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juniper berryJuniper berries are famous for making gin but the essential oil made from juniper berries is also well known in aromatherapy circles and herbal medicine. It is one of the most diuretic and detoxifying of all remedies, with a strong effect on the kidneys. Be sure and choose pure juniper berry essential oil because there is an inferior oil made from the twigs of the  of the juniper berry bush.

  • To transform mental anguish and weakness into clarity and strength, use 3 drops  juniper berry and 3 drops rosemary in a diffuser.
  • To purify negative thoughts and overcome a lack of self love, take a bath into which you add 2 drops juniper berry and 2 drops rose absolute.
  • To ease pre-menstrual syndrome (PMS) symptoms such as water retention, mix 2 drops juniper berry, 4 drops grapefruit and 4 drops fennel in 4 teaspoons of grapeseed oil and massage this blend into the bloated areas.
  • To balance irregular menstrual cycles mix 4 drops juniper berry and 6 drops clary-sage into 4 teaspoons liquid shea oil and massage the abdomen in a clockwise, circular pattern every evening.
  • To help soothe aching muscles, take a bath into which you have added 2 drops juniper berry and 4 drops cardamom.


pregnancyFrom the moment of conception, everything you eat or apply to your skin filters to your baby. The baby will hear everything you hear and feel everything you feel so pay attention to the kind of music you listen to, the movies you watch and try to keep the tension in your life at a minimum. This is a time in your life when you should eat and drink only the best of everything, cut out bad habits and definitely give up smoking.

Many essential oils are safe to use while you are pregnant but there are also some that you should avoid. The ones that are safe for you to use are tangerine, mandarin, grapefruit, geranium, chamomile, rose, jasmine, ylang-ylang and lavender. You can use these oils in a bath, shower, as a massage or in one of the room methods. During pregnancy, always use the minimum amount of essential oils.


I gave you information and history about patchouli yesterday but today I’ll be more practical so you can use that bottle of patchouli you just bought. Patchouli has many therapeutic uses like: acne, antiperspirant, anxiety, athlete’s foot and other fungal infections, dermatitis, dandruff, constipation, insect bites and insect repellent, impotence, eczema, frigidity, sexual anxiety, oily skin and hair, loose skin, stress related disorders, weight loss, water retention, and wounds.

As a deodorant or antiperspirant, you can put 2 or 3 drops on a cotton ball and dab it on your underarms. Do the same thing on any other fungal infection you might have, like athlete’s foot. Use 8 to 10 drops in your bath water to alleviate anxiety, to relieve constipation, or to ease water retention. Put 2 to 3 drops of patchouli in a diffuser to repel insects, to alleviate stress related emotional disorders and also to reduce the appetite when dieting.

If you have dandruff, add 2 to 3 drops of patchouli to an unscented conditioner and apply it to your scalp, leave it on for 3 to 5 minutes and then rinse. For oily hair, add 2-3 drops to a nickel size amount of unscented shampoo.  For insect bites, put 2 to 3 drops on a cotton ball and dab the affected area. To tighten loose skin after losing weight, add 2 to 3 drops of patchouli to 1 ounce of liquid shea oil or sweet almond oil and massage your body regularly. You can also add 8 to 10 drops of this oil blend to your bath water. Use 2 to 3 drops of patchouli on a wet cotton ball to cleanse wounds or to dab on oily skin.


Every day, in every part of our life, we  come in contact with harmful chemicals and toxins through inhalation, taste and touch. Imitation ingredients are in practically every item in our homes, from cleaning products and personal care products to food additives. Essential oils are powerful liquids extracted from aromatic plants. The natural oils in these plants protect the plants from insects, disease and environmental conditions.

Have you ever squeezed an orange or lemon peel and seen the liquid that came out? That liquid is the fruit’s essential oil. When grown, harvested and properly distilled, essential oils have a wide variety of uses and incredible health benefits. You will be astonished at the many uses you will discover for these powerful essential oils. Come back and continue to read Natural Body Guru to discover the everyday uses for essential oils that we will discuss in the next few days. You will be amazed how easy it is to remove harmful chemicals and toxins from your home simply by using essential oils.


