Archive for August, 2015

Indulge Your Senses

Author: Natural-Beauty
August 28, 2015

diffusersWe’ve all come home from a long day at the office, or a just from a long day, and wished we could wash the day off. Unfortunately the effects of a tough day usually affect our inside more than our outside, so washing off the day will often involve more than just a simple shower. In order to escape from the pains of the day we need to indulge all of our senses and achieve maximum relaxation with as little effort as possible. Aromatherapy is a time-honored method of doing just that.

Because the portion of our brains that translate scent into experience are so close to the portion of our brains that deals with memory, scents can often trigger vivid memories and emotions. With the right scents we can even create a sense of stillness, safety and relaxation. Finding the right aromatherapy for you may start out as a challenge but once you find the perfect blend, or the perfect oil, all of your hard work will have paid off. There’s nothing like the relaxation and relief that aromatherapy can provide. Start with a good aromatherapy diffuser and an aroma you know you’ll love and you’ll thank me for it!


Naturally Clean Kitchens

Author: Dr. Larita
August 25, 2015

I have all kinds of cutting boards that I use in the kitchen but I like my wooden cutting boards the best. Did you know that all those nicks and scratches on your cutting boards can hoard germs? Yes, they can so you should clean them well but not with harmful chemicals like my mother used to do. All you need for this cleansing is a little salt and some citrus. You can use lemon or grapefruit peel or the essential oil from either fruit or you can use both the fruit and the essential oil.

cutting boardIf you are using the fruit, cut it in half and remove the inside. Pour a small handful of salt on the cutting board and use the fruit peel to rub it into the cutting board. Clean both sides of the cutting board in this manner and then rinse well with hot water. You can use any kind of salt but the chunkier it is, the better it works for me.

If you are using the essential oil approach, pour a small handful of salt on the cutting board and add three drops of lemon or grapefruit essential oil. Use an abrasive sponge to rub in the salt and essential oil. Turn the board over and add more salt and 3 more drops of essential oil to the other side and do the same thing and then rinse your board with hot water. If you live in Florida like Andrea Butje, you may want to use both essential oil and the fruit, just work the salt and essential oils in with the fruit. Voila! Your cutting board is now germ free and ready for use.

 


Natural Cleansers

Author: Dr. Larita
August 21, 2015

bathtubAll week we’ve talked about natural skin care, but today we’re going to talk about a different kind of natural cleanser. This cleanser is for your home, not your skin (although it will treat your skin well when you use it in you home.) To make this amazing natural cleanser, combine the following ingredient in a 10 ounce container:

  • 1 cup baking soda
  • 3 tablespoons castile soap
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 15 drops Siberian fir
  • 15 drops lemon
  • 10 drops cinnamon

Combine the baking soda, castile soap and white vinegar in the 10 ounce container  until you it forms a paste. Add the essential oils to the mix. Use this formula on any surface in your home that needs cleaning.

 


Natural Clay Masks 2

Author: Dr. Larita
August 20, 2015

If you read the last blog post and are ready to start your natural skin care regimen by making your own facial mask, this recipe is for a purifying, toning, soothing and rejuvenating mask. The basic mask recipe calls for 2 ounces of green clay and 3 teaspoons of cornflour. Mix the clay and cornflour together in a jar and keep it ready for combining into one of the mask formulas below. Or you can use 1 tablespoon of this basic formula with enough of one of the liquid ingredients below to form a paste and then add your chosen essential oils when you are ready. You will blend the ingredients together to form a smooth paste and leave it on your skin for fifteen minutes. Rinse it off with warm water and apply a facial treatment oil such as grapeseed or almond oil. Dab the face with a tissue after applying the oil.

Mask Formulas:

Normal skin

  • 1 tablespoon basic mask
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon water
    Combine and use 1 drop
  • 2 drops geranium essential oil
  • 1 drop of rosewood essential oil

Dry skin

  • 1 tablespoon basic mask
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon almond or evening primrose oil
  • 2 drops carrot oil
  • 2 teaspoons water
    Combine and use 1 drop
  • 1 drop chamomile
  • 1 drop rose

Oily Skin

  • 1 tablespoon basic mask
  • 1 tablespoon Brewer’s yeast
  • 1 tablespoon water
    Combine and use 1 drop
  • 1 drop rosemary
  • 1 drop lavender

Revitalizing Mask for Dehydrated Skin

  • 1 tablespoon basic mask
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon Brewer’s yeast
  • 1 teaspoon jojoba oil
  • 1 tablespoon water
    Combine and use 1 drop
  • 1 drop chamomile
  • 2 drops carrot

Acne

  • 1 tablespoon basic mask
  • 1 teaspoon water
    Combine and use 1 drop
  • 1 drop chamomile
  • 1 drop lavender
  • 1 drop juniper
  • 1 drop patchouli


Natural Clay Masks

Author: Dr. Larita
August 19, 2015

CLAY MASKFacial masks have beneficial effects for many skin types because they can nourish, rejuvenate, and stimulate; refine, cleanse, and peel off the outer skin layer; soothe and calm inflammation; clear acne, loosen blackheads; and act as an anti-wrinkle treatment and natural face-lift. For natural skin care, you can use practically any fruit or vegetable in your refrigerator and many other foodstuffs. You can purchase a flower water to blend your dry ingredients but I prefer to use plain spring water as the moisturizer with essential oils added for the properties they bring to the mixture.

