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essential oils for coldsMany 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.

 


Aromatherapy for Coughs

Author: Dr. Larita
September 18, 2018

Aromatherapy is excellent for treating coughs, whether they are dry coughs or coughs with mucus. The aromatherapy treatments recommended here are much more natural for you than over the counter cough syrups and prescription medications.

To treat a dry cough, mix 2 drops of eucalyptus essential oil and 2 drops of lemon essential oil with 2 tablespoons of honey. Dilute 1 teaspoon of this mixture in 6 to 8 ounces of warm water and sip it slowly. Next, massage your back and chest with 3 drops of eucalyptus essential oil and 2 drops of thyme essential oil diluted in 1 teaspoon of carrier oil. If you like the steam inhalation method, use 3 drops of lavender in a steaming hot bowl of water.

If you have a cough with mucus, use the same treatment but instead of the drink described above, mix the following essential oils: 2 drops of eucalyptus, 1 drop of thyme, and 1 drop of tea tree blended together and then use only 1 drop of this mixture in a tablespoon of honey. Dilute 1 teaspoon of the honey-essential oil mixture in 6 to 8 ounces of warm water and sip it slowly.


I sneezed a couple  of times yesterday but I didn’t think too much of it. Today at work I sneezed a lot and I am still sneezing this evening. I really don’t feel like writing a blog but I am because I want to tell you what I’m going to do about all this sneezing.

First, I will put 1 drop each of thyme, tea tree, lavender and clove essential oils in a bowl of hot water. Then I will put a towel over my head and breath deeply for 5 minutes. At this point I will also drink a cup of hot water containing 1 tablespoon of honey, 2 drops of eucalyptus, 1 drop of lemon and 1 drop of tea tree essential oil.

Later tonight, I am going to take a hot bath into which I will add 2 drops of thyme, 2 drops of tea tree, 1 drop of eucalyptus and 3 drops of lemon essential oil; then I will lie back and inhale deeply. When I get out of the bath, I am going to massage my neck, chest and sinus area with 1 drop of lemon, 2 drops of eucalyptus and 3 drops of rosemary diluted in 1 teaspoon of sweet almond oil.

Tomorrow I am going to carry a tissue containing 1 drop each of peppermint, eucalyptus, clove and ginger essential oil. I’ll sniff that during the day and keep the sneezes at bay. When I get back home I’m going to do it all over again. I have to go now, the teapot is whistling for my steam inhalation. I hope I feel better soon.


Breast Care and Aromatherapy

Author: Dr. Larita
August 9, 2018

We live in a society that adores the female breast. We show them off in revealing clothes, feed our babies naturally with them and let our husbands or boyfriends caress them. Even though we know we should, we hardly ever do the one thing that could save our lives and that is to examine them for lumps. Breast cancer does not run in my family but that doesn’t mean it couldn’t start with me.

All women should strongly consider using a natural deodorant and throw away their commercial deodorants containing aluminum salts. These products stop perspiration thereby trapping toxins in the body which can pose an increased risk for breast cancer. Perspiration is a natural method of excreting toxins from the body. Stopping perspiration is just as bad for our bodies as it would be if we tried to stop urination.

Using deodorants made from natural mineral salts absorbs moisture without introducing harmful chemicals,  like aluminum,  found in most antiperspirant deodorants,  into your body. If you are worried about odor, consider using essential oils under your arms because they are antibacterial and it’s the bacteria on your skin that causes the odor. There are a few essential oils that can be used neat on the skin for this purpose; lavender, tea tree and patchouli. You can put a drop on a cotton ball and apply it to your underarm area or put a drop directly on the wet crystal deodorant stone before using.

 

 


Aromatherapy to the Rescue

Author: Dr. Larita
August 3, 2018

Every home has a first aid kit but there is an alternative to those over the counter medicines we use. Let’s assemble our own aromatherapy rescue kit. First of all, you need 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. An empty cookie tin like the one in the picture works great for me. Of course, you can also go all out and have a fancy container made just for the purpose of storing essential oils. You’ll find many suggestions just by googling essential oil containers.

The three major oils to stash in your kit are eucalyptus, lavender, and tea tree oil. These three essential oils will aid in aromatherapy treatment for colds, wounds, burns, bruises, insect bites, muscle pain, fungal infections and many other ailments. 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 aromatherapy rescue kit as well as a few more essential oils to add to your stash in future posts.


Watching your loved one’s intellect become disabled by the debilitating disease of Alzheimer’s is a disheartening experience. Living with and caring for a parent or spouse who no longer knows who you are may seem hopeless but aromatherapy massage can bring back your former closeness and introduce a new form of communication between the two of you. This is not a therapeutic massage, just a way to show love and caring so a gentle body massage or a foot or hand massage will do. The essential oils used in this aromatherapy massage will be not only pleasing to the Alzheimer’s sufferer’s senses and yours too, but could also reawaken pleasant memories. Any essential oil can be used but if the sufferer is your Mom and you know she always wore lavender perfume then lavender essential oil would be a perfect choice. Who knows what the Alzheimer’s patient, locked inside her brain, will experience with such an olfactory memory jerk?

