Archive for December, 2012

Hangover Aromatherapy

Author: Dr. Larita
December 31, 2012

 

It’s New Year’s Eve, one of the biggest party nights of the year and many people are planning to drink in the new year. Too much alcohol leads to dehydration and most of us have suffered the other yucky sensations like nausea, headache, and dizziness. I don’t drink anything stronger than sparkling cider or sparkling grape juice but I remember those sensations as if it was yesterday.

If you plan on drinking for New Year’s Eve or any other time, you can take some preventive measures such as drinking a higher quality liquor, drinking plenty of water before you drink alcohol as this slows down the absorption rate and helps the body to cope better. You can also take at least 1000 mg of vitamin C before going to sleep. People always say to drink black coffee to help you sober up but that only makes things worse. Drink plenty of water after drinking alcohol too because that will help to flush the toxins out of your body. Unfortunately, you’ll feel tipsy again until you go to the bathroom a couple of times.

These morning after essential oils will help return your body to its pre-alcohol state: juniper, sandalwood, grapefruit, lavender, carrot, fennel, rosemary, and lemon. Make your own blend from this list, using  a total of 6-8 drops in a bath or 4 drops in an inhalation.


hemorrhoids2Hemorrhoids 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. Other things you can do to help yourself if you suffer hemorrhoids follow:

  • eat a high fiber diet to prevent reoccurence of the problem
  • apply witch hazel neat to the hemorrhoids to reduce swelling and itching
  • apply garlic directly to the area and use plenty of garlic and onions in your diet because they increase elasticity of the veins
  • keep the area clean, washing it gently after each bowel movement
  • try sitting on a cushion with your knees raised and/or lay down with a pillow beneath your knees and one under your neck
  • some people get relief from wrapping a hot water bottle in a towel and apply it before your bowel movement


Aid for Overindulgence

Author: Dr. Larita
December 26, 2012

Christmas dinnerEvery holiday I tell myself that I won’t eat too much but I always manage to feel stuffed after dinner because I have to taste everything. Even if I just put a teaspoon of everything on my plate, it still turns out to be too much.

Essential oils will not dissolve all the extra food you eat for dinner but they will allow you to digest that food more easily. The best way to use essential oils for digestion is in a honey tea. Mix 1 or 2 drops of essential oil into a teaspoon of honey, put it in a mug, pour hot water on it, mix it up and then sip the drink slowly. You can use any one of the following essential oils:

  • lemon
  • ginger
  • cumin
  • peppermint
  • spearmint
  • cardamom
  • dill
  • mandarin
My favorite essential oil is peppermint if I’m only going to use one oil for overindulgence. However, it might be a good idea to be ready for the holiday season and make a synergistic blend of essential oils to have ready whenever you overeat. Once you have blended the following oils together in these proportions, use 1 to 2 drops in honey tea.
  • 10 drops mandarin
  • 2 drops peppermint
  • 2 drops ginger
  • 5 drops lemon
  • 3 drops coriander


Merry Christmas to All

Author: Dr. Larita
December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas

Have a very merry Christmas.

 

I’m not writing a blog today. If you eat too much today, I’ll have something for you tomorrow.


Give Bath Crystals as Gifts

Author: Dr. Larita
December 21, 2012

bath crystalsEssential oils can be used in your bath four different ways. First, you can just add them neat to your bath water and swish it around. You will have a luscious aroma plus the therapeutic properties of whichever oil you use. The oils can also be used  to make homemade bubble baths, bath oils, and bath crystals.

If you like bath crystals, you will love the fact that you can make your own and not pay a lot of money for fancy packaging like you do when you buy them in the stores. To make your own you will need some attractive glass jars. You can save them over the year for next holiday season or for any occasion when gifts are given. If you don’t have any for this season, you can put the crystals in a small gift bag from a party store or simply put them in a plastic sandwich bag and add a ribbon.

All you need to make your bath crystals is washing soda crystals, a little food coloring, and the essential oils of your choice. Just crush the washing soda crystals, add a little food coloring (your choice of color) and the essential oil you want for that color. Use a corresponding color for the essential oil you choose like yellow for lemon or red for peppermint. To each 9 ounces of colored crystals add 20 drops of essential oils. Tie a ribbon around the jar or bag and voila, you’ve got your holiday gift.


