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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.


no constipationEating natural foods like greens, broccoli, figs and prunes and also drinking lots of water can help with constipation. Choose organic products so you leave out the toxins from chemicals used to grow so many of today’s foods. Be very careful about choosing your foods during pregnancy because all the “natural” foods might look natural but contain some very unnatural products. Because of the unnaturalness of today’s food and pressure on the pregnant woman’s digestive system, constipation is a common ailment during pregnancy but do not use chemical laxatives.

Besides eating natural foods, another excellent way to clear the bowels is to take a glass of water and add 1/4 teaspoon of green clay, which you can find at your local health food store. As the clay passes through your system it absorbs toxins in your body and passes them on out. While you’re at the health food store, you can also look for psysillium husks. These are pure fiber and can be taken in capsule form or raw. They will also clean out all the gunk hiding in your bowels.

Patchouli essential oil is handy to have around whether you are pregnant or not.  Just add 30 drops of patchouli to 2 tablespoons of liquid shea oil or sweet almond oil in a dark colored bottle. Rub the oil all over the abdomen in a clockwise direction starting at the lower right hand side by the groin and rub right up to underneath the breasts, across to the other side and down to the groin hairline again.

 


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.

 


Aromatherapy and Pregnancy

Author: Dr. Larita
May 12, 2015

pregnancyFrom the moment of conception, everything you eat or apply to your skin filters to your baby. The baby will hear everything you hear and feel everything you feel so pay attention to the kind of music you listen to, the movies you watch and try to keep the tension in your life at a minimum. This is a time in your life when you should eat and drink only the best of everything, cut out bad habits and definitely give up smoking.

Many essential oils are safe to use while you are pregnant but there are also some that you should avoid. The ones that are safe for you to use are tangerine, mandarin, grapefruit, geranium, chamomile, rose, jasmine, ylang-ylang and lavender. You can use these oils in a bath, shower, as a massage or in one of the room methods. During pregnancy, always use the minimum amount of essential oils.


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 .


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