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Kissable Lips

Author: Dr. Larita

lips2Are your lips ready for  kissing? Keep your lips looking their best and they will always be kissable. Lips can easily crack, become infected, develop lines and be the site of cold sores or herpes virus reactions. None of these unfortunate events are attractive and they can easily be avoided. Nothing is more irritating than dry cracked lips whether it’s due to illness, overexposure to too much sun or cold. Aromatherapy essential oils can help keep your lips soft and kissable without using petroleum or animal fat.


  • 1 ounce white beeswax
  • 2 tablespoons sweet almond oil
  • 10 drops jojoba oil
  • 5 drops carrot oil
  • 1 capsule vitamin E


  • geranium
  • lavender
  • chamomile
  • palma rosa
  • lemon
  • rose

Melt the beeswax in a double boiler and add the almond oil, stirring constantly. When the beeswax is completely melted, add the jojoba oil, carrot oil and vitamin E, then stir again. Lastly, mix in the 10 drops of your chosen essential oils from the list above. Tomorrow, we will give formulas for the lip conditions mentioned above.

I am constantly running into things at home and getting bruises. I decided I better find a way to get rid of these purple bruised spots on me or pretty soon people will think I’m a four eyed giant purple people eater! There is one bruise on my arm that hasn’t gone away because it comes from my heavy purse falling on my watch making it dig into my arm. I’m going to work on that one first.

To treat your bruises, first get two bowls of water, one with hot water and one with cold water and add the following to both bowls:

  • 2 drops lavender essential oil
  • 3 drops rosemary essential oil
  • 1 drop geranium essential oil

Next, soak a washcloth in each bowl and alternately apply them to the bruised and surrounding area. Finally, rub in a small amount of the following oil:

  • 2 drops geranium essential oil
  • 2 drops rosemary essential oil
  • 1 drop lavender essential oil
    Diluted in 1 teaspoon of sweet almond or liquid shea oil.



My husband was taking a water aerobics class at a local gym. Although he wore flip flops in the locker room, he somehow contracted athlete’s foot. We treated it quickly with essential oils and it went away. It may take longer if you’ve had this condition for a while or have a very bad case.

Mix together 2 drops of tea tree and 1 drop of lavender. Dip a cotton ball into this blend and smear it between the toes and around the nails. You should also make up the following massage oil and rub it on your feet, especially on and around the toes.

Dilute this blend in 1 teaspoon of carrier oil for your foot massage.

Neuralgia is pain in one or more nerves that occurs without stimulation of pain receptor cells according to Wikipedia. I am interested in it because I have peripheral neuralgia in my thigh resulting from a bulging disk in my spine. I’ve had it for years but I’ve learned to live with it by using essential oils and ice treatments.

First you can numb the area to relieve the pain either with a cold compress or an ice pack. To relieve any inflammation or swelling, follow the ice treatment by massaging with the following essential oils diluted in 2 teaspoons of sweet almond oil, jojoba oil or liquid shea oil.

  • 5 drops of lavender essential oils
  • 5 drops of chamomile essential oils
  • 2 drops of clove essential oils

If your face is the painful area, omit the clove oil and substitute 2 drops of rosemary essential oil. Other essential oils that could be used to treat neuralgia are: peppermint, eucalyptus, thyme, vetiver, and juniper.


Lavender essential oil is the first one I ever used and at first I didn’t like the smell of it because I thought it smelled medicinal. Now I love the smell of lavender and it has so many uses that I always have a supply on hand. It is the most commonly used essential oil in the world because it is gentle and safe, can be used neat (without a carrier oil), promotes relaxation and has great therapeutic properties. Studies have shown that it can lesson the severity of diabetes, improve body weight and protect the liver and kidneys from degeneration.

Seven Uses for Lavender

  1. Restful sleep – add 5 drops of lavender oil to a diffuser beside the bed or apply 2-3 drops to the back of the neck as well as the chest and temples.
  2. Skin soother – for cuts, burns and other skin irritations, lavender is very soothing. Simply mix lavender oil with coconut oil and apply it to the irritated area twice daily.
  3. Stress calmer – to produce feelings of calm, peace and relaxation, either diffuse lavender oil, add it to a warm bath or apply it to the temples, wrists and the soles of the feet.
  4. Blood pressure equilibrium  – diffuse lavender close by during the work day to help soothe stressful behaviors and promote healthy blood pressure.
  5. Blood sugars balance – studies show that lavender oil can protect the body from increases in blood glucose. Apply it to the back of the neck and the chest, diffuse it or add 1 drop to a glass of water or cup of tea.
  6. Headache reliever – For relief from a headache, inhale lavender oil for 15 minutes. You can also mix 2 drops lavender with 2 drops of peppermint oil and apply it to the back of the neck and on the temples as an aid for tension and as a pain reliever.
  7. Healthy skin – lavender oil can be applied directly to the skin or mixed with a carrier oil for those with skin sensitivities.

Eczema is a non-contagious skin condition characterized by hot dry itchy skin, with symptoms that often vary over the course of the seasons or even days. It is provoked when the subject is exposed to certain triggers, especially allergens, emotional stress, heat, sweating and mechanical irritants (solvents, chemicals, detergents, bleach, woolen clothing, skin care products that contain alcohol, and certain soaps or fragrances.)

