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Aromatherapy for Sinusitis

Author: Dr. Larita
March 27, 2013

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Ever hear someone snorting and wish you could give them something to make them stop? Next time, offer them them some essential oils. A steam inhalation using a combination of 3 drops  rosemary, 1 drop oregano and 1 drop peppermint will really open up those sinuses.

You can make a blend for your friend. Use 2 drops rosemary, 1 drop geranium and 1 drop eucalyptus. Take one drop of this blend, put it on a tissue, give it to your friend (of course, you can use it yourself if you are the one with the sinus problem) and inhale it throughout the day.

Did your mom use to rub you down with a salve when you had a cold or your sinuses were stopped up? Blend 5 drops rosemary, 5 drops geranium, 2 drops eucalyptus and 3 drops peppermint. Use 5 drops of the blend per teaspoon of a carrier oil like almond oil and use only the one teaspoon of this mixture per massage. Massage around the neck, behind and in front of the ears, over the cheekbones, the nose and the forehead.


Get Rid of Stress

Author: Dr. Larita
March 26, 2013

Stress is a part of everyone’s life in one way or another. Your body, mind and soul will benefit greatly from the use of pure, safe, natural and effective essential oils. Aromatherapy essential oils may be exactly what you need if you are trying to reduce the mental stress caused by tests at school, your job, financial worries and family matters.

There are specific essential oils that can be used for mental stress and they can be used alone or in a synergistic blend. The oils to use are geranium, lavender, sandalwood, basil, bergamot, grapefruit, cardamom, and patchouli. A specific synergistic blend to use is equal amounts of geranium, lavender and bergamot but you can blend others or simply use just one of the above mentioned oils. After blending the essential oils, add 2 drops to a teaspoon of sweet almond oil and massage your temples, forehead and the back of your neck.


How Aromatherapy Massage Oils Work

Author: Natural-Beauty
March 25, 2013

SpaGetting a massage is known to be very relaxing, but getting an aromatherapy massage can be even more relaxing. It’s essentially the same as a massage, only with the inclusion of essential oils added to the massage lotion. The nostrils are attached to the limbic system aspect of the brain, which controls emotions and influences hormones.

When someone inhales the molecules from aromatherapy massage oils, their limbic system can be affected in a number of ways, depending on the type of oil. These effects can also happen through the application of the oil itself, as essential oils can also be absorbed through the skin. Certain oils may be calming or energizing, or even decongesting.


Using a Diffuser

Author: Dr. Larita
March 20, 2013

electric oil burnerDiffusing an essential oil or heating it to release the fragrant molecules into the air will allow you to achieve many things. It can create a specific atmosphere in a room for a particular reason. For instance, frankincense essential oil is calming and will prepare a room for meditation or a quiet restful time. An uplifting fragrance like orange or lemon helps people feel at ease and can make your space welcoming for those times when you have guests for dinner or a party. Essential oils like tea tree and eucalyptus help rid your rooms of germs in the air and keep the rest of the family safe when one person has a cold or the flu. One last essential oil that is very useful to use  in a diffuser is lavender. It is a gentle and natural way to improve your quality of sleep.

There are many different types of diffusers and you should choose yours depending on when and how you want to use it. Electric diffusers may be the most safe to use, especially if you have young children. There are also diffusers that you use with a votive candle that heats the oils in a small glass or ceramic tray and releases the aroma in the air.diffuser

Diffuser Blends

  • 2 drops lemongrass and 4 drops cardamom will make a room feel relaxing
  • 4 drops sweet orange and 2 drops clove will make guests at a winter party feel warm and uplifted
  • 3 drops tea tree and 3 drops thyme will keep germs away
  • 4 drops lavender and 2 drops tangerine will improve sleep


Bergamot Essential Oil

Author: Dr. Larita
March 18, 2013

When I first discuss essential oils with someone who is not familiar with them, I always tell them that aromatherapy is the specific use of the natural fragrances of plants to enhance physical, mental and emotional well-being. Bergamot essential oil is good for supporting the spirit, easing the mind and healing the body.

