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Thanks to Aromahead, I have a recipe for a great aromatherapy deodorant that is organic, easy to make, feels good and smells good too. You can still use the crystal deodorant if you like and don’t want to take time to enjoy blending this easy recipe. I love the crystal deodorant but I am going to make the recipe myself because occasionally, I like to try something new. Who knows, I might like it even better!

Ingredients

  • 1 ounce coconut oilnatural deodorant
  • 1 tablespoon baking soda or arrowroot powder
  • 1 tablespoon green clay
  • 18 drops essential oil (your choice)

You will need a 2 ounce glass jar to contain the deodorant after you blend it.

Directions

  1. Mix the coconut oil, clay and baking soda or arrowroot in a small bowl, blending well.
  2. Add your choice of essential oils (choose from below)
  3. Use a small amount under your arm as a test to ensure that the baking soda or arrowroot doesn’t irritate your skin. In most cases it will be fine.

Citrus Celebration Blend

  • 10 drops lemon
  • 5 drops distilled lime (use distilled because it is not phototoxic)
  • 5 drops sweet orange

I’ll have some more blends for you to use to customize your natural aromatherapy deodorant in tomorrow’s blog so hold up! You may want to try a different blend because of the different essential oils we’ll be using.


Natural Body Scrubs

Author: Dr. Larita
April 13, 2018

There are plenty of skin care products out there that are best left to the professionals.   Salt and sugar scrubs, on the other hand, can be made quite easily in your kitchen, so for those who enjoy homemade products and custom scents, here’s your opportunity.  The scrubs are a way to gently exfoliate your body and promote healthy skin. They can be used before or along with your bath or shower.

The first thing you need to decide is whether you prefer salt or sugar.  Those with sensitive skin often do better with sugar, which is more gentle and melts away faster in the warm water.  Then, it’s time to collect your ingredients.

The basics of the recipe are sugar or salt, food grade oil (such as jojoba, grapeseed, or avocado), and essential oils.   You can use a variety of different oils depending on your skin’s needs. For example, grape seed oil is slightly astringent and great for oily skin, while sweet almond oil is great for dry skin that needs a lot of moisturizing.  You might also choose to use a bit of honey, especially in sugar scrubs, to help smooth out the texture of the scrub.  You can get creative with seasonal scents, or even add some coffee crystals for a little extra wake-up power in your shower.

Here’s a sample recipe:

8 cups salt OR sugar (raw or light brown)

2 cups jojoba oil

1/2 cup avocado oil

Your choice of essential oils (a few drops)

Honey for texture

Slowly mix the oils into the sugar or salt. You are aiming for a consistency that is wet, yet allows you to ball it up without it dripping back through your fingers.  Add honey and/or more oil as needed.  When you have achieved your desired texture, mix in your essential oils.

Note: be sure to use pure essential oils and not fragrance oils which are often synthetic and can be highly irritating.


Relaxing-diffuserFor the last installment in our series on eliminating stale odors in your home, let’s put our knowledge to use. Here are a few blends you can use in your diffuser to get you started. You can mix and blend to your hearts content. Use your favorite essential oil or the oil that puts your mind at ease to make your own special blend. Experimenting with essential oils is fun and you may just come up with a winner. These blends will work well to rid your home of stale odors. You don’t have to name the blends but it’s kind of fun to do so. If you don’t name them, keep up with the ingredients you use, as well as the amounts.

Fresh and Clean Home

  • 2 drops lavender
  • 2 drops lemon
  • 2 drops rosemary

Essential Odor Eliminator

  • 2 drops grapefruit
  • 1 drop lemon
  • 1 drop eucalyptus lemon
  • 1 drop lavendar

You can use the above blends for the above reasons or you can just add essential oils to your diffuser even if your house is not funky. They will lift your spirit and make you feel good.

 

 

 


Eucalyptus-Lemon Essential Oilessential oil synergy

This installment in our series on eliminating stale odors in your home starts with eucalyptus-lemon essential oil. You can get it already blended or you can make the blend yourself with eucalyptus and lemon essential oil. There are families of bacteria and fungus lurking in your home. They are hiding behind the stove, in the dish drain and in the vegetable bin with the celery you never used that has turned to slime. Eucalyptus-lemon, like most essential oils, is anti-bacterial so it’s just the thing you need to get rid of those stale odors. While it freshens up those funky smells, it will open up your sinuses so you can breath better at the same time.

Cypress Essential Oil

This essential oil has a dual purpose. It stimulates sweating while simultaneously curbing excessive perspiration. This property will keep your home smelling fresh because your gym clothes that are waiting around in a basket for laundry day won’t have that musty smell from sweat. As with several other essential oils, you can use cypress as a deodorant and replace the commercial deodorants that contain cancer causing chemicals.


stale odorWe are continuing our discussion about stale odors in your home. I should mention these bad smells can be anywhere. Consider places like your car, office, basement – anywhere you might be. I don’t know about you, but if I don’t have to smell a bad odor, I don’t want to. Today let’s talk about a couple more essential oils that will help you eliminate stale odors in your home.

