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Essential Oils for Tummy Aches

Author: Dr. Larita
February 20, 2019

Children can get diarrhea for many reasons, such as physical problems like bacteria, viruses, flu and ear infections. Maybe the child has an allergic reaction to a medication or even a food. Stress from nervous tension can also cause diarrhea in children, maybe from a bully at school or from hearing parental arguments that he or she doesn’t understand.

Whatever the cause of the diarrhea, it is very important that you do not let the child become dehydrated. Replace the lost fluids with lots of liquids and if the diarrhea continues for more than 24 hours, consult your physician. Give your child diluted soups and drinks with honey in them. Do not force them to eat solid food and don’t give them any dairy products because that will only make things worse.

Use any of the oils below  in a massage oil to rub gently on the abdomen:

You can also use this massage oil formula:

  • 5 drops of ginger
  • 8 drops of sandalwood
  • 8 drops chamomile

Dilute these oils in 2 tablespoons of liquid shea oil.


Eucalyptus Essential Oil

Author: Dr. Larita
February 7, 2019

Eucalyptus essential oil, from the eucalyptus tree originally native to Australia, has been used for centuries to treat chest and other respiratory problems. It is a very versatile oil that is anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antibiotic, diuretic, analgesic, and deodorizing. Research has proven eucalyptus has antiviral properties as well.

You probably know about its effectiveness against coughs and colds because several over the counter cold medications list eucalyptus as an ingredient, including many cough drops. It is similarly effective in the treatment of cystitis and sunburn and can be used as an insect repellent for humans and pets.

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Aromatherapy to the Rescue

Author: Dr. Larita
February 4, 2019

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.


5 Ways to Combat Athletes Foot

Author: Dr. Larita
January 30, 2019

Do you go to the gym a lot these days? It’s January and we all made resolutions to be healthier this year. While you’re becoming more healthy, remember to keep your feet healthy too and don’t spread athletes foot to your family if you contract it at the gym. Always wear flip flops at the gym – going to the pool as well as in the shower. There are sprays and creams containing chemicals out there that are designed to help with this, but there are also natural alternatives. In particular, athlete’s foot can be treated with certain essential oils.

Tea tree oil can help kill the fungus  that causes athletes foot from forming and help provide relief.

Soak – Create a foot soak by using a mixture of 3 parts almond oil, 10 parts tea tree essential oil, and a bowl of warm water. Then soak the feet for 30 minutes twice daily until relief comes.

Rub – Additionally, you can mix the oil with a carrier oil like almond or coconut oil and then rub it onto the affected area.

Peppermint oil contains menthol which can help provide relief for the inflammation this condition causes.

Mix a teaspoon of the oil with a half cup of rolled oats and ¼ cup of sea salt. Massage into the feet twice daily to help add comfort to your feet while the condition heals.

Lemon oil helps combat infections and is great in fighting fungal infections in particular.

Mix 10 drops of lemon oil, 10 drops of sweet almond oil, and a liter of warm water and soak for thirty minutes.

Lavender oil can provide relaxation, improve stress symptoms and also helps with skin conditions.

Massage it directly onto the effective areas, or mix it with lotion and massage into the feet thoroughly. Then, wear socks and go to sleep. This keeps your feet wrapped in healing oil for several hours.

Eucalyptus oil has strong antibacterial properties that can help hydrate and replenish the skin while it helps to fight against athletes foot.

Massage it directly onto the affected areas, another option is to mix it with lotion and massage it into the feet thoroughly. Then, wear socks and go to sleep thus keeping your feet wrapped in healing oil for several hours.


Aromatherapy for Alzheimers

Author: Dr. Larita
January 17, 2019

Watching your loved one’s intellect become disabled by the debilitating disease of Alzheimer’s is a disheartening experience. Living with and caring for a parent or spouse who no longer knows who you are may seem hopeless but aromatherapy massage can bring back your former closeness and introduce a new form of communication between the two of you. This is not a therapeutic massage, just a way to show love and caring so a gentle body massage or a foot or hand massage will do. The essential oils used in this aromatherapy massage will be not only pleasing to the Alzheimer’s sufferer’s senses and yours too, but could also reawaken pleasant memories. Any essential oil can be used but if the sufferer is your Mom and you know she always wore lavender perfume then lavender essential oil would be a perfect choice. Who knows what the Alzheimer’s patient, locked inside her brain, will experience with such an olfactory memory jerk?

Think back and try to recall the aromas your loved one favored and recreate them now. If you simply can’t remember, some good choices are the citrus essential oils of lemon, grapefruit, and orange plus the spices such as cardamom, coriander, ginger and nutmeg because they stimulate the gastric juices and also touch on the basic instincts of feeding and survival. In less advanced cases of Alzheimer’s you can incorporate the gentle fragrances of flowers such as lavender, rose, and geranium coupled with the spices mentioned above or even with basil or rosemary. Make a synergistic massage oil blend of 5 drops of rose, 5 drops of geranium, 2 drops of basil, 10 drops of lavender and 2 drops of rosemary essential oils. Add 5 drops of this blend to 1 teaspoon of jojoba or grapeseed oil and either give the full body massage, hand or foot massage or simply gently massage the neck and shoulder area.


