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Aromatherapy Mood Enhancers

Author: Dr. Larita
February 28, 2014

party timeThe next time you have friends and family over, start an aroma tradition. Aromatherapy will enhance each occasion and become a reminder of good times together having fun or just visiting. All you need are essential oils that you can blend together and use in one of the room methods or on your body.

Parties and get together events can be good or bad depending on the people attending and their combined moods. One of the interesting properties of essential oils is their mood inducing effect on us. They can profoundly affect the people at a party and depending on the blend of oils you use; you can have a jumping Saturday night, a relaxing Sunday afternoon or a romantic party for two. These are the oils from which you can choose.

Relaxing Oils

  • geranium
  • sandalwood
  • clary-sage
  • rose
  • frankincense
  • jasmine
  • ylang-ylang

Stimulants 

  • grapefruit
  • mandarin
  • orange
  • cardamom
  • ginger
  • black pepper

 

Romantic (Use in small amounts)

  • benzoin
  • vanilla
  • ylang-ylang
  • rose
  • patchouli
  • jasmine

 


Facial Scrub Ingredients

Author: Dr. Larita
February 24, 2014

0.15 oz Clear JarLast night I remembered that I didn’t have any more facial scrub when I opened the jar to put it on my face. I prepared to make some more and I measured 2 ounces of green clay into a clean jar. I was certain that all the ingredients were here in the house so I didn’t pull them all together like I usually do. I was not having very good luck in pulling my facial scrub together though.

I opened the cabinet to add three teaspoons of cornflour to the green clay and that is when I discovered that what I had thought was cornflour is actually baking powder. I’m glad I read the label before I added it to my clay. I’ll pick up the cornflour at the store tomorrow. Right now, here is the basic mask recipe:

  • 2 ounces green clay
  • 3 teaspoons cornflour

Using the above ingredients, you can make masks for normal, dry or oily skin. You can also make a revitalizing mask and a mask for acne. Keep the basic mask ingredients mixed together in a jar so it is available when you get ready to make your mask.


Oven Fried Lime Tilapia

Author: Dr. Larita
February 18, 2014

I cook with essential oils and I’ve had some amazing results. I recently made this dish again and I thought I would share the recipe. At our house, we eat mostly chicken, turkey and fish rather than red meat so that’s mostly what I’ve been using to cook with essential oils. I’m going to give you a fish recipe that we really enjoy. 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!

 

 


Happy Valentine’s Day

Author: Dr. Larita
February 14, 2014

 happy valentines

Many cultures throughout the world use essential oils for their healing properties. Some uses for the oils include increasing over-all well being and physical, emotional and mental health. Many essential oils can also stimulate the sex drive and work as powerful aphrodisiacs. So those looking to spice up their love lives this Valentine’s Day should consider filling their oil diffusers with one of the following essential oils:

~Ylang Ylang oil energizes the body and intensifies sexual desire.

~Rose oil aids in hormone balance. This oil works best for women, but is also said to boost sexuality in men.

~Jasmine oil is said to have a counter-effect on frigidity, impotence and premature ejaculation. It also boosts energy levels.

~Sandalwood oil is said to aid in the treatment of impotence and help to relieve the anxiety that leads to frigidity. It also produces something similar to androsterone, a male hormone secreted in the armpits as a sexual signal.


Natural Care for Migraines

Author: Dr. Larita
February 13, 2014

headacheI recently saw a friend as we were both leaving work and I thought she looked like she was going to have a stroke. One side of her face was very slack and I asked her how she felt. She said she had a migraine headache and was going home. I told her she looked like she needed to see a doctor. I just saw her again today and she looked fine but she told me she did go to the emergency room that day because she got lost on the way home! Migraine headaches are nothing to play around with and aromatherapy will not help you if you don’t use it in a preventative fashion.

Once a migraine attack begins, the sufferer may be unable to tolerate being touched or to smell essential oils but it is possible to use aromatherapy oils to stop a full blown migraine attack by using the following methods:

  • Cold compresses with equal amounts of lavender and peppermint can be put on the forehead and temples. Change them as soon as they begin  to warm up.
  • Massage the temples with a very light touch using lavender essential oil only if touching the head does not make the pain worse.
  • Since many migraines seem to be due to a restricted blood supply to the brain, a warm or hot compress with a couple drops of marjoram on the back of the neck can increase the flow of blood to the head. Marjoram is a vasodilator (it causes blood vessels to expand somewhat) and of course the heat also helps.
  • Some migraines are the result of stress so regular massage to tension in the neck and shoulders is an excellent preventive measure. It is also advisable to include light tapping on the scalp at times when there is no pain.

