Archive for May, 2016

citrusI have been trying to decide which essential oil is my favorite and I find that I have different favorites depending on what I’m using it for. The citrus oils are among my very favorites, especially if I want to feel good or brighten my day. A shower in the morning using 2 drops of grapefruit essential oil  releases any stress and makes me happy to go to work. If you diffuse the citrus oils in your home, you are creating a welcoming and comforting ambiance for family and friends. Below are a couple of my favorite citrus blends that I use often in my diffuser.

Grapefruit Delight

  • 7 drops grapefruit
  • 2 drops orange
  • 2 drops geranium 

Lime and Lavender

  • 6 drops distilled lime 
  • 4 drops lavender



Bedroom Essential Oils

Author: Dr. Larita
May 27, 2016

Aromatherapy and romance are natural partners so let’s discuss the use of essential oils in the bedroom.  If you want to keep your bedroom smelling dreamy and enhance the romantic experience, make a special romantic essential oil blend and keep it in the bedroom for that purpose. For a synergistic romantic bedroom blend, spray the following formula in the air and on carpets: 8 drops palma rosa, 1 drop ylang-ylang, 2 drops clary-sage, 2 drops nutmeg, and 4 drops of lime mixed in 2 ½ cups of water.

  • Other great scents of a more general nature to use in the bedroom include chamomile, geranium, lavender, or lemon.
  • If you have trouble sleeping, use a diffuser with a relaxing oil like chamomile or clary-sage on it.
  • You can also wash, dry and store your linens with essential oils to aid sleep.
  • Put a cotton ball with one drop of your favorite scent on it in the corners of your bedroom closet.
  • Use essential oils on drawer liners and also line the floor of your closet. Don’t use more than one or two drops of oil because you just want a subtle aroma to keep the air fresh, not enough to interfere with your perfume.

Shea Butter is Great for My Skin to Have

Author: Natural-Beauty
May 26, 2016

shea butterI have had a lot of trouble with lotions in the past because I find that with most skin lotions I am either allergic to the lotion or to the fragrance that is added to it. This makes it almost impossible for me to use any kind of lotion on my skin. This is a problem because my skin is often far too dry which leads to all kinds of different problems for me.

I have been trying to use some more natural products now because I feel that these products will be much better for me to use on my skin all of the time. I know that my skin is less likely to react to the lotion and my nose won’t have to worry about any harsh fragrances. I have tried a few things, but recently fell in love with shea butter.

There is nothing at all that is better for my skin than this stuff is. I am able to rub it into my skin and instantly have my skin looking and feeling much better. I feel very confident when I use this kind of oil all over my face and on my skin as well. I love how soft my skin feels after I use it since it really does transform my skin.

Clean with Essential Oils

Author: Dr. Larita
May 25, 2016

Essential oils can be used in the living room to freshen carpets, curtains, and furniture. Make a carpet freshener powder by mixing 1 drop of peppermint, or grapefruit essential oil per tablespoon of bicarbonate of soda or borax powder. Add the essential oil to the powder and mix it well in a blender. Allow the mixture to sit overnight before using it the first time. You can make as much as you want to have on hand and store it in a zip lock bag or a sealed jar. To use the carpet freshener, sprinkle it on your carpet, leave it there for a few minutes, then vacuum. You can also add the powder directly to your vacuum bag to stop odor; add 8 drops of essential oil to a cotton ball and put it inside the bag each time you change it; or simply add 8 drops of essential oil directly onto the bag.

To get rid of streaks on freshly cleaned windows, bunch up a sheet of newspaper, put a drop of lemon, lime or grapefruit essential oil on it and polish the glass with this combination. The essential oil soaks into the newspaper and combined with the newsprint it removes streaks and creates a sparkling finish. You get an added bonus when the sun hits the glass and warms the essential oil releasing a subtle fragrance into the living room.

Make your own furniture polish and banish chemicals and synthetic fragrances from your home with this recipe: melt 8 ounces of plain unrefined beeswax in a double boiler, add 2 1/2 cups of room temperature turpentine and put it aside. Boil 2 1/2 cups water and add 2 ounces of grated pure soap (purchase at the health food store) or grated castile soap and stir until melted, then sit it aside until it is cool but still warm. Slowly add the warm soap and water to the beeswax and turpentine a little at a time stirring constantly. Now add 10 drops of the essential oil of your choice and blend the entire mixture well. Store your furniture polish in a tin can or a small ice cream carton (a Ben and Jerry’s carton will work well and you get to eat the ice cream first.) You only need a small amount at a time to polish your furniture and you will be greatly rewarded for your work by the fragrance of the essential oil and the shine of your furniture.

Lastly, you can use a plant mister spray filled with 2 1/2 cups of water and 8 drops of essential oil to freshen  furniture, curtains, and carpets. Since the living room is where you spend time with family and friends you will want to choose the right blend of essential oils. A calming synergistic blend includes 8 drops geranium, 3 drops clary-sage, 5 drops lemon, and 3 drops bergamot. A stimulating blend to use on a lazy afternoon includes 8 drops of grapefruit, 4 drops lavender, 4 drops lime and 2 drops of basil.

