Archive for March, 2016

Blocked sebum become blackheads (medically known as a comedo or comedones) when the surface cells develop sulphides which, in turn contact  oxygen, causing  the cells to turn black. 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, 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. 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, 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.


Sebaceous glands are microscopic glands in the skin that secrete an oily or waxy matter, called sebum, which lubricates the skin and hair of mammals. Sebaceous glands in humans are found mainly on the face and scalp but  you will also find them in other areas of the body as well,  except for the palms of our hands and the soles of our feet.

When sebum gets blocked in a duct that has no surface opening, a hard white lump (milia) appears. Milia, commonly called whiteheads, are usually found on dry skin but they can also appear after some type of damage has been done to the skin. If you have had whiteheads for some time, they will need to be removed by a beautician or a dermatologist. However, you can break up recently formed milia by massage.

Use the following essential oils:

  • Bergamot – 5 drops
  • Thyme – 5 drops
  • Almond oil or jojoba oil  – 1 tablespoon

Use a very small amount of the above essential oil mixture to massage the whiteheads twice a day, in the morning and at night. This will help the milia to be reabsorbed by the body.


Fat Blaster Bath Blends

Author: Dr. Larita
March 9, 2016

bath2I am working hard to lose weight, not to be young and sexy (I’m way too late for young) as might be motivation for some of you, but for the benefit of my health and well-being. So far, I have lost 75.8 pounds and it feels wonderful. If you are working on taking off some weight, here are a couple of synergistic essential oil blends you can use in the bath that work by simple osmosis.

General Fat Blaster Synergistic Blend 1

  • 4 drops lavender
  • 8 drops grapefruit
  • 5 drops cypress
  • 3 drops juniper
  • 4 drops basil

General Fat Blaster Synergistic Blend 2

  • 4 drops lemongrass
  • 5 drops oregano
  • 3 drops fennel
  • 8 drops petitgrain
  • 4 drops basil

Blend your essential oils in the proportions above and use 6 drops in each bath. Your synergistic blend will keep well if you prepare it in a dark colored bottle. These bottles come with a dropper top so you can prepare the blend and then put the required number of drops in your bath easily.

 


Natural Breast Care

Author: Dr. Larita
March 7, 2016

breast exercisesHave you ever found a lump in your breast? Last month I saw what looked like a bruise on my left breast and it was sore to the touch. I had just had a mammogram two months before that so I was not worried about the bruise until I felt the lump. I told my husband about it and he said, “just call the doctor.”

I went to work the next day and worried about the lump the whole time I was there. I had a doctor’s appointment that afternoon so afterwards, I went to the mammography clinic at a nearby hospital and almost lost it when the assistant said yes, I should go to the doctor even after a recent mammogram. She assured me that most lumps are nothing and to try not to worry, just make that appointment. Luckily, my doctor saw me right away and I did find out that it was just fibrous tissue and I don’t have cancer. At that point, I started looking for alternative health strategies for breast issues and there are many.

As I’ve said before, the best medicine is prevention so always do your monthly breast exam. When you’ve done that, you should firm and tone your breasts. To exercise the pectoral muscles, grip opposite hands or wrists and push your arms together so they are pushing against each other, thus exercising the pecs. Then massage the whole breast area in a circular motion once a day. Use the following formula for this massage oil: combine 5 drops geranium, 10 drops lemongrass, 5 drops parsley seed, 5 drops carrot oil and 5 drops clary-sage. Add this mixture to 2 tablespoons sweet almond oil.

 


Aromatherapy Shower Gel

Author: Dr. Larita
March 4, 2016

showerWhen my family was young, we only had a bathtub with no shower and it caused a lot of stress at bedtime. Now that we have three showers (we only had one bathtub,) I can take a shower any time I want to. A morning shower with grapefruit and peppermint shower gel wakes me up and invigorates me for the day to come. After a workout, a shower with rosemary and peppermint shower gel soothes my stressed muscles. Taking a shower in the evening with lavender and chamomile shower gel relaxes me and gets me ready for a good night’s sleep.

You can make your own aromatherapy shower gel by adding the essential oils you want to use to unscented shower gel. Follow one of these recipes or make all three. Each recipe should be blended into 8 ounces of unscented shower gel and mixed well.

Morning blend:

  • 15 drops grapefruit:
  • 5 drops peppermint

Afternoon or after workout blend

Evening blend:


Sore Muscle Massage

Author: Dr. Larita
March 3, 2016

Massage is an excellent treatment for a plethora of conditions. It really makes sore muscles feel better in a very short time. Using essential oils with your massage turns it into an “aromassage” and that will benefit your body, mind and spirit. The best essential oils for sore muscles are eucalyptus, oregano, peppermint, rosemary and vetiver.

Most of you know that essential oils must be used with a carrier oil for massage. We usually talk about using sweet almond oil or jojoba oil for your massage carrier oil. Today though, I am going to promote the use of shea butter cream for your massage. You can use it with or without the essential oils and either way, it will be a very beneficial massage. Shea butter itself is a wonderful emollient for your skin. Adding massage to the application of shea butter makes your muscles relax and if you add one of the essential oils above you will feel great.


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