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  • Bergamot essential releases pent up emotions allowing you to express your feelings realistically
  • Bergamot also relieves feelings of apathy and listlessness

Bergamot Eases the Mind

  • Take a bath with 2 drops bergamot and 4 drops neroli to ease severe emotional anxiety
  • Apply a massage oil of 4 teaspoons liquid shea oil, with 2 drops bergamot, 4 drops rose and 4 drops sandalwood to ease and calm grief

Bergamot Heals the Body

  • To clear and cleanse oily or problem skin or acne, mix 2 drops bergamot, 4 drops sweet orange and 4 drops geranium in 4 drops jojoba oil and apply it to your face or any other area with problem skin.
  • To cleanse and heal infected cuts or boils use a hot compress with 2 drops bergamot and 4 drops tea tree oil


Thyme Essential Oil

Author: Dr. Larita
March 15, 2013

aromatherapy2Occasionally, I like to feature one of the more popular essential oils that everyone should have on hand in their home. Thyme is a very useful essential oil because of its powerful antiviral properties. It has been used for centuries by ancient civilizations. The Greeks and the Romans used it to flavor cheese and alcohol. The Egyptians used it in their embalming practice and the Scots used to make a tea and drank it thinking it gave them courage and strength. Today, thyme is used in aromatherapy for its many therapeutic uses.

  • Put 2-3 drops on a cotton ball and dab on the affected area for acne, bruises, cuts, eczema, insect bites, oily skin and warts.
  • Put 2-3 drops in a carrier oil and massage it on the affected area for arthritis, gout, muscle aches and pains, sports injuries, sprains and rheumatism.
  • Use 2-3 drops in steam inhalation or in 1 ounce of a carrier oil and rub it on the chest and throat for asthma, bronchitis and coughs.
  • Use 2-3 drops in steam inhalation for colds, flu, mucous infections and sinusitis.
  • Put 2-3 drops in a diffuser for insomnia, physical exhaustion and stress-related problems.
  • Use 2-3 drops in 1 ounce of carrier oil and massage it on the body to fight poor circulation

 


Using Essential Oils 4

Author: Dr. Larita
March 14, 2013

So far, we have talked about body methods and water methods for using essential oils. Today, I’m going to talk about ways to use themaromatherapy5 throughout a room.

Room Techniques

  • Candles – use 1-2 drops.  Light the candle and when the wax starts to melt, add the oils to the melted wax. Be careful not to get the oils on the wick because they are inflammable.
  • Diffusers – use 1-6 drops. Diffusers are specifically made for use with essential oils. There are many different kinds of diffusers and they can be heated by electricity or by candle flame. Be sure the bowl part of the diffuser is made of non-porous material so that it can be wiped clean before a different essential oil is used in it. The main idea is that the bowl is heated by the heat source allowing the essential oil molecules to be released into the air.
  • Light bulbs – 1-2 drops. Heat from light bulbs can release essential oil molecules into the air. You can put the essential oil directly on the light bulb before you turn it on or you can use a light bulb ring. Do not put the essential oil on a bulb that is hot because the oils are inflammable. Light bulb rings only work on the bulb type of light bulbs. They do not work on the new coiled, energy-saving type bulbs. Make sure the light bulb ring fits on your bulb before you add the oils.
  • Humidifiers – 1-9 drops. Add the essential oil to the water. Eucalyptus would work well for humidifiers because it is antiseptic and antibiotic.
  • Radiators – 1-9 drops. Add the essential oil to a cotton ball and place it by the pipe or somewhere that puts it in contact with the heat.
  • Room sprays – 4 -8 drops per 1 cup water. Use a new plant sprayer  and add warm (not boiling) water, add the essential oil and shake well before using. You can spray the mist into the air or on the carpets, curtains, and furniture. Do not let the water fall on good wood.
  • Water bowls – 1-9 drops. Pour boiling water into a bowl and add the essential oil. Close doors and windows and allow 5 minutes for the aroma to fill the room.
  • Wood fires – 1 drop per log. Use cypress, pine, sandalwood, or cedarwood essential oils. Put 1 drop on each log and let it soak for 30 minutes before using. The oil will be effective on the log for a long time so you can prepare logs in advance and use one essential oil log per fire.

 


Using Essential Oils 3

Author: Dr. Larita
March 13, 2013

Yesterday we talked about some body methods you can use to get the maximum effect from your essential oils. Today let’s talk about aaromatherapybath different technique.

