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Essential oils are used by many cultures throughout the world for their healing properties. Some uses for the oils include increasing over-all well being and physical, emotional and mental health. Many essential oils can also stimulate the sex drive and work as powerful aphrodisiacs. So those looking to spice up their love lives this Valentine’s Day should consider filling their oil diffusers with one of the following essential oils:

~Ylang Ylang oil energizes the body and intensifies sexual desire.

~Rose oil aids in hormone balance. This oil works best for women, but is also said to boost sexuality in men.

~Jasmine oil is said to have a counter-effect on frigidity, impotence and premature ejaculation. It also boosts energy levels.

~Sandalwood oil is said to aid in the treatment of impotence and help to relieve the anxiety that leads to frigidity. It also produces something similar to androsterone, a male hormone secreted in the armpits as a sexual signal.


Thyme Essential Oil

Author: Dr. Larita
February 6, 2019

I like to periodically feature one of the more popular essential oils that everyone should have on hand in their home. Thyme is a very useful essential oil because of its powerful antiviral properties. It has been used for centuries by ancient civilizations. The Greeks and the Romans used it to flavor cheese and alcohol. The Egyptians used it in their embalming practice and the Scots used to make a tea and drank it thinking it gave them courage and strength. Today, thyme is used in aromatherapy for its many therapeutic uses.

  • Put 2-3 drops on a cotton ball and dab on the affected area for acne, bruises, cuts, eczema, insect bites, oily skin and warts.
  • Put 2-3 drops in a carrier oil and massage it on the affected area for arthritis, gout, muscle aches and pains, sports injuries, sprains and rheumatism.
  • Use 2-3 drops in steam inhalation or in 1 ounce of a carrier oil and rub it on the chest and throat for asthma, bronchitis and coughs.
  • Use 2-3 drops in steam inhalation for colds, flu, mucous infections and sinusitis.
  • Put 2-3 drops in a diffuser for insomnia, physical exhaustion and stress-related problems.
  • Use 2-3 drops in 1 ounce of carrier oil and massage it on the body to fight poor circulation

 


5 Ways to Combat Athletes Foot

Author: Dr. Larita
January 30, 2019

Do you go to the gym a lot these days? It’s January and we all made resolutions to be healthier this year. While you’re becoming more healthy, remember to keep your feet healthy too and don’t spread athletes foot to your family if you contract it at the gym. Always wear flip flops at the gym – going to the pool as well as in the shower. There are sprays and creams containing chemicals out there that are designed to help with this, but there are also natural alternatives. In particular, athlete’s foot can be treated with certain essential oils.

Tea tree oil can help kill the fungus  that causes athletes foot from forming and help provide relief.

Soak – Create a foot soak by using a mixture of 3 parts almond oil, 10 parts tea tree essential oil, and a bowl of warm water. Then soak the feet for 30 minutes twice daily until relief comes.

Rub – Additionally, you can mix the oil with a carrier oil like almond or coconut oil and then rub it onto the affected area.

Peppermint oil contains menthol which can help provide relief for the inflammation this condition causes.

Mix a teaspoon of the oil with a half cup of rolled oats and ¼ cup of sea salt. Massage into the feet twice daily to help add comfort to your feet while the condition heals.

Lemon oil helps combat infections and is great in fighting fungal infections in particular.

Mix 10 drops of lemon oil, 10 drops of sweet almond oil, and a liter of warm water and soak for thirty minutes.

Lavender oil can provide relaxation, improve stress symptoms and also helps with skin conditions.

Massage it directly onto the effective areas, or mix it with lotion and massage into the feet thoroughly. Then, wear socks and go to sleep. This keeps your feet wrapped in healing oil for several hours.

Eucalyptus oil has strong antibacterial properties that can help hydrate and replenish the skin while it helps to fight against athletes foot.

Massage it directly onto the affected areas, another option is to mix it with lotion and massage it into the feet thoroughly. Then, wear socks and go to sleep thus keeping your feet wrapped in healing oil for several hours.


