Archive for March, 2017

Your child’s constipation can be caused by anything from a change in food habits to stress, and even by the way he or she is toilet trained. The child’s feces may be dry and in the shape of little balls. You can relieve this problem with a combination of essential oil massage and plenty of fruit juice and water. You can also dilute any of the following essential oils alone or in combinations of two oils in 2 tablespoons of sweet almond oil:

ESSENTIAL OILS TO TREAT CONSTIPATION

BABY’S CONSTIPATION MASSAGE OIL FORMULA

Here is a synergistic blend of essential oils to treat your child’s constipation. Dilute in 2 tablespoons of  sweet almond oil 4 drops of geranium, 6 drops of patchouli and 15 drops of mandarin. Give the child a large glass of natural fruit juice and water at bedtime and then gently massage his whole abdomen in the same direction the intestines go, clockwise.


Aromatherapy Stress Relief

Author: Dr. Larita
March 30, 2017

Stress, whether good or bad, is recognized as a part of everyone’s daily life. It is not easy to avoid, but there are ways to manage it so that you lessen or avoid some of the effects it can have on your mental and physical well-being. Aromatherapy essential oils are a natural treatment for easing stress and below is a recipe for relaxation after you’ve had one of those less than delightful days at home or work.

For a relaxing bath add two drops of bergamot and one drop of petitgrain to your bath and stir to distribute. You can relax with this brew every day. Having a massage is also an excellent way to relax after a trying day. For a soothing massage combine the following:

  • 10 drops lavender
  • 6 drops chamomile
  • 4 drops sandalwood
  • 4 drops ylang ylang
  • 2 ounces carrier oil

 


It is better to prevent an illness than to cure it so try this blend of immune-boosting oils to avoid catching any germs in the first place. Add the following oils to an oil burner to gently scent the room. Use your oil burner (also called a diffuser) on a daily basis, especially during the cold season.

  • 2 drops lemon
  • 2 drops grapefruit
  • 2 drops eucalyptus

Note: As with all use of essential oils, there are some safety precautions to follow. Aromatherapy essential oils are extremely strong and should never be applied neat to the skin or taken internally unless advised by a fully qualified professional. If you have sensitive skin it’s a good idea to perform a patch test with your chosen oils, making sure they’re properly diluted in a carrier oil. If there’s no reaction after 24 hours then you can safely use the oils.

If you are pregnant or have underlying health issues it’s always a good idea to seek the advice of a qualified aromatherapist to find out which oils are suitable or even speak to a health professional for advice. Extra precautions should be used when treating the elderly or the very young. Once again, it’s best to get advice on the most suitable oils to choose.


Essential Oils for Sinusitis

Author: Dr. Larita
March 28, 2017

A sinus infection can be miserable, not to mention downright painful. Here is another alternative health solution for you. This blend can help to open up the sinuses, clear mucus and fight off germs.

Add the following oils to a large bowl of steaming water. Lean over, covering your head with a towel and spend a few minutes breathing in the vapors. This can be repeated once a day as necessary.

  • 2 drops peppermint
  • 1 drop eucalyptus
  • 1 drop basil

Sometimes when you’re suffering from nausea or sickness, the chances are you won’t want to be take the time to blend oils or you’re at work and your boss and co-workers would probably frown if you brought in hot water and a towel. When that is the situation, I suggest you keep it simple and just inhale your essential oils from a tissue.

Add two drops of one of the following essential oils to a tissue and inhale as needed. Alternatively, add a few drops to an oil burner  and inhale the aroma that way. Again, if you’re at work, the tissue is probably the way to go.


Aromatherapy Gifts Create A Relaxing Mood In A Home

Author: Natural-Beauty
March 27, 2017

I love to use some great aromatherapy products to create the perfect relaxing mood in my home. Having these kinds of products around is just what I need so that I can let go of all of my stresses and worries and get into a relaxed and calm state of mind. Ever since I discovered the power of aromatherapy, I have been enjoying its benefits for my life and my health every day.

There are a lot of awesome gifts out there of the aromatherapy kind, like the oil burners that I like to use myself. These kinds of burners make it easy for me to have a relaxing or energizing fragrance throughout my home. I love to use them on a daily basis when I get home from work and on the weekends as well. They really put me in a great mood.

When I am looking to give someone some meaningful aromatherapy gifts, I like to go for some burners that feature an elegant and classic design. These gifts are always appreciated and they are a unique gift idea as well. They are great to give to a friend or a family member for a special occasion like a birthday or a holiday.


Children bring home all kinds of germs from school and they generously pass them on to the rest of the family. If you are the mother o fa school age child, you already know this very well. Besides using basic steps such as balanced diet, exercise, sleep and good hygiene, there’s not a lot we can do to stop children from catching bugs but there is something we can do to protect ourselves or at least limit the effects if we do catch a bug.

Many people get antibiotics from a doctor when they come down with a cold. I have an alternative idea for you to get and stay well without using those drugs which often have lingering side effects. When you start to get that feeling of a stuffy nose, scratchy throat and the other symptoms of a cold, try this aromatherapy blend and knock those symptoms right out of the ball park. This may not be a cure for the common cold but it will clear the airways and since essential oils have antiviral qualities, they definitely won’t hurt.

Add the following oils to a large bowl of steaming water. Lean over, covering your head with a towel and spend a few minutes breathing in the vapors. This can be repeated once a day as necessary.


