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Aromatherapy Alternative

Author: Dr. Larita
May 30, 2014

Take a look at your current health care plan and you can see why people are seeking alternative health care remedies. Even though the Affordable Health Care Act is helping millions of Americans, health care costs continue to soar. It’s no wonder why people are looking for cheaper alternatives; especially for routine illnesses like common colds, sinusitis, constipation and migraine. Some folks are even finding remedies for arthritis, psoriasis, alopecia and other chronic and mild illnesses.

Naturopaths say that for every illness, there is a suitable natural healing alternative. Aromatherapy is a viable much less expensive alternative health care option which uses essential oils or volatile liquid from plant materials and certain aromatic compounds. Basically, the essential oils have an effect on an individual’s health or mood. Look for more on this subject in future posts.

 


blistersI am watching one of my favorite shows on TV, So You Think You Can Dance, and thinking about the dancers’ poor abused feet. Have you ever gotten a blister on your foot from your shoes rubbing either your toe or your heel? I hate that feeling. Just think about those dancers, spinning and twisting around on the floor with bare feet! I’m sure they get blisters quite often.

The best thing to do for that type of blister is to cover it with a gauze bandage that has a few drops of lavender or chamomile essential oil on it. If you have a very large blister, it’s best to sterilize a needle and puncture the blister first. Then apply lavender neat and put a gauze bandage on it after that. For those large blisters, you can make a synergistic blend of equal parts lavender and myrrh.

Don’t put the kind of band aid on your blister that won’t let your skin breath. Put a gauze bandage on and hold it on with plaster strips so that the skin can breath as much as possible. Leave off shoes and socks as much as possible or at least wear shoes that do not touch the blister until it has  healed completely. People more likely to get blisters – joggers, hikers, athletes and ballet dancers for example, can use tincture of benzoin painted on their toes, heels or other susceptible parts of the foot. This will prevent and help heal blisters.


Essential Oils for Aging

Author: Dr. Larita
May 28, 2014

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Once we get older, many of us have problems with bad circulation in the hands and feet. To treat poor circulation, add 30 drops of geranium essential oil to two tablespoons of sweet almond or grapeseed carrier oil. Rub this combination on yourself from the hand to the elbow to aid circulation in your hands and from the foot to the knee to treat your feet and lower extremities.

Geranium is one of the best revitalizing oils there is so you can rub the above mixture all over your body. When you put it on your face you will improve the texture of your skin and make it firmer and smoother. Besides making you look younger, geranium is a very effective antidepressant so it will also cheer you up and make you feel great. Geranium smells very nice too!


Descriptions Of Essential And Carrier Oils And Some Uses From H To PI’ve been reading about the benefits of essentials oils for the skin. I’ve been having some minor irritations and breakouts these past few weeks and I’m looking for new ways to control these or to rid myself of these altogether. My doctor says it’s because of stress or a result of a poor diet. I suppose I can eat healthier but I think there is little I can do about the everyday stress that I feel. That’s why I’ve been looking for additional supplements that could help me.

I learned that I cannot apply essential oils directly into my skin. Because of its concentrated nature, essential oils can often cause severe irritation or allergic reactions if applied directly. Carrier oils are usually needed to mix with the essential oil to dilute it before application. It’s a good thing that I read this before I was going to actually use the essential oils otherwise my skin would have looked worse. Now I have to find the right kind of carrier oil to mix with the essential oil to get the outcome that I want.


Natural Repellent

Author: Dr. Larita
May 23, 2014

citronellaCitronella is a versatile essential oil that can be used as an anti depressant or as an insect repellent. It works by masking scents that are attractive to pests and keeps them from being able to find your juicy blood. Citronella uplifts the spirit, enhances the mood and balances the central nervous system. It also has pain relief properties so it will help to ease headaches and migraines.

Uses for Citronella

  • To ease physical exhaustion put 4 drops of citronella in a warm bath
  • To sooth indigestion and help digestion, dilute 4 drops citronella and 6 drops spearmint in 4 teaspoons of carrier oil and apply in gentle clockwise strokes to the abdomen twice daily
  • To keep mosquitoes away, add 4 drops citronella, 2 drops patchouli and 4 drops cedarwood to 4 teaspoons of unscented lotion or a carrier oil and apply this natural insect repellent to exposed skin


Some of you will be traveling with children and you will need your aromatherapy essential oil travel kit to treat some of the following symptoms:

Headaches: for stress headaches, rub the temples with one drop of rosemary essential oil and at the same time, slowly sip 1/2 glass of water with 1 additional drop of rosemary oil added. Another treatment for headaches is to apply a warm compress to which you’ve added 1 drop of eucalyptus and 1 drop of peppermint essential oils.

