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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.


What is ADD/ADHD? Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is a behavioral condition found in about 11% of school age children. These children find it difficult to sit still, pay attention and control their behavior many times during the day. The symptoms persist into adulthood in about 3/4 of all cases. Characteristics of ADD/ADHD are difficulty concentrating, impulsiveness and hyperactivity. In ADD, the hyperactivity is absent. Science has discovered that ADHD may be genetic and other causes might include a leaky gut, a high sugar diet, food sensitivities and exposure to toxins like pesticides or lead.

A 2001 study found that vetiver essential oil is effective in helping children with ADHD. When I was a principal, there were many children in my schools with ADHD/ADD. Anything that could help them would have pleased me so here is a blend that can possibly help your ADD/ADHD child (or you) focus.

Combine 1-2 drops of vetiver essential oil with a carrier oil and apply it to the wrists or behind the ears. For even more calmness and focus, add ylang ylang and lavender oils to your blend. This will also work for adults who still have difficulty focusing.


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


hot flashThe first time I got a hot flash, I was talking to a fellow music teacher and I suddenly got very hot and sweaty. My office was usually cold and I was always freezing so when John saw me fanning myself he asked me what was wrong. I hadn’t considered hot flashes but he had seen his wife go through the same changes so he said it must be one of those hot flashes. Well, that was embarrassing but it didn’t stop me from fanning myself.

You can take hormone replacement therapy or other chemical medications if you want but I don’t like to take anything that might cause other side effects. There is no need to anyway because there are much safer ways to help yourself in these situations. Eating nutritious foods, cooking with cold-pressed cooking oils, taking vitamins and using evening primrose oil are all very helpful. Essential oils are also very helpful with menopause.

Hot Flashes Synergistic Blend

  • 10 drops clary-sage
  • 11 drops geranium
  • 7 drops lemon
  • 2 drops sage

Dilute these oils in 4 teaspoons of carrier oil (evening primrose would be an additional help for hot flashes) and massage all over your body with 1 teaspoon at a time. You can also use 5 drops in your bath anytime you wish.


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.


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