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no constipationEating natural foods like greens, broccoli, figs and prunes and also drinking lots of water can help with constipation. Choose organic products so you leave out the toxins from chemicals used to grow so many of today’s foods. Be very careful about choosing your foods during pregnancy because all the “natural” foods might look natural but contain some very unnatural products. Because of the unnaturalness of today’s food and pressure on the pregnant woman’s digestive system, constipation is a common ailment during pregnancy but do not use chemical laxatives.

Besides eating natural foods, another excellent way to clear the bowels is to take a glass of water and add 1/4 teaspoon of green clay, which you can find at your local health food store. As the clay passes through your system it absorbs toxins in your body and passes them on out. While you’re at the health food store, you can also look for psysillium husks. These are pure fiber and can be taken in capsule form or raw. They will also clean out all the gunk hiding in your bowels.

Patchouli essential oil is handy to have around whether you are pregnant or not.  Just add 30 drops of patchouli to 2 tablespoons of liquid shea oil or sweet almond oil in a dark colored bottle. Rub the oil all over the abdomen in a clockwise direction starting at the lower right hand side by the groin and rub right up to underneath the breasts, across to the other side and down to the groin hairline again.


Before COVID 19 we had the family over for a big meal one Sunday. My husband grilled chicken and hot dogs and we usually grill salmon for family members  who don’t eat meat. That day though, we had fried fish which was very tasty too. Our side dishes were baked beans, potato salad, macaroni and cheese and fruit salad. Everything was so tasty that we all ate way too much and I ended up administering one of my natural remedies for overindulgence.

Some of the grownups had second helpings of several dishes and my grandson even had thirds! When we slowed down and I started hearing, “I’m stuffed,” I knew I had to fix a remedy. I boiled some water in the teapot and poured a cup for all of us. I added one teaspoon of honey, a pinch of baking soda and one drop of peppermint essential oil to each cup. We all sipped our tea and talked about going for a walk around the neigborhood when we came back from putting flowers on Granny’s grave. After the walk, we each had a dish of ice cream – we never learn, but at least we know how to take care of our upset stomachs.


Essential Oil Kits

Author: Dr. Larita

People are interested in using essential oils in their home because we now know that essential oils are the powerful medicines nature created to keep us healthy instead of the high priced chemically enhanced products we get from the drug store. If you want to start using natural essential oils in your home medicine cabinet as a natural alternative to chemicals, the ones I suggest for your basic kit are lavender, tea tree, peppermint, chamomile, eucalyptus, geranium, rosemary, thyme, lemon, and clove. These essential oils are chosen for their medical properties first and second for their ability to take care of a broad range of health problems.

Peppermint has been used by many cultures (Egyptians, Chinese, and American Indians) for thousands of years because of its healthful properties. It is a superb digestive, it helps the respiratory system and promotes circulation, it is an anti-inflammatory and it is an antiseptic. These qualities make peppermint oil an excellent choice to use in the treatment of indigestion, flatulence, bad breath, headaches and migraines, skin irritations, toothache, and fatigue. Peppermint oil is very strong so if you’re going to rub it on your skin, always use a carrier oil and do not ingest it. I have put ONE drop of peppermint oil in my green tea when I didn’t have any peppermint tea bags and I liked it just as well as the tea bag but it might be something you have to work up to. I’ve used it many times for upset stomach too but I never take it neat, always mixed in water or tea. Lastly, if you put 5 drops of peppermint oil on a cottonball and put it in strategic places in your home, it can help to keep pests like mice, fleas, and ants away. Talk about a versatile essential oil!

Yesterday I mentioned carpal tunnel syndrome in a blog discussing oregano essential oil. That started me thinking about my own carpal tunnel and I did a little digging for more remedies for carpal tunnel and I found a blend in Valerie Ann Worwood’s book, “The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy.”

Carpal tunnel is the compression of nerves or tendons in the wrist. It is usually found in people who use the wrists in the same way for long periods, like me – I’m at the computer at least 8 to 10 hours a day. To alleviate the problem, massage your wrists and fore arms twice a day with the 2-3 drops of the blend below diluted in a teaspoon of carrier oil.


Author: Dr. Larita

Constipation is often caused by a weakness in the anal area and it can become so bad that the feces become impacted and must be removed by a doctor. Feces left in the rectum become dry and hard and as time passes, they become more and more difficult to pass.  Before it gets to that stage, you can try some diet changes as well as adding bulking agents like fiber to meals. It will help if you insert a tiny sliver of soap into the rectum or you can purchase glycerine suppositories. Drink plenty of water and eat dried stewed fruits.

Massaging the lower abdomen following the intestinal tract often helps to shift impacted feces allowing the bowels to move easier. Before massaging it is very helpful to drink a cup of hot water with 2 teaspoons honey, 1 drop ginger and 1 drop fennel essential oil added. Sip the drink slowly, wait ten minutes, then massage with the following oils in a clockwise manner over the stomach. Massage as deeply as possible without making it uncomfortable and then massage over the hips, lower back and down the spine  to right above the anus. Do this three times a day until your bowel movements become regular.

Essential Oils for Constipation

Formula for Constipation

Dilute the formula in 2 tablespoons sweet almond oil or another high quality carrier oil.

Osteoarthritis is diagnosed when the cartilage of the joints wears away and the bones form rough deposits. You basically have bone rubbing against bone which can be very painful. This form usually occurs in older people but it can also be genetic and occur at younger ages especially when other diseases or injuries are present.