Essential Oils for Concentration

Author: Dr. Larita
January 16, 2019

I have been in the hereafter many times – I’m in the middle of a room but I can’t remember what I am “hereafter?” Recently I have been losing things like the cord to my cell phone, keys, books I am currently reading or who I was just getting ready to call. It is very frustrating but I refuse to let it get me down. I found the books and I no longer lose my keys, as long as I remember to put them on the hook I now use specifically for them. I know I am getting older but I don’t think I have dementia or Alzheimer’s yet; I just have lapses in concentration and that can happen to us at any age from childhood to our senior years. These lapses in concentration are probably caused by having too much on your mind or thinking about five things at once. There is no magic oil to bring back your memory but there are some essential oils that can help with concentration and thus make remembering things less difficult.

Use  the following essential oils in equal proportions in one of the room methods, either in a diffuser or in a plant spray for a simple and effective way to improve concentration:

  • Basil
  • Cardamom
  • Ginger
  • Black Pepper

Your brain is like an electrical circuit that can short out when switching from circuit to circuit making your mind go blank or get confused. This is a very involved subject that includes fortifying the brain with nourishing food and making certain your body gets certain vitamins, minerals, and micro-nutrients especially vitamins C and E, selenium and zinc. Pernicious anemia can be helped by taking vitamin B-12 and iron supplements and lack of potassium which accounts for memory loss in some of us can be remedied with potassium tablets. Tomorrow I am going to continue this subject with a discussion of Alzheimer’s disease. No, I don’t have a cure but I believe you will find some relief if you are caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s.

 

 


Help for Swollen Feet and Ankles

Author: Dr. Larita
January 15, 2019

I have had trouble with my feet since the 1990’s when I taught music in the basement of Randolph Elementary School. I never sat down during the day and we danced and marched around on a cement floor that had a thin carpet covering. Now that I’m older, my feet and ankles swell at the drop of a hat. I recently took off a pair of new shoes while visiting a friend but when it was time to go I couldn’t get my left shoe back on my foot and had to walk on the back of the shoe to get to my car!

The first thing I did when I got home was to sit down and put my feet up. My darling husband got out my foot bath (I got it years ago at Walgreen’s) and put 6 to 8 small marbles in the bottom with warm water. I rolled the soles of my feet over the pebbles very slowly for just a few minutes and then dried my feet.

While I drank a cold bottle of water, my husband added 15 drops of cypress and 15 drops of fennel essential oils to 2 tablespoons of sweet almond oil and massaged my feet and ankles upwards towards my knees including behind the knees. It felt wonderful and my swollen feet and ankles looked normal by the time we went to bed.

If your feet and ankles swell during hot weather, you can still use the above procedure but before your massage put a piece of ice in a plastic bag and massage the back of your knees until they feel very cold. Then rub the ice in the center of the soles of your feet.


How To Choose Right Organic Essential Oils

Author: Natural-Beauty
December 30, 2018

Not all organic essential oils are made for just one purpose. Yes, they are made to provide healing and calming effects, but there are certain types that work best for your particular need, and then some. So what are they?

Lemon organic essential oils are recommended for skincare as it contains high levels of D-limonene that helps get rid of wrinkles, tone the skin, and promote blood circulation. The scent of the lemon is also easily identified for its freshness which can induce mood-boosting effects. If the lemon oil can perk you up, the cinnamon oil can get you down for a cozy and warm chill time. Cinnamon oil is known to help clear up chest colds, soothe muscle pains, and potentially fight heart and brain diseases with its powerful antioxidant properties. And if you’re looking for organic essential oils that can help regulate hormones, then the Clary sage oil is for you. Studies show that the oil is an effective massage treatment for menstrual cramps. Additionally, the scent of Clary sage has anti-depressant effects.

There are many other organic essential oils to choose from, each with their different specialties in giving alternative solutions for self-care, health, and wellness. Just remember to buy essential oils that are truly organic to ensure quality. Check for fillers and additives to be extra sure. Better safe than sorry!


Tips in Buying Natural Organic Oils

Author: Natural-Beauty
December 16, 2018

The healing powers of organic oils have long been established to be effective and efficient. However, they come in a range of uses and one oil might be better than the other for particular reasons such as relieving pain, reducing anxiety, and detoxifying. So, when it comes to organic oils, you still have to know which type best meets your purpose, and more importantly, you need to be assured of its quality.

