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You can make your own antiseptic skin spray with essential oils for use on bites, stings, cuts, scrapes etc. To make this spray you will need:

  • 2 ounces of preboiled spring water
  • 1/2 ounce alcohol or vodka
  • 5 drops lavender
  • 10 drops tea tree
  • 10 drops thyme linalol
  • 5 drops chamomile

Combine the essential oils and the alcohol or vodka in a clean bottle and shake vigorously. Add 1/2 of the water a little at a time and continue shaking. Store this mixture for 48 hours. Now add the remaining water and leave for another 24 hours, shaking the bottle whenever you remember. Strain the blend through an unbleached paper coffee filter and put this into a sterile spray bottle.

Essential oils are not the be-all end-all of medicines but as nature’s natural medicines, they are a natural alternative for keeping us healthier without the use of chemicals and synthetic ingredients. The twelve essential oils listed in this article can be used either singly or in blended combinations. They may not cure the condition itself but they will assist with one or more of the symptoms.


(Lavandula angustifolia)




Cuts, grazes, burns, promotes wound healing, psoriasis, eczema, sunburn, insect bites, headache, migraine, insomnia, rashes, nervous conditions, anxiety, tension.


Tea Tree

(Melaleuca alternifolia)






Rashes, insect bites, nail fungus, ringworm, thrush, head lice, sore throats, boils, bronchial congestion, scabies, ulcers, wounds, cold sores, thrush, acne, bronchitis.


Chamomile Roman

Anthemis nobilis)




Pain relief, fevers, skin problems, rashes, eczema, teething pain, muscular spasm, calming, helps nervousness, pain relief, insomnia, constipation.


Chamomile German

(Matricaria recutita)

Anti-inflammatory; antispasmodic;


Skin problems, asthma, eczema, arthritis, acne, ulcerations, fever, wound healing, nervousness, digestive complaints.


Thyme Linalol

(Thymus vulgaris, type linalol)





All infections; including viral, mucus congestion, colds, flu, muscular pain, arthritis, bronchitis, pneumonia, tuberculosis, thrush, coughs, throat infections, warts, pain relief.



(Melaleuca quinquenervia)





Colds, coughs, bronchitis, sinusitis.

(Elettaria cardamomum)

Antispasmodic Indigestion, flatulence, muscular cramps, fatigue, muscular spasms, catarrh, sinus headaches, constipation.



(Citrus reticulata)

Antispasmodic Convalescence, digestive problems, nervous tension, irritability, constipation, insomnia, anxiety.



(Eucalyptus Radiata)




Bronchitis, catarrh, coughs, colds, flu, fever, sinusitis, headaches, asthma, insect bites, rashes, acne.



(Helichrysum angustifolium)



Bronchitis, analgesic, pain relief, bruising, coughs, arthritis, circulation problems.



(Citrus aurantium)

Antispasmodic Spots, boils, nervousness, insomnia, anxiety, stress, calming.



Are you tired and stressed out from all that holiday shopping? Today, we have 4 synergistic blends for toning baths that can help you to relax and destress. Make up a bottle in the proportional quantities below or use these quantities for two baths. If you find one that you really like better than the others, whether for the aroma or for the toning quality, double, triple or quadruple the recipe. aromatherapybath

Fat Blaster Toning Baths

Synergistic Blend 1

  • 5 drops grapefruit
  • 3 drops basil

Synergistic Blend 2

Synergistic Blend 3

Synergistic Blend 4

  • 6 drops orange
  • 2 drops thyme

The fragrance of certain essential oils will evoke memories of favorite Christmas’ past or start new memories for your family. These scents can be used any other time of the year too and will elicit the happy memories associated with Christmas and family. The Christmas essential oils are cinnamon, clove, bay, pine, cedar wood, mandarin, orange, tangerine, frankincense and myrrh.

Christmas Blend House Spray

Dilute this blend in 1 1/4 cups of water a plant spray bottle and always shake before spraying.


Tea Tree Oil

Author: Dr. Larita

Tea tree oil is another oil for your basic care kit. It comes from the Australian Melaleuca tree and the Aborigines have used it in their medications for hundreds of years. Although its antiseptic action is stronger than carbolic acid, it is non-poisonous to humans. Naturalists and others concerned with alternative health and alternative first aid use tea tree oil in the treatment of all kinds of infections; for ringworm, sunburn, acne, athlete’s foot, toothache, and many other things that require antiviral, antibacterial, or antifungal medication.

