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The Aromatherapy Pharmacy III

Author: Dr. Larita
October 14, 2015

The third item for your aromatherapy pharmacy is eucalyptus essential oil which comes from the leaves of the eucalyptus tree originally native to Australia. It has been used for centuries to treat chest and other respiratory problems. Eucalyptus is a very versatile essential oil that is anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antibiotic, diuretic, analgesic, and deodorizing. Research has proven eucalyptus has antiviral properties as well.

You may know about its effectiveness against coughs and colds because several over the counter cold medications list eucalyptus as an ingredient, including many cough drops. It is similarly effective in the treatment of cystitis and sunburn and can also be used as an insect repellent for humans and pets. Put several drops of eucalyptus oil on a cloth or in a small bowl of water and place it in the room that you want to be insect free. Do this daily and you won’t have a problem with insects.

 


The Aromatherapy Pharmacy II

Author: Dr. Larita
October 13, 2015

The second item I suggest for your aromatherapy pharmacy is peppermint essential oil. It has been used by many cultures (Egyptians, Chinese, and American Indians) for thousands of years because of its healthful properties. It is a superb digestive, it helps the respiratory system, it promotes circulation, it is an anti-inflammatory, and it is an antiseptic. These qualities make peppermint oil excellent to use in the treatment of indigestion, flatulence, bad breath, headaches and migraines, skin irritations, toothache, and fatigue.

When I have a cold, I add 1 or 2 drops of peppermint essential oil to a teaspoon of honey, stir it into a cup of hot and water sip it slowly. It sure does open up the sinuses and it helps soothe the achy feeling of the common cold. Peppermint oil can also help to keep pests like mice, fleas, and ants away! When the ants start trailing into your home this spring, spray peppermint essential oil (use a plant sprayer with 1 cup water to 30 drops oil and shake often) along shelves and wherever you see the ants. You can also put 5-8 drops of peppermint oil on cotton balls and place them wherever you see ants entering your home.



The Aromatherapy Pharmacy

Author: Dr. Larita
October 12, 2015

Anyone who wants to use natural products for alternative health care should know a few basic oils with which to begin their aromatherapy pharmacy. The therapeutic grade essential oils I suggest to begin with are lavender, tea tree, peppermint, chamomile, eucalyptus, geranium, rosemary, thyme, lemon, and clove. These essential oils are chosen for their medical properties first and second for their ability to take care of a broad range of health problems. In the next few blogs, we will discuss uses for each of these oils.

The first essential oil I recommend for your aromatherapy pharmacy is lavender. It is the most basic oil to have in your home because it is extremely effective in treating burns and scalds. In both cases, it can be put directly on the affected area right away. Lavender’s properties of antiseptic, antibiotic, antidepressant, detoxifier and sedative allow healing to occur more quickly and prevent scarring. It also accelerates the immune system and speeds the healing process because it stimulates the wound’s cells to rejuvenate more quickly. The next time you burn yourself in the kitchen, put a drop or two of lavender on it two to four times a day until it is healed.

 

 


Essential Oils Travel Kit

Author: Dr. Larita
October 9, 2015

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Next month, we will be traveling to visit relatives for the Thanksgiving holiday and I know lots of readers will be doing the same thing this weekend. Every time I travel, I carry my essential oil travel first aid kit with us for those emergencies that always seem to occur. Whether you travel by plane, train, bus, or car, it won’t cost you very much to assemble an essential oil travel kit; but it can save you a lot of problems and anxiety on the road. It is usually not a problem to carry essential oils on an airplane as long as the quantities you take are less than an ounce each. You can take everything you need for the most common ailments that may plague you or your family members while you are away. I usually carry my lavender, peppermint and eucalyptus on every trip.


The most effective aromatherapy essential oils are broad-acting and can be used for a variety of symptoms so you don’t have to take a lot of them with you when you travel. Collecting your essential oil travel kit can be simple, inexpensive, and aromatic. Using eucalyptus essential oil for respiration; tea tree essential oil for first aid; rosemary essential oil for stimulation; peppermint essential oil for digestion; and lavender essential oil for soothing sedation – you can treat just about any ailment that might occur while you are away. Use a nice small bag to carry your essential oils and carrier oils with you.

