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Lose Weight with Patchouli

Author: Dr. Larita
August 15, 2018

I have a reader question that I would like to discuss today. Jenny asked if I would help her with more information on how to lose weight with patchouli essential oil. First, Jenny, there is no wonder drug or essential oil that will help you to eat less. It is really about self control and your own mindset that you want to change your body through diet and exercise. Visualize a piece of meat and imagine cutting and separating the fat from the lean part. If your diet consists of fruits, vegetables, fish and meat, your body tissue will look like the lean cut of meat. On the other hand, if you eat cakes and sweets, potatoes smothered in butter and fatty meats, you body tissue will be like the fatty part.

There are many essential oils that help fight fat but Jenny asked abut patchouli which can help dieters in several ways. First, it has the ability to diminish your appetite. Regularly put 2-3 drops of patchouli into a diffuser and let it diffuse through the air to reduce your appetite. This is a good way to balance the diet and exercise program you are on. You can also put 8-10 drops of patchouli into your bath water. This will not only help you to reduce your appetite, it may also ease water retention and bloating. Massaging your body with 1 ounce of a good carrier oil containing 2-3 drops of patchouli will also ease water retention and help you tone your body as your diet and exercise program help you lose weight. Jenny, I hope this is helpful to you and to any others interested in losing weight.


Patchouli Essential Oil 2

Author: Dr. Larita
August 14, 2018

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.


Juniper Essential Oil

Author: Dr. Larita
August 10, 2018

Juniper essential oil has a very unique aroma—a warm, piney, resinous scent that feels very grounding and uplifting at once. It’s no surprise that juniper has been used throughout much of history as incense! There is even evidence of the Greeks and Romans using it in their homes, keeping bugs away and filling the space with a beautiful scent.

Juniper combines the centering quality of a resin, like myrrh, with the zest of a spicy oil, like clove. Imagine myrrh and clove going for a walk in the forest, and you can “get a sense” of juniper! (I accidentally typed “get a scent” the first time I wrote that, haha!)

An incense or a diffuser blend with juniper would be just right for a space like a yoga room or Massage studio, where it can help people feel in touch with their deepest, truest self, and inspire them to “take action” from that space.

Try this diffuser blend to tap into that!

Juniper’s “Sweet & Deep” Diffuser Blend

Drop the essential oils into your diffuser. Thanks to Andrea Butje of Aromahead for today’s blog.


Essential Oils Make It Easy To Be Relaxed At Home

Author: Natural-Beauty
August 2, 2018

I love to come home after work and enjoy some quality relaxation. I work long days and it is always good to enjoy a clean and beautiful space to come home to when I am done working. I have some dinner with my roommate and then we sit down to watch some of our favorite TV shows. It is good to have that time to not think about work or errands.

With some great oils, we can really create the right atmosphere that will get us into the right state of mind. The ones that we love to use not only help us to be in the right mood but they fill the home with a fresh fragrance that is so nice to come back to and enjoy. It is nice to breathe fresh scents at home and to experience the healing of aromatherapy.

The essential oils we like to use give us an uplifting aroma and they are perfect for refreshing after a long day. I sometimes do some working out after work, so I need to get re-energized for the evening. I can get my second wind and be productive in the second part of my day with the help of some awesome oils of the essential kind.


Pure Essential Oil Gives Me A Great Dose Of Well-Being

Author: Natural-Beauty
August 1, 2018

An essential oil is always a great way to refresh my body and my mind and every part of my being. Giving myself a dose of well-being is easy with all kinds of essential oils. I have always loved having some natural healing and the essential oils were a no-brainer when I first heard about them. They have been kind of an obsession ever since.

I very strongly believe in the power of nature and doing things the natural way to bring about the best health and well-being. For example, when it comes to staying fit, I believe in good old-fashioned tough workouts, I don’t believe in artificial supplements or in body wraps or any other tech that is supposed to make one slimmer.

Good old-fashioned hard work during my runs and other workouts has gotten me some fantastic results over the years. The same philosophy applies to using essential oils when I need to refresh my mind or my body. They are natural and pure and not altered. Pure essential oil is nice for helping me to get over a cold or to stay focused and wide awake when I didn’t get much sleep. I am always discovering new essential oils to use and they are better than artificial pills and supplements.


