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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.

You have been running at full speed for the last month trying to get it all done before December 25. You have worn yourself to a frazzle and your body is about to go on strike. Maybe you made it until you picked up (or at least supervised the kids picking up) the wrapping paper on Christmas morning. Now that the kids are playing with their new toys and before you reach full burnout, let me tell you about an essential oil blend that can help you relieve the holiday stress you may be suffering.

It is very important to build up your energy with exercise to avoid exhaustion. Exercise helps you to fight fatigue, strengthens your heart and  sends endorphins from your brain into your whole physical system, thus empowering you with a sense of well being.  Rub the following synergistic blend of essential oils all over your body before exercise and before holiday shopping.

  • 5 drops grapefruit
  • 4 drops cypress
  • 2 drops geranium

Mix these oils together in these proportions and then use 5 drops per 1 teaspoon of jojoba oil or sweet almond oil. The next blog will extend this information with another blend that will help you to relax.

Gallstones are most often formed by solidified cholesterol in the gallbladder. This is usually identified by your physician when you go in for pain in the area. Doctors can prescribe treatment for stones and sometimes surgery is necessary depending on how bad your symptoms become. If you catch the problem early on, you may be able to help yourself with aromatherapy. Please see your doctor first and determine if aromatherapy and the use of essential oils can help you before having any surgery.

Treatment for gallstones is mostly through diet with surgery only necessary in severe cases. Try using massage over the area of the gallbladder (below the liver on the right hand side of the diaphragm) to relieve or reduce the pain. The best essential oils to use are lavender and rosemary.  You can add either or both of these oils to a carrier oil like coconut or jojoba.

Rosemary essential oil may also be helpful for another common disorder, inflammation of the gall bladder. Besides using these oils for massage, try excluding or at least reducing fats from your diet.  At least keep fats in your diet to a minimum and it is best to use vegetable fats rather than animal fats.

Tea Tree Oil

Author: Dr. Larita

Tea tree oil is another oil for your basic care kit. It comes from the Australian Melaleuca tree and the Aborigines have used it in their medications for hundreds of years. Although its antiseptic action is stronger than carbolic acid, it is non-poisonous to humans. Naturalists and others concerned with alternative health and alternative first aid use tea tree oil in the treatment of all kinds of infections; for ringworm, sunburn, acne, athlete’s foot, toothache, and many other things that require antiviral, antibacterial, or antifungal medication.

Tea tree can be blended into your mouthwash and hair shampoo. I won’t tell you to do this but when I gargle with my mouthwash in the morning, I add 1 drop of tea tree oil  and I believe it is very effective in warding off colds and sore throats as well as bad breath. Tea tree doesn’t smell wonderful but if you blend it with other essential oils, it can be disguised and used in room diffusion methods when someone  in the home is contagious.


Natural Wart Therapy

Author: Dr. Larita

Warts are small round tumors of the skin caused by a virus. They look like little lumps and can grow anywhere on the body but usually are found on the fingers. Warts that form on the soles of the foot are called verrucas. When my youngest daughter was in elementary school she developed warts on her fingers. She was very embarrassed and she hid her hands as much as possible because kids that age can be very mean.

Warts will go away on their own in time but who wants to wait that long? Your body will develop immunity to the virus eventually but you can chase those warts away naturally with a simple but effective treatment. Simply apply a single drop of tea tree essential oil directly onto the wart with a toothpick or an orange stick. Cover the wart with a band-aid and keep it covered.

Repeat this treatment daily until the wart shrivels and drops off. It can take anywhere from a few days to a month for that to happen. Once it does fall off, massage the area with shea butter, which is rich in vitamin E, to lessen the scarring and soreness. Adding a drop of lavender to the shea butter will speed the healing too.

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