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Amazing Lemongrass

Author: Dr. Larita
October 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.


A Natural Cure for Indigestion

Author: Dr. Larita
October 10, 2018

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
August 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.


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.


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