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I gave you information and history about patchouli yesterday but today I’ll be more practical so you can use that bottle of patchouli you just bought. Patchouli has many therapeutic uses like: acne, antiperspirant, anxiety, athlete’s foot and other fungal infections, dermatitis, dandruff, constipation, insect bites and insect repellent, impotence, eczema, frigidity, sexual anxiety, oily skin and hair, loose skin, stress related disorders, weight loss, water retention, and wounds.

As a deodorant or antiperspirant, you can put 2 or 3 drops on a cotton ball and dab it on your underarms. Do the same thing on any other fungal infection you might have, like athlete’s foot. Use 8 to 10 drops in your bath water to alleviate anxiety, to relieve constipation, or to ease water retention. Put 2 to 3 drops of patchouli in a diffuser to repel insects, to alleviate stress related emotional disorders and also to reduce the appetite when dieting.

If you have dandruff, add 2 to 3 drops of patchouli to an unscented conditioner and apply it to your scalp, leave it on for 3 to 5 minutes and then rinse. For oily hair, add 2-3 drops to a nickel size amount of unscented shampoo.  For insect bites, put 2 to 3 drops on a cotton ball and dab the affected area. To tighten loose skin after losing weight, add 2 to 3 drops of patchouli to 1 ounce of liquid shea oil or sweet almond oil and massage your body regularly. You can also add 8 to 10 drops of this oil blend to your bath water. Use 2 to 3 drops of patchouli on a wet cotton ball to cleanse wounds or to dab on oily skin.


Patchouli Essential Oil

Author: Dr. Larita
06/30/2020

Many people who hear the word or smell the pungent fragrance of patchouli think of the drug smoking hippies who indulged in free love during the sixties and seventies. Pathchouli is so much more than that! It was used in the East hundreds of years ago to scent clothes and bed linens. In the 1800s the English imported fabric scented with patchouli from India and began to associate the scent with fabrics.

Patchouli is an earthy, musky scent and while it is associated with fabrics, it can be useful in many other situations and it has therapeutic properties as well. It is anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and anti-fungal. It can be used as an aphrodisiac or an insect repellent. It provides balance and harmony to the body and spirit and can even fight off body odor by acting as a deodorant and an anti-perspirant. Patchouli acts as an appetite suppressant making it beneficial to dieters all over the world. Patchouli also has the distinction of actually getting better with age; the older the oil, the fuller the scent.

 


Sweet Almond Oil

Author: Dr. Larita
06/29/2020

Sweet almond oil has rejuvenating and nourishing benefits for your skin. This oil contains linoleic acid, an omega-6 essential fatty acid that research has proven to be antioxidant and to contain skin protective benefits.

Use sweet almond oil to:

  • soften and moisturize your skin for a younger more radiant complexion
  • sooth irritated areas of skin that feel warm and dry to the touch
  • massage sore joints and muscles to release tension
  • Make hair oil with sweet almond oil and rosemary essential oil, to add softness and shine to dull hair.
  • Carry a travel-sized bottle of sweet almond oil with you to moisturize your hands after frequent washing.
  • Use sweet almond oil as a carrier for your favorite roll-on essential oil blends.


Every day, in every part of our life, we  come in contact with harmful chemicals and toxins through inhalation, taste and touch. Imitation ingredients are in practically every item in our homes, from cleaning products and personal care products to food additives. Essential oils are powerful liquids extracted from aromatic plants. The natural oils in these plants protect the plants from insects, disease and environmental conditions.

Have you ever squeezed an orange or lemon peel and seen the liquid that came out? That liquid is the fruit’s essential oil. When grown, harvested and properly distilled, essential oils have a wide variety of uses and incredible health benefits. You will be astonished at the many uses you will discover for these powerful essential oils. Come back and continue to read Natural Body Guru to discover the everyday uses for essential oils that we will discuss in the next few days. You will be amazed how easy it is to remove harmful chemicals and toxins from your home simply by using essential oils.


Before COVID 19 we had the family over for a big meal one Sunday. My husband grilled chicken and hot dogs and we usually grill salmon for family members  who don’t eat meat. That day though, we had fried fish which was very tasty too. Our side dishes were baked beans, potato salad, macaroni and cheese and fruit salad. Everything was so tasty that we all ate way too much and I ended up administering one of my natural remedies for overindulgence.

Some of the grownups had second helpings of several dishes and my grandson even had thirds! When we slowed down and I started hearing, “I’m stuffed,” I knew I had to fix a remedy. I boiled some water in the teapot and poured a cup for all of us. I added one teaspoon of honey, a pinch of baking soda and one drop of peppermint essential oil to each cup. We all sipped our tea and talked about going for a walk around the neigborhood when we came back from putting flowers on Granny’s grave. After the walk, we each had a dish of ice cream – we never learn, but at least we know how to take care of our upset stomachs.