High Blood Pressure

Author: Dr. Larita
January 14, 2019

Did you know you can have high blood pressure for years and not even know it? For some of us, there’s no apparent cause and it can go unnoticed for years even though it can lead to heart disease, kidney failure and stroke. Because of the complications that can come with high blood pressure, people with the disease often don’t live as long as those without it. The causes of high blood pressure are still unclear unless there is an underlying cause. Because the symptoms are often nonexistent or as common as headaches, tiredness and dizziness, the only way to keep track of blood pressure is to have it checked regularly.

To keep your blood pressure down look for ways to reduce stress, change your diet  to eat lots of fruit, vegetables, fish, poultry and pulses. Cook with olive oil, spices, onions, garlic and ginger and eat raw foods whenever possible.

Essential oils that can be used if you have hypertension are clary sage, lavender, geranium, neroli, marjoram, rose otto, melissa, frankincense, chamomile roman, petitgrain and sandalwood.

High Blood Pressure Body Oil

  • 5 drops lavender
  • 10 drops marjoram
  • 15 drops geranium

Blend the oils together, then dilute by mixing 3 drops in 1 teaspoon of a carrier oil like almond oil.

High Blood Pressure Bath Blend

  • 2 drops clary sage
  • 5 drops marjoram
  • 5 drops lavender
  • 5 drops geranium
  • 3 drops chamomile roman

Blend the oils together, then dilute 4 drops in 1 teaspoon of carrier oil per bath.

 


Addiction

Author: Dr. Larita
January 7, 2019

Tranquilizer drugs, mostly benzodiazepines, are used to treat the symptoms of anxiety. These drugs are very popular and go by such names as Valium, Librium and Ativan among others. Another smaller group of chemical drugs are also used to treat anxiety symptoms like sweating and palpitations. These drugs are very popular and thousands of people use them and become addicted after only a short time. Besides addiction, there are side effects like headaches, excessive fatigue, depression, menstrual and sexual dysfunctions as well as skin rashes, nausea and other problems.

Aromatherapy offers a safe, effective and natural alternative to the use of chemical drugs to treat anxiety and stress.  It has also proven to be effective in assisting those addicted to chemical tranquilizers to stop their use, even after years. The best use of aromatherapy essential oils to help stress is before the person resorts to chemicals. There are many essential oils that can be used to reduce stress, especially when used in massage by an understanding massage therapist. The first oils to come to mind for this purpose are lavender, neroli and ylang-ylang.  Others that are also excellent choices are bergamot, chamomile, clary sage, rose and sandalwood.


Alternative Hormone Therapy

Author: Dr. Larita
January 4, 2019

350xAre you menopausal or post menopausal? Do you have hot flashes? They are truly uncomfortable and a real nuisance. I have them too but I promised myself I would not take the estrogen replacement medicine prescribed by my doctor because I read that they have been linked to other health problems. I decided to use clary sage, a natural alternative for estrogen replacement that I already have in my aromatherapy pharmacy.

Clary sage essential oil is mostly known for its use in fragrances and as a muscatel flavoring in liquers and other alcoholic beverages. However, it has been used medicinally for centuries and it is well known in aromatherapy circles for relieving depression, anxiety and fear and in the treatment of insomnia. What may not be as well known is that clary sage contains a hormone copier that balances both male and female hormones, thus keeping one’s estrogen levels up.

Essential oils are not stimulants, they help bring balance back to the body so it can do what it is supposed to do. Clary sage is an energy oil but that doesn’t mean it gives the body a jolt of energy. It means that this oil sustains energy. You can use the following aromatherapy recipe to balance estrogen for hormonal support:

  • 10 drops clary sage
  • 5 drops sage
  • 5 drops fennel

Mix these oils into 2 tablespooons of carrier oil and massage clockwise on the abdomen.

 


What is Aromatherapy?

Author: Natural-Beauty
January 2, 2019

There are many uses for aromatherapy. Some people use it to put themselves in a better mood; others use it for health effects such as warding off infections, while some other people use it to improve their cognitive functions. Other uses include preventing hair loss, itching, and reducing anxiety.

Aromatherapy typically involves using a variety of aromatic essential oils and other products such as herbal distillates and phytoncides, though the essential oils are the usual focus of aromatherapy. Sometimes the oils are vaporized or merely applied to the skin; lemon essential oil in vapor form, for instance, has been known to relieve stress.


Hangover Aromatherapy

Author: Dr. Larita
December 27, 2018

It’s New Year’s Eve, one of the biggest party nights of the year and many people are planning to drink in the new year. Too much alcohol leads to dehydration and most of us have suffered the other yucky sensations like nausea, headache, and dizziness. I don’t drink anything stronger than sparkling cider or sparkling grape juice but I remember those sensations as if it was yesterday.

If you plan on drinking for New Year’s Eve or any other time, you can take some preventive measures such as drinking a higher quality liquor, drinking plenty of water before you drink alcohol as this slows down the absorption rate and helps the body to cope better. You can also take at least 1000 mg of vitamin C before going to sleep. People always say to drink black coffee to help you sober up but that only makes things worse. Drink plenty of water after drinking alcohol too because that will help to flush the toxins out of your body. Unfortunately, you’ll feel tipsy again until you go to the bathroom a couple of times.

These morning after essential oils will help return your body to its pre-alcohol state: juniper, sandalwood, grapefruit, lavender, carrot, fennel, rosemary, and lemon. Make your own blend from this list, using  a total of 6-8 drops in a bath or 4 drops in an inhalation.


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