Archive for February, 2016

Essential Oil Blemish Mix

Author: Dr. Larita
February 29, 2016

Have you noticed that your skin usually breaks out with blemishes when you really want it to be blemish free? My friend’s daughter was going to the prom with a young man she really wanted to impress. She got the date, a new dress and shoes and then – boom! She got a huge pimple three days before the prom.

Blemishes like that (they could be from stress) seem to pick up signals from us, so don’t tell yourself, “I hope I don’t get a pimple on prom night.” Instead, apply this essential oil formula and tell yourself, “this blemish is going to go away” – and try to believe it!

Just put a little of this blemish mix on the troubled area of skin two times a day. Use a Q-tip and dab the mix on neat. The spot should be cleared up in three days.

Blemish mix:

  • 1 drop camphor
  • 1 drop lemon
  • 1 drop lavender

Diluted in:

  • 6 drops evening primrose oil.

If you think you will need larger quantities of the mixture, mix equal parts of the essential oils in an amber bottle for a synergistic blend then add them to the primrose oil as needed.


Three Steps to Clear Skin

Author: Dr. Larita
February 25, 2016

clear skin1The first thing to do when you are ready to moisturize your face is to cleanse it with a gentle natural soap. Lather the soap in your hands with warm water and use gentle circular motions. Don’t forget to lather your neck too because it should be treated just as lavishly as your face.  You can rinse your face with warm water or use a face towel soaked in very warm water and wrung dry to steam your face. Just lay the warm towel on your face for about 30 seconds and then pat dry.

Second, wipe your face with a natural astringent like witch hazel or vinegar. I use cotton rounds because they are lint free, but you can use a cotton ball instead. I don’t use very much astringent so I don’t dry my face after applying it. If your face is wet after using the astringent, you are using too much and you should blot it dry and not use so much next time.

The third and last thing in this sequence is to apply a natural moisturizing cream like 30 Second Facelift. Rub about 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon of the cream on your palms and fingertips. Wipe it on your face in circular motions starting on your cheeks and moving up to your forehead don’t forget your neck, starting at the base and moving up to the chin. When you have rubbed it in well, you can blot your face with a tissue. The only makeup I wear is a little  bit of lipstick. If you like, you can add eye makeup but you won’t need liquid makeup or powder since it just clogs your pores.


Fat Blaster Toning Massage Oils

Author: Dr. Larita
February 24, 2016

massage fat blaster 3Next in our series on aromatherapy essential oils and weight loss are formulas for fat blaster toning and diuretic massage oils.

FAT BLASTER TONING MASSAGE OILS

 Toning Massage Formula 1

  •  10 drops basil
  • 5 drops lemongrass
  • 15 drops lavender

Toning Massage Formula  2

  • 5 drops red thyme
  • 10 drops rosemary
  • 15 drops orange

 

FAT BLASTER DIURETIC MASSAGE OILS

Diuretic Massage Formula 1

  • 8 drops juniper
  • 10 drops fennel
  • 12 drops grapefruit

Diuretic Massage Formula 2

  • drops cypress
  • 15 drops lemon
  • 5 drops juniper


Shea Butter for Stretch Marks

Author: Dr. Larita
February 22, 2016

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Stretch marks plague many women during pregnancy but they are also common in both men and women when there is a sudden weight gain or loss. Boys and girls may get them during puberty when their bodies undergo the changes that occur at that time. Shea butter is an excellent natural product to use to get rid of stretch marks and also to prevent them.

Shea butter is 100% pure and natural and it contains vitamin A and vitamin E which both have exceptional healing properties for the skin. The vitamin A in shea butter is important for improving skin conditions including stretch marks, blemishes, wrinkles, eczema, and dermatitis as well as properties that treat skin allergies, insect bites, sunburns, frostbites, and many other common skin conditions. The vitamin E in this rich creamy extract may serve as an anti-free radical agent that aids in preventing the harmful effects of the sun and environmental exposure on the skin. To use this wonderful product, simply massage it on the needed areas.


sensitive skin 2This week we talked about natural shaving creams for men and women. As a man or woman, if you have sensitive skin, try this natural shaving cream recipe.