Rosemary Essential Oil

The bubonic plague, also known simply as the plague killed over 1/3 of the earth’s population at that time. It was a devastating disease and people would burn rosemary to help stop the spread of the disease. Hospitals also used it to purify the air. Well, in this day and age, you can use rosemary essential oil in your diffuser to clean up stale air in the home because it has an antiseptic and purifying effect. It also smells great.

Grapefruit Essential Oil

Just like lemon essential oil which we’ve already discussed, grapefruit essential oil works the same way. When you smell it floating around in the air in your home you’ll see why it’s one of my favorite essential oils. Grapefruit is somewhat stronger than lemon so many people use it where the odor is stronger too, like the bathroom. It’s also great to use in the shower because it is such a refreshing pick me up. Tomorrow we have one more essential oil  to discuss and then we can get into some diffuser recipes.


bad odor

Don’t you hate it when you come home and discover you can still smell the food you cooked the night before? Or when you open his bedroom door, you can smell your teenage son’s sneakers? Most people simply spray air freshener to eliminate the odors but if you care about your family’s and your own health, you should read the label on those air fresheners. They are full of harsh chemicals. Do you really want your family to breath  that? A better solution for those smells is to use all natural essential oils. I’m going to show you the best essential oils and why you should use them.

Lemon Essential Oil

There is nothing better than the smell of fresh smelling  lemon essential oil to remove the stale odor. The reason it works so well is that it neutralizes bad smells. The citric acid in lemon oil is better than just about anything else and it’s especially good at eliminating food odors. Many people use lemon essential oil in the kitchen to remove bad odors coming from trash cans, dishwashers and garbage disposals. You can simply put a few drops directly into the area or you can use a diffuser in the kitchen.

Lavender Essential Oil

On your next wash day, put 4 to 6 drops of lavender essential oil into each load. Sometimes I leave my clothes in the machine for a couple of days and if have lavender in the load, I don’t get that musty odor because lavender’s anti-mold property eliminates it. The lavender will keep your clothes smelling fresh for days and using it on your bed linens will help you sleep better too because of lavender’s calming properties.


All Natural Deodorant

Author: Dr. Larita
April 6, 2018

Our body controls temperature and eliminates toxins by sweating. Stopping underarm sweat with antiperspirant is not healthy and is often thought to be one reason for the rise in breast cancer. The  medical profession does not support this idea and considers it a myth but it just makes sense that if toxins are trapped in your body they can lead to health problems.

If you don’t want to take a chance with your health, it is worth your while to try Crystal Deodorant. It is 100% natural and contains potassium alum mineral salts. It is non-aerosol, ozone friendly, hypoallergenic, unscented, non-staining, contains no alcohol, and kills odor causing bacteria.  Do antiperspirants contribute to breast cancer? Physicians may say they do not but I say, why take a chance if you don’t have to? Try Crystal Deodorant for yourself.

 


Body polishes are used to remove any dead skin cells that remain after using a washcloth or body brush in the shower or bath.  There are many sugar options for your use in this recipe. A high-quality body polish will contain an ingredient that will remove the remaining dead skin cells plus skin protecting ingredients that can protect the new skin that is revealed.

Sweet Body Polish Recipe

  • 9 oz sugar (brown or white)
  • 3 1/2 oz jojoba oil
  • 10 drops mandarin essential oil
  • 2 drops sweet orange essential oil
  • 5 drops geranium essential oil


We have had a few nice spring days and already I have noticed co-workers wearing sandals or flip-flops with dry crusty feet and cracked heels. I want to tell them that they can get rid of dry crusty feet by exfoliating with a salt or sugar scrub in the shower and then gently sloughing calluses with a pumice stone. Use the pumice stone a little at a time over a week or two and the callus will be gone or greatly reduced.

Next, give your feet a deep moisturizing treatment with shea butter cream. Simply coat your feet with the shea butter and then put socks on before going to bed. You can deep moisturize as often as you like but don’t forget to moisturize your feet after each shower too. The finishing touch for sexy feet that look good in sandals is to give yourself a pedicure and put on your favorite color nail polish.


Teen Facial Scrub

Author: Dr. Larita
April 3, 2018

teen skinMy 16-year-old granddaughter is very beautiful but she stresses over everything like clothes, school, boys, girls and her skin. She doesn’t really have a skin problem, but she has friends who do. The only reason she even cares about her skin having a blemish is because of the selfies she constantly takes that are always close-ups. She always makes a face at the camera so I don’t know why she ever worries about blemishes.

For teens who do have skin problems, it is crucial to cleanse your skin to clear away dead skin cells and to avoid further breakouts. This is a facial scrub to help you avoid skin problems and keep your skin healthy.

Mix these components well and put a dab into the palm of your hand. Rub this mixture onto your face with a rolling motion. Then wash it back off with a gentle soap and plenty of water. Pat your skin dry and then dab your face with lavender water which you can easily make by adding 5 drops of lavender essential oil to 2 tablespoons of spring water. Use this treatment daily to clear your skin and keep it that way.


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