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Oregano Essential Oil

Author: Dr. Larita
08/12/2019

  1. We all know that oregano is used as a flavoring for spaghetti and pizza but that is usually the dried and crushed leaves instead of the essential oil. According to Wikipedia, Hippocrates used oregano as an antiseptic, as well as a cure for stomach and respiratory ailments. Oregano is still used today in Greece as a palliative for sore throat.

Oregano is high in antioxidants because of its phenolic acids and flavonoids. It also has shown antimicrobial activity against strains of food-borne pathogens. The Complete Book of Essential Oils & Aromatherapy by Valerie Ann Worwood lists oregano several times as one of the  essential oils to use for respiratory problems such as coughs, sinusitis and influenza.

My main reason for writing about oregano essential oil today is anecdotal. We went to lunch with some friends and the topic of essential oils came up. One of our friends said that he had been using some over the counter medicines for a cold that kept lingering when he was told to try oregano essential oil. He says that he was so tired of feeling bad that he put 5 or 6 drops of oregano on his tongue and he felt better almost instantly. While that was distressing to me because I don’t think you should take essential oils by mouth without diluting them, I think I will try oregano essential oil the next time I start feeling like I’m coming down with a cough, sore throat or a cold.


We were entertaining some friends in our back yard where we have several flowering bushes. Some of the children visiting were playing near a bush and one child was stung by a bee. Bee stings can produce an allergic reaction in a small percentage of children. If that happens, the body can swell up, and their breathing becomes labored.

Luckily, the child did not seem to be allergic since we didn’t see any of those reactions. Her mother removed the stinger while I got my essential oil first aid kit. I used a blend of 1 drop of lavender combined with 1 drop of chamomile applied neat. We then put a cold compress on the sting and she went back to playing aftera while. When someone gets a bee sting, be sure to keep an eye on them for any signs of a reaction that might require a visit to the emergency room.


Friends are asking me how to treat their eczema with a more natural alternative to prescription medicine. First of all, eczema is often the result of an allergy. For children, this allergy is commonly to cow’s milk or eggs. My daughter was allergic to wheat when she was a baby but she got over it eventually and can eat it now with no breakout of eczema. I believe my eczema comes from chocolate. I still eat it, I just don’t eat it very often so that the breakout is minor and over quickly.

To ease the itch of eczema, apply this formula to the affected area twice a day:

  • Chamomile essential oil – 10 drops
  • Yarrow essential oil – 5 drops
  • Tagetes essential oil – 5 drops

Diluted in:

If you get a more serious breakout of eczema you can get cortisone cream, an over the counter medicine that helps when used with the above. With severe cases, I suggest you see your physician.


A while ago, I had the doctor remove some moles from my neck and the whole procedure went well. He even gave me the moles in a little jar of formaldehyde. That sounds gross but my granddaughter used to play with them when they were on my neck so I wanted to show her where they went.

The doctor burned the moles off with a little tool that he said is a disposable laser of some sort and I had no problem in any of the 18 spots where he burned off moles, except for one. For some reason this spot has been irritated all along and it wasn’t even the biggest mole. I kept unconsciously rubbing it and I must have made it worse. Well,  this blog is to let you know that I put one drop of lavender and one drop of tea tree oil on a cotton swab and dabbed it on the irritated spot. Voila, after one application, it no longer itched and was no  longer irritated.

If you don’t have any other essential oils, please get either one or both of these two. Lavender is a natural antibiotic, antiseptic, antidepressant, sedative and detoxifier. It is excellent in the treatment of burns and minor skin irritations. Tea tree is antiviral, antibacterial and antifungul so it can be used to treat all kinds of infections and a wide range of other conditions such as ringworm, sunburn, acne, athlete’s foot and toothache.


Using Natural Body Oils

Author: Dr. Larita
06/24/2019

A friend of mine told me she loved the fragrance I was wearing one day and asked what it was. I told her it was Egyptian Musk, a fragrance we carry at Fragrance World of Topeka. (Like us on Facebook.) She eventually got some for herself and she told me she still likes but it didn’t smell the same on her as it did on me.