A Perfect Gift for Mom

Author: Dr. Larita
December 20, 2012

gifts-for-momI always have trouble figuring out what to get my mom for holidays like her birthday, Christmas, or Mother’s Day. She’s the kind of woman who already has everything she needs and doesn’t really make requests or anything like that because she’s content with the things she has. She is the woman who raised me though, so I still feel obligated to purchase her a nice gift from time to time.

One thing I generally rely on when it comes to purchasing gifts for her is body care objects. She likes soaps and lotions with nice fragrances. For her last birthday, I purchased an assortment of online natural products for her.


An Aromatherapy Holiday

Author: Dr. Larita
December 19, 2012

Christmas and Kwanzaa are almost here – are you ready?  Some of you are going all out and spending lots of money on electronic gadgets and expensive clothing for your family. If you want to cut back on spending and make the holidays more meaningful, give the  gift of aromatherapy products. Essential oils make excellent gifts and will be very useful to your friends and family. Body oils last longer on your body and blend with your body chemistry to make your chosen fragrance unique on you.

If you need any suggestions, check out this list:

  • Aromatherapy essential oils
  • Aromatherapy gift baskets
  • Aromatherapy incense
  • Body (fragrance) oils, with the same fragrance lotion and shower gel
  • Essential oil travel kits
  • Aromatherapy massage oils
  • Essential oil diffusers
  • Wood incense burners


The Magi Essential Oil

Author: Dr. Larita
December 18, 2012

MagiEssential oil prices vary from place to place and from time to time depending on their availability and their quality. Frankincense essential oil is one of the most popular Christmas oils and sometimes it can be somewhat expensive. It is harvested twice a year, in the spring and again in the fall. The bark of the frankincense tree is cut allowing the liquid resin to seep out and as it hits the outside air it starts to crystallize and get hard. After a week or two, the hardened resin crystal can be cut off the tree and several different frankincense resins are produced ranging from the pure white “Hojari” which is what was selected for kings and queens to a low grade brownish frankincense resin that contains particles of the tree’s bark.

The crystal resin then goes through a process where it is crushed into powder, put into an oil bath, and steam distilled to extract the oil from the crystal resin. That’s why depending on the time of the year and the purity of your frankincense, you will pay more or less for the product. Frankincense is a popular scent at this time of year. Many people purchase it for the holidays because it reminds them that one of the gifts the three wise men brought to the baby Jesus was the gift of frankincense.


Aromatherapy Gifts

Author: Dr. Larita
December 17, 2012

 

Some people spend lots of money on electronic gadgets and expensive clothing for the family but if you want to cut back and make the holidays more meaningful, give a gift of aromatherapy products. Essential oils make excellent gifts and will be very useful to your friends and family.

If you need any suggestions, check out this list:


Gifts of Fragrance

Author: Dr. Larita
December 14, 2012

Now is the time of year when people are looking for great gifts to give to friends and relatives for the  holidays. Whether it is for the home or the body, many of us like to give wonderful smelling scents as gifts for Christmas, Hanukkah or Kwanzaa. We have previously discussed using essential oils to scent the air with diffusers. Essential oils can also be added to the bath, massaged into the skin, or inhaled directly.

If you are concerned about using natural skin care products, you should use body oils instead of  perfume or cologne. Body oils are designed to be used on your skin. They may or may not contain essential oils. They are often formulations based on the traditional designer brands. When you purchase perfume or cologne in a department store, you  are paying a premium price for the brand name, the advertising campaigns, cosmetics gifts, and the beautiful fancy packaging. These designer brand name perfumes are comprised of concentrated oils and 75% to 85% alcohol, ethanol and or water.

The alcohol and ethanol used make your perfume smell much stronger than it is but it fades within a few hours. As your perfume (or the alcohol in it) evaporates, it not only takes your fragrance but your natural body oils with it, drying your skin as it goes.  Body oils are pure, concentrated perfume oils in a cosmetic grade vegetable oil base that blend in with your body chemistry making the scent your own. They evaporate naturally giving your skin a softer, smoother feeling – plus they contain no alcohol, ethanol or water so many people who are allergic to perfumes and colognes can wear body oils with no problems.


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