamin E, 1 drop lavender, 1 drop lemon, 1 drop rose (which is very expensive and can be left out) and 3 drops carrot oil.

For each formula, mix the ingredients well and apply a very small amount around the eye area with a light touch. Pressure or weight around the eye area causes it to sag and that applies to anything you apply – oils, creams and makeup. Leave the oil on for 5 minutes and then gently blot off the excess with a tissue.


Desert Living

Author: Natural-Beauty
July 23, 2012

There are pluses and minuses to living in every environment. For me, the pluses of desert living far outweigh the minuses. The sunshine has done wonders for my mood and the native plants do not wreak havoc on my overactive allergy-prone immune system each spring.

One minus is the effect the sunshine and the dry weather have on my skin. To combat negative effects of too much sun, I always wear a hat and plenty of sunscreen when I go out. I also apply skin moisturizer liberally in the morning and before bed each night.


Rosemary essential oil is a great one to use during your morning shower because it is a mental and physical stimulant and also during a relaxing bath after a long strenuous day because it is an excellent treatment for all muscular conditions. Rosemary has antiseptic properties and is often used to treat muscular sprains, rheumatism, arthritis, depression, fatigue, memory loss, migraine headaches, coughs, flu, and diabetes. It is also used in beauty treatments, hair care products, and acne preparations.

If you are one of those unfortunate people who has a case of continuous muscle fatigue or myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME), you may be helped by using this muscle fatigue formula: 5 drops of thyme essential oil, 10 drops rosemary, 5 drops cypress, 10 drops eucalyptus/peppermint essential oil, diluted in 2 tablespoons of grapeseed oil. You can use any other carrier oil but grapeseed oil is very light to the touch.

It is important that ME sufferers get enough sleep but many times, because of their aching muscles, they have insomnia so they are extremely tired and yet they can’t sleep. The essential oils to use for insomnia are valerian, marjoram, chamomile, clary-sage, sandalwood, and lemon. Massage any of these oils into your body before having an oil bath. Use any of the above mentioned oils in a blend of a total of 30 drops to 2 tablespoons of carrier oil. Massage this over your whole body while you run a warm bath. Then put 4 drops of any essential oil from the list into the bath and swish it around before getting in. Rest in the water or read a book until the water starts to cool and then go to bed. Do this nightly to help with your insomnia.


Aromatherapy Muscle Relief

Author: Dr. Larita
July 19, 2012

Over exercised muscles cause pain and sometimes even tremble as we try to continue using them. The best therapy is rest followed by a hot bath and a massage. Use ice if there is swelling and pain caused by inflammation. After the rest and ice, take a hot bath into which you have added two drops of lemon essential oil and three drops of marjoram essential oil and soak for as long as possible.

After your bath, massage the aching muscles with 5 drops each of eucalyptus, peppermint, and ginger essential oils diluted in one tablespoon of a carrier oil such as shea or jojoba oil. If there is no relief after this, you may have an injury and you should see a physician.


Fade Scars With Shea Butter

Author: Dr. Larita
July 18, 2012

One summer, my husband had a pair of sandals he really loved and he wore them quite often. Those sandals had a buckle that rubbed a sore spot on the top of his instep. It was an unsightly scar when it healed and he started putting shea butter on it every day. He always puts shea butter on his feet after a shower anyway but he put a little extra on the scar. It worked so subtly that we couldn’t really tell if it was working or not but he put the shea butter on the spot diligently.

Yesterday he asked me if I remembered the dark spot that had been on his foot from his sandals. I told him that I thought I did and that I did remember that they left a dark scar on his foot. He told me to come and look at his foot. When I did, I could tell that the scar was practically gone. I could barely see where it had been. I think I’m going to go ahead and put the shea butter on my baby stretch marks. That shea butter really works well.


Essential Oil of Peppermint

Author: Dr. Larita
July 17, 2012

Essential oils are chosen for their medical properties first and second for their ability to take care of a broad range of health problems. Peppermint has been used by many cultures (Egyptians, Chinese, and American Indians) for thousands of years because of its healthful properties. It has many therapeutic uses and is one of the oils that should be in everyone’s medicine chest. It is a superb digestive, 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!

My grandson is staying with me for a few weeks this summer and he loves Grandma’s cooking. One evening he ate way too much dinner (I made some of his favorite dishes) and ended up with a stomach ache. When he said he was going to bed early, I knew he had a bad stomach ache so I gave him my treatment for indigestion. First I made him some aromatherapy tea consisting of very warm water, 1 drop of peppermint oil, a pinch of bicarbonate of soda and honey to taste. I had him sip the tea while I blended a massage oil consisting of 1 teaspoon jojoba oil, 2 drops peppermint oil and 3 drops eucalyptus oil. I blended the three ingredients well and massaged his upper abdomen and he went to bed. The next morning he didn’t even remember the stomach ache.


Chronic back pain can come from specific physical reasons such as a slipped disc, lumbago, sciatica, or fibrositis and there are often medical remedies for these types of back problems. More often, back pain is the result of the strains of daily life. It may come from lifting heavy boxes, gardening, sitting at a keyboard all day, bad posture or even from lugging in the groceries after shopping. Falls and whiplash can come back years later in the form of back pain too.

Essential oils can greatly relieve chronic back pain. They penetrate deeply into contracted muscles encouraging them to expand and they increase blood flow to the area and the muscle tissues needing to be repaired by the body. The best way to use essential oils for this purpose is in a synergistic blend although you can use any of the oils alone. All three of the following synergistic blends are wonderful for alleviating back pain.

Synergistic Blend I

  • 10 drops of rosemary
  • 10 drops of marjoram
  • 10 drops of sage
Synergistic Blend II
  • 10 drops of lavender
  • 10 drops of eucalyptus
  • 10 drops of ginger
Synergistic Blend III
  • 10 drops of peppermint
  • 10 drops of rosemary
  • 10 drops of basil
Dilute the 30 drops of your synergistic blend in 2 tablespoons of your favorite carrier oil. Massage eases any kind of back pain although you may need to get a friend to do it for you. If no one is available to help, you can massage your lower back on your own but the upper back is more difficult although it can be done. Ice massage is very helpful for treating lumbago, sciatica and fibrositis which are often caused by sitting in one position for too long (that’s where my pain is coming from!) You just need to freeze several Styrofoam cups with water, freeze them and then cut the cup down so there is about 2 inches of ice protruding. Massage in a circular pattern over the sore areas in your back.


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