Archive for April, 2018

Natural Moisturizers Keep Me Selfie-Ready

Author: Natural-Beauty
April 30, 2018

In today’s world of social media and with the internet being such a huge part of all of our lives, it has been important for me to make sure that I am always looking my best. It has been much easier to stay looking great with some awesome products that I have been shopping for online that ensure that I can put my best face forward.

The beauty and personal care products that I have been getting online have helped me to be able to look fabulous for each busy day and each selfie moment. I have especially loved the lotion that I got online recently. This lotion is perfect for giving me the soft and smooth skin that I love to show off in the springtime and in the summertime as well.

With some awesome natural moisturizers, I have been able to have glowing skin day in and day out. I love the amazing scent of the lotions, which is almost even better than the results that I get from the lotion itself. The natural lotions give me some amazing aromatherapy and they are awesome for waking me up in the morning and refreshing me in the evenings. My new lotion is an awesome lotion to keep dry and cracked skin away.


Aromatherapy for Cats 2

Author: Dr. Larita
April 27, 2018

cat 3You can treat your cat’s arthritis and fleas the same way we discussed for dogs. Cats often get abscesses, usually after a night of tom catting around, as well as some other ailments you can treat with aromatherapy. Here is a list of treatments that cat owners will appreciate.

  • To treat an abscess, put a drop of tea tree essential oil neat directly on the abscess to bring it to a head. The cat will lick the fur and swallow some of the oil which is fine because it will help clear up the abscess. After the abscess bursts and the pus has drained out, apply lavender oil neat to speed the healing.
  • To treat coughs and bronchitis in cats (yes, they suffer from it too,) massage along their back and chest with 4 drops of eucalyptus oil once a day until the coughing stops.
  • To treat a bacterial or viral infection use lavender, oregano, tea tree or thyme essential oil diluted with sweet almond oil and massage the cat’s chest, back and neck just like you would for a child.
  • To treat hairballs, add two teaspoons of olive oil to the cat’s food until the hairball passes. To keep hairballs from forming, add a small amount of olive oil to your cat’s food on a regular basis.
  • To treat a canker of the ear problem in your cat, try to keep your cat from scratching the ear so that no infection sets in. Clean the wax buildup in the cat’s ear if possible and to prevent a sore from forming from the scratching, warm a teaspoon of olive oil and add 1 drop each of chamomile and lavender essential oils. Insert a little of the mixture into your cat’s ear  and also rub it around the ear.
  • To treat mange, which is highly contagious, first either treat or get rid of all your cat’s bedding. Cover the cat in warm water (my cat does not like baths) that has 3 drops each of lavender, tea tree oil and chamomile essential oils. Coat all of the cats skin with this essential oil treated water.

 


Aromatherapy for Prickly Heat

Author: Dr. Larita
April 26, 2018

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Prickly heat is an uncomfortable condition that seems to run in my family. Thankfully, it missed me but my youngest daughter had it when she was a child and now her son has it too. She recently sent me a picture of my oldest grandson’s back and asked me what could possibly be wrong with him. He had a rash of tiny blisters that looked like little pinkish or reddish spots. My first thought was that he had contracted scabies from one of the many pets he has but luckily it turned out to be prickly heat. When my daughter found out it was prickly heat, she remembered she used to have it when she was little and how much it itched.

To treat prickly heat, the first thing to do is to stay as cool as possible. Expose the affected areas to air when you can and only wear cool light clothing when you must be covered. You can also apply a splash  made by blending 6 drops each eucalyptus, lavender and chamomile in a teaspoon of alcohol and shaking it all in a cup of spring water. A warm bath is soothing too if you add 4 drops each of lavender and eucalyptus. An aromatherapy bath is even better for prickly heat if you add baking soda to the water. When you add baking soda, leave out the eucalyptus and mix the lavender in the baking soda before you put it in the water.


Have Soft Hands Naturally

Author: Dr. Larita
April 25, 2018

I know that shea butter is great for my skin. I use it all the time but I had a problem remembering to use it after washing dishes because I keep my shea butter in the bathroom. I don’t know why I never thought to bring a jar into the kitchen to use right after washing dishes but I knew I had to do something right away. My hands look terrible because I like to wash my dishes by hand. I also wash my hands a lot at work and we only have these harsh paper towels that really dry out my skin. My cuticles looked really awful, they were all ragged and sore so I bought a jar of shea butter to leave in the kitchen window above my sink.

I always put shea butter on my hands after I finish the dishes now. My hands are soft again and I can more easily keep my cuticles pushed back. I bought some clear polish for my nails to add a finishing touch. I have no idea why I didn’t put the shea butter in the kitchen sooner but I sure am glad that it’s there now and believe me, I will make sure that I keep a jar in there from now on.


Get Rid of Toenail Fungus

Author: Dr. Larita
April 24, 2018

A reader left a message after reading the Pretty Feet blog today. He said that he had toenail fungus for about 10 years and some very bad foot odor too. He read a previous blog about tea tree oil and smelly feet and he started to use the spray mentioned in the article for his shoes. He said there was great improvement in the shoe smell but his toenails were still thick because of the fungus.

He read that tea tree oil is anti-bacterial and anti-fungal so he started putting one neat drop of it on each nail every morning. He said that after about a week of daily use, he could see that his nails were less thick and there was less fungal growth. Toenails grow slowly so there is still some fungus there but he is beginning to see healthy nails growing in with no fungus. If he keeps that up, he will have pretty feet too, or should I say handsome feet?


