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Home Made Lemon Pepper

Author: Dr. Larita
03/26/2020

Would you like a delicious substitute for plain black pepper? Would you like it to be something easily made at home?  This is a recipe for lemon pepper that will enhance any recipe that you want to give a little pizazz. I like to give a little lemon pepper spice to fish and salad recipes but it is also good on baked potato and scrambled eggs. You may come up with something else that you want to “lemon pepperize!” If you do, let me know so I can try it too.

Lemon Pepper Recipe

  • Put 1 ounce of coarsely ground black pepper in a small bowl
  • Add 2 drops of lemon essential oil
  • Mix well
  • Seal in a glass bottle for at least three days before use

You can double this recipe if you think you will be using the lemon pepper often but it is very easy to make so I think it is better to make a small amount at a time and keep it fresh. You can also make orange pepper by using orange essential oil in place of the lemon.


Natural Antioxidants

Author: Dr. Larita
03/25/2020

My great grandmother told me to eat my carrots because they would help me have great eyesight. This may be an old wives tale but it is true that the beta carotene which gives carrots their orange color has been shown in studies to help protect the eye, particularly the cornea, and to be useful in the prevention or slowing down of cataract formation and age-related macular degeneration.

Carrot oil is also an abundant source of carotenoids or antioxidants which  are important for fighting the effects of harmful oxidants, or free radicals in the body. Free radicals can attack and destroy healthy tissue, causing many health problems, one of which is cancer. Because of the antioxidants it contains, carrot oil can reduce the risk of developing certain types of cancer and it is often used in sun tan oils to prevent over exposure to UV radiation from the sun. Have fun playing in the sun this summer but use a natural antioxidant like carrot oil and stay safe.


Aromassage for Pain

Author: Dr. Larita
03/24/2020

I have talked about massage techniques for use at home with your own massage and essential oils. I’ve even had the need to use the aromassage techniques on myself my occasionally. Last night my husband began having pains in his back around his right shoulder blade. He had been doing yard work more strenuously than usual and he was more sore than normal. Around bed time, he was in really bad shape and could hardly take a deep breath. I thought he was having a heart attack or something so I asked to look at his back.

I had him take off his shirt and lay on the bed where I could more easily reach his back. His shoulder blade was very red but I took no pity on him. I poured about one teaspoon of jojoba oil into the palm of my hand and added four drops of rosemary essential oil (the bottle must already be open and ready to use.)  I used effleurage massage on his back. That is a big word that simply means you use firm or gentle soothing strokes to enable the essential oils to penetrate the body and bring about relaxation and calm to sore and aching muscles. When I stopped after only about ten minutes, he said it felt 100%  better.


Helping With Stress

Author: Dr. Larita
03/23/2020

Stress can cause migraine headaches and many other ailments. There are aromatherapy oils that can be used to treat these conditions. If you have migraines caused by stress, consider using aromatherapy.

Inhaling jasmine, lavender or bergamot essential oil will transmit messages to the brain region involving emotions. These oils are often used as natural remedies. They are among the essential oils that have calming properties.


The main use of essential oils in the bathroom is to clear bacteria and viruses. Use a synergistic blend of 5 drops bergamot, 10 drops lavender, 5 drops cinnamon, 10 drops lemon, and 10 drops citronella essential oils combined with 2 1/2 cups water in a spray bottle to wipe all bathroom surfaces. This combination will kill germs and give the entire bathroom a wonderful fragrance.

Another great way to scent the bathroom is an essential oil diffuser. It is not safe to use an electric diffuser in the bathroom so be sure to use a candle-heated one. The flicker of a candle in a warm bathroom makes that relaxing bath even better. You can use the same blend above for the diffuser (without water) or try this one: 5 drops oregano, 10 drops sage, 10 drops thyme, and 20 drops lemon. To keep the bathroom smelling fresh, put two to four drops of this blend on the cardboard ring inside your toilet paper roll. The oil blend is soaked into the cardboard and releases the aroma to keep the area fragrant.


