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Essential Oil Bases

Author: Dr. Larita
May 29, 2015

Pure aromatherapy grade essential oils are highly concentrated and should not be used directly on the skin. When you start using essential oils, you should also become familiar with what we call carrier, vegetable, or base oils. You may only need to use 1 drop of essential oil and by itself, that will not go very far, but if you dilute it in a carrier or base oil, it will cover a large area.

Carrier oils are vegetable, nut or seed oils and many of them have their own therapeutic properties. Vegetable oils come from the seeds of plants that have oil-bearing seeds. There are many of this type of seed but only a few are produced commercially. Aromatherapy vegetable oils should be cold pressed. They are not produced in the same way that the oils on your supermarket shelves are produced. Use the following guidelines when diluting essential oils into carrier oils.

Minimum-maximum drops eo          Into measurement of base oil

0-1 drop                                                         1/5 teaspoon
2-5 drops                                                       1 teaspoon
4-10 drops                                                    2 teaspoons
6-15 drops                                                    1 tablespoon
8-20 drops                                                   4 teaspoons
10-25 drops                                                 5 teaspoons
12-30 drops                                                 2 tablespoons

1 teaspoon = 5 ml
2 teaspoons = 10 ml
1 tablespoon = 15 ml

When you purchase essential oils, it is good to know that approximately:

20 drops = 1/5 tsp essential oil
40 drops = 2/5 tsp essential oil
60 drops -= 3/5 tsp essential etc.


Ways to Use Essential Oils

Author: Dr. Larita
May 22, 2015

Essential oils have been used to benefit mankind for centuries but the term aromatherapy was not developed until the 1920’s in France. These oils are drawn from plants and flowers by the process of distillation which results in a  fragrant and highly potent essential oil. When undiluted, essential oils can be a skin irritant so there are many different ways to enjoy their use.

  • Sprinkle a few drops in your hot tub, jacuzzi, trash cans, drains, or toilet bowls to fight bacteria and odors
  • Place a few drops on the filter pad of your vacuum cleaner to spread freshness throughout the room
  • Add three drops on the edge of your toilet paper roll before placing on the holder
  • Mix with purified water in a spray bottle and use as an air freshener

Remember, essential oils are highly concentrated and must be used with extreme respect and care. Always use caution when experimenting with essential oils.


Aromatherapy is an alternative form of medicine that 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.  That is why we say they affect mind, body and spirit. There are four different modes of application for aromatherapy essential oils:

  • Aerial diffusion for aerial disinfection or environmental fragrancing
  • Direct inhalation for respiratory decongestion, expectoration, and disinfection
  • Topical applications for body compresses, baths, and therapeutic care for the skin or general massage
  • Oral applications for congestion and parasites

I will remind you of how to use these methods later. You can use more than one method of application at once or stick with one. It all depends on what you want to happen. Try all four methods, then you can decide which way is best for you and your family.


Blocked sebum become blackheads (medically known as a comedo or comedones) when the surface cells develop sulphides which, in turn contact  oxygen, causing  the cells to turn black. Blackheads are unsightly and can easily become infected. When you remove them and the opening just fills up again with more sebum; this condition is related to seborrhea, overproduction of the sebaceous glands. Even people with dry skin can develop blackheads, especially on the nose or chin but blackheads can develop practically anywhere on the body, as well as on the face. Wherever they develop, the treatment for blackheads is the same, they need to be removed.

To remove blackheads, get a bowl of steaming hot water, put 1 drop of lavender essential oil on the water and cover your head with a towel, being sure to close off the sides too and steam your face for 10 minutes. Rinse the face with 1 teaspoon of cider vinegar mixed in a bowl of hot (but not boiling) water. If the blackheads are loose, squeeze gently taking care not to damage the skin. Then splash the face with a mixture of 2 ounces of mineral water, 2 teaspoons cider vinegar, 1 teaspoon witch hazel, 2 drops each of bergamot and cypress essential oils.

After patting the skin dry, massage the following oils into the skin. This will help to prevent blackheads from coming back and also loosen the ones that are already there:

  • Lemongrass – 8 drops
  • Lavender – 5 drops
  • Clary-sage – 2 drops
  • Thyme – 5 drops
  • Jojoba oil – 5 drops

Use this massage mixture morning and night. When you wash your face, take care to use a pure natural soap. You can use eye makeup if you like but avoid face makeup and powder.


morning sicknessMorning Sickness

For morning sickness you can add 4-6 drops of spearmint essential oil to a bowl of boiling water. Leave the spearmint water on the floor by your bed all night. This will help your stomach stay calm. The scent of spearmint will drift up while you sleep and quietly do its work. After using the spearmint water for 3 nights in a row, your morning sickness should be gone. If you don’t want to use the bowl of water, you can put one drop of spearmint on your pillow.