Lastly, many people with migraines have food triggers that often involve cheese, chocolate and red wine and they should investigate that angle too. Other non-food triggers may cause an attack so migraine sufferers should pay close attention to bad lighting, industrial and household chemicals.


Make Your Own Body Scrubs

Author: Dr. Larita
February 12, 2014

There are plenty of skin care products out there that are best left to the professionals.   Salt and sugar scrubs, on the other hand, can be made quite easily in your kitchen, so for those who enjoy homemade products and custom scents, here’s your opportunity.  The scrubs are a way to gently exfoliate your body and promote healthy skin. They can be used before or along with your bath or shower.

The first thing you need to decide is whether you prefer salt or sugar.  Those with sensitive skin often do better with sugar, which is more gentle and melts away faster in the warm water.  Then, it’s time to collect your ingredients. The basics of the recipe are sugar or salt, food grade oil (such as jojoba , grapeseed, or avocado), and essential oils.   You can use a variety of different oils depending on your skin’s needs. For example, grapeseed oil is slightly astringent and great for oily skin, while sweet almond oil is great for dry skin that needs a lot of moisturizing.  You might also choose to use a bit of honey, especially in sugar scrubs, to help smooth out the texture of the scrub.  You can get creative with seasonal scents, or even add some coffee crystals for a little extra wake-up power in your shower. Here’s a sample recipe: 8 cups salt or sugar (raw or light brown,) 2 cups jojoba oil, 1/2 cup avocado oil and 8-10 drops of essential oil plus honey for texture. Slowly mix the oils into the sugar or salt. You want a consistency that is wet, yet allows you to ball it up without it dripping back through your fingers.  Add honey and/or more oil as needed.  When you have achieved your desired texture, mix in your essential oils. Note: be sure to use pure essential oils and not fragrance oils which are often synthetic and can be highly irritating.


Another Cold?

Author: Dr. Larita
February 11, 2014

cold2Today is Saturday and I woke up sneezing but I went to my doctor appointment anyway. Luckily, I don’t need new glasses and I don’t have cataracts or glaucoma. With that good news, I decided to go ahead and attend the Zumbathon at the YWCA. Unfortunately, when I got there, all the parking spaces on the lot were gone and the only places were on the street. I had on sneakers and the street was packed  with snow. I was already sneezing so I just came back home and treated myself with steam inhalation.

First, I relaxed in the tub and inhaled deeply the aroma of the following essential oils.

2 drops – Thyme
2 drops – Tea tree
1 drop – Eucalyptus
3 drops – Lemon

I could have used the steam inhalation method. For that method, you use one drop each of thyme, tea tree, lavender, and clove in a bowl of steaming hot water. Put a towel over your head enclosing the bowl with the steaming blend and breath deeply for 5 to 10 minutes, taking a break whenever needed.

If you are away from home and can’t perform the steam inhalation method, you can take with you a tissue to which you have added one drop each of peppermint, eucalyptus, and clove. Inhale this aroma deeply whenever possible.

Before going to bed, massage your chest, neck and sinus area with the following essential oils diluted in 1 teaspoon of shea oil or another cosmetic grade vegetable oil of your choice:

1 drop – Lemon
2 drops – Eucalyptus
3 drops – Rosemary

Keep the risk of catching the common cold at a minimum by washing your hands frequently. When you do catch a cold, the use of aromatherapy essential oils will allow you to recover quickly.

 


Soften Your Skin

Author: Dr. Larita
February 5, 2014

lotionHave you ever noticed that some places on your body are dry and rough? Think about your elbows, knees, heels and the bottom of your feet, just to name a few. Frequent hand washing can cause cracked, dry skin so your hands may need special attention too. Dry skin can contribute to illness like colds and flu because your skin is the first line of defense for your immune system.

Shea butter is an excellent natural product to use for treating dry skin. You can smooth it on the rough places to soften your skin. A special treatment for dry hands and feet is to apply shea butter before going to bed. Put socks on your feet and if your hands are really dry, put on exfoliating gloves after applying your shea butter. Essential oils like lavender or geranium can also be used to treat dry skin. You can add the essential oil to an unscented lotion and use it on your hands during the day after each hand washing.


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