Think back and try to recall the aromas your loved one favored and recreate them now. If you simply can’t remember, some good choices are the citrus essential oils of lemon, grapefruit, and orange plus the spices such as cardamom, coriander, ginger and nutmeg because they stimulate the gastric juices and also touch on the basic instincts of feeding and survival. In less advanced cases of Alzheimer’s you can incorporate the gentle fragrances of flowers such as lavender, rose, and geranium coupled with the spices mentioned above or even with basil or rosemary. Make a synergistic massage oil blend of 5 drops of rose, 5 drops of geranium, 2 drops of basil, 10 drops of lavender and 2 drops of rosemary essential oils. Add 5 drops of this blend to 1 teaspoon of jojoba or grapeseed oil and either give the full body massage, hand or foot massage or simply gently massage the neck and shoulder area.


A Recipe for You: Thyme’s “Everything but the Sink” Hand Cleanser

As an educator for 28 years, I can tell you that being around kids means you need to have the kitchen sink in your purse or a bathtub in your backpack to keep them clean. Unfortunately, carrying those items around is not practical and it would kill your back! Still, we want our children be healthy and germ free so here is a convenient and alcohol free hand cleanser for you to use instead.

Thyme’s “Everything but the Sink” Hand Cleanser (for kids five and older)

Thyme essential oil is excellent to use for reducing infections. This recipe has everything it needs to cleanse and care for your tot’s hands when you are out and about.

  • 1 oz aloe vera gel
  • 3 drops thyme
  • 1 drop lemon
  • 2 drops tea tree

Make this blend in a 1 oz bottle with a flip-top. To use, shake out a few drops into the child’s palm and have them rub their hands together.

For kids younger than five, use a blend that’s made with just hydrosols because they’re very nourishing! You can make this blend in a 2 oz PET plastic spray bottle. (PET plastic is known to be a non-reactive plastic that doesn’t leach.)

Happy Hands Hydrosol Blend

  • 1 oz  lavender hydrosol
  • 1 oz tea tree hydrosol

Spray little hands with this blend, then wipe them clean with a paper towel until you have a chance to wash up with soap and water.

Thanks to Andrea Butje  at The Aromahead Institute


We have often talked about the different ways to use essential oils but let me remind you that one way is through inhalation. The next time you have an upset tummy, try this essential oil blend in an inhaler. You’ll be pleasantly surprised at how much better you feel by simply taking deep breaths from your inhaler suffused with the essential oil blend below. If you don’t have bergamot mint, you can substitute a plain bergamot and peppermint blend.

Deep Breath/Calm Tummy Inhaler

  • 7 drops bergamot mint or a mix totaling 7 drops of bergamot and peppermint
  • 3 drops sweet orange
  • 5 drops lime

You can make this recipe your own by adjusting the drop count the way you want it by using the drop by drop blending technique below.

Just put a single drop of bergamot mint essential oil into a small bowl, then smell it. Now add a single drop of sweet orange and smell your blend again. Then add a drop of lime, smell the blend, and decide which essential oil you’d like more of. End with about 15 drops of essential oil total. When you like your blend, use the cotton wick of the inhaler to absorb the essential oils, and assemble your inhaler.

 

 

 


Eucalyptus Essential Oil

Author: Dr. Larita
March 12, 2018

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

You probably 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 be used as an insect repellent for humans and pets.


Natural Arthritis Help

Author: Dr. Larita
March 8, 2018

Arthritis is a chronic inflammation of the joints and if you have any form of this disease, you will want to read this blog. Today I’m going to discuss aromatherapy and essential oils for rheumatoid arthritis. This debilitating disease can occur at any age. It affects connective tissues and is probably brought on when the autoimmune system turns on itself and then attacks healthy cells. When this happens, joints can become useless and muscle starts wasting away. Symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis include acute or chronic pain, headaches, and tender swollen lymph nodes.

Nutrition is important in the treatment of arthritis. 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.

Use any of these essential oils in your bath and massage oil: eucalyptus, peppermint, chamomile, geranium, rosemary, lemon, thyme, and lavender. Before beginning your essential oil bath or massage therapy, you must draw the toxins out of your body with a clay poultice. Make the clay poultice from green clay which you can get from any health food store. Make a stiff paste by adding water to 1 tablespoon to dry clay. Then add 2 drops eucalyptus, 1 drop peppermint, 3 drops chamomile, and 1 drop lavender essential oils to the clay paste and mix well. Smear the paste over the sore joints and painful areas and cover with muslin (which you can buy by the yard) and rest for at least 15 minutes; longer if possible. Follow this course of action twice a day.


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