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Lose Weight with Patchouli

Author: Dr. Larita
August 15, 2018

I have a reader question that I would like to discuss today. Jenny asked if I would help her with more information on how to lose weight with patchouli essential oil. First, Jenny, there is no wonder drug or essential oil that will help you to eat less. It is really about self control and your own mindset that you want to change your body through diet and exercise. Visualize a piece of meat and imagine cutting and separating the fat from the lean part. If your diet consists of fruits, vegetables, fish and meat, your body tissue will look like the lean cut of meat. On the other hand, if you eat cakes and sweets, potatoes smothered in butter and fatty meats, you body tissue will be like the fatty part.

There are many essential oils that help fight fat but Jenny asked abut patchouli which can help dieters in several ways. First, it has the ability to diminish your appetite. Regularly put 2-3 drops of patchouli into a diffuser and let it diffuse through the air to reduce your appetite. This is a good way to balance the diet and exercise program you are on. You can also put 8-10 drops of patchouli into your bath water. This will not only help you to reduce your appetite, it may also ease water retention and bloating. Massaging your body with 1 ounce of a good carrier oil containing 2-3 drops of patchouli will also ease water retention and help you tone your body as your diet and exercise program help you lose weight. Jenny, I hope this is helpful to you and to any others interested in losing weight.

Patchouli Essential Oil 2

Author: Dr. Larita
August 14, 2018

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
August 13, 2018

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.


Juniper Essential Oil

Author: Dr. Larita
August 10, 2018

Juniper essential oil has a very unique aroma—a warm, piney, resinous scent that feels very grounding and uplifting at once. It’s no surprise that juniper has been used throughout much of history as incense! There is even evidence of the Greeks and Romans using it in their homes, keeping bugs away and filling the space with a beautiful scent.

Juniper combines the centering quality of a resin, like myrrh, with the zest of a spicy oil, like clove. Imagine myrrh and clove going for a walk in the forest, and you can “get a sense” of juniper! (I accidentally typed “get a scent” the first time I wrote that, haha!)

An incense or a diffuser blend with juniper would be just right for a space like a yoga room or Massage studio, where it can help people feel in touch with their deepest, truest self, and inspire them to “take action” from that space.

Try this diffuser blend to tap into that!

Juniper’s “Sweet & Deep” Diffuser Blend

Drop the essential oils into your diffuser. Thanks to Andrea Butje of Aromahead for today’s blog.

Breast Care and Aromatherapy

Author: Dr. Larita
August 9, 2018

We live in a society that adores the female breast. We show them off in revealing clothes, feed our babies naturally with them and let our husbands or boyfriends caress them. Even though we know we should, we hardly ever do the one thing that could save our lives and that is to examine them for lumps. Breast cancer does not run in my family but that doesn’t mean it couldn’t start with me.

All women should strongly consider using a natural deodorant and throw away their commercial deodorants containing aluminum salts. These products stop perspiration thereby trapping toxins in the body which can pose an increased risk for breast cancer. Perspiration is a natural method of excreting toxins from the body. Stopping perspiration is just as bad for our bodies as it would be if we tried to stop urination.

Using deodorants made from natural mineral salts absorbs moisture without introducing harmful chemicals,  like aluminum,  found in most antiperspirant deodorants,  into your body. If you are worried about odor, consider using essential oils under your arms because they are antibacterial and it’s the bacteria on your skin that causes the odor. There are a few essential oils that can be used neat on the skin for this purpose; lavender, tea tree and patchouli. You can put a drop on a cotton ball and apply it to your underarm area or put a drop directly on the wet crystal deodorant stone before using.



Heart palpitations are described as an abnormality of the heartbeat that causes you to be aware of its beating either at the normal rate, too fast or too slow. My husband had to stop drinking coffee because whenever he drank it, he could feel his heart beating much too fast. There is an aromatherapy treatment for heart palpitations. First, you can put 2 drops of lavender essential oil, 1 drop of chamomile essential oil, and 2 drops of geranium essential oil on a tissue and inhale it frequently.