Water Techniques

  • Baths – use a maximum of 8 drops of essential oils in the bath or the amount directed for use in a particular recipe. First, close the bathroom door and run the bath, then add the essential oil and swish the water around. Soak in the tub for at least ten minutes while relaxing and breathing deeply. You can dilute the essential oils in a carrier oil before adding it to the water to help your skin feel silky smooth while also relaxing your body.
  • Bidet – use 2 – 3 drops of essential oil diluted in 1 teaspoon carrier oil. Run warm water from the bidet or from the tap, add the essential oil and swish it around so the oils don’t irritate mucous membranes.
  • Douche – only use this method if you are under the care of a naturopath. Add the essential oil to boiled and cooled water from the tap or warmed, bottled spring water. Shake the douche thoroughly before using.
  • Jacuzzi – use 3 drops per person using the jacuzzi.
  • Sauna – use 2 drops per 2 1/2 cups of water. Use eucalyptus, tea tree or pine essential oils. Mix the essential oils in the water  and throw it onto the heat source as usual. Only use one of these three oils because they are the only ones that enter the body with inhalation and exit by perspiration. All three oils are very beneficial as cleansers and detoxifiers.
  • Shower – as directed or use a maximum  of 8 drops essential oil. First, wash as usual in the shower. Then add the essential oil to your washcloth or sponge and rub it over your body quickly as you stand under the running water. Deeply breathe in the aromatic steam.
  • Sitz bath – as directed in your recipe or 2-3 drops. Run a bath to hip level or use a bowl or pan that is big enough for you to lower your behind into it. Add your essential oil and swish thoroughly so the oils don’t irritate your delicate mucous membranes.
  • Hand bath – use 2-4 drops of essential oil – soak the hands for a maximum of 10 minutes in a bowl of warm water.
  • Foot bath – as directed in your recipe or 2-6 drops. Soak your feet for twenty minutes in a bowl of warm water.


Using Essential Oils 2

Author: Dr. Larita
March 12, 2013

aromatherapy essential oilsYesterday, we discussed the three basic methods of using essential oils in general. Today I am giving you more details about how to use the oils on your body.

Body Methods

  • Perfume – dissolve your essential oils (the strength is up to you) in a light carrier oil and apply to the body as you would perfume.
  • Tissue or handkerchief – apply 1 drop and sniff as needed.
  • Inhaled as a Vapor – use 2-3 drops  of essential oils. Pour hot water into a bowl, add the oil, cover your head with a towel and lean over the bowl with your face about 10 inches away and with your eyes closed. Breath deeply through your nose for 1 to 3 minutes, take a break and do it again as needed or until the water cools.
  • Massage oil –  use a maximum of 5 drops to each teaspoon of carrier oil or as directed in a particular recipe. Purchase a brown glass bottle and measure out your base oil. You can use sweet almond oil, jojoba oil, grapeseed oil, shea oil, coconut oil, etc. Add the essential oil and blend it into the carrier oil by turning the bottle upside down several times and then rolling the bottle briskly between your hands. You only need about a teaspoon of this mixture poured into the palm of your hand to massage the whole body.


Essential Oils for Beards

Author: Dr. Larita
March 8, 2013

beardWe have talked about skin care for men before in Natural Body Guru but I don’t think we have yet discussed essential oils for keeping your beard groomed. It takes about six weeks to grow a beard from a clean-shaven face and during that period you may have problems with ingrown hairs. Whatever you use on your beard needs to be good for your skin too. Beards can trap sebum and debris which can cause an odor and spots. In this busy day and age, you’ll probably be taking care of your own beard as opposed to having it done by a barber.

Your lady will like your beard if you keep it shiny, well groomed and healthy looking but you may lose her if it is dull, bristly, patchy and  smells bad. Using essential oils in a carrier oil like avocado oil, jojoba oil or almond oil is good grooming for your beard as well as your skin. The essential oils that are good for this purpose are rosemary, lavender, thyme, lemon or cypress. An excellent conditioning mixture is 10 drops rosemary, 5 drops lavender, 5 drops thyme and 10 drops lemon essential oil diluted in 2 teaspoons jojoba oil. Use this blend once a day during the growth period. When the beard is fully grown, use the oil as a conditioner for your beard by massaging it into the beard and your facial skin before bathing. Rinse it off with cool water after your shower or bath.


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