  • To treat nausea and motion sickness, use a blend of one drop each rosemary and peppermint essential oils on a handkerchief and inhale the aroma.
  • To calm travel anxiety and help you sleep, take a whiff of lavender straight from the bottle!
  • For trouble sleeping, sprinkle a few drops of lavender essential oil on your pillow. Add a few drops of lavender and peppermint to a hot bath to help you settle down or apply a warm compress of lavender to the forehead or chest.
  • To treat aches and pains from traveling, blend rosemary, peppermint, and eucalyptus essential oils in a carrier oil like almond oil, jojoba oil or shea oil to use as a rub for sore muscles and limbs.
  • To treat a sprain or similar injury, use the RICE method – Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation combined with a gentle massage using rosemary essential oil diluted in almond or comparable carrier oil.

OK, I am packing for my trip so I will continue this blog tomorrow. This will give you time to


Frankincense Essential Oil

Author: Dr. Larita
October 7, 2015

frankincenseEssential oil prices vary from place to place and from time to time depending on their availability and their quality. Frankincense essential oil is harvested twice a year, in the spring and again in the fall. The bark of the frankincense tree is cut allowing the liquid resin to seep out and as it hits the outside air it starts to crystallize and get hard. After a week or two, the hardened resin crystal can be cut off the tree and several different frankincense resins are produced ranging from the pure white “Hojari” which is what was selected for kings and queens to a low grade brownish frankincense resin that contains particles of the tree’s bark.

The crystal resin then goes through a process where it is crushed into powder, put into an oil bath, and steam distilled to extract the oil from the crystal resin. That’s why depending on the time of the year and the purity of your frankincense, you will pay more or less for the product. Frankincense is a popular scent at this time of year. Many people purchase it for the holidays because it reminds them that one of the gifts the three wise men brought to the baby Jesus was the gift of frankincense. For that purpose, you can use the perfume oil but if you want to use frankincense oil for aromatherapy, you must get the pure essential oil.

Because of its properties of being antiseptic, antibiotic, anti-fungal and disinfectant, there are many aromatherapy uses for frankincense. Click here to see 8 essential oil uses for frankincense.

 


Dry Skin Relief

Author: Dr. Larita
October 6, 2015

Are you confused about whether to use an ointment, a lotion or a cream to relieve your dry skin? These terms describe the way skin care products are prepared. Ointments are prepared using oil and may stay on your skin longer but many people don’t like them because they are  greasy and don’t soak into the skin. Creams are less oily than ointments and can be made from natural products so they do soak into the skin easily. Lotions are water-based and get absorbed into the skin quickly, causing instant, but not long-lasting, relief. For longer-lasting relief, choose ointments or creams.

If you have dry or itchy skin, avoid using too much soap, antiperspirants,  hot baths or anything else that removes your natural oils. Skin dryness and itchiness is worse when the humidity is low and you should definitely avoid stress, too much exposure to the sun, and smoking or secondhand smoke.


Essential Oils for Flatulence

Author: Dr. Larita
October 5, 2015

I learned this rhyme when I was little and it stuck, “Beans, beans, the tropical fruit. The more you eat, the more you poot!” It’s true that the foods you eat can lead to organic stomach gases but it can also be associated with a disease like gallstones or  some problem with the gallbladder. Then too, it could be that you’re swallowing air during the day and the gas could be functional with no disease present at all.

To cure functional flatulence simply change your eating habits and be aware of swallowing air during the day. Belching does not help this problem, it causes you to swallow even more air.  If you cut down on cellulose and starchy foods like potatoes, wheat, peas, and onions you will cut out a lot of your gas problem. After eating, sip on a glass of hot water to which you’ve added a pinch of bicarbonate of soda and 1 drop of  peppermint essential oil. This helps not only your stomach, but also the intestinal tract.

If your gas is giving you pain, make a massage oil blend of 1 teaspoon of carrier oil (sweet almond oil, jojoba oil, or shea oil) plus 2 drops cardamom essential oil and 3 drops of peppermint essential oil. Rub this mixture over your whole abdomen in a clockwise direction. Relief is on the way!


Essential Oils for Rashes

Author: Dr. Larita
October 2, 2015

Have you ever had an itchy rash that you couldn’t stop scratching? Something that was not really serious but it was still annoying? We have all had that feeling whether it was from a stiff collar, your hair on your neck or just a reaction to a new laundry detergent. Using the right essential oils can sooth your rash and stop the scratching right away.

The essential oils to use for rashes are lavender, chamomile and eucalyptus. You can use any one of them or make a synergistic blend of any two or all three of them. These are essential oils that everyone should have in their aromatherapy pharmacy. If you only have one essential oil it should be lavender so that would be my first choice to use for a rash but if you have all three, I would blend them and put 5 drops of the blend into a teaspoon of carrier oil such as sweet almond oil, jojoba oil or evening primrose oil. Apply the mixture to your rash two or three times per day and top it off with a good skin moisturizer.


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