Archive for July, 2015

Aromatherapy for Romance

Author: Dr. Larita
July 31, 2015

Essential oils are used by many cultures throughout the world for their healing properties. Some uses for the oils include increasing over-all well being and physical, emotional and mental health. Many essential oils can also stimulate the sex drive and work as powerful aphrodisiacs. So those looking to spice up their love lives should consider filling their oil diffusers with one of the following essential oils:

~Ylang Ylang oil energizes the body and intensifies sexual desire.

~Rose oil aids in hormone balance. This oil works best for women, but is also said to boost sexuality in men.

~Jasmine oil is said to have a counter-effect on frigidity, impotence and premature ejaculation. It also boosts energy levels.

~Sandalwood oil is said to aid in the treatment of impotence and help to relieve the anxiety that leads to frigidity. Sandalwood also produces something similar to androsterone, a male hormone secreted in the armpits as a sexual signal.


Home Facial Regimen

Author: Dr. Larita
July 30, 2015

If you want to feel pampered and special, give yourself a facial. It’s one thing to do it by yourself but it will be a great girl’s night if you have a friend or two over and you share the experience. A facial can take from 20 to 40 minutes but if you are in a hurry, you can do a mini-facial just steaming your clean skin or substitute the steaming with a facial mask and follow either with a good moisturizer.

To start your facial, gather the following materials: a band to hold your hair from your face; a couple of soft towels and a face towel or facial sponge; a pan to heat water; a small bowl to mix your mask or scrub ingredients and of course, your facial ingredients. Now you are ready for your facial. Keep your facial supplies in a container so they are easily accessible whenever you want a facial.

The steps and the time it takes to perform each are below:

  1. Cleanse  – 2 minutes
  2. Steam – 5-10 minutes
  3. Exfoliate – 3 minutes with facial scrub
  4. Wear mask – 5 -20 minutes
  5. Tone – 1 minute
  6. Moisturize – 1 minute

After your facial, your skin will be radiant. I’m sure you will enjoy it and I know the results will be rewarding.

 


Essential Hair Care

Author: Dr. Larita
July 29, 2015

If you have a bad case of dandruff and would like to get rid of it for good, stop using dandruff shampoos. Dandruff shampoos are not going to clear up your dandruff because then they wouldn’t have anyone to purchase their products! Essential oils will get to the root of your dandruff problem and make it go away once and for all. There are about a dozen essential oils you can use to treat dandruff, but rosemary, lemon, thyme, sage, lavender, and eucalyptus are easily obtainable and don’t cost a mint. You will also need a good carrier oil like jojoba to treat the little white flakes.

First you will need to make a batch of natural soap by stirring 4 ounces of pure soap flakes (shave the bar using a kitchen grater)  into one quart of simmering distilled or spring water. When the flakes are melted let the mixture cool and store this soap solution in a jar or can. If it gets lumpy beat it in a blender when you make your shampoo.

To get rid of the dandruff, blend 4 ounces of the soap solution with 18 drops of rosemary, 10 drops thyme, and 8 drops sage. Use this shampoo to loosen the dandruff flakes and begin the healing process to prevent more dandruff buildup. Do not go back to harsh shampoos you purchase. This next shampoo will stimulate a healthy scalp and encourage thick shining hair growth. Mix 4 ounces of soap solution with 10 drops of sage, 10 drops lemon, 5 drops basil, and 15 drops of eucalyptus/peppermint. Blend well and shampoo for beautiful hair.

After washing your hair, you can use a vinegar rinse which also works well to treat dandruff. Mix 1 tablespoon cider vinegar, 5 drops thyme, 5 drops eucalyptus/peppermint, 3 drops sage and 5 drops carrot essential oils into one ounce of spring water. Using 1 teaspoon at a time, massage this into your scalp (not your hair) each night before going to bed. If you don’t like the smell of vinegar you can make another scalp conditioner (don’t put this on your hair, only the scalp) by adding 5 drops carrot oil, 15 drops jojoba oil, 15 drops evening primrose oil and 3 drops of cypress. Blend these ingredients together, dip your fingers into the mix and massage your scalp with your fingertips.


Make a Summer Body Mist

Author: Dr. Larita
July 28, 2015

spritzI live in Kansas and the summer weather gets really hot. I like to go for walks during my breaks and at lunch time but I don’t want to come back inside smelling all sweaty. I’ve starting using Aromahead’s cooling body mist recipes to stay cool during my walks. They cool me off in the scorching weather and I still smell fresh when I get back to my desk.

Here are a couple of recipes that are easy to make, and will keep you cool for the rest of the summer. You’ll need a 2 oz glass spray bottle for each recipe.

Peppermint and Geranium Cooling Hydrosol Body Mist

  • 1  1/2 oz peppermint hydrosol 
  • ½ oz rose geranium hydrosol

Peppermint and Lavender Cooling Hydrosol Body Mist

  • 2 oz peppermint hydrosol
  • 10 drops lavender essential oil

If you make the peppermint and lavender cooling body mist, be sure to shake it up before using it, to disperse the essential oil through the hydrosol. That one is best used on the back of your neck. (The peppermint and geranium cooling body mist will stay blended and doesn’t need to be shaken.)

