Archive for April, 2014

Aromatherapy for Fibromyalgia

Author: Dr. Larita
April 28, 2014

I have a friend who suffers from fibromyalgia and I’ve been searching for natural ways to help ease the pain. I have found that while aromatherapy massage is often recommended, deep or intense massage cannot be tolerated by many fibromyalgia sufferers. The alternative is to gently apply the essential oils with a light touch massage. There are a number of testimonials that credit the relief they got to the use of essential oils. Lavender essential oil provides relaxation and can be used along with basil and marjoram, mixed with massage oil and rubbed in for spasms and cramps. Peppermint oil can also be used to stop that dull aching pain but don’t forget to dilute it in a carrier oil– 25 drops to 1/2 oz of jojoba or other carrier oil. If any of our readers have used these or other aromatherapy essential oils for fibromyalgia pain relief, please post a comment.


It’s not all that uncommon for people to skip out on the moisturizing phase of skin care, but it’s an important stage to reduce the visible effects of aging. When people age, their skin becomes less hydrated which necessitates the use of anti-aging moisturizers to have healthier skin. In the winter, when skin is at its driest, it’s essential to moisturize on a daily basis. There are hundreds of different moisturizer products available, and choosing the right product can be a challenge.

You don’t want to spend an arm and a leg on your moisturizing products, nor do you want a product that doesn’t work well. Not all moisturizers are created equal, so it’s important to shop around, ask friends, and read customer reviews to find the best products. When you’re using a great moisturizer, you’ll notice an immediate difference in the look and feel of your skin.


Stress Free Scents

Author: Dr. Larita
April 22, 2014

Aromatherapy is a form of alternative medicine that has helped many adherents to relax and experience a sense of profound calmness. In today’s hustle-and-bustle business world, it’s nice to have a pleasant respite. For many people, that means inhaling the soothing scent of essential oils. These oils affect much more than just the nose and the body’s olfactory senses. They travel to the limbic system to enhance mood.

Aromatherapy essential oils are derived by extracting and boiling down the essence of beneficial plants. These oils have been shown to relieve sleep disorders and to improve people’s overall outlook on life. If you are overworked and stressed out, take a moment to pamper yourself with some much needed aromatherapy.


Enjoying a Day Off!

Author: Dr. Larita
April 18, 2014

happy easter

 

I’m taking a day off from writing today. Enjoy the holiday.


Black Seed Oil

Author: Dr. Larita
April 17, 2014

Black seed or Nigella Sativa is cultivated in Russia, Turkey, Egypt, Arabia, Oman, Ethiopia, Middle East, India, Bangladesh, France, and Germany. It is also known as black seed oil, Kalonji or the seed of blessing. This is a specialty oil that is popular in preparations for acne, burns and wrinkles. It is dark in color with a pungent herbal scent and is often used in middle eastern cooking as a spice or a topping. I first became aware of its edible use when I tasted Naan bread, which I love, and other pastries that use this seed.

Black seeds are extremely beneficial as a food in many aspects of health, both healing and preventative. It has been used traditionally in the Middle East and Southeast Asian countries to treat ailments including asthma, bronchitis, rheumatism and related inflammatory diseases; to increase milk production in nursing mothers; to promote digestion and to fight parasitic infections. Black seed oil has been used to treat skin conditions such as eczema and boils and it is also used to treat symptoms of the common cold. More than 200 university studies conducted since 1959 have confirmed many traditional uses of this powerful seed with anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and anti-histamine properties among them.

Black seed oil is a rich source of essential fatty acids – omega 3 and omega 6, the building blocks of cells and is commonly used for the relief of acne, psoriasis, eczema and pain. It is also commonly used in joint massage and headache. Black seed oil is said by some to be “Cleopatra’s beauty secret.” The Prophet Mohammad stated in his “Hadith” that black seed oil cures every illness except death. The black seed was also found in the Egyptian Pharoah Tutankhamen’s tomb.