Stretch Marks

Here is a belly rub that contains carrier oils that are just as important as the essential oils you will use to keep from getting stretch marks. Use 2 tablespoons almond oil, l tablespoon wheatgerm oil, 10 drops borage seed oil and 5 drops carrot oil to make a good base oil for your tummy rub. The essential oils to add to your base oil are 7 drops rose, 6 drops lavender and 5 drops tangerine. Shake the blend each time you use it and  use it as needed.

Another excellent treatment for stretch marks is shea butter. Just rub it on whenever you want. Shea butter will even remove stretch marks that you already have. It does require continued use over about 6 months but it is well worth it.


pregnant womenPregnancy can bring an overabundance of minor problems such as backache, swollen feet and legs, heartburn, indigestion and insomnia. Some women just feel aggravated in general because they are unable to easily do their normal routine with a swollen belly in the way. If you feel this way during pregnancy, you need some TLC. Here is an extraordinary preparation that you can have your spouse or friend massage into your back regularly during pregnancy that will ease your physical problems and at the same time, lift your spirits. Use any rose you can afford (it can be very expensive) or you can substitute the rose with geranium.

Pregnancy Pick-Me-Up Massage Oil

Use some or all of these oils in equal proportions to a total of 30 drops per 2 tablespoons of a carrier oil such as liquid shea oil or sweet almond oil. During pregnancy many women feel tired after working all day. Essential oils can make your swollen legs and aching back feel much better. Pregnant women should only use 2 – 4 drops of essential oil in a bath. Choose your favorite oil from the list above or combine 1 drop each of geranium and lavender.

 


Bath Oils for Pregnancy

Author: Dr. Larita
May 11, 2015

Pregnancy is both a beautiful and stressful experience for women. Since the baby is so connected to the mother, when the mother is stressed out her baby may feel stressed out as well. Taking a relaxing soak with aromatherapy bath oils can put mother and child in a good frame of mind.Not only will a relaxing soak with bath oils reduce stress, it also surrounds the mother with beautiful smells. Many pregnant women report sensitivity to smell. Doctors recommend mothers surround themselves with pleasant smells to ease the mind and prevent nausea.

You can dilute 5 drops of any of these essential oils – tangerine, grapefruit, geranium, chamomile, ylang ylang, lavender in 1 teaspoon of shea, grapeseed, or almond oil to make a wonderful bath oil. If you or a loved one are going through a difficult pregnancy and have a hard time relaxing, consider giving bath oils a try.


This weekend, I helped out at Fragrance World of Topeka. Sunday is always very busy and I was on my feet most of the day. When we got home, I could hardly walk because my back was hurting so badly. I wanted something that would help my back stop hurting but I did not want to take any kind of over the counter pain killers.

My husband offered to massage my back and reminded me that shea butter cream works wonders on sore muscles. I would have taken anything at that point so I got the shea butter and he massaged my back, shoulders, arms and neck. I almost went to sleep and I’ll tell you what, by the time he stopped, my back felt 100% better and today I had no pain .


I know some of you may be really tired of me and my aches and pains but I like letting people know what helps me because it might help them too. Yesterday, I went to the grocery store and everything was fine. When I got home, I had to lug all the bags upstairs and when I was done, my knee was was aching terribly. I still had to put away groceries and make dinner so I couldn’t stop and rest yet.

After dinner, my husband saw me limping around and asked me what I had done to my leg. He told me to put some shea butter on it. Well, I said I would but I still had lots to do before I could sit down and rest. He asked me again a couple more times before I actually went to the bedroom and put the shea butter on my knee. By the time I went in there, I was limping badly but the warmth of massaging the shea butter in my skin actually made my knee feel better right away. I didn’t stop limping right away but this morning my knee felt fine and I didn’t have any problems with it today at all. (Does this mean I should listen to my husband more often?)


Shea Butter for Scars

Author: Dr. Larita
May 5, 2015

sandalOne summer, my husband had a pair of sandals he really loved and he wore them quite often. Those sandals had a buckle that rubbed a sore spot on the top of his instep. It was an unsightly scar when it healed and he started massaging shea butter on it every day. He always puts shea butter on his feet after a shower anyway but he put a little extra on the scar every day and massaged it in. It worked so subtly that we couldn’t really tell if it was working or not but he put the shea butter on the spot diligently.

Yesterday he asked me if I remembered the dark spot that had been on his foot from his sandals. I told him that I thought I did and that I did remember that they left a dark scar on his foot. He told me to come and look at his foot. When I did, I could tell that the scar was practically gone. I could barely see where it had been. I think I’m going to go ahead and put the shea butter on my baby stretch marks. That shea butter really works well.


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