 


There are so many amazing essential oils that can help guide your meditation.  Here are some recommendations:

Sandalwood:  Sandalwood is possibly the best essential oil for meditation although it is quite expensive.  It is extremely cleansing and can break up the negative thoughts and stress that cloud your mind.  If you are experiencing inner noise and a busy mind that is taking away from your ability to focus, relax, and meditate, sandalwood can help clear the chatter.  It is also a hypotensive which can help lower your blood pressure so you can also physically relax during your meditation. Amyris is a wonderful substitute for sandalwood that is not as expensive and has the same amazing properties.

Clary Sage:  Clary sage has been used by cultures all over the world for thousands of years to remove negative energies from a space.  Using clary sage during meditation can clear the room of any negative energies that can influence and distract the mind from focusing.  Clary sage is also an antidepressant so it can help lift your mood, so that you have a positive meditative experience.

Frankincense:  Frankincense is the most powerful essential oil for the spirit.  It promotes grounding, balancing, and openness.  Frankincense can help you connect with your spiritual self.  Frankincense can also help stabilize your root chakra, so that your energy can flow through your chakras.  Frankincense is also has numerous holistic benefits.  It can help reduce pain and inflammation, relieve stress, and clear your nasal passages.  All of these things can distract you during meditation, so it is a great oil to incorporate into your meditation for the health of your mind, body, and spirit.

Lavender:  Lavender is an antianxiety, antidepressant, and relaxant.  Lavender is one of the best essential oils for meditation because its calming properties can put your mind in the right frame to achieve clarity and enlightenment from meditation.  It also helps stabilize and calm you, so if you are having a restless meditation session, you can balance yourself and really focus.

Eucalyptus:  Meditation requires focusing and controlling your breathing.  However, if your airways are blocked or inflamed, you will have difficulty achieving a meditative state.  Eucalyptus is an expectorant and can help clear the airways and release chest tightness, enabling you to breathe deeply and steadily.

Neroli:  Neroli is an extremely spiritually transformative essential oil.  Used during meditation, it can help promote self-love and acceptance, reduce your fears, and inspire creativity.  In the body, Neroli reduces pain and inflammation, decreases blood pressure and cortisol levels, and is an anticonvulsant.  The centering spiritual and physical effects of neroli have a profound impact on meditation and can help you achieve mindfulness, clarity, and inner peace.

Incorporating essential oils into your meditation routine can help your mind focus and center.  It can also clear the negative energies and mind talk that can distract you from achieving mindfulness and enlightenment.  Essential oils can also help soothe your body and connect you. to your spiritual self.  Essential oils are a truly amazing way to enhance your meditation experience.  However, if you are using essential oils for meditation, you need to ensure you are incorporating only the highest quality oils or you will not get the full therapeutic benefits.

Thanks to Organic Aromas Pure and Simple


Essential Oil Kits

Author: Dr. Larita
06/22/2020

People are interested in using essential oils in their home because we now know that essential oils are the powerful medicines nature created to keep us healthy instead of the high priced chemically enhanced products we get from the drug store. If you want to start using natural essential oils in your home medicine cabinet as a natural alternative to chemicals, the ones I suggest for your basic kit are lavender, tea tree, peppermint, chamomile, eucalyptus, geranium, rosemary, thyme, lemon, and clove. These 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 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 an excellent choice to use in the treatment of indigestion, flatulence, bad breath, headaches and migraines, skin irritations, toothache, and fatigue. Peppermint oil is very strong so if you’re going to rub it on your skin, always use a carrier oil and do not ingest it. I have put ONE drop of peppermint oil in my green tea when I didn’t have any peppermint tea bags and I liked it just as well as the tea bag but it might be something you have to work up to. I’ve used it many times for upset stomach too but I never take it neat, always mixed in water or tea. Lastly, if you put 5 drops of peppermint oil on a cottonball and put it in strategic places in your home, it can help to keep pests like mice, fleas, and ants away. Talk about a versatile essential oil!


Aromatherapy essential oil diffusers are the practical, effective, and convenient way to disperse the curative properties of essential oils. In the past, the practice of diffusing essential oils was a difficult procedure but with the development of diffusion accessories and tools it is now a simple process to diffuse your essential oils for aromatherapy. These versatile tools can be used in homes, offices and professional practices for diffusing the healing properties of aromatic essential oils.

There are several models and styles to choose from depending on your preferences and tastes. You can select from a diffuser that emits essential oils into the air using ultrasonic technology or if you desire something with more style you may decide to invest in a carved Soapstone diffuser that simply uses a tea light candle. Either way, an aromatherapy diffuser is a natural alternative to synthetic air fresheners.


Yesterday I mentioned carpal tunnel syndrome in a blog discussing oregano essential oil. That started me thinking about my own carpal tunnel and I did a little digging for more remedies for carpal tunnel and I found a blend in Valerie Ann Worwood’s book, “The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy.”

Carpal tunnel is the compression of nerves or tendons in the wrist. It is usually found in people who use the wrists in the same way for long periods, like me – I’m at the computer at least 8 to 10 hours a day. To alleviate the problem, massage your wrists and fore arms twice a day with the 2-3 drops of the blend below diluted in a teaspoon of carrier oil.


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