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I usually drink a glass of water before I go to bed and last night when I drank it, I suddenly got the hiccups. I’ve had hiccups before but usually when I get them, I just do it a few times and then it stops. They would not stop last night and I couldn’t go to sleep. I got back up and tried to think about which essential oils could help me get rid of those annoying hiccups.

I had a choice of chamomile, lavender, lemon or fennel but I found my chamomile first. I’ve told people to do this for hiccups before but I never had an occasion to try it on myself. I put 1 drop of chamomile essential oil in a brown paper bag and held it over my nose and mouth.  I breathed in deeply and slowly through my nose about 10 times. I’m sure you can do it longer if necessary but that was plenty for me. When I took the bag off my nose and mouth, the hiccups were gone. The next time you or someone you know have the hiccups, try this aromatherapy treatment.


Diverticulosis may be caused by unhealthy nutritional habits. Mine was caused by my habit of eating popcorn and sunflower seeds on an empty stomach. The hulls and seeds got caught in my intestines and caused me a lot of pain. I can still eat foods with tiny seeds but I’m more careful about it now. So very few strawberryies, raspberries, blackberries and sesame seeds are in my diet. The pain, flatulence, inflammation, and discomfort of diverticulosis are greatly reduced by using the right essential oils but you must also examine your nutritional habits to make sure there is no recurrence of the problem.

Massage the following essential oils diluted in 1 teaspoon of liquid shea oil over your abdomen twice a day:

  • 2 drops peppermint
  • 1 drop chamomile
  • 3 drops rosemary
  • 1 drop clove

You can also mix 1 drop of peppermint essential oil with a teaspoon of honey and dilute it in a cup of hot water. Sip this drink slowly to help ease your diverticulosis syptoms.


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.


blistersHave you ever gotten a blister on your foot from your shoes rubbing either your toe or your heel? I hate that feeling. Just think about professional dancers, spinning and twisting around on the floor with bare feet! I’m sure they get blisters quite often.

The best thing to do for that type of blister is to cover it with a gauze bandage that has a few drops of lavender or chamomile essential oil on it. If you have a very large blister, it’s best to sterilize a needle and puncture the blister first. Then apply lavender neat and put a gauze bandage on it after that. For those large blisters, you can make a synergistic blend of equal parts lavender and myrrh.

Don’t put the kind of band aid on your blister that won’t let your skin breath. Put a gauze bandage on and hold it on with plaster strips so that the skin can breath as much as possible. Leave off shoes and socks as much as possible or at least wear shoes that do not touch the blister until it has  healed completely. People more likely to get blisters – joggers, hikers, athletes and ballet dancers for example, can use tincture of benzoin painted on their toes, heels or other susceptible parts of the foot. This will prevent and help heal blisters.


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!


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