Aromatherapy Massage

Author: Dr. Larita
March 24, 2017

Aromatherapy massage or aromassage is an excellent way to apply essential oils as part of an alternative healing process. It is not hard to do and anyone can do it to family, friends, even to yourself. There are many different ways to apply aromassage:

  • Effleurage – this is a series of gentle, soothing strokes which allow essential oils to penetrate your body and help you to relax and become calm. For this method, use your whole hands in  either long or short strokes that can be either firm or gentle.
  • Petrissage – is similar to gently kneading dough. Use the palm, finger tips and thumbs to slowly and gently knead the body. Petrissage is most helpful when used on fatty areas and on backs.
  • Head massage – put the essential oils  on your fingertips to massage the scalp. Work the fingers all over the scalp.
  • For migraine and headaches – massage around the base of the neck and work your way up to the base of the scalp. Massage in this manner for a few moments with firm effleurage strokes.
  • For the neck – massage the neck using small, firm circular movements from the base of the neck, up either side of the vertebrae to the base of the scalp. Massage the sides of the neck and repeat these movements in a more gentle fashion and work your way down the neck. Repeat several times using appropriate essential oils.

We will continue this blog with more areas for you to massage.


Yesterday we talked about some body methods you can use to get the maximum effect from your essential oils. Today let’s talk about a different method.

Water Methods

  • Baths – use a maximum of 8 drops of essential oils in the bath or the amount directed for use in a particular recipe. First, close the bathroom door and run the bath, then add the essential oil and swish the water around. Soak in the tub for at least ten minutes while relaxing and breathing deeply. You can dilute the eo in a carrier oil before adding it to the water to help your skin feel silky smooth while also relaxing your body.
  • Bidet – use 2 – 3 drops of eo diluted in 1 teaspoon carrier oil. Run warm water from the bidet or from the tap, add the eo and swish it around so the oils don’t irritate mucous membranes.
  • Douche – only use this method if you are under the care of a naturopath. Add the eo to boiled and cooled water from the tap or warmed, bottled spring water. Shake the douche thoroughly before using.
  • Jacuzzi – use 3 drops per person using the jacuzzi.
  • Sauna – use 2 drops per 2 1/2 cups of water. Use eucalyptus, tea tree or pine essential oils. Mix the eo in the water  and throw it onto the heat source as usual. Only use one of these three oils because they are the only ones that enter the body with inhalation and exit by perspiration. All three oils are very beneficial as cleansers and detoxifiers.
  • Shower – as directed or use a maximum  of 8 drops eo. First, wash as usual in the shower. Then add the essential oil to your washcloth or sponge and rub it over your body quickly as you stand under the running water. Deeply breathe in the aromatic steam.
  • Sitz bath – as directed in your recipe or 2-3 drops. Run a bath to hip level or use a bowl or pan that is big enough for you to lower your behind into it. Add your eo and swish thoroughly so the oils don’t irritate your delicate mucous membranes.
  • Hand bath – use 2-4 drops eo – soak the hands for a maximum of 10 minutes in a bowl of warm water.
  • Foot bath – as directed in your recipe or 2-6 drops. Soak your feet for twenty minutes in a bowl of warm water.


Sinusitis Aromatherapy

Author: Dr. Larita
March 22, 2017

I recently saw a business acquaintance I had not seen for quite some time and she told me she had been on medical leave. She thought she was suffering from sinusitis but it turned out it was cancer of the sinuses, which is very rare – especially in women. She went through chemotherapy and radiation treatments and seems fine now although she said she’s not functioning at 100% yet. I told her I would write a blog about the essential oils that can be used to treat sinusitis. If your sinuses are clogged and you use this treatment but they don’t get better in a week to ten days, please go and get checked by your physician.

If you like the steam inhalation method use the following combination of essential oils: 3 drops of rosemary essential oil, 1 drop of thyme essential oil and 1 drop of peppermint essential oil. You can also make a blend of 2 drops of rosemary essential oil, 1 drop of geranium essential oil, and 1 drop of eucalyptus essential oil and put one drop of this mixture on a tissue and inhale throughout the day.

When you are at home and getting ready for bed you can make a massage oil for you neck, behind and in front of the ears, over the cheekbone, the nose, and forehead to help your sinuses. Blend 5 drops of rosemary essential oil, 5 drops of geranium essential oil, 2 drops of eucalyptus essential oil, and 3 drops of peppermint essential oil. Use 5 drops of this blend per teaspoon of sweet almond, grapeseed or jojoba carrier oil and massage the sinus areas as needed.


How to Use Aromatherapy

Author: Dr. Larita
March 21, 2017

Aromatherapy is an alternative form of medicine that uses essential oils or volatile liquid from plant materials and certain aromatic compounds. Essential oils have a proven effect on an individual’s health and or mood.

There are four different modes of application for aromatherapy essential oils:

  • Aerial diffusion for aerial disinfection or environmental fragrancing through the use of a diffuser
  • Direct inhalation for respiratory decongestion, expectoration, and disinfection is also administered through the use of a diffuser or simply with a bowl of steaming hot water with a few drops of essential oil
  • Topical applications for body compresses, baths, and therapeutic care for the skin or general massage
  • Oral applications for congestion and parasites

The last two methods of application are self explanatory but please look through the blog archives for recipes and further explanation for the last two methods.


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