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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.

I know some of you may be really tired of me and my aches and pains but I like letting people know what helps me because it might help them too. Yesterday, I went to the grocery store and everything was fine. When I got home, I had to lug all the bags upstairs and when I was done, my knee was was aching terribly. I still had to put away groceries and make dinner so I couldn’t stop and rest yet.

After dinner, my husband saw me limping around and asked me what I had done to my leg. He told me to put some shea butter on it. Well, I said I would but I still had lots to do before I could sit down and rest. He asked me again a couple more times before I actually went to the bedroom and put the shea butter on my knee. By the time I went in there, I was limping badly but the warmth of massaging the shea butter in my skin actually made my knee feel better right away. I didn’t stop limping right away but this morning my knee felt fine and I didn’t have any problems with it today at all. (Does this mean I should listen to my husband more often?)

Happy Memorial Day 2020

Author: Dr. Larita

In this strange time of social distancing, stay at home orders and a whole new normal, I hope you are staying safe. Please remember loved ones lost and have a memorable Memorial Day 2020.

MODEL RELEASED. Man sneezing into a handkerchief.

My husband has really bad allergies but he loves to do yard work. He has tried all the OTC medications to no avail. Every time he goes into the yard he comes back sneezing. I was on Facebook one day and I saw a post from Aromahead Institute for an aromatherapy class to get rid of allergies naturally. I decided to go ahead and take it since it was free and I learned so much I signed up for another class.

The best thing about this is that my husband hasn’t been sneezing after yard work since I made him an essential oil inhaler. His inhaler has one of the essential oils formulas I learned during the class. Add 5 drops each of cedarwood, tea tree and lavender essential oil to the inhaler and sniff as needed. Just like with cooking, I can’t do anything exactly like it says so we also added 2 drops each of peppermint and eucalyptus essential oils to the inhaler. My husband loves it and I love not hearing him sneezing and snorting after yard work.

We are all worried about the current coronavirus pandemic. I hope you’ve been following President Trump’s Coronavirus Guidelines and staying safe from that virus. We certainly have been doing so at my house. Unfortunately, the common cold and the flu are still around. I started sneezing yesterday. It could be allergies but it also might be a cold. I don’t have a fever so I don’t think it’s the flu.

I’m going to use my diffuser to bolster my immune system and stimulate the production of my white blood cells which will increase my body’s ability to fight off the illness. I also had a slight throat ache last night so I sucked on a zinc lozenge and that is gone today. If you would like to try my cold/flu fix, just put 6 drops of lemon essential oil into your diffuser every evening until you feel better.

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.

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