Stomach aches: to relieve stomach or bowel distress, add 1 drop of peppermint essential oil to a glass of water, blend well and sip slowly until it is all gone. If vomiting is involved, increase the peppermint oil to two drops and also apply a compress of rosemary oil to the forehead and the stomach.

Respiratory congestion: to relieve respiratory congestion, add a few drops of eucalyptus essential oil to a hot bath and breath deeply while soaking in the tub. Most hotels and motels are equipped with a microwave oven so you can give yourself or your loved one a steam treatment by boiling two cups of water and pouring it into a bowl. Let it sit for a few minutes and then add 2 to 4 drops of eucalyptus oil. Sit over the bowl,  cover your head with a towel, and breath to loosen mucous. Continue this method for 5 to 10 minutes taking breaks as needed. For sinus congestion, you can use eucalyptus, peppermint and lavender oils alternately as a steam treatment and you can add a few drops to a handkerchief and inhale it throughout the day.

Colds and fever: I often develop a cold when I’ve been cooped up in an airplane and if this happens to you, treat it by inhaling a blend of peppermint, tea tree, rosemary, and eucalyptus essential oils. You can also blend these oils in a carrier oil and apply them to your chest with a warm compress. Don’t forget to drink lots of liquids, take vitamin C and get lots of rest.

Skin problems: to treat cuts and scrapes, insect stings or bites, bruises and rashes, wash the area first and then use tea tree oil neat or blended in a carrier oil. If the problem is sunburn, add 1 to 2 drops each of tea tree and peppermint essential oils to 1/2 teaspoon of shea butter creamn  and smooth over the effected area.

Have fun on your trip but always be prepared and carry along your essential oil travel kit.


Aromatherapy Muscle Relief

Author: Dr. Larita
May 19, 2014

Over exercised muscles cause pain and sometimes even tremble as we try to continue using them. The best therapy is rest followed by a hot bath and a massage. Use ice if there is swelling and pain caused by inflammation. After the rest and ice, take a hot bath into which you have added two drops of lemon essential oil and three drops of marjoram essential oil and soak for as long as possible.

After your bath, massage the aching muscles with 5 drops each of eucalyptus, peppermint, and ginger essential oils diluted in one tablespoon of a carrier oil such as jojoba or liquid shea oil. If there is no relief after this, you may have an injury and you should see a physician!


What do you do when your child or grandchild gets a little scratch or scrape and comes running to you crying? Well, I just kiss it, wipe away the tears, and together we go to “doctor it up” with a non-stinging first aid solution for minor cuts and bruises.

Let your child help and learn first aid. Saturate a cotton ball with witch hazel and one to two drops of lavender essential oil. Gently wipe the affected area and add a fun band-aid. This will take their mind off the boo-boo and the lavender will calm them down and kill the germs.

An even faster method is to pre-blend the witch hazel in a one-ounce bottle and add five to six drops of lavender essential oil. Shake the bottle before use to mix the ingredients. The next time your youngster gets a minor injury, you’ll already have a liquid first aid concoction on hand and the child can shake it up and put it on the cotton ball. The crying will stop in no time.


The Best Carrier Oil

Author: Dr. Larita
May 15, 2014

Almond oil is the most popular carrier oil used for facial and body massage because its excellent emollient properties help the skin to balance absorption. It is a great moisturizer that is suitable for all skin types, helps relieve irritation, inflammation and itching, and is fantastic when used for lubricating because it penetrates slowly.

Almond oil is a good massage medium to use to assist the spread of the carrier oil and essential oil mixture, while still allowing you time to do a good massage before it is absorbed by the skin. Not only does almond oil help protect the surface of the skin, but it is a wonderful emollient, skin soother and softener, conditioner of the skin, and it promotes a clear, young looking complexion. Almond oil is suitable for all skin types but is especially good for dry or irritated skin.


Sore Back Massage

Author: Dr. Larita
May 14, 2014

massage oilSpring is here and I am so glad.  I love springtime, everything is new and growing. It’s time to get out in the yard and plant flowers and shrubs after being cooped up inside all winter. I got a little too ambitious this weekend and now, my back is killing me! I have an aromatherapy treatment for back pain that I will share with you. The best way to administer this treatment is to massage the sore area. Massage using essential oils provides welcome relief from chronic back pain because the oils penetrate deeply into the sore contracted muscles causing them to expand. Essential oils also cause increased blood flow to the sore area and allow torn tissues to be repaired by the body. Use any of the following essential oils in blends of 2 to 3 oils and then use 5 drops of the blend per 1 teaspoon of a good carrier oil like sweet almond oil, jojoba oil or liquid shea oil.

  • Thyme
  • Camphor
  • Chamomile
  • Vetiver
  • Cypress
  • Peppermint
  • Eucalyptus
  • Rosemary
  • Ginger
  • Lavender
  • Juniper
  • Sage
  • Oregano


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