Archive for September, 2012

Healthy and Unhealthy Skin

Author: Natural-Beauty
September 7, 2012

A lot of people don’t know the difference between ‘healthy’ skin and ‘unhealthy’ skin. There are actually a number of glaring signifiers to determine whether or not your skin can be considered healthy. There are typically four criteria to look at in regards to healthy skin: hydration, even color, smooth texture, and normal sensations.

Hydration is in reference to whether or not skin is frequently overly dry or flaky; even color is referring to whether or not skin looks blotchy; smooth texture relates to acne, blackheads, scars, and wrinkles; lastly, normal sensations is referring to whether or not you may feel burning or itching on your skin. One of the best ways to ensure that your skin remains healthy is through organic body care.


Summer Cold Relief

Author: Dr. Larita
September 6, 2012

I talk to a friend of mine over the phone fairly often and the last couple of times we talked, I could tell she has a terrible summer cold. I told her a little about essential oils and how they can help her get over that cold. Don’t you hate it when you get a cold in the summer? Almost every time I travel by airplane I get a cold from being cooped up with strangers all breathing the same air that is circulated over and over! It’s no wonder that my husband ended up with a terrible summer cold when we returned from a family reunion in Washington, DC recently (see my husband standing in front of the White House?)

My husband dislikes being sick too so I wanted to help him get over his cold as quickly as possible. I had him drink a cup of my summer cold tea which is hot water with honey and lemon plus one drop each of any two of the following essential oils: eucalyptus, ginger, lavender, tea tree or oregano. All of these essential oils have either antiviral or antibacterial properties and will help you get quick relief for a summer or winter cold. Just drink a cup every four hours until you start to feel better.


Aromatherapy for Insomnia

Author: Dr. Larita
September 5, 2012

I don’t ever have a problem going to sleep. As soon as my head hits the pillow, my husband says I am out like a light. Unfortunately for him, he often can’t go right to sleep and he lays there and tosses and turns (no, that doesn’t wake me up but he tells me about it.) He uses a couple of different aromatherapy methods to get to sleep now.

Dilute the following essential oils into 2 tablespoons of sweet almond oil and massage the blend into your body. For an individual massage, you only need to use a teaspoon  of this mixture.

  • 10 drops chamomile
  • 10 drops lemon
  • 10 drops marjoram

After massaging this blend into your skin, take an essential oil bath. Put 4 drops of any of the following oils (or a blend of any of them) into your bath water: marjoram, chamomile, clary-sage, sandalwood or lemon. Your bath water should be warm, not too hot or too cool. Get in the bath and just relax or read a book – not an action or horror story though. Then go to bed. You can repeat this every night or as needed.

 


Sore Neck Aromatherapy

Author: Dr. Larita
September 4, 2012

Have you ever awakened to a sore neck that you did not have before you went to sleep? I figured out over the years that, at least for me, this is caused by sleeping in the wrong position on my pillow. It’s too bad that the problem doesn’t go away as quickly as it occurs. It usually lasts two to three days for me and that is an uncomfortable feeling. I have a remedy for neck strain if it happens to you too.

First, prepare your ice massage tools by freezing several Styrofoam cups filled with water and then cut the cup down so there is about 2 inches of ice protruding. Massage in a circular pattern over the sore area. You can also use an ice pack around the sore area for at least 15 minutes at a time. Then you can massage the neck and  shoulder area three times a day using the following blend diluted in 2 tablespoons of liquid shea oil:

  • 10 drops ginger
  • 10 drops rosemary
  • 5 drops black pepper
  • 5 drops peppermint

 


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