Here are several other ways to add essential oils to your Christmas holiday celebrations:

  • Make Christmas logs for the fireplace by adding 1 drop of either sandalwood, frankincense, cypress, cedarwood, or myrhh essential oil. Be sure to let the oil soak in the log for at least an hour. Essential oils are flammable so don’t use them before that hour is up. That will be simple if you treat more than one log at a time but only use one essential oil treated log per fire.
  • Treat candles with essential oils by lighting the candle and letting the wax begin to melt then add 1 drop of either bay, pine, geranium, cinnamon, mandarin, orange or peppermint essential oil directly to the liquid wax. Remember, the oils are flammable so be careful not to get the oil on the flame. If you don’t have a steady hand, blow the candle out to add the oil and relight it right away. A good blend for candles is 4 drops of mandarin, 1 drop of geranium, and 1 drop of cinnamon. Make the blend and then use one drop on each candle.
  • Place pine cones in a plastic bag with a cotton ball soaked with 2 drops of  pine essential oil to keep them smelling fresh when you use them as decorations. Seal the bag and leave it overnight so that the next morning the cones will have a gentle outdoorsy smell.
  • Decorate your pine cones or candles with ribbons that you have infused with a seasonal essential oil or essential oil blend. Add 6 drops of your choice of oils to 1 cup of water and swish the ribbons in the mixture then let them dry.
  • Tie holly and ivy with ribbons suffused with a citrus essential oil but you might want to use a romantic essential oil such as ylang ylang to tie your mistletoe and complete your Christmas aroma background.


I promised to continue our discussion about using essential oils to celebrate yearly events so let’s continue with more on the Christmas celebrations. When you are expecting guests for a holiday soiree, make a Christmas house spray by diluting 4 drops of pine, 2 drops of mandarin and 1 drop of cinnamon essential oils into a plant-spray bottle containing 1 1/2 cups of water. If you like, you can add 1 drop of frankincense or 1 drop of a mixture of frankincense and myrhh. Too much frankincense and myrhh will make your home  smell like a church (unless that is what you want,) so it is best to blend a tiny bit of those scents in with your Christmas house spray if you like.

There are other essential oils that you can use in your Christmas house spray so play around with them and experiment. Other essential oil choices are the fresh scents of mandarin, tangerine, and orange. Use them when visitors are coming for a Christmas party. Holiday cakes and cookies always make a house smell warm and inviting so add the spicy essential oil scents of cinnamon, clove or bay to your house spray, fire logs or candles and you will add a warm note to your essential oil blends.

 


The Number 1 Essential Oil

Author: Dr. Larita
July 16, 2018

Lavender is the best essential oil to have in your home because it is extremely effective in treating burns, scalds and nervous tension. For burns and scalds, lavender can be put directly on the affected area right away. For nervous tension and headaches, rub the lavender on your temples, forehead, and the back of your neck. If it is a sinus headache you can rub it around the sinus cavities on your face. I suggest you add a half teaspooon of sweet almond oil to the lavender if you have never used it neat before. Try lavender neat a little bit at a time until you know if your skin can tolerate it or not.

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. The next time you have a headache, rub some lavender on your temples and the back of your neck. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised.


Massage Away Fat

Author: Dr. Larita
July 12, 2018

bellyEven when I was younger and thought I was cute, I always had a “pooch-out” belly. I’ve lost 92 pounds over the last 2 years and even with losing all of the weight, my belly is still the biggest thing on me. I recently saw an article on losing belly fat that really interested me. It uses essential oils and aromatherapy massage to get rid of belly fat. I am going to give it a try. I’ll give you the recipe too and you can join me.

Essential Oils for Belly Fat Massage Oil

Directions

Pour the carrier oil into your plastic bottle and shake well before each use. To use, massage the abdomen in a circular motion. This works for belly fat, cramps and other menstrual pain. It also alleviates the uncomfortable symptoms of hormonal fluctuations.

 

 


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Dogs have great instincts when it comes to essential oils. If you put a digestive oil on one hand and a pesticide oil on the other, your dog will always go for the one that will do him the most good. If he has an upset stomach, he’ll go for the digestive oil but if he has fleas or other pests, he will go for the pesticide. Since dogs’ sense of smell is much stronger than humans, you can use a minimum amount of essential oil.

Below is a good remedy to rid your pet of fleas and at the same time, help keep his coat well conditioned. Essential oils do not disturb the natural oil balance of your dog’s skin and coat and it will do nothing but good for him. Use an old steel brush and a piece of material the same size as the brush face. The material should be thick. A piece of towel or sheet folded several times will do the trick. Pull the material down over the teeth of the brush so it is about an inch over the base, depending on the length of your dog’s hair.

Make a bowl of warm water and mix in 4 drops of cedarwood or pine essential oil and soak the brush you prepared in it before brushing your dog’s coat with it. This treatment will disinfect your pet, condition his coat, and collect parasites and eggs in the brush. Be sure to rinse the brush thoroughly in the bowl of essential oil water several times during the brushing treatment. We will continue this discussion tomorrow.


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