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Addiction

Author: Dr. Larita
12/04/2020

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.


Common Cold Relief

Author: Dr. Larita
11/20/2020

No matter how careful you are, we are all bound to catch the common cold at some point during the year. It might be during the cold season or even worse during the warm summer months when we are least likely to be thinking about catching a cold. Whenever you are around a lot of people, you are susceptible to catching their cold symptoms. In these days of Covid 19 it is even more important that we guard against catching anything, luckily, wearing a mask helps with that.

You can use essential oils to relieve the symptoms of a cold in several ways:

  1. Mix 3 drops of eucalyptus, 2 drops of tea tree, and 3 drops of lemon essential oils in a hot bath. Lie back, relax and breath deeply.
  2. Mix 1 drop each of thyme, tea tree, lavender, and clove in a bowl of steaming water. Cover your head with a towel, lean over the bowl and breath deeply for 5 minutes, taking a break as needed.
  3. Place 1 drop each of thyme, peppermint, eucalyptus, and clove on a tissue and inhale deeply as needed. You can carry the tissue around with you all day.
  4. Massage the chest, neck, and sinus area (forehead, nose, and cheekbones) with 1 drop of lemon, 2 drops of eucalyptus, and 3 drops of rosemary essential oils diluted in 1 teaspoon of sweet almond oil.
  5. Rub the soles of your feet with 1 drop each of thyme, peppermint, eucalyptus, and clove diluted in 1 teaspoon of almond oil. Put socks on your feet and go to bed.

Having a cold can be a miserable experience for you or your family but you can ease cold symptoms quickly by using essential oils that contain no alcohol or harmful chemicals.


  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.


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

You may 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 also be used as an insect repellent for humans and pets. Put several drops of eucalyptus oil on a cloth or in a small bowl of water and place it in the room that you want to be insect free. Do this daily and you won’t have a problem with insects.

 


Anyone who wants to use natural products for alternative health care should know a few basic oils with which to begin their aromatherapy pharmacy. The therapeutic grade essential oils I suggest to begin with 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. In the next few blogs, we will discuss uses for each of these oils.

The first essential oil I recommend for your aromatherapy pharmacy is lavender. It is the most basic oil to have in your home because it is extremely effective in treating burns and scalds. In both cases, it can be put directly on the affected area right away. Lavender’s properties of antiseptic, antibiotic, antidepressant, detoxifier and sedative allow healing to occur more quickly and prevent scarring. It also accelerates the immune system and speeds the healing process because it stimulates the wound’s cells to rejuvenate more quickly. The next time you burn yourself in the kitchen, put a drop or two of lavender on it two to four times a day until it is healed.

 

 


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.

 


Diarrhea usually only lasts a couple of days. Unfortunately, the days will seem extra long. The main problem with this condition is dehydration. If you have diarrhea, drink plenty of fluids to replace what you’re losing and also take a rehydration formula drink to replace electrolytes. You can buy a drink for this but you can also make your own.

Rehydration Blend

  • 1 16 oz bottle of water
  • 3 level teaspoons of sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 drop lemon essential oil

Mix the above well and drink one small glass at a time. Also take a warm bath with 4 drops of geranium and 4 drops of ginger essential oil diluted in a small amount of carrier oil to calm your nerves and help make you feel better.


Diarrhea can be caused by any number of reasons that are usually based in one of three areas, food-related, nerve-related or viral-related. In all cases of diarrhea, drink large quantities of water and take a rehydration solution (more on that tomorrow) to help prevent dehydration and to help rebalance your body.

Whatever the cause, follow the same treatment protocol but use the essential oils for your particular diarrhea condition. Dilute 5 drops of essential oil in 1 teaspoon  of carrier oil. Massage a small amount of the mixture over the whole abdominal area three times a day.

For diarrhea due to food you can use any of these essential oils: peppermint, thyme linalol, tea tree, eucalyptus, chamomile roman or cardamom.

For diarrhea due to nerves use any of these essential oils: lavender, lemon, peppermint, geranium, chamomile roman or cardamom.

For diarrhea due to viral infection use any of these essential oils: tea tree, lemon, eucalyptus, thyme linalol or lavender.

 


Therapeutic grade essential oils are mainly concentrated herbs and people are missing out on their health benefits because of the misconception that they are only for elevating mood and to be used as perfume oils. Numerous essential oils also have properties that kill germs, purify the air and much more. They can be used as alternative first aid care for everything from acne to urinary infections.

If you would like to add additional essential oils to the basic three we discussed in the previous post, you may wish to include rosemary, peppermint, orange, geranium and lemon. Your Aromatherapy First Aid Kit should also include carrier oils such as almond oil, jojoba oil, and or  liquid shea oil to mix your essential oils in, plus aloe vera, vitamin E and garlic oil, which can be created by mixing garlic cloves with sweet almond or grape seed oil.


 

Every home has a first aid kit but there is an alternative, have you ever thought about assembling your own aromatherapy first aid kit? All you need is 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. The three major oils to stash in your kit are eucalyptus, lavender, and tea tree oil.

These three oils will aid with colds, wounds, burns, bruises, insect bites, muscle pain, fungal infections and much more. 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 alternative aromatherapy first aid kit as well as a few more essential oils to add to your stash in another post.


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