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Coriander essential oil has been used for thousands of years in Asian countries and is composed of over 65% linalool which makes it great for the skin. It stimulates the appetite and is wonderful for relieving occasional digestive issues. Coriander and cilantro come from the same plant and go together well as essential oils and when used in cooking. When using coriander oil on the skin, use it with a carrier oil such as jojoba oil if your skin is sensitive.

Seven Super Uses for Coriander

  1. Blood Sugar Balance – coriander contains properties that can assist with balancing cholesterol, blood pressure and blood sugar levels. To support healthy blood sugar, take 1 drop internally as needed.
  2. Gas, Nausea and Bloatingcoriander’s digestive support properties assist in relieving gas and nausea. It also helps relax the digestive system and can ease unsettledness that often leads to nausea. Apply 2 to 3 drops topically to the abdomen or take 1 drop internally.
  3. Skin Health – coriander is an effective Ayurvedic remedy for rashes and itchy skin because of its anti-irritant , soothing, inflammation – cooling and antiseptic properties. Apply 2 to 3 drops topically to the irritated area.
  4. Anxiety – coriander oil is a mild stimulant and is capable of relaxing the mind too, thereby reducing feelings of stress and nervousness. Diffuse or apply a blend of coriander, lavender and chamomile topically to the soles of the feet and the back of the neck.
  5. Muscle and Joint Discomfort – because of its inflammation-cooling and spasm-soothing properties, coriander oil may reduce pain associated with muscle and joint issues. For soothing relief, apply it topically to the area of concern.
  6. Adrenal Fatigue – to support the adrenals and promote proper function naturally, apply coriander to the back of the neck or the soles of the feet.
  7. Appetite Stimulant – to boost the appetite, take 1 drop of coriander oil internally or apply 2 to 3 drops to the palms, cup the nose and inhale deeply for 5 minutes.


Helichrysum is often referred to as immortelle (the everlasting flower) because it has rejuvenating benefits for the skin and is known to improve the complexion. Adding helichrysum to your favorite carrier oil (mine is liquid shea oil) you could benefit your skin in a variety of ways without using the chemicals found in many over the counter products.

Great Uses for Helichrysum

  • Decrease signs of  aging and block UV damage to the skin by adding 2-3 drops to a carrier oil and apply it to areas prone to wrinkles.
  • Relieve symptoms of nervous conditions by combining with Frankincense. Apply 2 drops of this blend to temples, wrists and soles of the feet daily for 3 weeks. Take a week off and repeat the cycle.
  • Use helichrysum’s inflammation cooling and spasm soothing properties to help reduce pain, bruising and swelling. Apply 2-3 drops topically to the back of the neck or any pain area. Repeat this several times a day until satisfied.
  • Stimulate your digestive system and reduce stomach bloating by rubbing the diluted oil onto the stomach or add a drop to a warm tea and drink it.


Burns and Sunburns

Author: Dr. Larita
05/07/2019

sunburn2For any burn you’ll probably want to use oils that have natural anti-inflammatory and analgesic (pain relieving) properties. Oils that contain a combination of these healing elements include lavender oil, rose oil, roman chamomile, eucalyptus oil, rosewood oil, lemon oil, helichrysum oil, and idaho calasam fir oil.

A great blend for burns that I rely on is the combination of lavender oil, rosewood, and ylang ylang oil. Together they provide anti-inflammatory help, pain relief, and act as a relaxant or sedative to help calm the nervous system and heal the skin, so next time you overdo it at the beach, I’d recommend having this blend on hand.

Note: We’re talking sunburns and burns from your hair straightener, not third-degree, here! If you have a third-degree burn, see your doctor or go to the emergency room. 

Source: Yoganonymous


How would you like to get rid of that nagging headache without taking over the counter medicines? All you need to do is inhale peppermint infused steam. Peppermint essential oil contains menthol, a compound that relaxes muscle spasms in the scalp and also calms pain nerves.  Breathing in the peppermint steam can open sinus blood vessels, improve drainage and also reduce painful pressure. All you need to do is mix 8 drops of peppermint essential into 4 cups of hot water, and then lean over the pot with a towel over your head and breathe deeply for 10 minutes.


You can have healthy teeth and gums without using commercial toothpaste that may contain harmful chemicals and preservatives. Many primitive societies had pearly white teeth and healthy gums without using toothpaste. They used certain sticks and rock salt to make a very effective dental cleanser. Essential oils can provide a natural alternative to commercial toothpastes, of course, it also helps if you steer clear of sweets!

You can make an effective tooth powder with the following ingredients:

  • 4 teaspoons green or white clay
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 drops peppermint essential oil
  • 2 drops lemon essential oil

Mix the above ingredients well in a blender and store in a box. Dip your toothbrush into the powder and wet it with a tiny amount of water, then brush as usual.

Myrrh essential oil can be used to treat mouth problems and also to keep your gums healthy. Make a myrrh mouthwash  by adding 2 drops of myrrh essential to 1 tablespoon of vodka and mix well. Add only 2 drops of this to each glass of water you use to rinse the mouth.

