Archive for January, 2016

Aromatherapy for an Abrasion

Author: Dr. Larita
January 29, 2016

My husband, Ron, bit his tongue while chewing gum yesterday. I told him he chews his gum too fast and I just laughed at him because he does it quite often. Later, we were talking and I asked him what he had in his mouth because he sounded like his mouth was full. He said his tongue was swollen from when he bit it and then he showed me his tongue. I almost fainted when I saw it because it was very swollen and it looked like he had bitten a chunk out of it.

There are essential oils for just about every health problem so I looked up abscess on Wikipedia. Big mistake – that was gross. His tongue does not have any pus coming out of it so I think it is just an abrasion because that is simply a wound with superficial damage to the skin.

To take care of the abrasion on his tongue, I had Ron put 1 teaspoon of hydrogen peroxide plus 1 drop of clove essential oil in a cup of warm water and gargle with it. His tongue is better now after one application. He will do it again before he goes to bed tonight. He says to tell everyone he is not going to chew anymore gum!


Essential Oils for Bleeding

Author: Dr. Larita
January 28, 2016

Essential oils can help you stop bleeding in several ways. It can be your own bleeding or someone else’s but if you have essential oils on hand, they come in handy in many situations. I believe everyone should have a stock of essential oils in their home to take care of the everyday health needs that don’t necessarily need a doctor’s care.

To take care of bleeding from an open wound, press the wound with a compress to which you have added 1 drop of geranium, 1 drop of lemon, and 1 drop of chamomile.

To stop a nose bleed, put 3 drops of lemon and 1 drop of lavender on a tissue. Lie flat on your back and pinch your nostrils, then inhale from the tissue. Continue to pinch the nostrils while exhaling.

For bleeding gums, you can make your own mouthwash by adding 2 drops lemon, 1 drop lavender and 2 drops eucalyptus to  1/2 cup of warm water. Gargle with the mixture and swish it around your mouth, then spit it out. To make this mixture even more potent, you can dilute the essential oils in 1 teaspoon of brandy before you add them to the warm water. Do not swallow this mixture, it is not a cocktail!


Aromatherapy Cold Relief

Author: Dr. Larita
January 27, 2016

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Common colds and the flu are prevalent everywhere but especially in close quarters like my office. Too often, people use antibiotics to treat colds and flu but I believe antibiotics may do more harm than good. Why use a synthetic medicine when you can use pure organic essential oils that are natural and have antibacterial and antiviral properties to treat your illness? To treat a common cold you can use the following oils in a hot bath. Just relax in the tub and inhale deeply.

2 drops – Thyme
2 drops – Tea tree
1 drop – Eucalyptus
3 drops – Lemon

If you would rather use the steam inhalation method, you can use one drop each of thyme, tea tree, lavender and clove in a bowl of steaming hot water. Put a towel over your head above the steaming blend and breath deeply for 5 to 10 minutes, taking a break whenever needed.

If you are away from home and can’t perform the steam inhalation method, you can add one drop each of peppermint, eucalyptus, and clove to a tissue. Inhale this aroma deeply whenever possible. You will love your portable inhalation method. It works very well in the office.

Before going to bed, massage the chest, neck and sinus area with the following essential oils diluted in 1 teaspoon of shea oil or another cosmetic grade vegetable oil of your choice:

1 drop – Lemon
2 drops – Eucalyptus
3 drops – Rosemary

Keep your risk of catching the common cold at a minimum by washing your hands frequently.


Aromatherapy for Common Colds

Author: Dr. Larita
January 26, 2016

It is now the time of year when colds and the flu are prevalent. Too many people use antibiotics to treat colds and flu but I believe antibiotics may do more harm than good. Why use a synthetic medicine when you can use pure organic essential oils that are natural and have antibacterial and antiviral properties to treat your illness?

To treat a common cold you can use the following oils in a hot bath. Just relax in the tub and inhale deeply.

2 drops – Thyme
2 drops – Tea tree
1 drop – Eucalyptus
3 drops – Lemon

If you would rather use the steam inhalation method, you can use one drop of each of thyme, tea tree, lavender, and clove in a bowl of steaming hot water. Put a towel over your head over the steaming blend and breath deeply for 10 minutes, taking a break whenever needed.

If you are away from home and can’t perform the steam inhalation method, you can take with you a tissue to which you have added one drop each of peppermint, eucalyptus, and clove. Inhale this aroma deeply whenever possible.

Before going to bed, massage the chest, neck and sinus area with the following essential oils diluted in 1 teaspoon of shea oil or another cosmetic grade vegetable oil of your choice:

1 drop – Lemon
2 drops – Eucalyptus
3 drops – Rosemary

Keep your risk of catching the common cold at a minimum by washing your hands frequently.


snoringPeople snore for different reasons such as mouth anatomy, alcohol consumption, sinus problems, cold and respiratory conditions and overweight. I have sleep apnea and must use a CPAP machine to sleep through the night. I add lavender or eucalyptus essential oil to my machine every night and I don’t snore anymore. If you snore and your doctor has ruled out sleep apnea, essential oils can help you sleep through the night, whether it’s your own snoring or your significant other’s.