Aromatherapy at Home VI

Author: Dr. Larita
03/19/2020

Essential oils can be used in the living room to freshen carpets, curtains, and furniture. Make a carpet freshener powder by mixing 1 drop of essential oil per tablespoon of bicarbonate of soda or borax powder. Add the essential oil to the powder and mix it well in a blender. Allow the mixture to sit overnight before using it the first time. You can make as much as you want to have on hand and store it in a ziplock bag or a sealed jar. To use the carpet freshener, sprinkle it on your carpet, leave it there for a few minutes, then vacuum. You can also add the powder directly to your vacuum bag to stop odor; add 8 drops of essential oil to a cotton ball and put it inside the bag each time you change it, or simply add 8 drops of essential oil directly onto the bag.

To get rid of streaks on freshly cleaned windows, bunch up a sheet of newspaper and put a drop of lemon, lime or grapefruit essential oil on it and polish the glass with this combination. The essential oil soaks into the newspaper and combined with the newsprint it removes streaks and creates a sparkling finish. You get an added bonus when the sun hits the glass and warms the essential oil releasing a subtle fragrance into the living room.

Make your own furniture polish and banish chemicals and synthetic fragrances from your home with this recipe: melt 8 ounces of plain unrefined beeswax in a double boiler, add 2 1/2 cups of room temperature turpentine and put it aside. Boil 2 1/2 cups water and add 2 ounces of grated pure soap (purchase at the health food store) or grated castile soap and stir until melted, then set it aside until it is cool but still warm. Slowly add the warm soap and water to the beeswax and turpentine a little at a time stirring constantly. Now add 10 drops of the essential oil of your choice and blend the entire mixture well. Store your furniture polish in a tin can or a small ice cream carton (a Ben and Jerry’s carton will work well and you get to eat the ice cream first.) You only need a small amount at a time to polish your furniture and you will be greatly rewarded for your work by the fragrance of the essential oil and the shine of your furniture.

Lastly, you can use a plant mister spray filled with 2 1/2 cups of water and 8 drops of essential oil to freshen furniture, curtains, and carpets. Since the living room is where you spend time with family and friends you will want to choose the right blend of essential oils. A calming synergistic blend includes 8 drops geranium, 3 drops clary-sage, 5 drops lemon, and 3 drops bergamot. A stimulating blend to use on a lazy afternoon includes 8 drops of grapefruit, 4 drops lavender, 4 drops lime and 2 drops of basil.


Aromatherapy at Home V

Author: Dr. Larita
03/18/2020

Before washers and dryers, homemakers laid their clothes on lavender or rosemary plants to dry so that the scent would permeate the garments. Today we can use essential oils in the washer, dryer, drawers, and closets to keep our clothes smelling nice and to receive even more benefits.

Add 3-5 drops of lemongrass or lavender to your rinse cycle water for wonderfully fresh smelling clothes. For a more alluring fragrance, add ylang-ylang essential oil to the final rinse. During the cold and flu season rinse your bed linens with eucalyptus, rosemary, or pine essential oil to relieve coughs throughout the night. Use a rinse of peppermint essential oil when your children have whooping cough. If insomnia is a problem, rinse linen and nightwear with marjoram, chamomile, or sweet orange blossom essential oil to aid sleep.

Add 2 drops of essential oil to a 4-inch square piece of material and put it in the dryer with your clothes. To infuse your garments with a fresh scent use lavender, rosemary, or bergamot; for a floral scent use geranium or palmarosa; for a romantic or exotic scent use ylang-ylang, jasmine, or rose essential oil.

Other uses for essential oils with clothing include:

  • Making a natural moth repellent by placing cotton balls with lavender, lemongrass, camphor, or rosemary essential oil on them between clothes in drawers.
  • Making fragrant drawer liners with no chemicals by cutting blotting paper to drawer size and dotting it with essential oils. Brush the paper with orris root powder which acts as a fixative and then shake the powder off and place the liner in your drawer.
  • Making a synergistic blend of 3 drops lavender, 2 drops sage and 5 drops of rosemary essential oil to add to sneakers and repel odor. Add this blend to a tablespoon of bicarbonate of soda and mix well. Sprinkle the mixture into sneakers and leave overnight for fresh smelling shoes the next morning. Don’t forget to tap the soda out in the morning or you will be walking around with puffs of smoke coming out of your shoes.

