Floral Essential Oils

Author: Dr. Larita
April 18, 2017

Flowers remind us of the beauty in nature that is all around us. Did you ever notice the way a bouquet brightens up a room, and how its beauty and makes you feel happy to be there? Flowers can also remind us of the love and support in our lives. That’s probably why they’ve always been a popular gift between friends, families and lovers Giving someone flowers can mean anything from “I support you,” to “I love you so much!”

This is the same effect that floral essential oils can have in aromatherapy blends. To add a warm emotional aspect to your essential oil blends, add a floral essential oil. They can inspire security, balance, and happiness. Just like a bouquet of blossoms, they can be so heartwarming!

Maybe that’s why their aromas are often referred to as heart notes (another term for “middle notes”). Heart notes offer fullness and harmony to blends, softening any hard edges of the aroma that might be too sharp, too high, or too deep.

Here’s a diffuser blend that I’ve found is supportive and uplifting after a long day:

Floral Heaven

Try this diffuser blend when it’s time for a little self love. Floral essential oils remind us to treat ourselves well, that we are special and that we deserve special care!

They show up in many skin care recipes, which can make us feel very pampered. Rose is popular for facial products, and lavender is probably the most famous skin loving oil of all.

Even the way some flowers are harvested and prepared shows special care in action. Take jasmine, for example. Jasmine flowers are hand-picked at night, when they’re at their most fragrant. Rose is another example—it takes about 60,000 roses to make a 1 oz (30 ml) bottle of rose essential oil!

This spring, as new flowers pop out of the ground and trees bud, try surrounding yourself with the beauty of flowers and floral oils. They can be so comforting after winter, and support you as you take on fresh growth of your own.

 

Thanks to Andrea Butje of Aromahead.


A lot of people could use some great skin care products but they never get around to treating themselves. I was like that for a long time until I realized just how much I was missing out on. Having some good skin care supplies really makes my natural glow come alive. When I have beautiful skin, I feel like I have this natural radiance.

Discovering beauty products of the skin care kind has helped me to enhance my daily beauty routine. I never used skin care products much in the past and I was definitely depriving myself. Good skin care was missing from my daily routine for a long time and I often had dry and itchy skin because of it. Also, my skin looked aged when it really wasn’t.

Having healthy skin has been really nice with my skin care beauty products. I no longer look like I am much older than I really am because of dry skin and I can have skin that is really soft to the touch. I can wear tops that let my shoulders peek out or show off my pedicure in some cute sandals. It is so nice not feeling like I have to hide my skin.


Happy Easter!

Author: Dr. Larita
April 14, 2017

HAPPY EASTER!


This weekend, we did the first yard work of the season and it was brutal. All that bending and raking had me on my feet most of the day. When we stopped for the day, I could hardly walk because my back was hurting so badly. I wanted something that would help my back stop hurting but I did not want to take any kind of over the counter pain killers.

My husband offered to massage my back and reminded me that shea butter cream works wonders on sore muscles. I would have taken anything at that point so I got the shea butter and he massaged my back, shoulders, arms and neck. I almost went to sleep and I’ll tell you what, by the time he stopped, my back felt 100% better and today I had no pain. Of course, then I reciprocated because he was hurting just as much as me.


When you get those sugar cravings, use your diffuser with essential oil blends to stop them before you give in. For me, the act of getting the diffuser ready helps me to think about something besides that sweet treat I want to get and that is the first step. After that, the following blends shut off the craving and I can go about my way without adding a 160 calorie Oreo to my diet. Besides, I never could eat just one Oreo cookie and I had to have ice cream with it too.

“Curb Your Cravings” diffuser blend

3 drops dill essential oil

3 drops lemon essential oil

 

“In Control” diffuser blend

2 drops peppermint essential oil

2 drops lemon essential oil

2 drops bergamot essential oil

 

“Beat the Binge” diffuser blend

3 drops ocotea essential oil

2 drops orange essential oil

1 drop cypress essential oil

 

“Kick the Habit” diffuser blend

2 drops dill essential oil

1 drop fennel essential oil

2 drops lavender essential oil

2 drops lemongrass essential oil

 

“Crush the Cravings” diffuser blend

3 drops cinnamon bark essential oil

2 drops cedarwood essential oil

2 drop frankincense essential oil

Recipes thanks to http://oneessentialcommunity.com


I’ve always struggled with my weight and I blame it on my mother. When I was a toddler, she thought I was too skinny and the doctor gave her some vitamins to help me gain weight.When she told me that at a later age, I thought to myself – wow, I could have been skinny! Oh well, I’m not skinny now and I love sweets. I seem to crave sweets after a nice dinner, even if I’m full. I just think I need to have something sweet to end the meal.

  • Cinnamon Bark– helps suppress appetite, helps balance blood sugar levels, helps fight sugar cravings, and helps minimize binging
  • Coriander– helps balance blood sugar levels and helps minimize sugar cravings
  • Dill superstar in fighting sugar cravings and stimulates brain’s satiety center
  • Fennel helps balance blood sugar levels and helps suppress appetite
  • Ginger stimulates brain’s satiety center and helps minimize binging and overeating
  • Grapefruit helps fight sugar cravings, reduces appetite, helps minimize binging and overeating, and helps with emotional and stress-induced eating
  • Ocotea helps stabilize blood sugar levels and promotes feelings of fullness and satiety
  • Peppermint stimulates brain’s satiety center and helps minimize binging and overeating


Healthy Skin Care Products Keep Me Confident In My Skin

Author: Natural-Beauty
April 10, 2017

I love having healthy skin that has a natural and a beautiful glow to it. Having skin that I am proud to show off feels really good. I love to wear cute outfits and letting healthy skin peek out. Fashion has been a big part of my life for a long time and loving fashion means loving my skin. Finding some good skin care products has helped me to let my skin’s true beauty shine.

