Archive for June, 2018

Sports Aromatherapy

Author: Dr. Larita
June 18, 2018

There are many wonderful essential oils that are really great for supporting your performance in sports or your recovery from a bit too much activity in sports. You can blend them in body oils, lotion blends, shower gels or make your own balms.

Some oils are great for recovery and some stimulating ones are great for performance. Some oils have antispasmodic and natural pain killing properties so are great to use in recovery of injuries. Here are a few of my favorite oils for these purposes:

Rosemary

This uplifting and fresh herbal essential oil is great for increasing energy. The oil is extracted from the leaves and smells just like the herb used in cooking. It’s also used in many hair care products because if its stimulating properties and it works as a memory stimulant so it can be used when studying or when you need to focus on something. Rosemary has a fresh herbal scent and helps with digestion and breathing too. It’s great for sports performance because it is energizing and stimulating and if you travel a lot, you can also use it to combat jet lag. You can add the oil to your shampoo and shower or bath products. It has antiseptic, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties among many others. Rosemary is advised to avoid during pregnancy and when suffering from high blood pressure.

Birch

Birch oil is a natural painkiller with the main ingredients of salicylic acid and methyl salicylate. It is a fantastic oil to use for recovery from sports. It’s a great detoxing oil, speeding the recovery time after a performance. It’s antispasmodic and a great oil for rheumatism and arthritis as well as one of the best in treating cellulite. Birch is great for the skin and hair and is often used in body and hair products in some countries. It is made from the bark of a birch tree and has an herbal camphor type of scent. It is quite potent and you only need a few drops in your blend.

Fennel

Fennel oil is made from fennel seeds and is similar to rosemary. It’s fresh energizing and uplifting. It has antispasmodic, diuretic and stimulating properties and it helps to remove excess fluid, so it is a great oil to use to remove cellulite. It is a great oil to use during or after exercise to help muscles and nerves and it is also stimulating to the mind so it helps with concentration. It’s a great oil to aid your digestion and circulation but this oil should be avoided during pregnancy.


Treatment for Wrinkles

Author: Dr. Larita
June 15, 2018

wrinklesLaugh lines are one thing, but wrinkles that start making you feel like your skin looks older than you feel are another thing completely! Here are some ways to take care of those lines.

1.  Sunscreen is the number one way to prevent sun damage and wrinkling.  Apply any time you’ll be spending time outdoors, whether it’s sunny or cloudy, summer or winter.

2.  Vitamin A (Retinoid) Creams.  These creams can increase sun sensitivity, making number one even more important!  Vitamin A stimulates collagen production and stops cells from breaking down further.

3.  Alpha Hydroxy Acids exfoliate and increase collagen.  Just remember to be gentle with your skin! It is also a good idea to consult a trained cosmetologist if you are not sure what concentrations to use.

4.  Antioxidants – in your food and on your skin, these are key to feeling and looking youthful!

5. Hydration – The importance of drinking enough water cannot be overemphasized. What happens when you’re dehydrated? Your skin will get dry and begin to sag; and you’ll begin to lose muscle tone. If you find yourself thirsty, then you’re already behind schedule on keeping yourself hydrated, so carry water with you and drink it often!

 


Pamper Your Feet

Author: Dr. Larita
June 14, 2018

In the winter, I kind of neglect my feet because they are not on display. In the summertime, I keep up my foot care because my feet are always showing in sandals. Recently, I noticed my feet sticking to the carpet because they were so rough so I decided I better do a foot treatment and I’m going to tell you how to do the same.

First, exfoliate your feet by using a salt or sugar scrub in the shower to help remove dry and dead skin, eliminate the appearance of cracked heels, and start the healing process. If you also have calluses on your feet, gently use a pumice stone to start sloughing the callus down but do it gradually over a week or more.

The second thing is to give your feet a deep moisturizing treatment with either raw shea butter or shea butter cream by coating your feet with the butter and then putting your socks on before going to bed. You can do the deep moisturizing treatment as often as you like but don’t forget to moisturize your feet after each shower too. Look at it this way, if you keep your feet doing good now you won’t have a hard time when summer comes. You can just put on your favorite color nail polish and enjoy the summer!


Lavender Essential Oil Uses

Author: Dr. Larita
June 13, 2018

lavenderA whiff of lavender oil can trigger various sensations, and its sweet fragrance brings to mind rows and rows of beautiful blue-violet flowers under the summer sky. But if you look beyond lavender oil’s aroma, you’ll find that there’s more to it than meets the eye – or your sense of smell. Both lavender and lavender oil are valued for their fragrance and versatility. The flowers are used in potpourris, crafting, and home décor, while the essential oil is added to bath and body care products, such as soaps, perfumes, household cleaners, and laundry detergent.

Lavender oil is known for its anti-inflammatory, antifungal, antidepressant, antiseptic, antibacterial, and antimicrobial properties. It also has antispasmodic, analgesic, detoxifying, hypotensive, and sedative effects. Lavender oil is one of the most well-known essential oils in aromatherapy, and can be:

  • Added to your bath or shower to relieve aching muscles and stress.
  • Massaged on your skin as a relief for muscle or joint pain, as well as for skin conditions like burns, acne, and wounds. Make sure to dilute it with a carrier oil.
  • Inhaled or vaporized. You can use an oil burner or add a few drops to a bowl of hot water, and then breathe in the steam.
  • Added to your hand or foot soak. Add a drop to a bowl of warm water before soaking your hands or feet.
  • Used as a compress by soaking a towel in a bowl of water infused with a few drops of lavender oil. Apply this to sprains or muscle injuries.

I also recommend adding lavender oil to your list of natural cleaning products. You can mix it with baking soda to make an all-natural antibacterial scrub for your bathroom and kitchen.