Aromatherapy at Home IV

Author: Dr. Larita
03/13/2020

Kitchen smells include everything from the wonderful aroma of freshly baked cookies to the stinky smell of burnt popcorn. Kitchens have a trash area where garbage is tossed, a spot for wet coats and muddy boots, and a corner for dog bedding and the cat’s litter box. Essential oils are a natural alternative to commercial air sprays because they cleanse the air for you instead of masking odors; they are harmless to food, humans, and the ozone; and many of them are antibiotic and anti-fungal so they may even help keep you from getting sick.

  • To cleanse kitchen surfaces add 15-30 drops of any one of the following essential oils to one pint of water: eucalyptus, lavender, lemon, lime, grapefruit, pine, or lemongrass. For a kitchen synergistic blend combine the following essential oils: 10 drops lavender, 15 drops lemon, and 5 drops eucalyptus. This mixture is disinfectant, antibacterial, and leaves a lovely fragrance when used on kitchen surfaces. You can add 8-15 drops of this formula to 2 1/2 cups of water in a plant spray bottle to spray the air or surfaces.
  • To kill germs on dishtowels soak them in a bowl of boiling water and 1 drop of eucalyptus, thyme, tea tree, or lavender. Let the towels soak until the water is cool then wash as usual. This will keep your towels germ and bacteria free.
  • To lighten the chore of dishwashing and uplift your spirits at the same time, add 5 drops lime, 3 drops bergamot, 2 drops lavender, and 1 drop orange essential oil to your dishwashing liquid. The natural aroma of these essential oils will make a boring task take on a much lighter note. If you use a dishwasher, simply add 2 drops of lemon essential oil to the detergent you use in your machine and stir it before closing the door.

Essential oils lose their therapeutic properties after about two years but do not toss them out! Put two drops at a time down kitchen drains to create a nice scent when hot water runs down. Also, use them in the water you use to wash windows and trashcans both inside and out. Essential oils make kitchen work safer and much more pleasant.


In today’s world most of us are very conscious of what we are doing to the earth’s ozone layer with commercial aerosol air fresheners. When you use essential oils to scent your home, you are providing your family with a much better option and your home will have a delightful aroma. You can scent your home with essential oils in the following ways:

  • Use about 8 drops of essential oil to 2 1/2 cups of water and spray as finely as possible towards curtains and carpets. Test curtain and wood materials before spraying to avoid water stains.
  • Purchase a light bulb ring or use one drop of essential directly on a light bulb in a standing lamp. Make certain the light is turned off before applying the oil because essential oils are flammable. Once the oil is applied, turn on the light and the heat from the bulb will release the scent into the room.
  • Turn a log fire into a fragrant event by applying one drop of essential oil (try cypress, pine, sandalwood, or cedarwood) to each log. Your guests will think you are using imported wood for your fire!
  • Diffusers are an easy effective way to scent a room. Wipe them clean before applying a different oil or blend. If you don’t have a diffuser, place a bowl of boiling water with 5-6 drops of essential oil in a centrally located place in the room. Remove the bowl when the water cools and keep it out of the reach of children and pets.
  • Add 4 drops of essential oil to a cotton ball and place it close to your heat source in winter months or put as many drops as you like in a humidifier.

Aromatherapy at Home II

Author: Dr. Larita
03/11/2020

Aromatherapy and romance are natural partners so it is logical that the seventh part in our series of aromatherapy at home concerns the bedroom.  If you want essential oils that will keep your bedroom smelling dreamy and enhance the romantic experience, you will want to make a special blend and keep it separate from the regular household essential oil formulas. For a synergistic romantic bedroom blend, spray the following formula in the air and on carpets: 8 drops palma rosa, 1 drop ylang-ylang, 2 drops clary-sage, 2 drops nutmeg, and 4 drops of lime mixed in 2 ½ cups of water.

  • Other great scents of a more general nature to use in the bedroom include chamomile, geranium, lavender, or lemon.
  • If you have trouble sleeping, use a diffuser with a relaxing oil like chamomile or clary-sage on it.
  • You can also wash, dry and store your linens with essential oils (see Essential Oils at Home V) to aid sleep.
  • Put a cotton ball with one drop of your favorite scent on it in the corners of your bedroom closet.
  • Use essential oils on drawer liners and also line the floor of your closet. Don’t use more than one or two drops of oil because you just want a subtle aroma to keep the air fresh, not enough to interfere with your perfume.

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