Tea tree can be blended into your mouthwash and hair shampoo. I won’t tell you to do this but when I gargle with my mouthwash in the morning, I add 1 drop of tea tree oil  and I believe it is very effective in warding off colds and sore throats as well as bad breath. Tea tree doesn’t smell wonderful but if you blend it with other essential oils, it can be disguised and used in room diffusion methods when someone  in the home is contagious.


The sense of smell is one of the quickest ways to reach the brain and affect the mood of your friends and family. The holidays can be one of the most stressful times of the year but you can ease the stress by using aromatherapy essential oils. Essential oils will make your house smell wonderful and the scented atmosphere will brighten the mood of all those invited into your home. Choose seasonal essential oils to heighten the holiday spirit. Some of the most popular scents to use at this time of the year are frankincense, myrrh, pine, cinnamon, orange and sandalwood.

  • Frankincense and myrrh are popular holiday scents because they were brought by the three wise men to honor the birth of Jesus. Both of these scents are also used for their medicinal properties. Frankincense is often used in meditation because of its ability to calm, relax, and slow down breathing.
  • Pine often brings up memories of Christmas trees but it is also an essential oil that has many healing properties. It is often used to relieve sinuses, asthma, fatigue, allergies, and inflammation.
  • Cinnamon essential oil is a warm and spicy scent that is often associated with Christmas probably because of the Christmas cookies left for Santa. Cinnamon has the healing properties of antiseptic, anti-infectious, and anti-bacterial.
  • Orange essential oil is associated with Christmas because of the Christmas tradition of giving children an orange in their Christmas stocking. Orange essential oil relieves stress, anxiety, depression and insomnia. It is a light and uplifting scent, as are most of the citrus essential oils.
  • Sandalwood is mentioned in the Christian Bible and was used by the Egyptians to embalm bodies. This essential oil has sedative, anti-depressant, decongestant, antiseptic, anti-infectious and aphrodisiac properties.

Aromatherapy can be used in several ways during the holidays. Give gifts of aromatherapy essential oils, aromatherapy baskets, and aromatherapy diffusers. You can also give the gift of “well-being” when you scent your home with these delicious fragrances.

Well, Thanksgiving is over and the mad dash to Christmas is here. Did you go shopping on Black Friday? I didn’t go this year. Last year’s Black Friday shopping cured me of the wish to get those deals! I didn’t even do any cyber shopping today. All that shopping is a little too stressful for me. Essential oils can calm me down and help me to remember days long past when I was little and so excited the Christmas was coming.

When family and friends get together during the holidays, using certain essential oils and blends in your home can bring back fond memories of past holidays for everyone. The essential oils to use are frankincense, peppermint, cinnamon bark, cedar wood, clove bud, sweet orange and lavender.

Before your guests arrive, use a blend of 4 drops of lavender essential oil and 4 drops of frankincense in a diffuser and have it going upon their arrival. You can use more or fewer drops of either essential oil depending on your preference.

As the evening goes on and it gets closer to bedtime, switch to ceder wood essential oil in the diffuser. It has a warm, woody scent that is both grounding and calming and will promote a wonderful night’s sleep. I have diffused lavender and cedar wood together in equal parts and I find it helpful and lovely for relaxation.

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.


Natural Wart Therapy

Author: Dr. Larita

Warts are small round tumors of the skin caused by a virus. They look like little lumps and can grow anywhere on the body but usually are found on the fingers. Warts that form on the soles of the foot are called verrucas. When my youngest daughter was in elementary school she developed warts on her fingers. She was very embarrassed and she hid her hands as much as possible because kids that age can be very mean.

Warts will go away on their own in time but who wants to wait that long? Your body will develop immunity to the virus eventually but you can chase those warts away naturally with a simple but effective treatment. Simply apply a single drop of tea tree essential oil directly onto the wart with a toothpick or an orange stick. Cover the wart with a band-aid and keep it covered.

Repeat this treatment daily until the wart shrivels and drops off. It can take anywhere from a few days to a month for that to happen. Once it does fall off, massage the area with shea butter, which is rich in vitamin E, to lessen the scarring and soreness. Adding a drop of lavender to the shea butter will speed the healing too.

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