Archive for July, 2018

I promised to continue our discussion about using essential oils to celebrate yearly events so let’s continue with more on the Christmas celebrations. When you are expecting guests for a holiday soiree, make a Christmas house spray by diluting 4 drops of pine, 2 drops of mandarin and 1 drop of cinnamon essential oils into a plant-spray bottle containing 1 1/2 cups of water. If you like, you can add 1 drop of frankincense or 1 drop of a mixture of frankincense and myrhh. Too much frankincense and myrhh will make your home  smell like a church (unless that is what you want,) so it is best to blend a tiny bit of those scents in with your Christmas house spray if you like.

There are other essential oils that you can use in your Christmas house spray so play around with them and experiment. Other essential oil choices are the fresh scents of mandarin, tangerine, and orange. Use them when visitors are coming for a Christmas party. Holiday cakes and cookies always make a house smell warm and inviting so add the spicy essential oil scents of cinnamon, clove or bay to your house spray, fire logs or candles and you will add a warm note to your essential oil blends.

 


Certain scents are associated with the different events we celebrate throughout the year. For me, the scents of orange, peppermint and pine are associated with Christmas. We eventually started using artificial trees because they are more convenient but that pine smell still reminds me of my younger days. The smell of turkey roasting always brings back memories of family gatherings at Thanksgiving because my mom always cooked the turkey early in the morning and we woke up smelling that delicious mouth watering scent. With the fast paced lives we live today, we may not have the traditional scent of a live tree at Christmas and we may not cook our own turkey; but with the convenience of essential oils we can re-create some of the aromas of yesterday that bring back those fond memories.

Since most of us have wonderful memories of Christmas, I’m going to begin with that celebration. Even if you do bring home a real Christmas tree instead of a silver one, real trees are now coated with preservatives to keep the needles from falling all over the place because of our centrally heated homes. With essential oils, we can re-create the memorable Christmas aroma. Mix 6-12 drops of pine essential oil into 1 cup of water and spray your tree or you can put several drops of pine oil on cotton balls and place them inconspicuously around the tree. I’ll continue with more on celebrating with essential oils in my next blog.

 


The Number 1 Essential Oil

Author: Dr. Larita
July 16, 2018

Lavender is the best essential oil to have in your home because it is extremely effective in treating burns, scalds and nervous tension. For burns and scalds, lavender can be put directly on the affected area right away. For nervous tension and headaches, rub the lavender on your temples, forehead, and the back of your neck. If it is a sinus headache you can rub it around the sinus cavities on your face. I suggest you add a half teaspooon of sweet almond oil to the lavender if you have never used it neat before. Try lavender neat a little bit at a time until you know if your skin can tolerate it or not.

Lavender’s properties of antiseptic, antibiotic, antidepressant, detoxifier and sedative allow healing to occur more quickly and prevent scarring. It also accelerates the immune system and speeds the healing process because it stimulates the wound’s cells to rejuvenate more quickly. The next time you burn yourself in the kitchen, put a drop or two of lavender on it two to four times a day until it is healed. The next time you have a headache, rub some lavender on your temples and the back of your neck. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised.


A  man’s self image can be hampered by baldness even though studies have shown a correlation between baldness and high levels of testosterone – meaning bald men are probably virile and manly. If you are one of those virile balding men, you can do one of three things. First, you can go with the baldness and shave your head. Second, you can purchase one of several drugs that stimulate hair growth. These drugs are used to treat high blood pressure so they dilate  blood vessels, stimulate cell division, and in the process, encourage hair growth.

Aromatherapists regularly use essential oils that have the same function as the above mentioned mentioned drugs but unlike chemical drugs, essential oils are harmless to the body when used correctly. Hereditary factors can figure into a balding problem. But aromatherapists know that by reducing the aging factor in the body by keeping cell functions healthy and vigorous actually delays the hereditary factor in balding.

The essential oils to use for stimulating hair growth will work on your whole system, especially the circulatory and lymphatic systems. Make a body oil  with some of the essential oils that stimulate hair growth and you can treat your baldness and work on your whole body at the same time. You could also make a massage oil using a good carrier oil like jojoba oil and a blend of the essential oils below. Choose oils for the blend that are masculine smelling and suit your taste.

ESSENTIAL OILS TO STIMULATE HAIR GROWTH

  • rosemary
  • sage
  • lavender
  • geranium
  • basil
  • ginger
  • cedarwood
  • thyme
  • lemon
  • grapefruit
  • cypress


Massage Away Fat

Author: Dr. Larita
July 12, 2018

bellyEven when I was younger and thought I was cute, I always had a “pooch-out” belly. I’ve lost 92 pounds over the last 2 years and even with losing all of the weight, my belly is still the biggest thing on me. I recently saw an article on losing belly fat that really interested me. It uses essential oils and aromatherapy massage to get rid of belly fat. I am going to give it a try. I’ll give you the recipe too and you can join me.

Essential Oils for Belly Fat Massage Oil

Directions

Pour the carrier oil into your plastic bottle and shake well before each use. To use, massage the abdomen in a circular motion. This works for belly fat, cramps and other menstrual pain. It also alleviates the uncomfortable symptoms of hormonal fluctuations.

