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Home Made Lemon Pepper

Author: Dr. Larita

Would you like a delicious substitute for plain black pepper? Would you like it to be something easily made at home?  This is a recipe for lemon pepper that will enhance any recipe that you want to give a little pizazz. I like to give a little lemon pepper spice to fish and salad recipes but it is also good on baked potato and scrambled eggs. You may come up with something else that you want to “lemon pepperize!” If you do, let me know so I can try it too.

Lemon Pepper Recipe

  • Put 1 ounce of coarsely ground black pepper in a small bowl
  • Add 2 drops of lemon essential oil
  • Mix well
  • Seal in a glass bottle for at least three days before use

You can double this recipe if you think you will be using the lemon pepper often but it is very easy to make so I think it is better to make a small amount at a time and keep it fresh. You can also make orange pepper by using orange essential oil in place of the lemon.

Fevers and Aromatherapy

Author: Dr. Larita

When your child develops a fever, it is very uncomfortable for both the child and you. In the case of a very high fever, your child can even go into seizures. If the child begins to shiver, it doesn’t mean he or she is cold so do not try to warm them up. That will only make the fever worse. Shivering is just one way the body tries to get rid of a fever.

To treat the fever, cover the patient with a sheet and continuously wipe the head and body with a cool, not cold, cloth. Cold water will only keep the heat in because the blood vessels will contract in response to the cold temperature. Also sponge the body occasionally with lukewarm water to which you have added 2 drops of essential oil per 1 quart of water. The essential oils to choose from for cooling are eucalyptus, tea tree, camomile, peppermint (in a room diffuser only), or lavender.

Essential oils have been used to benefit mankind for centuries but the term aromatherapy was not developed until the 1920’s in France. These oils are drawn from plants and flowers by the process of distillation which results in a  fragrant and highly potent essential oil. When undiluted, essential oils can be a skin irritant so there are many different ways to enjoy their use.

  • Sprinkle a few drops in your hot tub, jacuzzi, trash cans, garbage disposals and drains, or toilet bowls to fight bacteria and odors.
  • Place a few drops on the filter pad of your vacuum cleaner to spread freshness throughout the room.
  • Add three drops on the edge of your toilet paper roll before placing on the holder.
  • Mix with purified water in a spray bottle and use as an air freshener, remember to shake before using.

Essential oils are highly concentrated and must be used with extreme respect and care. Always use caution when experimenting with essential oils. There are many recipes for essential oil use in our blog archives so feel free to browse through past blogs.

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.

Massage Away Fat

Author: Dr. Larita

Even 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


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.



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.


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