Archive for August, 2013

Soothing Chamomile

Author: Dr. Larita
August 29, 2013

There are several types of chamomile essential oil but chamomile Roman is especially good when used for the treatment of insomnia and nervous conditions. Chamomile is an essential oil that is antibacterial, antiseptic, and disinfectant but it is most useful for its internal and external anti-inflammatory properties.

Chamomile can be used when children have teething problems and can be added to the bath to ease nerves and tetchiness. It can also be used to treat burns, sunburn, psoriasis, eczema, asthma, hay fever, diarrhea, sprains and strains, nausea, fever, and nervous or depressed states. Chamomile’s analgesic, diuretic, sedative and calming properties make it absolutely essential to have in your home.


Peppermint Essential Oil

Author: Dr. Larita
August 28, 2013

For those of you who want to start using natural essential oils in your home medicine cabinet, the ones I suggest are lavender, tea tree, peppermint, chamomile, eucalyptus, geranium, rosemary, thyme, lemon, and clove. Essential oils are chosen first for their medical properties and second for their ability to take care of a broad range of health problems. Today, let’s talk about peppermint essential oil.

Peppermint has been used by many cultures (Egyptians, Chinese, and American Indians) for thousands of years because of its healthful properties. 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!


Oven Fried Lime Tilapia

Author: Dr. Larita
August 12, 2013

I have been cooking with essential oils and I’ve had some delicious results. I recently made this dish and I thought I would give you the recipe again. We eat mostly chicken, turkey and fish rather than red meat so that’s mostly what I’ve been experimenting with so far. I’m going to give you a fish recipe that we really enjoyed today. If you have tried others, please let me know which essential oils you used so I can try it.

Oven Fried Lime Tilapia Fillets

  • Heat oven to 425 degrees
  • Mix 1 drop lime essential oil with 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Brush 4 tilapia fillets with 1 teaspoon of the lime/olive oil blend and set the rest aside
  • Sprinkle the fillets with Mrs. Dash, cayenne pepper, garlic powder and sea salt to taste
  • Sprinkle uncooked Cream-o-Wheat on top of the fillets
  • Cover your pan (I use a dark cookie sheet) with aluminum foil and spread the remaining lime/olive oil on the foil
  • Wipe the top of each fillet in the oil on the pan and then lay it on its back side – that way some of the seasonings and cream of wheat will also be on the back of your fillets
  • Cook for 7-10 minutes or until the fish flakes with a fork. Tilapia fillets can be thick or thin so gauge your cooking time according to the size of your fish
  • Serve right away with seasoned rice and salad
  • Bon appetit!

 

 


perspiring womanIf you sweat a lot and it is not from strenuous exercise, there could be a hormonal or physiological cause but you can use a deodorizing body oil after your shower to help. Make the following synergistic blend or use any of the oils listed below the blend to make your own massage oil formula. Spread this all over your body after your bath.

DEODORIZING SYNERGISTIC BLEND

  • 15 drops sage
  • 10 drops thyme
  • 5 drops eucalyptus/peppermint

Dilute the blend in 2 tablespoons of a carrier oil like liquid shea or sweet almond oil.

DEODORIZING BODY ESSENTIAL OILS

  • eucalyptus/peppermint – a 50/50 blend of the two essential oils
  • sage
  • clary sage
  • thyme
  • peppermint


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 them 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.


Yesterday, 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.


Using Essential Oils

Author: Dr. Larita
August 2, 2013

There are three basic methods for using essential oils so that you can make the most of their healing powers for your mind, body and soul. The oils can be used alone so that you get the healing powers of the single essential oil you want to use or you can make a synergistic blend of oils. By mixing two or more essential oils together, you are creating a chemical blend that is different from any of its parts. Blends are powerful and with them you can have increased potency without increasing the dosage.

The first method of use is the body method which includes using the oils as perfume, sniffed on a tissue, inhaled as a vapor, or massaged onto the body in a carrier oil. Next  are the water methods including baths, bidets, douches, jacuzzis, saunas, showers, sitz baths, hand baths, or foot baths. Lastly, we have the room methods which include candles, diffusers, light bulbs, humdifiers, radiators and heaters, room sprays, water bowls, and wood fires. We will explore these methods further this week.

 


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