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Essential oils can be used in either of two ways: in the environment around you or directly on your body.

Environmental Methods

Diffusers – Room diffusers can be electric or with just a tea light candle. Just follow the directions that come with the diffuser.

Sprays – You can easily make a very effective anti-infectious room spray using water and essential oils. Since water and oil don’t mix, you can add an emulsifier such as a little colorless alcohol or a vegetable oil like red turkey oil to help emulsify them, then shake your spray bottle well before each spray. I keep a bottle at work to spray when sick people come to work. That helps keep me healthy.

Physical Methods

Body Sprays – Body sprays are easy to make and you can keep them with you, either in your pocket or your purse. Blend your choice of essential oils, add water and a small amount of emulsifier. You can use a hydrolat instead of water because they have antibacterial properties of their own. Whichever you use, shake the mixture very well and store it for 24 hours before using. Shake the bottle a few times during the 24 hour wait. When the time is up, filter the blend through and unbleached paper coffee filter and add it to a spray bottle. You can spray this around you in the room and on your body.

Baths – Aromatherapy baths are excellent for relieving the symptoms of colds and flu or for sore and achy muscles. When my muscles are sore after a strenuous workout, I like to use 8 drops of rosemary and lavender blended in my bath and I’ll soak until the water starts to cool.

Body Oils – For body oils, use a carrier oil like sweet almond oil or jojoba oil blended with no more than 30 drops of essential oil per ounce of carrier oil. Choose oils that work for you symptoms and apply the body oil before bed so the essential oils can work while you sleep. You can also apply the body oil before taking a bath so the body absorbs the oil by osmosis and inhalation.

Inhalation 

Paper Tissues -Use 1 or two drops of your choice of essential oil on a tissue and inhale as needed. I like to use this method at work since I don’t need anything special – except my essential oil. I like to keep a bottle of peppermint oil at work for those times when I get sleepy, a couple of whiffs of peppermint and I’m good to go again.

Disposable Face Masks

If you are traveling via train or plane, it is good to wear a disposable face mask. Don’t wet the mask because that negates its purpose. Simply add a drop of either eucalyptus, lavender or tea tree on a tissue and place the folded tissue inside the face mask. Let the oil disperse on the tissue before placing it inside the mask.


This is the third in a series of blogs discussing how to use essential oils for aromatherapy. So far, we have talked about body and water methods but today, I’m going to talk about ways to use them throughout a room.

Room Methods

  • Candles – use 1-2 drops.  Light the candle and when the wax starts to melt, add the oils to the melted wax. Be careful not to get the oils on the wick because they are inflammable.
  • Diffusers – use 1-6 drops. Diffusers are specifically made for use with essential oils. There are many different kinds of diffusers and they can be heated by electricity or by candle flame. Be sure the bowl part of the diffuser is made of non-porous material so that it can be wiped clean before a different essential oil is used in it. The main idea is that the bowl is heated by the heat source allowing the essential oil molecules to be released into the air.
  • Light bulbs – 1-2 drops. Heat from light bulbs can release essential oil molecules into the air. You can put the essential oil directly on the light bulb before you turn it on or you can use a light bulb ring. Do not put the essential oil on a bulb that is hot because the oils are inflammable. Light bulb rings only work on the bulb type of light bulbs. They do not work on the new coiled, energy-saving type bulbs. Make sure the light bulb ring fits on your bulb before you add the oils. I didn’t do that and when it didn’t fit the bulb, it fell off and broke!
  • Humidifiers – 1-9 drops. Add the essential oil to the water.
  • Radiators – 1-9 drops. Add the essential oil to a cotton ball and place it by the pipe or somewhere that puts it in contact with the heat.
  • Room sprays – 4 -8 drops per 1 cup water. Use a new plant sprayer  and add warm (not boiling) water, add the essential oil and shake well before using. You can spray the mist into the air or on the carpets, curtains, and furniture. Do not let the water fall on good wood.
  • Water bowls – 1-9 drops. Pour boiling water into a bowl and add the essential oil. Close doors and windows and allow 5 minutes for the aroma to fill the room.
  • Wood fires – 1 drop per log. Use cypress, pine, sandalwood, or cedarwood essential oils. Put 1 drop on each log and let it soak for 30 minutes before using. The oil will be effective on the log for a long time so you can prepare logs in advance and use one essential oil log per fire.


Using Essential Oils II

Author: Dr. Larita
04/04/2019

water methodYesterday we talked about some body methods you can use to get the maximum effect from your essential oils. Today let’s talk about the water techniques for using these wonderful oils.

Water Techniques

  • Baths – use a maximum of 8 drops of essential oils in the bath or the amount directed for use in a particular recipe. First, close the bathroom door and run the bath, then add the essential oil and swish the water around. Soak in the tub for at least ten minutes while relaxing and breathing deeply. You can dilute the essential oils in a carrier oil before adding it to the water to help your skin feel silky smooth while also relaxing your body.
  • Bidet – use 2 – 3 drops of essential oil diluted in 1 teaspoon carrier oil. Run warm water from the bidet or from the tap, add the essential oil and swish it around so the oils don’t irritate mucous membranes.
  • Douche – only use this method if you are under the care of a naturopath. Add the essential oil to boiled and cooled water from the tap or warmed, bottled spring water. Shake the douche thoroughly before using.
  • Jacuzzi – use 3 drops per person using the jacuzzi.
  • Sauna – use 2 drops per 2 1/2 cups of water. Use eucalyptus, tea tree or pine essential oils. Mix the essential oils in the water  and throw it onto the heat source as usual. Only use one of these three oils because they are the only ones that enter the body with inhalation and exit by perspiration. All three oils are very beneficial as cleansers and detoxifiers.
  • Shower – as directed or use a maximum  of 8 drops essential oil. First, wash as usual in the shower. Then add the essential oil to your washcloth or sponge and rub it over your body quickly as you stand under the running water. Deeply breathe in the aromatic steam.
  • Sitz bath – as directed in your recipe or 2-3 drops. Run a bath to hip level or use a bowl or pan that is big enough for you to lower your behind into it. Add your essential oil and swish thoroughly so the oils don’t irritate your delicate mucous membranes.
  • Hand bath – use 2-4 drops of essential oil – soak the hands for a maximum of 10 minutes in a bowl of warm water.
  • Foot bath – as directed in your recipe or 2-6 drops. Soak your feet for twenty minutes in a bowl of warm water.