Next, you can massage your whole torso regularly every night with 10 drops of lavender, 10 drops of chamomile, 3 drops of rosemary, and 7 drops of lemon essential oils diluted in 2 tablespoons of sweet almond oil. Lastly, take a warm bath just before you go to bed. Add 2 drops of chamomile and 2 drops of lemon essential oil to the bath water.

Sore Throat and Cold Relief

Author: Dr. Larita
August 6, 2018

I hate summer colds but I caught one from my husband! I knew it would happen as soon as he started sneezing. Oh well, the first thing I treated was my sore throat. To soothe a sore throat quickly, drink a mug of warm water with 1 to 2 tablespoons of honey and 1 to 2 drops of lemon essential oil added. Sip slowly until the cup is empty. It also helps to gargle with warm salt water.

My sore throat turned into a cold and colds usually have to just run their course but there are ways to alleviate the symptoms. My nose was stuffy, my head was aching and my sinuses felt full. I massaged around my chest, neck, and sinus area (forehead, nose and cheekbones) with the following essential oils:

  • 1 drop lemon
  • 2 drops eucalyptus
  • 3 drops rosemary

One other thing that is useful for a cold is to use these essential oils in a hot bath; 2 drops oregano, 2 drops tea tree, 1 drop eucalyptus, and 3 drops lemon. Lie back and inhale deeply as you soak until the water starts to cool. When you get out, use the massage oil discussed above and go to bed.

Aromatherapy to the Rescue

Author: Dr. Larita
August 3, 2018

Every home has a first aid kit but there is an alternative to those over the counter medicines we use. Let’s assemble our own aromatherapy rescue kit. First of all, you need a good container marked Essential Oils, Alternative First Aid, or Aromatherapy to house the kit and keep your oils away from light, dampness and extreme heat so they don’t deteriorate. An empty cookie tin like the one in the picture works great for me. Of course, you can also go all out and have a fancy container made just for the purpose of storing essential oils. You’ll find many suggestions just by googling essential oil containers.

The three major oils to stash in your kit are eucalyptus, lavender, and tea tree oil. These three essential oils will aid in aromatherapy treatment for colds, wounds, burns, bruises, insect bites, muscle pain, fungal infections and many other ailments. They can be dispensed in a number of ways depending on the need including directly from the bottle, in a carrier or base oil, in a steam bath, or on a compress. We will continue with more information about your aromatherapy rescue kit as well as a few more essential oils to add to your stash in future posts.

Essential Oils Make It Easy To Be Relaxed At Home

Author: Natural-Beauty
August 2, 2018

I love to come home after work and enjoy some quality relaxation. I work long days and it is always good to enjoy a clean and beautiful space to come home to when I am done working. I have some dinner with my roommate and then we sit down to watch some of our favorite TV shows. It is good to have that time to not think about work or errands.

With some great oils, we can really create the right atmosphere that will get us into the right state of mind. The ones that we love to use not only help us to be in the right mood but they fill the home with a fresh fragrance that is so nice to come back to and enjoy. It is nice to breathe fresh scents at home and to experience the healing of aromatherapy.

The essential oils we like to use give us an uplifting aroma and they are perfect for refreshing after a long day. I sometimes do some working out after work, so I need to get re-energized for the evening. I can get my second wind and be productive in the second part of my day with the help of some awesome oils of the essential kind.

Pure Essential Oil Gives Me A Great Dose Of Well-Being

Author: Natural-Beauty
August 1, 2018

An essential oil is always a great way to refresh my body and my mind and every part of my being. Giving myself a dose of well-being is easy with all kinds of essential oils. I have always loved having some natural healing and the essential oils were a no-brainer when I first heard about them. They have been kind of an obsession ever since.

I very strongly believe in the power of nature and doing things the natural way to bring about the best health and well-being. For example, when it comes to staying fit, I believe in good old-fashioned tough workouts, I don’t believe in artificial supplements or in body wraps or any other tech that is supposed to make one slimmer.

Good old-fashioned hard work during my runs and other workouts has gotten me some fantastic results over the years. The same philosophy applies to using essential oils when I need to refresh my mind or my body. They are natural and pure and not altered. Pure essential oil is nice for helping me to get over a cold or to stay focused and wide awake when I didn’t get much sleep. I am always discovering new essential oils to use and they are better than artificial pills and supplements.

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