In today’s world most of us are very conscious of what we are doing to the earth’s ozone layer with commercial aerosol air fresheners. When you use essential oils to scent your home, you are providing your family with a much better option and your home will have a delightful aroma. You can scent your home with essential oils in the following ways:

  • Use  about 8 drops of essential oil to 2 1/2 cups of water and spray as finely as possible towards curtains and carpets. Test curtain and wood materials before spraying to avoid water stains.
  • Purchase a light bulb ring or use one drop of essential directly on a light bulb in a standing lamp. Make certain the light is turned off before applying the oil because essential oils are flammable. Once the oil is applied, turn on the light and the heat from the bulb will release the scent into the room.
  • Turn a log fire into a fragrant event by applying one drop of essential oil (try cypress, pine, sandalwood, or cedarwood) to each log. Your guests will think you are using imported wood for your fire!
  • Diffusers are an easy effective way to scent a room. Wipe them clean before applying a different oil or blend. If you don’t have a diffuser, place a bowl of boiling water with 5-6 drops of essential oil in a centrally located place in the room. Remove the bowl when the water cools and keep it out of the reach of children and pets.
  • Add 4 drops of essential oil to a cotton ball and place it close to your heat source in winter months or put as many drops as you like in a humidifier.

The first impression of your home is the aroma that greets guests as they enter. This first sniff says a lot about your household, whether there are pets and smokers, the kind of food cooked there, etc. Real estate agents are becoming more aware of the importance of aromatherapy and have started advising their clients to create a homey atmosphere when trying to sell their house by baking cookies or bread and putting on a fresh pot of coffee when expecting home viewers.

If you are not a baker, you might want to know that a few drops of clary-sage or lemon essential oil will put your new home buyers or any guests at ease. They might comment, “Your home has such a lovely relaxed atmosphere, we don’t know why.” You can rest assured it is because of the scent of clary-sage or lemon essential oil that you have in your diffuser!

Facial Toner Makes My Wrinkles Melt Away

Author: Natural-Beauty
May 20, 2016

facial tonerI have recently been doing just about everything that I can to make sure that I am able to get rid of some of the wrinkles on my face. I hate how old I look now that these different wrinkles have started forming. It is not a very good look for me, so it is very important that I do something to keep myself as wrinkle free as I possibly can.

To ensure that I am able to keep my face looking good on a regular basis, I have been trying some different facial creams and soaps that are supposed to help keep my skin healthy. Healthy skin has a lot more elasticity and can easily spring back preventing wrinkles of most types. I have been using these items to help eliminate some of the wrinkles.

I have had the most luck with a facial toner that I use on a consistent basis. I put this on at least once every day so that it can work on tightening my skin and making it much more firm. I love using this serum because I have found that this really does wonders to eliminate the overall look of wrinkles on my face.

Are you thinking about losing weight? If you are then, good for you. Just remember, when you start an exercise  program after laying off for a while, you will probably get sore muscles in the bargain. Essential oils can sooth those aches and pains and maybe even help you stay on your program. They not only provide your body with the deep cleaning you need but also help eliminate waste products from your body.

Before you take your shower, put three neat drops of essential oil on a clean washcloth and massage that all over your body and then shower as you normally do. A blend of equal parts of rosemary, lemon, and eucalyptus peppermint is a wonderful mixture for this purpose. When you are done showering, massage your muscles  with a muscle relaxing oil or a toning oil – whichever one meets your needs.

Essential Oils to Use Before and In the Showershower in shower

  • Lavender
  • Rosemary
  • Pine
  • Lemon
  • Eucalyptus
  • Eucalyptus peppermint
  • eucalyptus lemon
  • Juniper
  • Bergamot



More Help for Sore Muscles

Author: Dr. Larita
May 18, 2016

workout1The essential oils cardamom, ginger, and tangerine go a long way toward relieving overworked, sore muscles when blended into a carrier oil like liquid shea oil. Use this recipe and massage sore muscles after your workout.

  • 1 oz liquid shea oil or sweet almond oil

  • 5 drops cardamom essential oil

  • 3 drops ginger essential oil

  • 6 drops tangerine essential oil

Spicy oils can feel too warm on your skin but when blended with liquid shea oil and tangerine, they are balanced and just work the wonders we want them to work. Shea oil and tangerine essential oil both love skin! If this blend still turns out to be a little hot or irritating for you, just add 4 drops of lavender.

scented air freshenerSince I have a refillable air freshener in my home, I like to find great new scents that I can add to it so that I can make my house smell nice. I like being able to try more natural scents because I love the smell of different types of flowers and plants in my home. I have been using air freshener like this for a really long time now.

Whenever people come into my home, they complement me on how amazing the room smells because it is so fragrant and beautiful. I feel great when I am complimented like this because I work hard to pick out great new scents each time. I have been able to find many that can smell subtle around my home so that they don’t overpower everything.

Most recently, I started looking for some new type of scented air freshener that would be good in my home. I decided on a very flowery type of scented air freshener that would be perfect. When I walk into my home now, it smells like a beautiful garden is in bloom somewhere in there. I love the way that this air freshener makes my home smell.

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