Aromatherapy for Cats

Author: Dr. Larita
April 23, 2018

TwinkleYou have a cat? Then you know that each cat has its own personality and they can be quite aggravating when they are not being quite lovable. Cats make wonderful pets and they can also help our health. Studies by Dr. Erika Friedmann among others, show that stroking a cat has a calming effect on your nervous system and also lowers your blood pressure. Heart attack sufferers can prolong their chances of survival if they have a pet and cats love attention.

Ok, thats the lovable part, now on to the aggravating part. Cats can ruin your furniture and anything else that is made of wood in your home, including tables and doors. They do this when they are shedding their nails and clearing the way for new ones. This also is their way of adding their scent to yours in the home. To keep this from happening, make a scratching post from a piece of wood (any old piece will do) but add essential oil of valerian to the wood. The scent of this root sends cats into a state of pure rapture. Cats adore cat mint too and if you have a little growing in your garden, you will see them rolling in it with ecstacy.


Naturally Healthy Hair

Author: Dr. Larita
April 20, 2018

If your sebaceous glands are not producing enough oil to keep it healthy, your hair probably looks dry and flyaway. The protective oils produced by your hair are essential for protecting it from the elements but exposure to sun, wind, heat, and chemicals can damage hair, leaving it frizzy.  Split ends, broken shafts and a rough texture are all signs that your hair is lacking a sufficient sebum coating.

Ways to repair dry hair include:

  • Using a very gentle natural shampoo followed by a cream conditioner that you leave on your hair (not your scalp) for several minutes
  • Avoiding the use of chemical products such as hair dye and styling products because they can be very harsh on hair and wearing a hat if you’re going to be out in the sun, and a swimming cap if you’re going to be in chlorinated water
  • Adding a few drops of oil (coconut, jojoba, olive oil, etc) will give protective moisture to hair if you simply place a few drops  in your hands, rub your hands together and then work through your hair to give it a light sheen
  • Drying hair on the low or coolest setting if you must blow it dry
  • Combing your hair in the shower with conditioner in it because this is the time your hair is at its smoothest and strongest; otherwise, use a boar bristle brush, which will be more gentle and less likely to tear hair, as well as helping to distribute oil through the hair
  • Washing your hair less often and using a weekly deep conditioner
  • Having your hair trimmed if you are experiencing split ends- at least 1/2 inch above the splits


frankincense2I have talked about frankincense in this blog before and the fact that it takes so long to harvest it. Well, now it seems that we may be running out of frankincense trees all together as well as people to farm and harvest the sap used for frankincense essential oil.

It would be a shame for us to lose frankincense essential oil in the name of progress. Frankincense forests are declining because of progress in areas such as agriculture and job growth or because other trees such as the Acacia tree grow faster and are taking over the forests.

Cancer begins when the DNA code in a cell becomes corrupted and shuts the cell down. Scientists have discovered that there is some agent in frankincense that can reset a cancerous cell and stop it from closing down. Wouldn’t it be awesome if we could get a cure for all the different cancers there are in the world from something so natural as an essential oil? That is a really good reason for finding a way to preserve the frankincense forests in the Middle East.

 


Bergamot Essential Oil

Author: Dr. Larita
April 18, 2018

bergamot blogWhen I first discuss essential oils with someone who is not familiar with them, I always tell them that aromatherapy is the specific use of the natural fragrances of plants to enhance physical, mental and emotional well-being. Bergamot essential oil is good for supporting the spirit, easing the mind and healing the body.

Bergamot Supports the Spirit

  • Bergamot essential releases pent-up emotions allowing you to express your feelings realistically
  • Bergamot also relieves feelings of apathy and listlessness

Bergamot Eases the Mind

  • Take a bath with 2 drops bergamot and 4 drops neroli to ease severe emotional anxiety
  • Apply a massage oil of 4 teaspoons liquid shea oil, with 2 drops bergamot, 4 drops rose and 4 drops sandalwood to ease and calm grief

Bergamot Heals the Body

  • To clear and cleanse oily or problem skin or acne, mix 2 drops bergamot, 4 drops sweet orange and 4 drops geranium in 4 drops jojoba oil and apply it to your face or any other area with problem skin.
  • To cleanse and heal infected cuts or boils use a hot compress with 2 drops bergamot and 4 drops tea tree oil


I promised I would give you some different essential oil blends for your aromatherapy deodorant yesterday in case you don’t like the Citrus Celebration blend. Of course, you can always use your favorite oils and come up with your own snazzy name for it too. My favorite one is something I made up by accident. I had a bottle of lavender lotion (unscented lotion that I had blended with lavender essential oil) and the bottle was running low. I was in a hurry so I added some lotion from another scented lotion I had that contained patchouli and I fell in love with that blended scent. It makes a wonderful deodorant fragrance too. Unfortunately, I can’t wear it to work because there are some people who do not like the fragrance so take that into account if you use patchouli. I think it reminds them of hippies!

1960 Blend1960s

  • 15 drops patchouli
  • 5 drops sandalwood

You Smell Like A Rose

  • 6 drops rose otto
  • 7 drops palmarosa
  • 7 drops geranium

I Don’t Care How It Smells – It Works

  • 8 drops tea tree
  • 4 drops lemon
  • 5 drops palmarosa
  • 3 drops eucalyptus

Larita’s Blend Plus

  • 6 drops patchouli
  • 8 drops bergamot
  • 6 drops lavender

Try one of these blends or come up with one you like and let me know how it turns out.


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