With some good skin care products, I have been really able to perfect my skin care routine. Whether it is some good aromatherapy body lotion or it is some quality hand lotion, I can use my skin care products every day to have skin that feels soft and is free from dryness. My skin looks so much more youthful with my new skin care products.

I am so glad that I have discovered healthy skin care products and I have been enjoying using them on a regular basis. They help me to give my skin some natural beauty and to bring out its natural glow. With these products, I get a full therapeutic experience. I love how luxurious these products feel and that I can rely on them for my daily skin care needs.


 

The main use for essential oils in the bathroom is to clear bacteria and viruses. Use a synergistic blend of 5 drops bergamot, 10 drops lavender, 5 drops cinnamon, 10 drops lemon, and 10 drops citronella essential oils combined with 2 1/2 cups water in a spray bottle to wipe all bathroom surfaces. This combination will kill germs and give the entire bathroom a wonderful fragrance.

Another great way to scent the bathroom is with an essential oil diffuser. It is not safe to use an electric diffuser in the bathroom so be sure to use a candle heated one. The flicker of a candle in a warm bathroom makes that relaxing bath even better. You can use the same blend above for the diffuser (without water) or try this one: 5 drops oregano, 10 drops sage, 10 drops thyme, and 20 drops lemon. To keep the bathroom smelling fresh, put two to four drops of this blend on the cardboard ring inside your toilet paper roll. The oil blend is soaked into the cardboard and releases the aroma to keep the area fragrant.


Aristotle, the Greek philosopher noticed that turtles who ate snakes ate oregano right afterwords. The oregano appeared to keep them from being poisoned or getting sick, so he started recommending it as an antidote for poisoning from snake bites. There are many practical uses for oregano today and here are just a few for you to try.

  • Put 2-3 drops in 1 ounce of sweet almond oil and rub it on the chest and throat for allergies, asthma, bronchitis, and congestion. You can also use 2-3 drops in a steam inhalation for the same ailments.
  • Put 2-3 drops in a carrier oil and massage the affected area for arthritis, backache, carpal tunnel syndrome, muscular pain and rheumatism.
  • Put 2-3 drops in a diffuser or 8-10 drops in your night time bath water for chronic fatigue syndrome, insomnia, or nervous tension.
  • Put 2-3 drops in 1 ounce of carrier oil and massage the affected area daily for cellulite. The same mixture can be used as needed for fungal infections.
  • Put 2-3 drops in 1 ounce of liquid shea oil and massage on the temples and neck to get rid of headaches and migraines. You can also put this mixture on a hot or cold compress.
  • Put 2-3 drops in 1 ounce of jojoba oil and rub it on the chest and abdomen for indigestion.

To promote menstruation or alleviate premenstrual syndrome, use 2-3 drops in a carrier oil and massage on the lower abdomen and lower back. A hot compress using this mix also works for these symptom, as well as using 8-10 drops in the bath water.

To increase lymphatic circulation, use 2-3 drops in a carrier oil and massage all over the body. For sprains and swelling, use 2-3 drops on a cold compress. To boost the immune system after an illness, use 2-3 drops in a diffuser. Oregano mixes well (in case you want to make a synergistic blend) with cedar, basil, bergamot, eucalyptus, lavender, lemon, orange, rosemary, tea tree and thyme.


Marjoram Essential Oil

Author: Dr. Larita
April 5, 2017

aromatherapy bathThe therapeutic properties of marjoram essential oil have been used for centuries. The Greeks used marjoram to relieve excess tissue fluid, as an antidote to poison and also to calm muscle spasms. Europeans used to sprinkle marjoram all over the floors to hide unpleasant smells. Today, we use marjoram  to add a unique flavor to foods. Aromatherapists use marjoram as an alternative treatment for anxiety and high blood pressure. It is a worthy and pleasing essential oil to have around.

Aromatherapy Applications for Marjoram Essential Oil

  • Use 2-3 drops in a diffuser or add 8-10 drops to bath water before bed to treat anxiety, grief, hyperactivity, insomnia, nervous tension and stress.
  • Use 2-3 drops per 1 ounce of jojoba carrier oil to massage areas of the body affected with arthritis, lumbago, muscular aches and stiffness, rheumatism and sprains.
  • Use 2-3 drops in 1 ounce of sweet almond oil and massage on chest and throat to treat asthma, bronchitis, colds and coughs.  You can also use 2-3 drops in a steam inhalation.
  • Use 2-3 drops in a carrier oil and dab on bruises or chilblains. You can use it neat if you carefully put it only on the affected area.
  • Use 2-3 drops in a carrier oil like liquid shea oil to massage your back for digestive problems like constipation, indigestion and flatulence.
  • Use 2-3 drops in a carrier oil for a full body massage or 8-10 drops in a bath to treat high blood pressure.
  • Use 2-3 drops in a carrier oil and massage it onto temples and neck for headaches and migraines. You can also use it on a hot or cold compress.
  • Use 2-3 drops in a carrier oil and massage it onto the lower abdomen and lower back to treat menstrual cramps and premenstrual syndrome. You can also use 2-3 drops on a hot compress or use 8-10 drops in your bath water.
  • Use 2-3 drops on a handkerchief and inhale occasionally for seasickness.

If you are pregnant, do not use marjoram for aromatherapy. It is also not suitable for use with children. If there is a diagnosis of depression, avoid using marjoram because it has a strong sedative property and overuse of the oil can cause drowsiness. I don’t know why anyone else would want to, but some religious institutions have used marjoram to suppress sexual desires and impulses because of its anti-aphrodisiac property.


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