  • 2/3 cup shea butter
  • 2/3 cup coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup sweet almond oil
  • 1/4 cup baby unscented castile soap
  • A few drops Vitamin E oil
  • 20 drops lavender essential oil (men could use sandalwood)
  1. In a double boiler over low heat, melt the coconut oil and shea butter.
  2. Pour the mixture into a ceramic or glass bowl and place in refrigerator. Let mixture solidify.
  3. Remove from refrigerator.
  4. Add almond oil, castile soap, and lavender essential oil.
  5. Using a hand mixer, whip the mixture until fluffy.
  6. Put into a glass jar and use as needed for shaving.

Source: Real Food RN


Natural Shaving Cream for Women

Author: Dr. Larita
February 17, 2016

shaving legHave you ever read the ingredients on your shaving cream product? There may be some things in there you don’t want on your skin. You can make your own shaving cream. It may look, feel and smell different from the store bought brands but it will be much better for your skin and you will get used to it. Here is an essential oil recipe for you to try.

Recipe for Women

  • 2/3 cup organic shea butter
  • 2/3 cup coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup almond oil
  • 2 tablespoons baking soda (acts as an exfoliate)
  • 5 drops of geranium
  • 5 drops lavender
  1. Place the shea butter, coconut oil, and olive oil in a double boiler over medium low heat.
  2. Stir until melted. Remove from heat.
  3. Stir in essential oil.
  4. Put the double boiler in the refrigerator for 2 to 4 hours and let the mixture begin to solidify.
  5. When the mixture is firm, remove it from the refrigerator.
  6. Use an electric mixer to whip the mixture for about a minute. The consistency will be like thin cupcake icing.
  7. Add the baking soda. Continue to whip for another 30 to 60 seconds.
  8. Scoop the cream into clean glass containers. Put on the lids and place the containers in the fridge over night.

Note: You can store the shaving cream at room temperature, unless it starts to melt, in which case put it in the refrigerator to resolidify.

Source: Crystal & Co.


Banish Blackheads Naturally

Author: Dr. Larita
February 16, 2016

blackheadsBlocked sebum become blackheads when surface cells develop sulphides that turn black when they come into contact with oxygen. 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 with 2 tablespoons of cider vinegar added, 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, coming up for air every 3-4 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 – I like Bragg’s Natural Apple Cider brand, 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.


Natural Moisturizer for Finicky Skin

Author: Natural-Beauty
February 9, 2016

I inherited a lot of great traits from my parents, but good skin was not one of them. Since puberty I’ve had incredibly sensitive, finicky skin. Parts of my skin get dried out very easily and other parts look like oil slicks.

I tried just about every mass-produced, commercial product out there to balance and moisturize my skin, but nothing worked. A friend of mine who works in an upscale salon turned me on to natural moisturizers. I’ve been using aromatherapy hand and body lotion imbued with soy, jojoba, coconut, and palm extracts for the last few weeks. I’m proud to report that my skin has never looked more radiant and properly moisturized.


Winter Skin Care

Author: Dr. Larita
February 8, 2016

Cold air can lead to unwanted dryness but a few simple changes to your daily routine will help keep your skin radiant and healthy during the  winter months. At the first sign of cold weather, look for skincare products and makeups that contain powerful moisturizers.

Face creams should be working hard to protect your skin from those blustery breezes, and your makeup should be no different. Choose products that might be heavier than your regular brand, but not so heavy that they clog your pores. Look for solutions that are particularly effective on your T-zone, as this area is most prone to dryness.

Cooler temperatures always make effective skincare more difficult so make the switch to winter skincare products early. Use your winter-ready products daily to help fight the effects of winter weather and keep your skin healthy.


Infant Massage Oil

Author: Dr. Larita
February 5, 2016

Newborn babies respond well to touch and since it is an important part of the parent child bonding custom, parents should start using massage right away. Commercial baby oils usually have a petroleum or mineral oil base which is good for protecting baby’s skin from water and urine but not necessarily good for baby’s skin. I suggest using a formula which consists of carrier oils that are good for skin as well as essential oils that are good for the skin and have other benefits too.

The following formula uses 1/10th of the essential oil in an adult massage oil but it is still an excellent treatment for eczema and cradle cap, inflammation and teething problems and it acts as a general strengthener. It also boosts the immune system and has a wonderful calming effect  on the nervous system. The loving touch of mommy or daddy’s massage all over his or her body, avoiding only the genitals and the eyes, will keep baby contented.

Baby’s Massage Oil Formula

This massage oil can be used daily on your two to twelve month old baby.


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