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A few years ago my husband had a pair of sandals that he really loved and he wore them quite often that summer. Those sandals had a buckle that rubbed a sore spot on the top of his instep. It was an unsightly scar when it healed and he started putting shea butter on it every day. He always puts shea butter on his feet after a shower anyway but he put a little extra on the scar. It worked so subtly that we couldn’t really tell if it was working or not but he put the shea butter on the spot diligently.

Yesterday he asked me if I remembered the dark spot that had been on his foot from his sandals. I told him that I thought I did and that I did remember that they left a dark scar on his foot. He told me to come and look at his foot. When I did, I could tell that the scar was practically gone. I could barely see where it had been. I think I’m going to go ahead and put the shea butter on my baby stretch marks. That shea butter really works well.

Natural Hair Care

Author: Dr. Larita
July 24, 2018

I decided to stop using permanent relaxers on my hair in the late 1990s because I was tired of always getting burned by the chemicals. I wore a huge Afro in the late 1960s so I first went back to that style. I wore several different lengths of Afro hairstyles and I liked how convenient the Afro was; I could wash my hair and just go! I did not like the fact that I never could get my hair cut the way I wanted it. I just had to go with whatever the hairstylist or barber did even though I explained what I wanted them to do.

When my daughter started wearing locks, I did not like the style at all but the longer she wore them the more they grew on me and the more I liked them. Finally, in May 2000, I took the plunge (you really do have to research and psych yourself up to do it) and started my own locks. I’ve been wearing them ever since. My hair eventually grew so long that it hung down to my lower back and I have cut it to shoulder length twice but I’ll be wearing locks from now on.

I searched a long time for natural hair care products to use on my locks and I have used several different things including shea butter to groom my hair. The products I like the best are the ones that use natural ingredients such as shea butter, tea tree essential oil, olive oil and bee’s wax. Just because I wear my hair natural doesn’t mean I don’t do anything to it. I keep my hair clean and groom it daily. I really love my locks, they make me feel spiritual and at one with nature.

Lavender for Burns

Author: Dr. Larita
July 2, 2018

As I am writing my blogs for the week, I am listening to a small war outside. The neighborhood kids are shooting off fireworks and all I can hear are firecrackers and cherry bombs going off. I usually walk in the neighborhood each evening but not during the week of the 4th of July! Kids shoot fireworks the whole week.

If you get burned by fireworks and you don’t need to go to the hospital, use lavender essential oil directly on the burned area. I hope you have an aloe vera plant in your kitchen. The combination of aloe vera and lavender is remarkable for soothing burns as well as for healing your skin after the burn. Please be careful and just in case, have your lavender essential oil available. Of course, if you have a severe burn, please go to the emergency room.

Soft Smooth Skin Naturally

Author: Dr. Larita
June 28, 2018

I used to work out at the YWCA almost daily when we lived about two blocks away from it. One day after my workout, I was putting on lotion after my shower. A lady walked by me and said, “Wow, you really pamper yourself, don’t you!” I responded, this is a necessity. If I didn’t put lotion on my skin after my shower, I would turn as white as you. We both laughed and then she said she would try it. I never saw her again to find out whether or not she tried it. However, I do know that everyone needs to moisturize their skin after a shower or bath because most soaps really dry your skin.

The main ingredient in soaps that is drying to your skin is sodium lauryl sulfate. It is the same ingredient that is used in cleaning products to remove oily stains and residue. Why would anyone want to use that on their skin? You should only use soaps on your skin and hair that do not contain sodium lauryl sulfate. After bathing, always use a skin moisturizer. A lotion works well in warm weather but a thicker cream like shea butter is better when the weather is cold and drying to the skin. Either one will moisturize your skin but if your skin is oily, opt for the lotion.

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.

Aromatherapy for Prickly Heat

Author: Dr. Larita
April 26, 2018


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.

Spring Allergies

Author: Dr. Larita
April 2, 2018


On the first day of Spring this year, my husband went to work in the yard. It was only to pick up the dead limbs from all the snow we’ve had but it was enough to cause his allergies to flare up like they do every time he does yard work. Allergies can come from all manner of irritants such as foods, dust, and chemicals to name a few. When these substances invade the body, the defense mechanisms are triggered and you may get sneezes, hives or even respiratory arrest. Aromatherapists approach allergies with essential oils that are calming and soothing to relieve the overreaction to the irritant.

For my honey’s reaction to grass, I had him add one drop of oregano essential oil to a large cup of chamomile tea with honey and stir well and frequently. Later, I gave him a massage with a mixture of 2 drops lavender and 2 drops chamomile essential oil diluted in a tablespoon of liquid shea oil onto his forehead, temples, sinuses, neck, and chest. He stopped sneezing so much even before he used the massage oil. He went to bed and got a good night’s sleep and that always helps. The next day he was feeling much better.

Essential Oils for Pets

Author: Dr. Larita
March 15, 2018

My daughter’s dog is 18 years old which is pretty old for a dog and she has arthritis so bad that sometimes she can’t walk at all. My daughter asked me what essential oils I have for my “grand-dog” so that the next time she can’t walk or go up and down the stairs she can treat her without having to force  pet medicine down her throat. She’s a little Shih-poo and this is not the only ailment she has but let’s talk about the arthritis treatment today.

Just like with people, arthritis is painful for dogs and you must be careful when you are handling them but dogs do love to be massaged. If your pet has arthritis, they will love your touch as you massage them and the essential oils will be a beneficial treatment. The arthritis dog treatment I suggested to my daughter is 4 drops of rosemary, 2 drops of lavender, and 3 drops of ginger diluted in 2 tablespoons of a carrier oil like sweet almond oil or grapeseed oil.

Try to get the massage oil mixture onto the painful joints working it through the coat and into the skin. Start at your pet’s back  and massage the muscles in rhythmic movements working towards the haunches. Cover all of the legs and include the vertebrae. This may be a little messy but your pet will soon lick off most of the oil and enough will penetrate the skin to be effective.  Also, what they ingest will help their digestive system. An added bonus to this treatment is that fleas do not like lavender!

Martin Luther King Jr

Author: Dr. Larita
January 15, 2018

Today, most of us are off from work because of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. Please take this time to think about the freedoms we have in America as well as the ones we don’t. Look at the voting act in your state and see how free you really are. Are restrictions being inflicted on Americans in your state? Stand up for what is right for all people like Martin Luther King Jr. did.

Our right to vote is being threatened in the name of protection from voter fraud but there is really no substantial evidence to indicate that voter fraud exists anywhere in our nation. The right to vote is fundamental to the democratic process. We should protect this right at all costs. The United States serves as a standard and a guideline for other nations seeking to embrace democracy.


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