By Dr. Mercola


Essential Oil of Peppermint

Author: Dr. Larita
June 12, 2018

Essential oils are chosen for their medical properties first and second for their ability to take care of a broad range of health problems. Peppermint has been used by many cultures (Egyptians, Chinese, and American Indians) for thousands of years because of its healthful properties. It has many therapeutic uses and is one of the oils that should be in everyone’s medicine chest. It is a superb digestive, it helps the respiratory system and promotes circulation, it is an anti-inflammatory and it is an antiseptic. These qualities make peppermint oil excellent to use in the treatment of indigestion, flatulence, bad breath, headaches and migraines, skin irritations, toothache, and fatigue. It can also help to keep pests like mice, fleas, and ants away!

My grandson is staying with me for a few weeks this summer and he loves Grandma’s cooking. One evening he ate way too much dinner (I made some of his favorite dishes) and ended up with a stomach ache. When he said he was going to bed early, I knew he had a bad stomach ache so I gave him my treatment for indigestion. First I made him some aromatherapy tea consisting of very warm water, 1 drop of peppermint oil, a pinch of bicarbonate of soda and honey to taste. I had him sip the tea while I blended a massage oil consisting of 1 teaspoon jojoba oil, 2 drops peppermint oil and 3 drops eucalyptus oil. I blended the three ingredients well and massaged his upper abdomen and he went to bed. The next morning he didn’t even remember the stomach ache.


Do you have trouble falling asleep at night? My husband worked nights as a respiratory therapist for years and now that he is retired, his sleep rhythms are out of whack! We have tried many ways to get him to go to sleep at a regular time but he still needs assistance.

Reflexology or foot massage has proven to assist in helping him fall asleep at night. Essential oils have amazing health benefits and also have potent relaxing and calming characteristics. Using these two techniques together is really helpful if you have trouble falling asleep. Always blend your essential oils with a carrier oil for best results.

Of course, essential oils are helpful in many ways and there are a number of methods you can use but reflexology is probably the quickest way to get them into your body because when the essential oil is applied to your feet, its traces can be found in the body after 20 minutes.  There are many essential oils for use with reflexology, depending on what you are working on but we are using a blend of rosemary, cypress and lavender. They work best for our needs. Google reflexology and see what will help you the most.


Summer Skin Care

Author: Dr. Larita
June 8, 2018

When the heat is on, maintaining a regular makeup routine, in addition to using skin care products, gets frustrating, so streamline your beauty regimen. If your skin tends to turn into an oil-slick by the middle of the day, begin with a product to keep shine at bay.

Next, whether your skin is oily or bone-dry, follow with a light-weight moisturizer that contains SPF and is designed for your skin type.

Finally, skip the foundation and simply dot a long-lasting concealer over any problem areas and finish with a light powder to absorb shine.


My skin tends to get very dry and it has been that way for my whole life. I have always suffered from dry and itchy skin and it gets so dry that it cracks and bleeds and I have little cuts all over my hands. This happens especially in the wintertime, when the weather is very cold. I get dry skin mostly on my hands, but it pops up on my legs and face and arms as well.

My daily tasks are not a help to my very dry skin. I like to wash the dishes by hand and this is very hard on my skin. All of the washing and drying and dampness dries out my skin. When I am at work, I often don’t have time to thoroughly dry my hands after washing them, and leaving my hands half-dry so often only makes my dry skin worse.

I finally found a great body cream, however, that helps me to ensure that my skin is always moisturized and replenished. This is the only thing that has really worked. I tried lots of different lotions in the past and they only helped a little bit and they helped temporarily. The body cream deeply hydrates my skin and it is good at helping my skin recover from the winter cold and the daily tasks that are hard on my hands. Body creams like this one really work.


The price of essential oils varies from place to place and from time to time depending on their availability and their quality. For example, frankincense is harvested twice a year, in the spring and again in the fall. To make a long story short, the bark of the frankincense tree is cut allowing the liquid resin to seep out and as it hits the outside air it starts to crystallize and get hard. After one to two weeks, the hardened resin crystal can be cut off the tree and several different frankincense resins are produced ranging from the pure white “Hojari” which is what was selected for kings and queens to a low grade brownish frankincense resin that contains particles of the tree’s bark.

The crystal resin then goes through a process where it is crushed into powder, put into an oil bath, and steam distilled to extract the oil from the crystal resin. That’s why depending on the time of the year and the purity of your frankincense, you will pay more or less for the product.

Frankincense essential oil is one of the oils that can really calm and soothe the whole body and mind. It eases aches and pains, clears the lungs and acts as a skin tonic. It can be used in a blended massage oil or diluted in the bath for colds, coughs, bronchitis, rheumatism, chilliness, poor circulation, exhaustion, nightmares, heavy periods, respiratory problems and mucus congestion. It also has a good astringent effect on the skin and perks up older more mature skin and helps wounds, sores and ulcers heal properly.


Frankincense, also known as olibanum, is an aromatherapy essential oil commonly used in aromatherapy. It offers a variety of health benefits, including helping relieve chronic stress and anxiety, reducing pain and inflammation, and boosting immunity.  Frankincense can even potentially help to fight cancer according to scientific studies. Below are nine ways you can use this powerful essential oil to help keep your family healthy.

  1. Helps to reduce stress reactions and negative emotions
  2. Helps boost immunes function and prevents illness
  3. May help fight cancer or deal with chemotherapy side effects
  4. Astringent and can kill harmful germs and bacteria
  5. Heals skin and prevents signs of aging
  6. Balances hormone levels
  7. Eases digestion
  8. Acts as a sleep aid
  9. Helps decrease inflammation and pain


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