Archive for March, 2014

Natural Headache Relief

Author: Dr. Larita
March 31, 2014

Do you want a simple and inexpensive natural relief for stress headaches? I have one for you that really works. We recently visited St. Louis and one of my friends was stressed because she couldn’t get in touch with her daughter and she was worried about her because they usually talk several times a day. They live in a large city and she worries all the time since her daughter moved out of the family home. She didn’t believe an aromatherapy remedy would work for her but I told her to try it and see.

I gave her a dropper bottle of lavender essential oil and told her to rub it neat around her forehead, temples, and the back of her neck. We were talking while fixing dinner and suddenly she said, “Hey, my headache’s gone!” It only took a few minutes and the lavender worked. Right after that, her daughter called and said she had overslept but everything was all right.

 


Using Oregano Essential Oil

Author: Dr. Larita
March 28, 2014

Aristotle, the Greek philosopher noticed that turtles who ate snakes ate oregano right afterwords. The oregano appeared to keep them from being poisoned or getting sick, so he started recommending it as an antidote for poisoning from snake bites. There are many practical uses for oregano today and here are just a few for you to try.

  • Put 2-3 drops in 1 ounce of sweet almond oil and rub it on the chest and throat for allergies, asthma, bronchitis, and congestion. You can also use 2-3 drops in a steam inhalation for the same ailments.
  • Put 2-3 drops in a carrier oil and massage the affected area for arthritis, backache, carpal tunnel syndrome, muscular pain and rheumatism.
  • Put 2-3 drops in a diffuser or 8-10 drops in your night time bath water for chronic fatigue syndrome, insomnia, or nervous tension.
  • Put 2-3 drops in 1 ounce of carrier oil and massage the affected area daily for cellulite. The same mixture can be used as needed for fungal infections.
  • Put 2-3 drops in 1 ounce of liquid shea oil and massage on the temples and neck to get rid of headaches and migraines. You can also put this mixture on a hot or cold compress.
  • Put 2-3 drops in 1 ounce of jojoba oil and rub it on the chest and abdomen for indigestion.

To promote menstruation or alleviate premenstrual syndrome, use 2-3 drops in a carrier oil and massage on the lower abdomen and lower back. A hot compress using this mix also works for these symptom, as well as using 8-10 drops in the bath water.

To increase lymphatic circulation, use 2-3 drops in a carrier oil and massage all over the body. For sprains and swelling, use 2-3 drops on a cold compress. To boost the immune system after an illness, use 2-3 drops in a diffuser. Oregano mixes well (in case you want to make a synergistic blend) with cedar, basil, bergamot, eucalyptus, lavender, lemon, orange, rosemary, tea tree and thyme.


Addiction

Author: Dr. Larita
March 27, 2014

addictionTranquilizer drugs, mostly benzodiazepines, are used to treat the symptoms of anxiety. These drugs are very popular and go by such names as Valium, Librium and Ativan among others. Another smaller group of chemical drugs are also used to treat anxiety symptoms like sweating and palpitations. These drugs are very popular and thousands of people use them and become addicted after only a short time. Besides addiction, there are side effects like headaches, excessive fatigue, depression, menstrual and sexual dysfunctions as well as skin rashes, nausea and other problems.

Aromatherapy offers a safe, effective and natural alternative to the use of chemical drugs to treat anxiety and stress.  It has also proven to be effective in assisting those addicted to chemical tranquilizers to stop their use, even after years. The best use of aromatherapy essential oils to help stress is before the person resorts to chemicals. There are many essential oils that can be used to reduce stress, especially when used in massage by an understanding massage therapist. The first oils to come to mind for this purpose are lavender, neroli and ylang-ylang.  Others that are also excellent choices are bergamot, chamomile, clary sage, rose and sandalwood.


Sexy Feet

Author: Dr. Larita
March 26, 2014

Spring is barely here and we had snow yesterday but already I have noticed many people wearing sandals or flip flops with dry crusty feet and cracked heels. I want  to tell them that they can get rid of dry crusty feet by exfoliating with a salt or sugar scrub in the shower and then gently sloughing calluses with a pumice stone. Use the pumice stone a little at a time over a week or two and the callus will be gone or greatly reduced. Celebrities are spending big money to care for their feet but you can do it for a lot less money with as good or better results.