Here is an essential oil blend to over come snoring. Combine the following essential oils in a 4 ounce fine mist spray bottle and remember to shake the bottle well before each use. Spray the room several times before going to sleep. If you are awakened during the night by the snorer, spray several more times to quiet the snoring.

  • 50 drops geranium
  • 50 drops lavender
  • 50 drops marjoram
  • 20 drops cedar wood
  • 15 drops eucalyptus
  • 15 drops sweet basil
  • 4 ounces distilled water

 

 


lemonIf you have already purchased your Essential Oil Kit, you will have lemon and marjoram essential oils on hand. Lemon essential oil is good for nervous conditions and blood pressure, among many other uses. It also has theraputic uses when blended with other essential oils for the treatment of tension headaches. Marjoram has been used for centuries in a variety of ways. Aromatherapists use marjoram as an alternative treatment for anxiety and high blood pressure.

  • Use 2-3 drops in a diffuser or add 8-10 drops to bath water before bed to treat anxiety, grief, hyperactivity, insomnia, nervous tension and stress.
  • Use 2-3 drops in a carrier oil for a full body massage or 8-10 drops in a bath to treat high blood pressure.

If you are pregnant, do not use marjoram for aromatherapy. It is also not suitable for use with children. If there is a diagnosis of depression, avoid using marjoram because it has a strong sedative property and overuse of the oil can cause drowsiness. I don’t know why anyone else would want to, but some religious institutions have used marjoram to suppress sexual desires and impulses because of its anti-aphrodisiac property.


lavender picI talk a lot about alternative health care and alternative medicines because I find they work for me. Using essential oils is beneficial no matter the reason you use them. If you want to lower your blood pressure, you’ve come to the right conclusion if you use essential oils like lavender and rosemary.  I know you’ve heard the phrase, “stop and smell the roses.” Well, it turns out that scientists are proving the phrase is literally accurate because they find that smelling the amazing fragrances of essential oils can truly lower your blood pressure.

Please don’t get your essential oils for alternative health care at the local “bath and beauty” stores at the mall. Stay away from oils labeled “fragrance oil” because they are not pure organic essential oils and most likely contain other ingredients that may be unhealthy for you. Essential oils may cost more but what is your health worth to you?

 


A Miracle Moisturizer

Author: Dr. Larita
January 19, 2016

My skin gets chapped, chaffed and dry during the cold months, so I am always on the lookout for a good skin moisturizer. I was using an anti-aging formula that was supposed to decrease cellulite and tighten the skin. But, after a few weeks of using the stuff I hadn’t noticed any visible results, and the product seemed to make my skin even drier than it was before. I needed a quick fix.

While shopping at my local health food store I noticed that many of the skin products contained grape-seed oil. I decided I would give it a try. I bought some grape-seed oil lotion and applied some after my nightly shower. My skin felt so soft and smooth, and the lotion had a clean fresh scent. The next morning my skin was still hydrated and supple. My husband even commented on how soft my hands were!


Anti-Aging Skin Care

Author: Dr. Larita
January 12, 2016

Facial 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 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 the 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 useful on oily to normal skin only.

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.


Home Made Facials

Author: Dr. Larita
January 11, 2016

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Pampering yourself can be easy and affordable when you use what you already have to create luxurious and beneficial facial masks. Mix up a mask that meets your skin’s needs, and then plan on kicking back and relaxing. You might consider a cup of hot chamomile tea or a hot foot soak to go along with your at-home spa theme.

Dry Skin: Mash one banana and add five tablespoons of ground oats and a tablespoon of honey. Apply to damp skin and leave on for about twenty minutes. Rinse off with warm water, blot dry, and apply a good moisturizer.

Oily Skin: Mix one egg white, half a cucumber and one drop of a mixture of one drop lavender essential oil and one drop rosemary essential oil in a food processor or blender and then refrigerate for about twenty minutes. This mask can be left on for fifteen to twenty minutes. Rinse off with warm water, blot dry, and apply a good moisturizer.

Blemished Skin: Mix chopped tomato, a tablespoon of instant oatmeal and a teaspoon of lemon juice in a blender until mixed. Let mask stay on skin for ten to fifteen minutes. Rinse off with warm water, blot dry, and apply a good moisturizer.

Tired Skin: Mash five ripe strawberries, a few teaspoons of heavy whipping cream and a teaspoon of honey together an apply to face. Leave on for half an hour and rinse off with warm water, blot dry, and apply a good moisturizer.


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