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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.

Many essential oils have anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties. If you have a humidifier in your home to keep the air from getting dry, you can add essential oils to the water. Another way to use them is to inhale them directly to treat any respiratory problems you may have. There are five essential oils that are awesome for treating respiratory problems.

  • Clove oil can be used in a home-made gargle by adding a few drops to a cup of warm water and gargling. Clove oil has a cooling effect and anti-inflammatory properties and this will sooth your sore throat.
  • Peppermint is a great essential oil to use as an expectorant and decongestant so it will really sooth a dry cough and sore throat. Simply add a few drops to a cup of hot water and sip. Rub a few drops on the back of the neck or on the bottom of the feet and any fever you have will simply vanish. Peppermint is also good for eliminating the headache that so often accompanies a cold.
  • Oregano is called a “natural antibiotic”.  It is very strong so only use 2-4 drops in a glass of water to eliminate sore throat and sinus infections.
  • Eucalyptus has anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, anti-viral, expectorant, antibiotic, decongestant and many more properties that make it an exceptional essential oil to use during the cold and flu season. Eucalyptus oil can be used to fight tuberculosis and it can have an antimicrobial effect on all kinds of bacteria and viruses. It is also known to cure bronchitis and asthma.
  • Juniper berry oil also has great anti-fungal and anti-microbial properties. For bronchitis, add a few drops of juniper to your vaporizer for a very soothing effect. For deep chest colds, use a combination of juniper oil mixed with eucalyptus in an inhalation therapy treatment for an even better result.


Colds are the most common illness for children and adults. They are an infection caused by different kinds of viruses – all of which are contagious. A baby with a cold is in a sad state because the baby can’t drink from a bottle or breast with a stuffed up nose. Please don’t give your child an antibiotic. Antibiotics can’t treat colds and should be avoided. Your child’s tolerance to antibiotics can build up over time if taken too often.

Below is an essential oil mix for your child (or you) when you have any of these signs or symptoms:

  • runny nose, stuffed nose
  • congestion, usually in the chest
  • cough
  • fever

The following blend can be used in any of the essential oil methods. Mix the oils in an amber bottle and store until needed.

In this day and age, there are many drugs a person can take for stress. Your doctor will be happy to prescribe one for you. I won’t take chemical drugs if I don’t have to. I would much rather use essential oils than something like Prozac or Zoloft, both of which are addictive and likely to be abused. Use any of these essential oils to reduce stress with natural products.

  • Lavender is the most common essential oil and it has many benefits and uses. Lavender oil can provide a calming and relaxing effect. It’s considered a nervous system restorative helping with inner peace, sleep, restlessness, irritability, panic attacks, nervous stomach and nervous tension. Diffuse lavender with cedar wood essential oil in the bedroom to help you get a good night’s sleep.
  • Rose oil is another essential oil for stress. It is very settling to the emotional heart. It relieves anxiety, depression and helps with grieving and shock. Use rose oil in a foot bath to wash away stress after a long day.
  • Chamomile essential oil has a peaceful and calming scent that decreases irritability, overthinking, anxiety and worry.  Research has shown that chamomile may reduce antidepressant activity. If you have allergies you may want to skip this one in case you are sensitive to it.
  • Frankincense oil is often used to treat depression and anxiety.  It provides a  calming effect, tranquil energy, and spiritual grounding.  Diffusing frankincense helps deepen meditation and also helps to quiet the mind.
  • Bergamot oil is found in Earl Grey tea and has a very distinctive floral taste and aroma. Bergamot is calming and is often used to treat depression by providing energy. Bergamot oil has also been used to help with insomnia,  relaxation, and agitation. Try blending bergamot with lavender for a wonderful scent that is also calming and relaxing.

If you are female and approaching the age of menopause or perimenopause, you will probably want to know that many women are successful at calming hot flashes using essential oils.  One of the most effective oils not only helps relieve night sweats, it also is proven to promote deeper sleep.

According to researchers shown in the Journal of the Chinese Medical Association, breathing in the scent of lavender can reduce hot-flash frequency and intensity by 53%. These researchers say the scent lowers stress hormone levels and also activates the hypothalamus (the brains temperature control center) to ward off hot flashes and night sweats.

Other research shows that lavender improves sleep. One study showed that those who breathed the scent of lavender essential oil before bed spent more time in deep sleep and were 50% more energetic the next day than people who didn’t inhale the scent.

If you want to get these benefits, try mixing 3-4 drops of 100% pure lavender essential oil into a dollop of unscented lotion and rubbing it into your skin. Or you can just pour a few drops of the oil onto a tissue or cotton ball and place it on your nightstand.


Some women go through menopause without any uncomfortable symptoms but most of us are not that lucky. Yesterday we talked about hot flashes. Today’s menopause symptom is fluid retention. This includes bloating and water retention. The essential oils to use for fluid retention are below.

Essential Oils for Fluid Retention

If you are experiencing menopause, you are probably having those embarrassing hot flashes that are often one of the first recognizable uncomfortable symptoms of this condition. The physical and emotional difficulties of menopause are very unique to each individual woman so the essential oils used should be chosen according to what is most appropriate for you. These are the essential oils to use for hot flashes.

Essential Oils for Hot Flashes


Here is another recipe you can make at home using essential oils. Use this first aid washing mix to wash and cleanse cuts and grazes. This mix is to be diluted in water before use.

Put the following into a small dropper bottle:

  • 30 drops lavender
  • 30 drops tea tree
  •  5 drops eucalyptus
  • 20 drops bergamot
  • 5 drops rosemary

Shake the mixture to blend the oils. Use 2-6 drops of the mix in a small bowl of water to wash cuts and grazes. Do not apply the blend neat to any open cut or graze.

Yesterday we discussed the top essential oils to have in your home for children (as well as for you.) In addition to the oils listed yesterday, there are other essential oils that will be very useful to have in your home’s basic essential oil care kit. These are listed in order of preference so if you are counting your pennies, I would start with the top one on the list and as you have the money to purchase more oils, go with the next one on the list.

  • Geranium (Pelargonium graeolens)
  • Palmarosa (Cymbopogon martinii)
  • Manuka (Leptospermum scoparium)
  • Neroli (Citrus aurantium)
  • Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis)
  • Lemon (Citrus limonum)
  • Bergamot (Citrus bergamia)
  • Rose Otto (Rosa damascena)

Besides the essential oils, your basic essential oil care kit should include some carrier oils, a few small amber bottles and some other items you probably already have. These would include cotton balls, band aids, dressings and a bowl. You might also want to get a diffuser and there are many different kinds.


Hangover Aromatherapy

Author: Dr. Larita

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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