Here is another tooth powder formula that also helps keep your teeth white:

  • 1 tablespoon ground, dried orange peel
  • 2 teaspoons ground, dried sage
  • 2 teaspoons bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 5 drops lemon essential oil
  • 1 drop peppermint essential oil

If you have gum problems, you can add 15 drops of tincture of myrrh (purchase at your drug store) into which you have added 1 drop of myrrh essential oil to your tooth powder recipe. Mix this well in a blender and store in a box. Use it the same way as the tooth powder recipe above and here’s to a naturally bright smile!


Using Essential Oils

Author: Dr. Larita
04/03/2019

If you have been reading Natural Body Guru for a while, you have read quite a bit about essential oils. Occasionally, I like to remind my readers of the different methods one can use to enjoy aromatherapy essential oils in the home. Aromatherapy is an alternative form of medicine that uses essential oils or volatile liquid from plant materials and certain aromatic compounds. Basically, the essential oils have an effect on an individual’s health or mood.

There are four different modes of application for aromatherapy essential oils:

  • Aerial diffusion for aerial disinfection or environmental fragrancing
  • Direct inhalation for respiratory decongestion, expectoration, and disinfection
  • Topical applications for body compresses, baths, and therapeutic care for the skin or general massage
  • Oral applications for congestion and parasites

We will talk more about how to use essential oils in future blogs so that you can decide which ways are best for you and your family.


headacheI recently saw a friend as we were both leaving work and I thought she looked like she was going to have a stroke. One side of her face was very slack and I asked her how she felt. She said she had a migraine headache and was going home. I told her she looked like she needed to see a doctor. I just saw her again today and she looked fine but she told me she did go to the emergency room that day because she got lost on the way home! Migraine headaches are nothing to play around with and aromatherapy will not help you if you don’t use it in a preventative fashion.

Once a migraine attack begins, the sufferer may be unable to tolerate being touched or to smell essential oils but it is possible to use aromatherapy oils to arrest a full blown migraine attack by using the following methods:

  • Cold compresses with equal amounts of lavender and peppermint can be put on the forehead and temples. Change them as soon as they begin  to warm up.
  • Massage the temples with a very light touch using lavender essential oil only if touching the head does not make the pain worse.
  • Since many migraines seem to be due to a restricted blood supply to the brain, a warm or hot compress with a couple drops of marjoram on the back of the neck can increase the flow of blood to the head. Marjoram is a vasodilator (it causes blood vessels to expand somewhat) and of course the heat also helps.
  • Some migraines are the result of stress so regular massage to tension in the neck and shoulders is an excellent preventive measure. It is also advisable to include light tapping on the scalp at times when there is no pain.

Lastly, many people with migraines have food triggers that often involve cheese, chocolate and red wine and they should investigate that angle too. Other non-food triggers may cause an attack so migraine sufferers should pay close attention to bad lighting, industrial and household chemicals.


The next aromatherapy alternative is topical application to the surfaces of the skin and mucous membranes using compresses, baths, and massage. Compresses are made with a bandage or piece of material folded to form a pad and firmly wrapped over the area to prevent swelling. A hot compress dilates the capillaries and increases blood flow which can accelerate healing and reduce pain while a cold compress causes contraction of capillaries and decreases blood flow thereby reducing inflammation, swelling, and pain.

A total of eight drops of  essential oils on a hot or cold compress during the acute stage of an injury is an excellent alternative remedy. For massage oils, use five drops of essential oil in a teaspoon full of carrier oil. If pain continues, soak as long as possible in a hot bath using five drops of essential oils. Natural remedies are not intended to replace standard methods of treatment but serve as an alternative for many injuries and ailments.


Many people are now using aromatherapy as their remedy for common health conditions. Aromatherapy is an alternative form of medicine that uses essential oils or volatile liquid from plant materials and certain aromatic compounds. Basically, the essential oils have an effect on an individual’s health or mood.

There are four different modes of application for aromatherapy essential oils:

  • Aerial diffusion for aerial disinfection or environmental fragrancing
  • Direct inhalation for respiratory decongestion, expectoration, and disinfection
  • Topical applications for body compresses, baths, and therapeutic care for the skin or general massage
  • Oral applications for congestion and parasites

The third part of this series will include ways to use essential oils to effect your health or mood.


Take a look at your current health care plan and you can see why people are seeking alternative health care remedies – health care costs continue to rise. It’s no wonder why people are looking for cheaper alternatives; especially for routine illnesses like common colds, sinusitis, constipation and migraine. Some folks are even finding remedies or at least relief for arthritis, Alzheimer’s, psoriasis, alopecia and other chronic and mild illnesses.

Naturopaths say that for every illness, there is a suitable natural healing alternative. Aromatherapy is a viable much less expensive alternative health care option which uses essential oils or volatile liquid from plant materials and certain aromatic compounds. Basically, the essential oils have an effect on an individual’s health or mood. Look for more on this subject in future posts.


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