Organic oils come from concentrated essences of plants. Which means, that when harmful chemicals are involved in their making, then the end product is compromised. And since, essential oils are applied to the skin and breathed in, this puts you at risk of danger instead of giving you alternative health benefits. Knowing this, you need to assess how trustworthy a product is and how true are their organic claims. Start by buying oils that have the USDA-Certified Organic Stamp, that way you know that the ingredients used in the production are safe as well as the process. Check descriptions and look for additives, carrier oils, and fillers that compromises the essential oil’s purity.

Remember, poor quality organic oils can do more harm than good. So don’t get swayed easily by marketing stunts and be thorough in checking the quality of your purchase. Ask for recommendations from friends who swear by the effectiveness of the essential oil they use. Do check up on product reviews as well, customer feedback can give you so much information and valuable insight before you buy.


Give Bath Crystals as Gifts

Author: Dr. Larita
December 13, 2018

Essential oils can be used in your bath four different ways. First, you can just add them neat to your bath water and swish it around. You will have a luscious aroma plus the therapeutic properties of whichever oil you use. The oils can also be used  to make homemade bubble baths, bath oils, and bath crystals.

If you like bath crystals, you will love the fact that you can make your own and not pay a lot of money for fancy packaging like you do when you buy them in the stores. To make your own you will need some attractive glass jars. You can save them over the year for next holiday season or for any occasion when gifts are given. If you don’t have any for this season, you can put the crystals in a small gift bag from a party store or simply put them in a plastic sandwich bag and add a ribbon.

All you need to make your bath crystals is washing soda crystals, a little food coloring, and the essential oils of your choice. Just crush the washing soda crystals, add a little food coloring (your choice of color) and the essential oil you want for that color. Use a corresponding color for the essential oil you choose like yellow for lemon or red for peppermint. To each 9 ounces of colored crystals add 20 drops of essential oils. Tie a ribbon around the jar or bag and voila, you’ve got your holiday gift.


Bergamot Essential Oil

Author: Dr. Larita
December 11, 2018

Bergamot essential oil comes from the oils in the skin of oranges and it has a floral and also fruity aroma. It was originally used simply as a perfume because of its refreshing scent, however, its healing powers were soon discovered.  Today, we’ll discuss a few ways to use bergamot’s natural healing powers in your home.

  • put a few drops of bergamot into a diffuser for a fresh, citrusy and slightly floral scent that will ease stress, anxiety and depression
  • mix 2 to 4 drops of bergamot into a teaspoon of almond or jojoba oil and massage sore muscles to relieve tension and inflammation
  • mix 1 part bergamot to 5 parts of aloe vera oil or aloe vera gel and apply twice a day to treat skin problems such as acne, eczema, athlete’s foot and other fungal infections
  • add 5 drops of bergamot to your bath and relax for at least 15 minutes to relieve mental and physical tension and treat larger areas of skin problems
  • blend bergamot with chamomile, lavender or geranium to make your own natural perfume

Bergamot is another essential oil to use in your home for healthier, natural living. Not only is it naturally antiseptic and anti fungal, it also smells wonderful.


The Benefits of Therapeutic Essential Oils

Author: Natural-Beauty
December 9, 2018

For the past thousand years or so, therapeutic essential oils have been used in many cultures for their health and medicinal attributes. Today, you will find them steadily gaining popularity and serve many purposes and has become widely known for their safe, natural, and pocket-friendly therapeutic benefits.

Therapeutic essential oils are well known for their wide range of uses, most notably for their antiviral, antibacterial, stimulating, detoxifying, and antidepressant properties which can help in many health concerns, as well as complement modern medicines. Therapeutic oils are proven to contain healing compounds which allow them to aid in balancing hormones, fighting infections, boosting immunity and energy levels, improving brain function, supporting digestion, and alleviating pain. One of the most widely popular benefits of therapeutic essential oils are their ability to reduce anxiety and emotional stress.

Leading essential oils for these purpose include orange rose, lavender, frankincense, and chamomile. The healing and calming scent of therapeutic essential oils and their sedative properties can induce a relaxing and uplifting feeling which has proven to work on women suffering from postpartum anxiety, seniors with chronic pain, and people diagnosed with depression. Several studies have been made and oils truly work in reducing stress, pain, and anxiety levels.


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