After using your pumice stone, give your feet a deep moisturizing treatment with shea butter cream. Simply coat your feet with the shea butter and then put socks on before going to bed. You can  deep moisturize as often as you like but don’t forget to moisturize your feet after each shower too. The finishing touch for sexy feet that look good in those strappy sandals is to put on your favorite color nail polish.


Spring Allergies

Author: Dr. Larita
March 21, 2014

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Yesterday was the first day of Spring and my husband had to work in the yard. It was only to pick up the dead limbs from all the snow we’ve had but it was enough to  cause his allergies to flair up like they do every time he does yard work. Allergies can come from all manner of irritants such as foods, dust and chemicals to name a few. When these substances invade the body, the defense mechanisms are triggered and you may get sneezes, hives or even respiratory arrest. Aromatherapists approach allergies with essential oils that are calming and soothing to relieve the overreaction to the irritant.

For my honey’s reaction to grass, I had him add one drop of oregano essential oil to a large cup of chamomile tea with honey and stir well and frequently. Later, I gave him a massage with a mixture of 2 drops lavender and 2 drops chamomile essential oil diluted in a tablespoon of liquid shea oil onto his forehead, temples, sinuses, neck and chest. He stopped sneezing so much even before he used the massage oil. He went to bed and got a good night’s sleep and that always helps. Today, he was feeling much better.


Sore Muscle Therapy

Author: Dr. Larita
March 19, 2014

massage therapyLast Thursday I told you about the yoga class I attended Wednesday evening. People at the class told me I would be very sore on Thursday but I wasn’t and I attributed the lack of soreness to my Zumba classes because we use lots of muscle in there. I was still not sore all day Friday but I went to my Friday evening Zumba class and danced strenuously as I usually do. After my shower and then dinner, I sat down to watch a movie with my husband.

When the movie was over I could barely move my upper body. My neck, shoulders, back, arms, forearms and even my hands were extremely sore and I could not get comfortable at all. I iced those areas and then had my husband massage my back and upper extremities with an aromatherapy massage oil that we had on hand for just such occasions.  It contained 1 tablespoon of sweet almond oil, 20 drops of ginger, 5 drops black pepper essential oil and 5 drops nutmeg essential oil.


St. Paddy’s Cure

Author: Dr. Larita
March 18, 2014

green beerDid you drink too much green beer last night? The best remedy for a hangover is sleep and some extra rest and relaxation. If you can, sleep late and take it easy the today. Here is a relaxing blend of essential oils that will help your body deal with what it went through last night in the name of St Patrick.

The TLC Hangover Cure

  • 5 drops fennel
  • 3 drops lavender
  • 5 drops sandalwood
  • 10 drops lemon

Blend these in an amber colored bottle to have ready for the next emergency. Use 8 drops in a bath, rub 2 neat drops around your liver area (the right side of the body near the diaphragm and stomach) and 2 neat drops on the back of your neck. Drink plenty of water with honey dissolved in it and also eat a spoonful of honey into which you’ve blended 2 drops of carrot oil.


Happy St Patrick’s Day!

Author: Dr. Larita
March 17, 2014

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Fragrance Oil Burners

Author: Natural-Beauty
March 14, 2014

I am not a fan of convenience store air fresheners. They smell like cheap perfume and hang heavily in the air. Instead, I like to freshen up the smell of my home with natural fragrance oils dispersed with oil burners.

Using my favorite scents, I’ve added a bit of this and a little of that to come up with a signature scent for my home. It smells clean, light, and subtly tantalizing. All I do is add the mixture to a few oil burners I have strategically placed around my home. I light the candle underneath the oil burners and let the fragrances get to work.


Aromatherapy for Tiredness

Author: Dr. Larita
March 13, 2014

yogaI went to my first Yoga class this evening. The temperature in the workout room was 99 degrees and I was sweating before we even went into the room. The class was very stressful to me since I didn’t know what I was doing and I was using muscles that probably haven’t been used since I was a teenager.

I was so tired from all that exercise that I came home and had my husband give me a massage. The best oils to use when you are tired, whether from exercise, work or just life are whichever ones you like or have. If you want a blend of oils that are specifically for tiredness, use the following blend. You can use them in the bath, in a diffuser or in a massage.

  • lemon 10 drops
  • clary sage 5 drops
  • lavender 15 drops

Add 8 drops of this blend to your bath, or 5 drops to a tablespoon of a carrier oil like sweet almond oil for a massage. Put a teaspoon of water in your diffuser and add 15 drops of the blend. Do not let the water and essential oil mixture boil away.


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