The thing about body oils is that the fragrance smells one way in the bottle but once you put it on, it blends with your body chemistry and it becomes a signature scent for you. It will still have the same fragrance notes but your chemical signature will make it different on you than on anyone else. One special thing about Egyptian Musk as well as most other musk fragrances is that they are unisex and work well on both men and women.


My daughter’s dog was 18 years old when she passed and she had arthritis so bad that sometimes she couldn’t walk at all. My daughter asked me what essential oils I had for my “grand-dog” so she could help her when she couldn’t walk or go up and down the stairs. She hated trying to force pet medicine down Onyx’s throat.

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!


Trembling that is not related to a physical ailment like Parkinson’s disease can be helped with aromatherapy. I remember my Uncle Albert’s hands were always trembling, probably because he was an over the road truck driver. I bet this treatment would have helped him, had I known about it then. Yesterday, my husband did the yard trimming with a weed eater and we have a large corner lot so there was a lot of trimming to be done. When he came in, his hands and arms were trembling noticeably so I rubbed his body with the following essential oils: 2 drops of narcissus, 4 drops of nutmeg and 2 drops of lemon diluted in 2 teaspoons of sweet almond oil.

Since it was his hands and arms that were trembling, I rubbed the oil over his right arm, across his chest, down the other arm and over both hands. Within two to three hours, the trembling had lessened significantly. You can use the same treatment again within six hours if needed.  If the trembling is in the lower part of your body, rub the oil (use about the size of a quarter in the palm of your hand) over your lower back, hips, legs, and feet. You may need help with this part, but you should also rub it all down your spine and about a hands width on either side of your spine. If you don’t have anyone to help, just get as much of your spine as possible. Narcissus essential oil is very expensive and many places don’t carry it so if you can’t find it or don’t want to pay so much for the little amount you need to use, you can use chamomile essential oil instead. It is much more reasonably priced.

 


When my husband and I are outside for any length of time, he can get dozens of mosquito bites and I won’t get any. He says it’s because he’s so sweet (whatever!) I think they just like his blood more than mine. Now that the heat is rising and the days are longer, we’ll be outside more and I call this mosquito season. Here is a natural mosquito repellent blend that works even better than the store bought ones that contain chemicals.

CLOVE ESSENTIAL OIL MOSQUITO REPELLENT

Mix the following:

  • 3 drops clove essential oil
  • 2 teaspoons of your favorite carrier oil (I like almond oil.)
  • An option is to use an unscented lotion instead of the oil.

Apply your blend to exposed skin before going outside. You can also dab full strength clove oil onto socks, shorts and shirtsleeves.


Calming Essential Oils

Author: Dr. Larita
05/17/2019

The first time I went to the dentist might possibly have been my last if I didn’t inherit bad teeth like most of the women in my mother’s family. This was quite some time ago, in the late 1960s. I just wanted to find out why my mouth was hurting so but the dentist put his hands in my mouth (without gloves) and pronounced my tooth needed to come out. I didn’t want that to happen because his fingernails were dirty. He didn’t know I was about to vomit on him. He pulled my tooth anyway – and I was hysterical for days.

Thankfully, dentist offices have come a long way and I’m sure nothing like that happens today. I still don’t like going to the dentist but I asked my dentist to try using an essential oil diffuser, at least when I come in and he did! Now his office diffuses essential oils in the waiting room and dental rooms and they tell me it definitely seems to affect anxious client’s mood and helps them to feel calm and relaxed.

The best essential oils to use for apprehensive anxiety such as you feel in the dental chair are bergamot, lavender, neroli, rose otto, geranium, cedarwood, patchouli and sweet orange. Try it at home before you even go to the dentist. Make an apprehensive anxiety blend of:

  • 15 drops bergamot
  • 5 drops lavender
  • 10 drops geranium

Blend the oils in an amber colored bottle and add 8-10 drops of the blend to the water in your diffuser. It’s best to close off the room you’re in if possible or stand close and sniff the molecules. Do this 10 -15 minutes before you leave for the dentist or wherever you need to go that has you apprehensive.


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