One thing that is great about these recipes is that they’re not just cooling right after you spritz them on. After they dry, they linger on your skin, leaving you with a cooling effect that you can especially feel anytime a breeze wafts by. It feels so nice on the back of your neck!

Hydrosols are aromatic waters with therapeutic properties. Peppermint hydrosol has an uplifting, energizing effect, and offers some of peppermint’s famous ability to calm nausea. Peppermint hydrosol is a great insect repellent—and it’s true that bugs do not like peppermint!

Adding geranium or lavender brings a nice floral note to peppermint’s bright tones, and is a great way to nourish your skin. These ingredients are also helpful for sunburns (soothing them, not preventing them), and relief from bites or stings.


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.


Aromatherapy Tranquilizers

Author: Dr. Larita
July 20, 2015

sleepnessHave you ever been all keyed up and knew you needed to go to sleep but just couldn’t turn off your brain? Those are the times when you need to use an aromatherapy tranquilizing room spray. Use a couple of sprays in the air and before you know it, you’ll be asleep. Use the following recipe to make your own.

Tranquilizing Room Spray

  • 5 drops lavender
  • 5 drops frankincense
  • 5 drops sweet orange

Use a 2 ounce spray bottle filled with water, leaving a small amount of room for the essential oil drops. Shake well before using each time. You can spray the air, your pillows or your sheets.


heat 3In a previous blog, we discussed prickly heat and also gave you some treatments for it. We talked about mixing lavender essential oil in baking soda to add to the bath water. Today, I’m going to give you the correct amounts to add to the water for specific age groups. If your baby has prickly heat, make sure that the skin folds are kept dry when baby is not in the bathtub.

Baby Under Two

  • 1/4 cup baking soda and 2 drops lavender17

Two to Seven Years

  • 1/2 cup baking soda and 2 drops lavender

Eight to Ten Years

  • 1/2 cup baking soda and 3 drops lavender

Ten Years to Adult

  • 1 cup baking soda and 4 drops lavender

 

 


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Prickly heat is an uncomfortable condition that seems to run in my family. Thankfully, it missed me but my youngest daughter had it when she was a child and now her son has it too. She recently sent me a picture of my oldest grandson’s back and asked me what could possibly be wrong with him. He had a rash of tiny blisters that looked like little pinkish or reddish spots. My first thought was that he had contracted scabies from one of the many pets he has but luckily it turned out to be prickly heat. When my daughter found out it was prickly heat, she remembered she used to have it when she was little and how much it itched.

To treat prickly heat, the first thing to do is to stay as cool as possible. Expose the affected areas to air when you can and only wear cool light clothing when you must be covered. You can also apply a splash  made by blending 6 drops each eucalyptus, lavender and chamomile in a teaspoon of alcohol and shaking it all in a cup of spring water. A warm bath is soothing too if you add 4 drops each of lavender and eucalyptus. An aromatherapy bath is even better for prickly heat if you add baking soda to the water. When you add baking soda, leave out the eucalyptus and mix the lavender in the baking soda before you put it in the water.


What to do with the Heat

Author: Natural-Beauty
July 15, 2015

When the heat is on, maintaining a regular makeup routine, in addition to using skin care products, gets frustrating, so streamline your beauty regimen. If your skin tends to turn into an oil-slick by the middle of the day, begin with a product to keep shine at bay.

Next, whether your skin is oily or bone-dry, follow with a light-weight moisturizer that contains SPF and is designed for your skin type.

Finally, skip the foundation and simply dot a long-lasting concealer over any problem areas and finish with a light powder to absorb shine.


I promised I would give you some different essential oil blends for your aromatherapy deodorant yesterday in case you don’t like the Citrus Celebration blend. Of course, you can always use your favorite oils and come up with your own snazzy name for it too. My favorite one is something I made up by accident. I had a bottle of lavender lotion (unscented lotion that I had blended with lavender essential oil) and the bottle was running low. I was in a hurry so I added some lotion from another scented lotion I had that contained patchouli and I fell in love with that blended scent. It makes a wonderful deodorant fragrance too. Unfortunately, I can’t wear it to work because there are some people who do not like the fragrance so take that into account if you use patchouli. I think it reminds them of hippies!

1960 Blend1960s

  • 15 drops patchouli
  • 5 drops sandalwood

You Smell Like A Rose

  • 6 drops rose otto
  • 7 drops palmarosa
  • 7 drops geranium

I Don’t Care How It Smells – It Works

  • 8 drops tea tree
  • 4 drops lemon
  • 5 drops palmarosa
  • 3 drops eucalyptus

Larita’s Blend Plus

  • 6 drops patchouli
  • 8 drops bergamot
  • 6 drops lavender

Try one of these blends or come up with one you like and let me know how it turns out.


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