Archive for December, 2012

Fending Off the Aging Process

Author: Natural-Beauty
December 13, 2012

I just turned fifty a few days ago and while I like to think I’ve aged fairly well, I’m starting to fear that my age will start showing soon and I want to do everything in my power to continue looking youthful. I fear the day when I’ll have to start dying my hair or when I start getting serious wrinkles, so I want to do whatever it takes to fend off the aging process.

Obviously, one of the best ways to do this is to just stay healthy. I exercise every day and I’ve changed my diet to try to make it a little bit healthier in general. I’ve even started to use anti-aging moisturizers in hopes that they’ll make me feel a bit more lively and vibrant. So far, I think that they have been working!


Skin Mousse Recipe

Author: Dr. Larita
December 12, 2012

To make your recipe, use a clean glass jar about the size of a small baby food jar or a little smaller. It needs to be big enough to hold 4 teaspoons of finished product and also have room to mix the formula. Of course, you can mix the ingredients in another container and then transfer it to a small jar that will hold just 4 teaspoons. Add 3 teaspoons aloe vera gel to 1 teaspoon jojoba oil and stir with a small spoon. When the oil and gel combine and start to thicken, add another 1/2 teaspoon aloe vera gel and keep stirring until the mixture gets smooth and becomes an opaque, pale cream color. This will make 4 tsp of mousse or enough for about 10 applications to your face.

If you like, you can leave the mousse unscented. If you are like me, though, you will want to add some beneficial fragrance. Try one of the blends below in the amounts given and stir again. Your mousse will last about four to six weeks if kept at a cool room temperature. These blends will leave your skin feeling amazing – calm, restored and soft.

For normal skin, add to the mousse 2 drops geranium and 1 drop rosewood essential oil to the mousse. For dry skin, add 1 drop chamomile and 1 drop rose to the mousse. For oily skin add 1 drop lavender and 1 drop rosemary to the mousse. For acne add 1 drop chamomile, 1 drop lavender, 1 drop juniper and 1 drop patchouli. Whichever formula is right for your skin, you will be pleased with your mousse.


Easy Skin Mousse

Author: Dr. Larita
December 11, 2012

If you have dry, sensitive or sun damaged skin, a regular blend of essential oil in a carrier oil will not be as effective for you as a specially made skin mousse to sooth redness, irritation or burns. I was at a conference in Boston and the night before the meetings started I went out to dinner with friends and had lobster and shrimp. That wasn’t an unusual dish for me to eat but it was unusual for me to eat it in Boston. The next morning in the opening session, my neck and chest were very uncomfortable and when I went to the restroom, I saw hives all over that area. I wish I had known about this mousse then, it would have soothed my skin and stopped the itching.

Skin mousse is made up of pure Aloe Vera gel which you can get at your local health food or drug store. It will cool and hydrate your skin and reduce inflammation.  Combine the gel with jojoba carrier oil which is a liquid wax that is very similar to your skin’s natural oils and has excellent softening properties. The mousse makes a delightfully special facial treatment and you can also apply it to problem skin anywhere on your body or as a soothing treatment for baby’s skin. We’ll talk more about making your mousse tomorrow.


Aromatherapy for Back Pain

Author: Dr. Larita
December 10, 2012

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.


Treat Your Hair Naturally

Author: Dr. Larita
December 6, 2012

 

If your hair is dry, it is probably because your sebaceous glands are not producing enough oil to keep it  healthy. 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.

Dry hair fixes include:

  • Using a very gentle shampoo followed by a cream conditioner that you leave on for several minutes (on your hair, not your scalp)
  • 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


Using a diffuser is an excellent way to disperse essential oils into the air. Diffusers emit a fine mist of essential oil micro-particles that purify and revitalize the air in a room. There are many different kinds of these devices available but my favorite is the electric diffuser  closely followed by the kind that uses a tea light candle to diffuse the oil. The essential oils you use in your diffuser are determined by the outcome you want to achieve. Below are lists of essential oils you can use for the purpose stated. You can use one of the oils in the list or experiment with a blend of oils from the same list.

To breath more easily choose from clove, eucalyptus, juniper berries, lavender, peppermint, pine, spearmint, or tea tree. To disinfect a room choose bergamot, cinnamon, clove, eucalyptus, lavender, pine, rosemary,sate, tea tree or thyme. To energize a room use eucalyptus, lemon, lime, peppermint, pine or spearmint. For a stress-free atmosphere, use chamomile, geranium, grapefruit, lavender, lemon, mandarin, neroli, orange or petitgrain.


First Trip to the Masseuse

Author: Natural-Beauty
December 3, 2012

I was always hesitant about getting a professional massage from a massage therapist or a chiropractor; it always just seemed like a strange thing to do and I could not imagine something that seemed so simplistic really working on anybody. I also assumed that I’d be tense and uncomfortable the whole time it was happening and it would not end up being worth it.

Boy, was I wrong! When a friend of mine finally convinced me to actually go out and get a massage, my opinion changed completely. The masseuse used all kinds of great techniques and massage oils that wound up relieving my back of pains and tensions that I did not even know were there.


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