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My daughter paid off her car loan (big celebration) and asked me to go pick up her title from the dealer because she no longer lives here. I was just going to run in and run out but you know what happens to the best laid plans. I asked for the papers and the receptionist was looking them up but couldn’t find them so the office manager came over and started to help. He told me they were serving sandwiches to their customers today and asked me to go make myself a sandwich while they did a little digging for the correct papers. While I was making a turkey  sandwich with all the fixings, the receptionist got a call from her son.

She and the office manager started discussing teenaged children and the receptionist said she remembers what she was doing at the same age her daughter is now and she is very worried because her son had just called to tell her that her daughter had invited her boyfriend over while mom was at work. I told her I had more problems like that with my girls than I ever had with my son. The office manager said he only has a 12 year old son and his biggest problem so far is that his skin just started  breaking out with pimples. You know I had to put my two cents in about skin problems. I told him to get his son some Dudu-Osun African Black Soap and also some shea butter so he can get rid of the pimples. He surprised me by saying  he wanted to get him some natural products instead of the ones with the expensive commercials and infomercials because he thinks natural products are better for you. I was all set to go into the whys and wherefores but I didn’t have to, he already knew about our natural products. You should try it too if you have any problems with your skin.


Babysitting for my daughter is something I gladly do whenever she has weekend classes to get continuing education points or to update her chiropractic license. The last time I went to her home to babysit, she was all stopped up and had a sore throat but she went to the class anyway because she felt she had to. Well, a couple of days after I got back home, I started sneezing and my throat felt scratchy so I knew she had passed her germs on to me.

I started to treat my cold symptoms right away by using essential oils to raise my immunity levels and also fight the cold virus. First, I swished  5 drops of tea tree essential oil, 2 drops of lavender essential oil, and 2 drops of thyme essential oil into my bath water. When I got out of the tub, I massaged my chest, neck and back with 2 drops of tea tree essential oil and 3 drops of eucalyptus essential oil diluted in 1 teaspoon of sweet almond oil and got directly into bed.

To dispel cold germs in the home, I use a diffuser in the living area and also spray the bedroom with thyme and lavender. For the spray, add 8 drops lavender and 6 drops thyme to 1 cup of distilled water in a plant spray bottle and simply spray the air. Drink plenty of liquids and make a special tea by using 1 drop of clove essential oil and 2 drops of lavender essential oil blended with 1 teaspoon of honey in a cup of hot water. Sip this drink slowly to sooth your throat and help ease your symptoms. Colds have to run their course but you will feel much better and the symptoms won’t last as long if you follow this regimen.


Sore Throat Relief

Author: Dr. Larita
02/13/2019

My husband hardly ever gets sick but he recently came down with a sore throat. It hurt so much he thought he might have strep throat. I asked him if he had read my blog on essential oils to use for sore throat but he said his throat hurt too much for him to do anything right then and would I just please nurse him back to health.

I gave him a cup of hot water with a teaspoon of honey in it and we added 1 drop of lavender, 2 drops of lemon and 2 drops of chamomile essential oil. While he was sipping the drink, I mixed 2 drops of lavender, 2 drops of lemon and 1 drop of tea tree essential oil in a teaspoon of almond oil. I massaged this blend on his throat, chest, temples, forehead and the back of his neck. When he was done drinking the tea, he went to bed. The next morning he told me he was 99% sore throat free. Now, it may not work that quickly but if you  give it a chance it will work for you too and you will not need chemical antibiotics that can cause you other problems.


Martin Luther King Jr

Author: Dr. Larita
01/21/2019

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.

 


Cold Weather Skin Care

Author: Dr. Larita
12/03/2018

cold weatherOne morning last winter, my husband and I had to dig out of our driveway so I could go to work. The streets were clear but there were snowdrifts in our yard that were 12 to 16 inches high. We kept going back into the house to warm up because the temperature was 3 degrees but the windchill factor made it feel like negative 15 degrees. I kept wiping my face because the wind caused tears and the tears felt like icicles on my face.

During the winter months, choose face cream and makeup that works hard to protect your skin from blustery breezes.  Choose products that might be heavier than your regular brand, but not so heavy that they clog your pores. Look for solutions that are particularly effective on your T-zone, as this area is most prone to dryness.

Cooler temperatures always make effective skincare more difficult so make the switch to winter skincare products early. Use your winter-ready products daily to help fight the effects of winter weather and keep your skin healthy.


Amazing Lemongrass

Author: Dr. Larita
10/17/2018

sore musclesMy husband and I both use essential oils every day. After a while, you start using the same ones over and over because they are tried and true even though you know there are other oils that are also amazing. We ran across a lemongrass video on YouTube that changed my mind about what I’ve been doing for sore muscles.

When I have muscle aches and pains, I usually use rosemary to soothe the hurt. After listening to the video, I decided to add a little lemongrass to my synergistic blend. I don’t know why I always have to “change” the recipe when I make a blend but I do that when I’m cooking and also with my essential oil blends. I’ve been waking up with a sore hip for the past week. I usually works itself out by the time I get to work so I forget about it until the next morning. It must have to do with how I’m laying in bed. Anyway, this morning I added 2 teaspoons of coconut oil to a small container, 2 drops of lemongrass essential oil, 2 drops of rosemary essential oil and 1 drop of peppermint essential oil. After blending well, I massaged a very small amount of the mixture on my sore hip and it worked amazingly fast.


I notice that the older I get the more my digestive processes (among many other things) change.  Yesterday we attended a friend’s 80th birthday party and after eating more than I should have of the delicious meal, my stomach was protesting. I usually drink peppermint tea when I have indigestion but this seemed worse than usual so I wanted a little something extra.

I made my peppermint tea and but then I also added a drop of ginger essential oil. My husband likes to eat crystallized ginger which is a candy and a little too sweet for me. The ginger essential oil in my tea was much better for my tastes. When I had finished the cup (and after an unladylike loud burp) my stomach felt much better.  The next time you have indigestion, try a drop of ginger  essential oil  in your peppermint tea.


Yesterday’s blog was all about the aromatherapy treatments I was using to treat my common cold symptoms. I had started sneezing profusely while I was at work. It got worse during the evening so I decided to write a blog about the treatments I would use to get rid of my cold. I really didn’t know how many times I would have to treat myself but I was going to let my readers know, no matter how long it took.

By the time I wrote the blog, got myself ready for work the next day, and then did the steam inhalation treatment followed by a cup of aromatherapy tea, it was getting so late that I had to leave the hot bath with essential oils out of the treatment. I took a hot sponge bath and then massaged my chest, neck, forehead and sinus areas with lemon, eucalyptus and rosemary essential oils diluted in sweet almond oil instead.

I forgot to take the tissue with essential oils on it to work the next morning but I did have my eucalyptus inhaler so even though I didn’t add the lemon and clove oil to the inhaler, the eucalyptus inhaler gave me quite a bit of relief during the day.


Aromatherapy for Anemia

Author: Dr. Larita
08/29/2018

I used to give blood about every 6 weeks but the last time I tried, they said my red count was too low. I went to the doctor and found out that I have anemia. I am not alone with this condition. It affects about 3.5 million Americans; especially women, young children and people with chronic conditions.

There are several essential oils that have been shown to protect the vascular system and strengthen the tiny capillaries that carry oxygen and essential nutrients to all of our cells. The most effective oils are cinnamon, ginger, lemon and spikenard.

You can look for iron and vitamin B12 supplements to help ease your anemia symptoms. Even easier than that though is to add 1-2 drops of lemon essential to a drink several times a day as needed to help ease those anemia symptoms.


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.


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