Aromatherapy essential oil diffusers are the practical, effective, and convenient way to disperse the curative properties of essential oils. In the past, the practice of diffusing essential oils was a difficult procedure but with the development of diffusion accessories and tools it is now a simple process to diffuse your essential oils for aromatherapy. These versatile tools can be used in homes, offices and professional practices for diffusing the healing properties of aromatic essential oils.

There are several models and styles to choose from depending on your preferences and tastes. You can select from a diffuser that emits essential oils into the air using ultrasonic technology or if you desire something with more style you may decide to invest in a carved Soapstone diffuser that simply uses a tea light candle. Either way, an aromatherapy diffuser is a natural alternative to synthetic air fresheners.


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.


I used to think that colds and the flu were mostly prevalent in the winter months. There may be more at that time but I notice lots of people with colds and sneezing at all times of the year. Too many people use antibiotics to treat colds and flu but I believe antibiotics may do more harm than good. Why use a synthetic medicine when you can use pure organic essential oils that are natural and have antibacterial and antiviral properties to treat your illness?

To treat a common cold you can use the following oils in a hot bath. Just relax in the tub and inhale deeply.

2 drops – Thyme
2 drops – Tea tree
1 drop – Eucalyptus
3 drops – Lemon

If you would rather use the steam inhalation method, you can use one drop of each of thyme, tea tree, lavender, and clove in a bowl of steaming hot water. Put a towel over your head, lean over the steaming blend and breath deeply for 10 minutes, taking a break whenever needed.

If you are away from home and can’t perform the steam inhalation method, you can take with you a tissue to which you have added one drop each of peppermint, eucalyptus, and clove. Inhale this aroma deeply whenever possible.

Before going to bed, massage the chest, neck and sinus area with the following essential oils diluted in 1 teaspoon of shea oil or another cosmetic grade vegetable oil of your choice:

1 drop – Lemon
2 drops – Eucalyptus
3 drops – Rosemary

Keep your risk of catching the common cold at a minimum by washing your hands frequently.


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.


Andrea’s Flower Feet

Author: Dr. Larita
05/22/2020

If Geranium essential oil owned a skin care spa, one of its most popular packages might be the “Flower Feet” package!

It would include a foot soak, foot scrub, and foot massage. Geranium is good at soothing feet that are sore from standing or walking all day, or due to joint and muscle pain. It also encourages swelling to go down, enhances circulation, and cools excessive heat.

Geranium essential oil can help you feel “pampered” while deeply supporting your health.

Here are the services geranium includes in its Flower Feet package . . . a foot soak, scrub, and a massage, all in one! It includes essential oils that are good for skin, sore muscles, preventing the proliferation of fungus, and (of course!) smelling beautiful.

Flower Feet

First, soak your feet in a warm bath with some essential oils. Combine:

  • 1 tablespoon (15 ml) jojoba
  • 1 drop geranium 
  • 1 drop palmarosa
  • 1 drop tea tree

Add the jojoba and essential oils to a tub of warm water, and relax while you soak your feet!

When you’re ready, use 1 oz (28 g) of pink Himalayan salt to scrub your feet. It helps to add about 1 teaspoon (5 ml) or so of jojoba to the salt, just to make it a little more manageable. (You already have jojoba in the tub of warm water, so you don’t need to add it to the salt to care for your skin—adding it to the salt just helps the salt “stick together” a bit so it doesn’t sprinkle out of your hands when you’re trying to rub it on your feet.)

You don’t have to use pink Himalayan salt for this blend. I just love the color of it! You can use any kind of salt you like. I prefer a small grain salt for blends like this (as opposed to a fine grain, like sand, or a coarse grain, that might be too big to offer much scrubbing effect). But again, that’s all up to you! Feel free to make this blend your own.

If you prefer to make a sugar scrub (rather than a salt scrub), you can simply make this recipe with sugar instead of salt. You can also try this Coconut Sugar Scrub blend I created for YouTube, made with coconut sugar, avocado oil, and Tea Tree.

Thanks to the jojoba in this Flower Feet package, you may not even need to use moisturizer after you’re done. Please be careful when stepping out of the tub though—both the jojoba and the water will be slippery! Dry off well with a towel.

Enjoy your Flower Feet!

Thanks to Andrea Butje, Aromahead Institute


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