Clay masks are wonderful because the clay has absorbed the sun and the plants and minerals of the earth over thousands of years giving it rejuvenating and anti-aging benefits for our skin. Clays come in an assortment of colors from all over the world and can be found in health food stores and pharmacies. When we combine the clay with essential oils they complement each other with a synergistic effect providing natural skin care that is highly beneficial. White kaolin clay is best used on normal to oily skin because it has an astringent effect. It removes impurities from the skin as it cleanses and it improves lymphatic flow, increasing blood circulation to the area. Fuller’s earth is a stimulating clay that is a soft brown in color. It is a cleansing clay plus it removes dead skin cells. It is best used on oily to normal skin.

Green clay is the best of the clays and it can be used on all skin types. It is good for treating acne and other skin disturbances as well as providing an anti-aging effect for mature skin. Green clay balances combination skin, normalizes oily skin and revitalizes dry skin. It is rich in calcium, magnesium, potassium, and sodium and energizes connective tissue. It stimulates very gently and it is effective in increasing the lymph flow and circulation allowing oxygen to speed the elimination of waste products.

Of course, you can purchase a face mask that you squeeze from a tube providing an instant face mask but these products contain all kinds of unnecessary ingredients that may even be harmful to your skin. When I look at the expiration date on a product and it is a year or two away, I wonder how that product can be good for my skin and I want a natural alternative instead. That’s why I make my own facial masks and cleansers. A homemade mask takes only a few minutes to assemble and once you put your tailor made product in a jar you have your own instant face pack ready to use at any time and tailor-made for your own skin type.

 

 


 

FWOT fwotIf you are concerned about using natural skin care products, you should use body oils instead of  perfume or cologne. Traditional designer brand perfumes are comprised of concentrated oils and 75% to 85% alcohol, ethanol and or water. When you purchase perfume or cologne, you  are paying a high price for the brand name, the advertising campaigns, the “cosmetics gifts” you receive for purchasing a certain dollar amount, the alcohol used, and the beautiful fancy packaging.

The alcohol and ethanol used make your perfume smell much stronger than it is but it fades within a few hours. As your perfume (or the alcohol in it) evaporates, it not only takes your fragrance but your natural body oils with it, drying your skin as it goes.  Body oils are pure, concentrated perfume oils in a cosmetic grade vegetable oil. They evaporate naturally giving your skin a softer, smoother feeling – plus they contain no alcohol, ethanol or water so many people who are allergic to perfumes and colognes can wear body oils with no problems.


Tea Tree Oil, Garden Ally

Author: Dr. Larita
August 14, 2015

There are a number of essential oils that combat bacteria and viruses but not many oils are also effective anti-fungals. Tea tree oil helps to control fungal infections by reducing the rate at which the fungus reproduces. It is often used as an alternative medical remedy to treat fungal infections like athlete’s foot.

With plants being living organisms, it makes sense that tea tree oil can treat their fungal infections too. By just diluting 4 or 5 drops in a spray bottle of water you can treat plant fungus and mold. This treatment will also rid the plant of a variety of insects which makes tea tree oil an excellent ally for your garden.



Carrot Seed Oil

Author: Dr. Larita
August 13, 2015

My great grandmother told me to eat my carrots because they would help me have great eyesight. This may be an old wives tale but it is true that the beta carotene which gives carrots their orange color has been shown in studies to help protect the eye, particularly the cornea, and to be useful in the prevention or slowing down of cataract formation and age-related macular degeneration.

Carrot oil is also an abundant source of carotenoids or antioxidants which  are important for fighting the effects of harmful oxidants, or free radicals in the body. Free radicals can attack and destroy healthy tissue, causing many health problems, one of which is cancer. Because of the antioxidants it contains, carrot oil can reduce the risk of developing certain types of cancer and it is often used in sun tan oils to prevent over exposure to UV radiation from the sun.


Make Essential Oils Your Relaxation Tool

Author: Natural-Beauty
August 12, 2015

Aromatherapy is a kind of alternative medicine that makes use of essential oils and other aromatics extracted from plant materials in order to affect the person’s health or mood. Aromatherapy is also widely used for its soothing effect to the body. Thus, those who need to improve their mood and calm their stressed muscles—preferably after a stressful time or work—best consider the use of aromatherapy. For some, it is also used to add a sweet fragrance to their homes.

You can actually make your own aromatherapy recipes using different aromatherapy supplies such as essential oils, aromatherapy diffusers, massage oils, and lotions. Just make sure that all the supplies and raw ingredients you will use are of top quality for best efficacy. If you are after spreading the scent of the aromatic ingredients, you can place them in hot baths to release the scent and let them linger in every corner of your place.


Brighter Skin in 10 Minutes a Day

Author: Natural-Beauty
August 11, 2015

A simple regimen that only takes 10 minutes a day to complete can give you brighter skin almost instantly. The only supplies you need are warm water, cleanser, facial scrub, toner, cotton swabs, moisturizer, and a towel. Chances are you already have the vast majority of these supplies in your medicine cabinet and linen closet.

Start by rinsing your face with warm water, or steam, to open up your pores. Next, squeeze out some gentle facial cleanser onto your fingertips, rub together, and then massage into your skin. Twice a week use a facial scrub to remove dead skin cells. Rinse your face with lukewarm water, pat dry, and then apply a facial toner to tighten skin pores. When the toner has dried, apply moisturizer to your face, eyelids, and neck. The whole process should only take 10 minutes and will leave you with clean, healthy, glowing skin.


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