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.


For any essential oil to work effectively, it must be used together with carrier oils. This is base oil that dilutes essential oils before topical application, as applying the latter “neat” that is without dilution, can lead to skin sensitization or allergic reactions caused by the concentration of the essential oils, rapid evaporation of the beneficial yet volatile essential oils from the skin’s surface due to absence of some oil to help them penetrate deeper into the skin and inability of essential oils to be spread across a wide area of skin.

Besides enhancing skin absorption of essential oils, carrier oils offer therapeutic properties through their nourishing constituent such as Minerals –This helps in brightening dull skin, protect against environmental stressors, encourage exfoliation and maintain skin moisture levels. Vitamins – Helps in repairing and maintaining vital skin tissues, controls acne, reduces wrinkles and hydrates the skin to maintain a healthy glow. Sterolins – Helps in reducing aging spots, repairs sun damaged skin and moisturizes and softens the skin and hair. Essential fatty acids – Helps in producing and maintaining the skin’s natural oil barrier, hydrates the skin to maintain the youthful appearance, nourishes cells and eliminates body toxins and reduces water through the skin’s surface.

There is an unending list of the benefits of carrier oils. So if you’ve not been using, it is the high time you experience what you’ve been missing out. Simply browse through our collection and grab some oil that will make a whole lot of difference in your skin. Our prices are pocket-friendly so affordability is not an issue.


Aristotle, the Greek philosopher noticed that turtles who ate snakes ate oregano right afterwords. The oregano appeared to keep them from being poisoned or getting sick, so he started recommending it as an antidote for poisoning from snake bites. There are many practical uses for oregano today and here are just a few for you to try.

  • Put 2-3 drops in 1 ounce of sweet almond oil and rub it on the chest and throat for allergies, asthma, bronchitis, and congestion. You can also use 2-3 drops in a steam inhalation for the same ailments.
  • Put 2-3 drops in a carrier oil and massage the affected area for arthritis, backache, carpal tunnel syndrome, muscular pain and rheumatism.
  • Put 2-3 drops in a diffuser or 8-10 drops in your night time bath water for chronic fatigue syndrome, insomnia, or nervous tension.
  • Put 2-3 drops in 1 ounce of carrier oil and massage the affected area daily for cellulite. The same mixture can be used as needed for fungal infections.
  • Put 2-3 drops in 1 ounce of liquid shea oil and massage on the temples and neck to get rid of headaches and migraines. You can also put this mixture on a hot or cold compress.
  • Put 2-3 drops in 1 ounce of jojoba oil and rub it on the chest and abdomen for indigestion.

To promote menstruation or alleviate premenstrual syndrome, use 2-3 drops in a carrier oil and massage on the lower abdomen and lower back. A hot compress using this mix also works for these symptom, as well as using 8-10 drops in the bath water.

To increase lymphatic circulation, use 2-3 drops in a carrier oil and massage all over the body. For sprains and swelling, use 2-3 drops on a cold compress. To boost the immune system after an illness, use 2-3 drops in a diffuser. Oregano mixes well (in case you want to make a synergistic blend) with cedar, basil, bergamot, eucalyptus, lavender, lemon, orange, rosemary, tea tree and thyme.


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.


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.


Geranium Essential Oil

Author: Dr. Larita
03/07/2019

Geranium essential oil smells lovely and is often used in place of rose oil which is much more expensive. The clean floral scent is enjoyed by people of all ages but it is also an effective antiseptic and antibacterial oil.  Because of those antiseptic and antibacterial properties, geranium is a great oil to use in your anti-infective blends as well as being an analgesic.

Geranium treats circulatory and blood disorders; helps chilblains disappear and alleviates the effects of frostbite. Geranium balances hormonal disorders and is essential in addressing female reproductive disorders including menstrual and menopausal problems and infertility.

Many natural body care products include geranium as it brings a radiant glow when used in skin care. Its astringent properties also make it a wonderful essential oil to use in your basic care kit. Geranium works on emotions because of its sedative properties so it can serve as a nerve tonic. I use geranium in many of my blends because one drop will often mask an aroma from a medicinal smelling essential oil and make it easier to use. It makes everything smell better so it is a great essential oil to use in a diffuser as a room fragrance that is also a mood enhancer.


Rosemary Essential Oil

Author: Dr. Larita
03/06/2019

Rosemary essential oil is a must have for the sportsman, cook or gardener. It is an analgesic oil that is useful to treat all muscular problems, and also joint conditions like arthritis and rheumatism. It is also used for respiratory tract issues and for liver and kidney conditions.

This essential oil is very stimulating and has an effect on both the physical body and the analytical mind. Rosemary is an energizing oil and that makes it wonderful to use if you are facing an exhausting, mentally challenging day or if you need a pick me up after a physically stressful day.

Rosemary helps your memory and is used in the treatment of depression, migraine, headaches, anxiety and stress. It is also helpful in many beauty treatments, including treatments for cellulite, acne and hair care. Rosemary essential oil is in my basic care kit and I do use it often.


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