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Last flu season, my husband had the flu in all its glory for a week. He was coughing, sneezing, feverish and completely miserable. I took his temperature and it went from 100.7 to 101.5 and stayed high for two days before finally going down to 99.8. I knew I was at risk for catching what he had so I started treating myself with preventive alternative medicines. I sprayed with my thyme and lavender spray, drank my clove and lavender tea and kept my illness down to a minimum.

My worst day was Saturday. On Friday afternoon, I started coughing, sneezing and feeling headachy. I was on the phone with a client and he said I should drink cider vinegar to help get rid of my symptoms. I did that but I added my black seed oil to the vinegar. Another client said I should cut a clove of garlic and put it on my feet when I went to bed. I did that too, along with drinking my essential oil tea, rubbing my throat, chest and sinuses with jojoba oil mixed with a drop of thyme, 2 drops lavender and 3 drops eucalyptus essential oils. I still had a slight cough but I was basically well and I went to work the next morning while my husband was still sick. Essential oils and aromatherapy really work.

If you have ever had a urinary tract infection you know how painful it can be. The purpose of the urinary tract is to carry urine from the kidneys where it is made to the bladder and on through a single tube to the outside. The tube is longer in men because it has to go through the penis but the short distance the urine travels to the outside in women makes us more susceptible to bladder infections, mostly cystitis, caused by bacterial infections from the outside.

When I worked in educational administration, we had a large institutional coffeepot and I drank coffee all day. I thought the caffeine was making me have bladder infections. I had so many that I could tell when one was coming and I would call the doctor and tell her I needed to come pee in a cup again. I was right every time and she would give me an antibiotic.

You should never ignore a bladder infection because of the risk of it spreading through the ureters to the kidneys. Use this aromatherapy treatment but do not hesitate to consult your doctor if the symptoms last more than 2 days. A number of essential oils can be used but the best ones are bergamot, chamomile, eucalyptus, juniper, sandalwood and tea tree. Apply the oil of your choice with continuous hot compresses over the lower abdomen. At the same time, drink a lot of spring water as well as chamomile tea. Fresh garlic or garlic capsules will help with this treatment too.

Happy Valentines Day

Author: Dr. Larita

Have a Happy Valentines Day!

Does your job have you on the computer all day long so that you are using the same hand muscles to maneuver your mouse? It seems that the human body is not designed to repeat the same movements over and over. When we do work with repeated movements, we can develop repetitive strain syndrome. These symptoms can include cracking and grinding noises, numbness, tingling sensations, and stiffness in the fingers, knuckles, hand, wrist and forearm. These symptoms mainly develop in people who use their hands and wrists for long periods of time like pianists, string players, painters, carpenters and computer whiz kids.

To treat this condition, try using ice massage (more about that later) as well as aromatherapy essential oil massage. My massage formula is 10 drops each of peppermint, lavender and eucalyptus essential oil diluted in 1 tablespoon of jojoba oil and 1 tablespoon of liquid shea butter oil. Massage this onto your hands, fingers and forearms throughout the day, whenever you start to feel the symptoms described above.

It would be too messy to use ice massage at work, but at home you can use it for repetitive strain conditions as well as for back strain. If you sit all day at work on the computer you can use ice massage to help your muscles feel better. You can probably massage your lower back yourself but you may need to get someone else to help when you have sore muscles in your upper back and shoulders. To make the ice you need, fill several styrofoam cups with water and freeze, then cut the cup down so that the ice protrudes. Massage the ice over your sore areas in circular movements.

Aromatherapy Gift Idea

Author: Dr. Larita

shea butter giftDecember 30 is my daughter’s birthday. I can’t believe how quickly she grew up. It was just yesterday when I held her in my arms for the first time. It’s really true, the older you get, the faster time flies! I remember when I was 8 years old thinking how I wanted to be grown so I could be on my own. Ha! If I only knew then what I later found out. Oh, well. I never get my gifts off on time so my grandchildren expect them to be late as usual. I tell my grandchildren I’m on CP time – that’s Cool People (not Colored People or, as my friend Jeannette says, Caucausian People) time.

I thought I would help you out if you are like me and need to get a gift out quickly. I make up jars of creamy shea butter to have as gifts for friends and relatives on birthdays and other holidays. I am too lazy to make my own video of myself or my husband making the cream but I have a cool one that I learned a little something from too. We usually just put the cream in the jar but this video has a cute little twist to that part. Have fun making your gifts. If you are in the Topeka area, you can get all the ingredients you need for the homemade body butters at Fragrance World of Topeka. If you’re not here, you can visit our online store.

Reduce Travel Stress

Author: Dr. Larita

We are traveling by plane today and it is a huge pain. I know there are people who love flying all over the world, but I do not count myself among the jet-setters. Packing, making sure all of my carry-on liquids are less than three ounces, getting through traffic to the airport- it’s all a huge hassle to me. I get very stressed out, so this holiday season I am traveling with with a  diffuser to use in my hotel room and a bottle of lavender for relaxation.

At home I use full size aromatherapy diffusers filled with citrus fresh grapefruit and lavender essential oils. The scents really help me unwind after a long day. With my travel diffuser I was able to recreate the relaxed atmosphere I have at home in my hotel room. It was wonderful to be able to unwind in a beautiful smelling room after a stressful day of travel. It also put me in a good frame of mind before I spent the week visiting relatives.

Cold Weather Skin Care

Author: Dr. Larita

Have you ever had to dig your way out of your driveway so you could go to work? The weather had cleared but there were snowdrifts in our yard that were 12 to 16 inches high. We had to keep 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 had to keep wiping my face because the wind caused tears and the tears felt like they were freezing 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.

Tomorrow, we will be traveling to visit relatives for the Thanksgiving holiday and I know lots of readers will be doing the same thing. Every time I travel, I carry my essential oil travel first aid kit with us for those emergencies that always seem to occur. Whether you travel by plane, train, bus, or car, it won’t cost you very much to assemble an essential oil travel kit; but it can save you a lot of problems and anxiety on the road. It is usually not a problem to carry essential oils on an airplane as long as the quantities you take are less than an ounce each. You can take everything you need for the most common ailments that may plague you or your family members while you are away. I usually carry my lavender, peppermint and eucalyptus on every trip.

My daughter has had really painful menstrual cramps ever since she first began having periods. She can barely function during those days of the month. It has been about 12 years since I have had any menstrual pains and believe me, I don’t miss them at all.  (I guess that let’s you know about how old I am!) For those of you who suffer through those monthly pains, I have an aromatherapy formula for you that won’t cost much, is all natural, and will relieve your menstrual cramps.

  • 15 drops peppermint
  • 10 drops cypress
  • 5 drops lavender

Add these oils to 1 ounce of evening primrose oil and mix well. This blend will last for some time if you mix it in a clean, dark-colored glass bottle. Gently message a small amount into the abdominal area  for menstrual pain.

I notice that the older I get the more my digestive processes (among many other things) change.  Last night I had some delicious Chinese food but a little while after dinner, I was miserable. The garlic and onions in the food was killing me. I usually drink peppermint tea when I have indigestion but this seemed worst than usual so I wanted a little something extra.

I made my peppermint tea and then I 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 to me. 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. This is a good treatment for those youngsters who ate too much Halloween candy too.

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