 

 


Carrier Oils for Massage

Author: Dr. Larita
July 11, 2018

Almond oil is the most popular carrier oil used for facial and body massage because its excellent emollient properties help the skin to balance absorption. It is a great moisturizer that is suitable for all skin types, helps relieve irritation, inflammation and itching, and is fantastic when used for lubricating because it penetrates slowly.

Almond oil is a good massage medium to use to assist the spread of the carrier oil and essential oil mixture, while still allowing you time to do a good massage before it is absorbed by the skin. Not only does almond oil help protect the surface of the skin, but it is a wonderful emollient, skin soother and softener, conditioner of the skin, and it promotes a clear, young looking complexion. Almond oil is suitable for all skin types but is especially good for dry or irritated skin.

Other natural carrier oils include aloe vera oil, avocado oil, coconut oil, evening primrose oil, grapeseed oil, jojoba oil, liquid shea oil, red turkey oil, sunflower oil, and natural vitamin E oil. Some of these oils are thin, some are thicker. They range from clear to yellow in color and the price ranges from $4.00 to 100.00 depending on the number of ounces you get. My favorites are sweet almond oil, jojoba oil, liquid shea oil and red turkey oil. I especially like the red turkey oil because that is the one I make my bath oils with because it actually dissolves in water.


Massage II

Author: Dr. Larita
July 10, 2018

massage therapy2We are continuing to discuss “aromassage” as a valuable method of using essential oils as part of the healing process when using aromatherapy. In previous blogs we have discussed which essential oils to use for sore or fatigued muscles (See Essential Oil Muscle Relief). You can always look at the archived blogs if you have any questions. Now let’s look at what kind of aromassage to use for different parts of the body.

  • Shoulders – aromassage into the shoulder muscles with both effleurage and petrissage movements. Make firm strokes from the shoulder to the neck and back again using thumbs and palms.
  • Arms – aromassage up towards the armpit, using effleurage or petrissage on the fatty or muscular areas only.
  • Back – Use firm or gentle effleurage or petrissage but do not massage over the vertebrae. Start from the lower part of the back and with both hands stroke all the way to the shoulders. Slide your hands over the shoulders and then return down the sides of the back. Repeat these strokes as many times as you like, the longer you aromassage, the more relaxing it is.
  • Abdomen – only use circular movements on the abdomen and move in a clockwise direction. Effleurage is the best method to use on the abdomen.
  • Legs – use effleurage to aromassage the legs and always move upwards. You can use petrissage on the fatty or muscular areas only but not over varicosed areas.
  • Women’s reproductive problems- aromassage using effleurage movements beginning at the lower back and sliding over the hips. Then slide each hand over the abdomen separately and repeat the whole process.
  • Feet – aromasssage from the toes to the heel with the thumbs under the foot and the fingers on top.

All massage should flow as the blood does, toward the heart. After an aerobic workout, aromassage is useful to release toxins and keep your muscles supple.


Massage I

Author: Dr. Larita
July 9, 2018

massage therapyAromatherapy 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 for 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, fingertips 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 tomorrow with more areas for you to massage.

 


dog

Dogs have great instincts when it comes to essential oils. If you put a digestive oil on one hand and a pesticide oil on the other, your dog will always go for the one that will do him the most good. If he has an upset stomach, he’ll go for the digestive oil but if he has fleas or other pests, he will go for the pesticide. Since dogs’ sense of smell is much stronger than humans, you can use a minimum amount of essential oil.

Below is a good remedy to rid your pet of fleas and at the same time, help keep his coat well conditioned. Essential oils do not disturb the natural oil balance of your dog’s skin and coat and it will do nothing but good for him. Use an old steel brush and a piece of material the same size as the brush face. The material should be thick. A piece of towel or sheet folded several times will do the trick. Pull the material down over the teeth of the brush so it is about an inch over the base, depending on the length of your dog’s hair.

Make a bowl of warm water and mix in 4 drops of cedarwood or pine essential oil and soak the brush you prepared in it before brushing your dog’s coat with it. This treatment will disinfect your pet, condition his coat, and collect parasites and eggs in the brush. Be sure to rinse the brush thoroughly in the bowl of essential oil water several times during the brushing treatment. We will continue this discussion tomorrow.


Summer Cold Relief

Author: Dr. Larita
July 5, 2018

I talk to a friend of mine over the phone fairly often and the last couple of times we talked, I could tell she has a terrible summer cold. I told her a little about essential oils and how they can help her get over that cold. Don’t you hate it when you get a cold in the summer? Almost every time I travel by airplane I get a cold from being cooped up with strangers all breathing the same air that is circulated over and over! It’s no wonder that my husband ended up with a terrible summer cold when we returned from a family reunion in Washington, DC recently (see my husband standing in front of the White House?)

My husband dislikes being sick too so I wanted to help him get over his cold as quickly as possible. I had him drink a cup of my summer cold tea which is hot water with honey and lemon plus one drop each of any two of the following essential oils: eucalyptus, ginger, lavender, tea tree or oregano. All of these essential oils have either antiviral or antibacterial properties and will help you get quick relief for a summer or winter cold. Just drink a cup every four hours until you start to feel better.


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