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Natural Bug Spray

Author: Dr. Larita
July 3, 2018

Bugs, especially mosquitos, must think my husband tastes really sweet because they always go for him when he’s outside. We don’t like using commercial bug sprays so here is a natural bug repellant that we like and you can try too. Some plants are better than others at creating their own natural bug repellents, like citronella, which has a  very distinctive, sharp scent. Patchouli oil is another plant oil that’s so good at keeping away pests that we can use its essential oil as an ingredient in natural bug repellent. Patchouli essential oil can be used successfully in sprays to keep bugs off your body, and in incense to keep them out of my general area. The oil is effective, and has been used through the ages to get rid of moths, mosquitoes, ants, bed bugs, flies, and lice.

Natural bug spray with Patchouli essential oil.

This Summer Relief Bug Spray has a very warm, fresh, earthy scent. The ingredients are:

  • About 2 oz frankincense hydrosol
  • 16 drops patchouli essential oil
  • 10 drops juniper essential oil
  • 4 drops lemongrass essential oil
  • 1 tsp aloe vera gel
  • 4 ml solubol dispersant

Blend all the ingredients together in a 2 oz spray bottle. Shake it up, then spray it. Don’t spray it on your face. This blend is in a water base and not preserved, so make the product fresh every few weeks. If your skin is sensitive to essential oils, spray this around you and on your clothing rather than on your skin.

This natural bug spray has side benefits! It’s easy for your skin— frankincense hydrosol and patchouli oil are excellent ingredients in skin care blends.

It’s also great to use in the evening by the campfire as it has a deep, warm, comforting aroma that can help you relax. Lemongrass is very calming to the nervous system, so much so that you can use it in insomnia blends. Frankincense is another calming scent that helps to still the mind’s chatter so it can actually get some rest.

If you tend to get bit a lot, this blend is a must-have! Just be ready to pass it around when everyone else asks to use it, too.

Thanks to Andrea Butje – Aromahead Institute


Essential Oil Diffusers Help Me Sleep Soundly

Author: Natural-Beauty
June 29, 2018

I had trouble getting to sleep for a while and I finally have been able to sleep soundly, thanks to some great essential oils. I never knew that they would be the right remedy and I have been happy to feel the results. Getting some great diffusers for my essentials oils has let me fill my bedroom with some soothing aromatherapy.

The diffusers have been awesome for me and they have helped me to enjoy the kind of deep rest that I need. It has been awesome to have the diffusers for the home office and for other parts of my home as well. I finally can get to sleep quickly and enjoy getting a restful sleep, even if I am only getting a few hours of sleep.

With some great essential oil diffusers, I have been able to fall asleep quickly and to wake up feeling refreshed and ready for the day. The diffusers have been ideal for me and they help me to be productive every day because I have actually gotten some great sleep. It has been nice to have the diffusers for enjoying some true relaxation. I am excited to get a diffuser for the kitchen and for the entranceways as well.


My boyfriend and I love to treat ourselves to some massages and we have found the perfect carrier oils that have helped us to indulge in the most luxurious experiences. We love to relax after work or after a hard workout with a good massage. We have been experimenting with the kinds of carrier essential oils that we can use for some amazing results when it comes to our time to relax.

The carrier oils that we have been using include avocado oil, olive oil, sesame oil, grapeseed oil, and other kinds of great oils. My boyfriend loves avocados, so the oil of the avocado kind has been a favorite of his, and it has that juicy scent that he loves. We have been able to recreate our own massage therapy experience with the oils. I like to add a few drops of lavender and ylang-ylang essential oils to my carrier oil.

It has been awesome to use the aromatherapy carrier oils on a regular basis. We can use them for being able to glide over skin without the friction. The ones that we have been using don’t make our skin feel greasy and they don’t make our skin have a weird shine like some oils do. We are looking forward to experimenting with some great carrier oils in the future.


Andrea’s Flower Feet

Author: Dr. Larita
June 26, 2018

If Geranium essential oil owned a skin care spa, one of its most popular packages might be the “Flower Feet” package!

It would include a foot soak, foot scrub, and foot massage. Geranium is good at soothing feet that are sore from standing or walking all day, or due to joint and muscle pain. It also encourages swelling to go down, enhances circulation, and cools excessive heat.

Geranium essential oil can help you feel “pampered” while deeply supporting your health.

Here are the services geranium includes in its Flower Feet package . . . a foot soak, scrub, and a massage, all in one! It includes essential oils that are good for skin, sore muscles, preventing the proliferation of fungus, and (of course!) smelling beautiful.

Flower Feet

First, soak your feet in a warm bath with some essential oils. Combine:

  • 1 tablespoon (15 ml) jojoba
  • 1 drop geranium 
  • 1 drop palmarosa
  • 1 drop tea tree

Add the jojoba and essential oils to a tub of warm water, and relax while you soak your feet!

When you’re ready, use 1 oz (28 g) of pink Himalayan salt to scrub your feet. It helps to add about 1 teaspoon (5 ml) or so of jojoba to the salt, just to make it a little more manageable. (You already have jojoba in the tub of warm water, so you don’t need to add it to the salt to care for your skin—adding it to the salt just helps the salt “stick together” a bit so it doesn’t sprinkle out of your hands when you’re trying to rub it on your feet.)