 


Fix Dry Hair Natural

Author: Dr. Larita
April 16, 2014

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


Treatment for Wrinkles

Author: Dr. Larita
April 11, 2014

wrinklesLaugh lines are one thing, but wrinkles that start making you feel like your skin looks older than you feel are another thing completely! Here are some ways to take care of those lines.

1.  Sunscreen is the number one way to prevent sun damage and wrinkling.  Apply any time you’ll be spending time outdoors, whether it’s sunny or cloudy, summer or winter.

2.  Vitamin A (Retinoid) Creams.  These creams can increase sun sensitivity, making number one even more important!  Vitamin A stimulates collagen production and stops cells from breaking down further.

3.  Alpha Hydroxy Acids exfoliate and increase collagen.  Just remember to be gentle with your skin! It is also a good idea to consult a trained cosmetologist if you are not sure what concentrations to use.

4.  Antioxidants – in your food and on your skin, these are key to feeling and looking youthful!

5. Hydration – The importance of drinking enough water cannot be overemphasized. What happens when you’re dehydrated? Your skin will get dry and begin to sag; and you’ll begin to lose muscle tone. If you find yourself thirsty, then you’re already behind schedule on keeping yourself hydrated, so carry water with you and drink it often!

 


Environment and Skin Care

Author: Dr. Larita
April 10, 2014

There are pluses and minuses to living in every environment. For some people, the pluses of desert living far outweigh the minuses. Sunshine can do wonders for one’s mood and the native plants do not wreak havoc on an overactive allergy-prone immune system each spring.

One minus is the effect the sunshine and the dry weather can have on the skin. To combat the negative effects of too much sun, always wear a hat and plenty of sunscreen when going outside. Also apply skin moisturizer liberally in the morning and before bed each night.


Hand Care

Author: Dr. Larita
April 8, 2014

beautiful handsWe put makeup on our faces and go to the gym to keep our bodies in shape but if we don’t take care of our hands all that is a waste of time. The first place that shows age spots is your hands and add that to loose wrinkled skin on the backs of your hands and your hands are telling everyone that you are older than your beautiful face looks! If you work with your hands a lot, this stretches the skin even more and everyone exposes their hands to dirt, grease, grime, heavy detergents, and dish soaps etc. everyday. We really should wear rubber gloves when we do this kind of work with our hands but I don’t bother with it, do you?

Essential oils can help you keep your hands looking their best. Couple your essential oils with a good hand cream and you’ll have the whole family using your hand cream very quickly. Use any of the following essential oils with your hand cream and your hands will look their best in no time: rosemary, geranium, sandalwood, patchouli, lavender, rose, lemon, lime, or carrot. You might want to price the essential oils first because you don’t have to use an expensive one.

You can also mix the hand cream as you use it by putting some cream in your hand and adding one or two drops of the essential oil of your choice as you go. I like to use geranium usually because it smells so nice but if I have a cut or scrape (I’m a klutz in the kitchen) I often use lavender essential oil. Any of the oils mentioned above will work to make your hands as beautiful as the rest of you.


How to Prevent Wrinkles

Author: Dr. Larita
April 7, 2014

The face is by far the most common area for wrinkles to appear on your skin, and unfortunately, these wrinkles are also the most noticeable. To reduce the appearance of existing wrinkles and prevent future wrinkles, it’s best to use a skin tightening cream. This cream will work to firm and tighten the skin underneath and around the eyes and near the mouth (the most common areas wrinkles appear). It’s also a good idea to take precautions to prevent wrinkles by reducing your exposure to the sun, and ensuring that you wear sunscreen whenever outside.

It’s impossible to prevent and remove wrinkles forever, but by taking care of your skin, you will have more years of youthful radiance. It’s best to start when you’re younger than older; as when you’re older chances are the wrinkles have already begun to appear, and you’ll no longer be working just to prevent wrinkles, but to reduce their appearance and work towards prevention.  The earlier you start using skin tightening cream and promoting safe practices, the better!


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