Nutritional factors are very important in the treatment of osteoarthritis. So again take the following nutritional steps:

  • Limit or cut out completely dairy and wheat products, red meat, salt, sugar, acidic fruits, and soft drinks.
  • Eat vegetarian foods, white fish and poultry, plus lots of salads with raw vegetables and any form of cooked or uncooked cabbage.
  • Drink lots of water and add carrot juice to your diet.
  • Increase your vitamin and mineral supplements; especially take calcium, zinc, and vitamins C, B, and D.

To detoxify your body  before using aromatherapy and essential oil therapy for osteoporosis, the cabbage treatment has proven to be very effective. Iron the cabbage leaf to release its active properties and wrap it, still warm, around the sore joint. Rest for at least 15 minutes but longer is better (up to an hour.) Then soak in a warm bath to which you have added 4 drops of essential oils from the following list and 1 cup Epsom salts. You can use any one or a mix of these oils: ginger, eucalyptus, thyme, coriander, marjoram, lemon, or basil. After the bath, have a massage with the following oils mixed in 2 tablespoons of almond oil: 10 drops of ginger, 5 drops of basil, and 10 drops of marjoram.

hot compressYesterday we talked about using cold compresses so today we’ll discuss using hot compresses. Use a hot compress to draw out infection from cuts and wounds. The water in the bowl for a hot compress should be hot but not intolerable to the touch. Put the essential oil drops onto the water’s surface and then lay the piece of cloth over the oils as described for cold water compresses. Immediately remove the cloth and gently wring it out. Place the hot compress to the wounded area for about 20 minutes. Repeat the process 2 or 3 times in a row to draw out the infection. Again, if the injury is acute, seek medical attention. Below are some essential oil blends that will work well for hot compresses.

Synergistic Blends for Hot Compresses

  • For grazes and scratches: 3 drops tea tree and 3 drops frankincense
  • For deep infected cuts: 3 drops myrrh and 3 drops manuka
  • For boils or infected pimples: 3 drops bergamot and 3 drops ravensara

cold compressYou can use a hot or cold compress to treat such minor injuries as sprains, muscle strains, cuts and grazes. A compress is a few drops of essential oil placed on a cold or warm damp cloth to treat an injury. Simply use a piece of cloth like a muslin square or even a clean dish towel along with a medium sized bowl filled with cold or hot water depending on whether you want a hot or cold compress. Put up to 6 drops of the essential oil of your choice in the water so that it soaks up the essential oils (see below.)

Use a cold compress for sprained ankles or pulled muscles. After you add the oil to the water surface, lay your cloth on the water to soak up the oils without dipping it into the water. This will allow the cloth to soak up the oil and also dilute it somewhat. You can add ice to the water to help reduce swelling and inflammation plus sooth away pain. Wring out the cloth gently and then place it on the injury. Keep the injured area raised with the compress in place for at least 20 minutes.

If your injury isn’t too bad, use the cold compress  process at least 3 times total for relief. If the  injury is acute, please seek medical advice. The cold compress can be in place until you are able to get to the doctor. Below are some some essential oil blends for cold compresses.

Synergistic Blends for Cold Compresses

  • To relieve muscular pain: 3 drops chamomile and 3 drops lavender
  • To cool and calm inflammation: 3 drops peppermint and 3 drops yarrow
  • To ease pulled muscles: 3 drops chamomile and 3 drops marjoram



  1. Joint issues and discomfort – Turmeric contains curcumin, an antioxidant that demonstrates inflammation-cooling properties in joint issues, muscle sprains and other injuries. Add a few drops directly to the pain area. Be careful about getting turmeric on your clothes. It’s bright color may stain clothing.
  2. Digestive aid – Turmeric may help reduce symptoms of digestive issues. Add 1 drop to a favorite tea. You can also apply it topically to the abdomen with a carrier oil.
  3. Cancer-fighting properties – Turmerone and curcumin in turmeric oil both display the ability to fight colon cancer in animal studies. This may make it an effective assistant in fighting cancer. Take 1 drop internally morning and evening mixed in your food or beverage.
  4. Neurological health – Turmeric oil’s aromatic turmerone is thought to be a promising way to support neurological health. You can diffuse it, apply it topically or take it internally with food or drink as above.
  5. Mood and mental health – Turmeric essential oil is considered to be a strong relaxant and balancer. Studies have shown that it can help fight against depression and anxiety. Diffuse it throughout the day to improve mood and encourage positive feelings.
  6. Possible seizure soother – the anti-convulsant properties of turmeric oil may fight some seizures. Take 1-2 drops internally or regularly drink hot turmeric tea.
  7. Liver detox – Studies show that turmeric is liver-healthy. This is due in part to turmeric’s inflammation-soothing properties. To boost liver health, take it internally or apply it topically to the area.

Turmeric Essential Oil

Author: Dr. Larita

The turmeric plant was named Indian saffron originally because of its orange-yellow color. Turmeric essential oil is steam distilled from the root of the plant and is a truly impressive natural health agent. It has very promising anti-cancer properties as well as being anti-allergic, anti-bacterial, anti-microbial, anti-fungal and anti-viral.

Turmeric has become very popular recently because of its two powerful and highly studied chemical compounds, turmerone and curcumin. This essential oil is known to strengthen and warm the whole body. It supports vascular and neurological health and shows promise in the areas of post stroke neurological function and Alzheimer’s therapies. It is also being studied as an effective agent against certain cancers.


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July 2020