Skin with itchy eczema must be kept moisturized throughout the day. You can massage the area twice daily with 10 drops of chamomile essential oil (EO), 5 drops yarrow EO, 5 drops tagetes EO diluted in 2 tablespoons of almond oil, 30 drops of jojoba oil, and 10 drops of evening primrose oil. A natural skin moisturizer like shea butter should also be used after a bath or shower and each time you wash your hands if they are the affected area.

To keep your eczema under control with an alternative to prescription medicine method try the following:

  • Prevention –  Avoid or reduce your exposure to things that can irritate your skin such as household cleaners, detergents, certain soaps and wool clothing.
  • Moisturize – Use a moisturizer like shea butter or mango body butter on your skin every day to help keep it soft and supple.
  • Don’t Scratch – Even when it itches! Scratching irritates the skin and causes it to break and crack, leading to infection.
  • Identify Your Triggers – This can help you to avoid or limit your exposure to the culprit even better. If you believe a food is causing your problems, ask your doctor about an allergy test or try an elimination diet to identify the irritating product on your own.
  • Keep Hands Dry – Be sure to dry your hands completely after you wash them and don’t forget to Moisturize.
  • Wear Protective Gloves – Wear gloves when your hands will be exposed to anything that can irritate them (dish washing, house cleaning.)
  • Stress Management – Learn to manage your stress through regular exercise, breathing techniques, biofeedback, meditation and yoga.

Baby’s Massage Oil

Author: Dr. Larita

Newborn babies respond well to touch and since it is an important part of the parent child bonding custom, parents should start using massage right away. Commercial baby oils usually have a petroleum or mineral oil base which is good for protecting baby’s skin from water and urine but not necessarily good for baby’s skin. I suggest using a formula which consists of carrier oils that are good for skin as well as essential oils that are good for the skin and have other benefits too.

The following formula uses 1/10th of the essential oil in an adult massage oil but it is still an excellent treatment for eczema and cradle cap, inflammation and teething problems and it acts as a general strengthener. It also boosts the immune system and has a wonderful calming effect  on the nervous system. The loving touch of mommy or daddy’s massage all over his or her body, avoiding only the genitals and the eyes, will keep baby contented.

Baby’s Massage Oil Formula

This massage oil can be used daily on your two to twelve month old baby.


There is a wide variation in the age when babies begin teething but whenever they start, teething may cause inflammation and soreness of the gums, runny nose, runny stool and often fever as well. It’s important to give the baby something to chew on at this time but do not give him anything he can choke on. Teething is often wrongly blamed for any and every symptom a baby can get so it is important to stay aware of your baby’s condition at this stage.

The essential oil formula for teething is: chamomile – 6 drops or lavender – 5 drops diluted in 5 teaspoons sweet almond oil and mixed well. Then take 1 teaspoon of the oil mix and put it in a small container. Fill with ice-cold water and stir very well. Now you have two mixtures for a two-part treatment. First,  dip a cotton ball into the cold water and oil mixture and gently wipe around baby’s gums. Then using  just the oil mix, massage around the outside of baby’s face along the jaw line. You only need to use a couple of drops of the oil mix each time; just rub a little between your fingers before applying.

Impotence is a distressing subject for the person who is suffering from it as well as his partner. There is usually no physical reason for the inability to achieve an erection and the causes are almost always due to mental and or emotional issues. There can be anxiety about a specific sexual encounter or about a man’s sexuality in general that leads to a failure and that leads to further anxiety and creates a vicious circle that can have a devastating effect. Other areas of life such as finances, health, or work can cause external stress leading to impotence too.

The use of aphrodisiac essential oils can break this cycle by working on stress in general. Having a massage by a trained massage therapist will provide the enjoyable use of touch in a completely non-sexual situation while also being generally relaxing and de-stressing. The therapist can use Aromatic baths before bedtime and even using these powerful aphrodisiac essential as a perfume or after shave will also assist.

Use any of the following oils for impotence:

  • Sandalwood
  • Jasmine
  • Clary Sage (do not use if drinking alcohol – alcohol is an enemy to virility anyway.)

These oils have the ability to relax the mind and emotions. The man’s partner can blend one or more of the above essential oils with coconut carrier oil and give him a massage. This massage is not intended to lead to lovemaking and intercourse. If it does, that is good but that is not the point of it and the massage is successful if the man is simply more relaxed afterwards.

Most essential oils inhibit the growth of bacteria because they have antiseptic properties and are bactericides. However you use essential oils in your home, they not only make your environment smell nice, they also make it safe for you and your family. The following essential oils are also antifungal and antiviral so they are powerful bacteria busters and inexpensive.

  • Cinnamon
  • Clove
  • Lemon
  • Eucalyptus
  • Lavender
  • Pine
  • Thyme
  • Grapefruit
  • Lime

Most essential oils have a shelf life of about 2 years (they will last forever as a perfume.) The disinfectant quality of eucalyptus oil actually improves with age! If you have some essential oils that are too old to use in body or skin care, keep them in the kitchen or bathroom and use 2 drops on your sponge or cloth to wipe surfaces and then squeeze it out and let the water run down the drain to kill any bacteria hiding there.

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