You don’t have to use pink Himalayan salt for this blend. I just love the color of it! You can use any kind of salt you like. I prefer a small grain salt for blends like this (as opposed to a fine grain, like sand, or a coarse grain, that might be too big to offer much scrubbing effect). But again, that’s all up to you! Feel free to make this blend your own.

If you prefer to make a sugar scrub (rather than a salt scrub), you can simply make this recipe with sugar instead of salt. You can also try this Coconut Sugar Scrub blend I created for YouTube, made with coconut sugar, avocado oil, and Tea Tree.

Thanks to the jojoba in this Flower Feet package, you may not even need to use moisturizer after you’re done. Please be careful when stepping out of the tub though—both the jojoba and the water will be slippery! Dry off well with a towel.

Enjoy your Flower Feet!

Thanks to Andrea Butje, Aromahead Institute


Making your own perfume or body oils using essential oils is a lot like making music in a band or orchestra. You need base notes, middle notes and top notes for the blend to be beautiful and to smell wonderful. These notes in perfume making can be either male or female and in some cases they are for either sex so I say, if you like the way it smells – use it. Below are some essential oils in each category for you to experiment with and make your own blends.

Base Note Essential Oils (Always start with the base and go up)

  • Benzoin
  • Cedarwood
  • Cinnamon
  • Frankincense
  • Myrrh
  • Sandalwood
  • Patchouli
  • Vanilla
  • Vetiver

Middle Note Essential Oils

  • Carnation
  • Clary Sage
  • Clove
  • Geranium
  • Ginger
  • Jasmine
  • Marjoram
  • Rose
  • Thyme

Top Note Essential Oils

  • Anise
  • Bay
  • Bergamot
  • Cumin
  • Lavender
  • Lemon
  • Lemongrass
  • Lime
  • Mandarin
  • Pettigraine

Tomorrow we will talk about the strength of your aromatic mixture and the kind of bottles you will need to store it in. Right now, you can go to your local perfumery and start sniffing the essential oils above to see which ones you want to experiment with when you make your first perfumes.

 


Lavender Essential Oil Uses

Author: Dr. Larita
June 13, 2018

lavenderA whiff of lavender oil can trigger various sensations, and its sweet fragrance brings to mind rows and rows of beautiful blue-violet flowers under the summer sky. But if you look beyond lavender oil’s aroma, you’ll find that there’s more to it than meets the eye – or your sense of smell. Both lavender and lavender oil are valued for their fragrance and versatility. The flowers are used in potpourris, crafting, and home décor, while the essential oil is added to bath and body care products, such as soaps, perfumes, household cleaners, and laundry detergent.

Lavender oil is known for its anti-inflammatory, antifungal, antidepressant, antiseptic, antibacterial, and antimicrobial properties. It also has antispasmodic, analgesic, detoxifying, hypotensive, and sedative effects. Lavender oil is one of the most well-known essential oils in aromatherapy, and can be:

  • Added to your bath or shower to relieve aching muscles and stress.
  • Massaged on your skin as a relief for muscle or joint pain, as well as for skin conditions like burns, acne, and wounds. Make sure to dilute it with a carrier oil.
  • Inhaled or vaporized. You can use an oil burner or add a few drops to a bowl of hot water, and then breathe in the steam.
  • Added to your hand or foot soak. Add a drop to a bowl of warm water before soaking your hands or feet.
  • Used as a compress by soaking a towel in a bowl of water infused with a few drops of lavender oil. Apply this to sprains or muscle injuries.

I also recommend adding lavender oil to your list of natural cleaning products. You can mix it with baking soda to make an all-natural antibacterial scrub for your bathroom and kitchen.

By Dr. Mercola


The price of essential oils varies from place to place and from time to time depending on their availability and their quality. For example, frankincense is harvested twice a year, in the spring and again in the fall. To make a long story short, the bark of the frankincense tree is cut allowing the liquid resin to seep out and as it hits the outside air it starts to crystallize and get hard. After one to two weeks, the hardened resin crystal can be cut off the tree and several different frankincense resins are produced ranging from the pure white “Hojari” which is what was selected for kings and queens to a low grade brownish frankincense resin that contains particles of the tree’s bark.

The crystal resin then goes through a process where it is crushed into powder, put into an oil bath, and steam distilled to extract the oil from the crystal resin. That’s why depending on the time of the year and the purity of your frankincense, you will pay more or less for the product.

Frankincense essential oil is one of the oils that can really calm and soothe the whole body and mind. It eases aches and pains, clears the lungs and acts as a skin tonic. It can be used in a blended massage oil or diluted in the bath for colds, coughs, bronchitis, rheumatism, chilliness, poor circulation, exhaustion, nightmares, heavy periods, respiratory problems and mucus congestion. It also has a good astringent effect on the skin and perks up older more mature skin and helps wounds, sores and ulcers heal properly.


  1. The main therapeutic ingredient in peppermint essential oil is menthol. It has local anesthetic properties and reduces throat irritations. Menthol is similar to the ingredient in cayenne or hot peppers, capsaicin, which stimulates heat sensors without really causing a change in temperature. Menthol, however, has a cooling effect on the body without changing the actual body temperature. Some medications may adversely interact with peppermint oil so please consult a physician it you have concerns about drug interactions.
  2. Muscle discomfort – Peppermint oil can reduce discomfort and relax muscles – dilute 2 to 4 drops and apply topically to the affected area. Use with a carrier oil such as sweet almond oil if you have sensitive skin.
  3. Respiratory health – Peppermint oil acts as an expectorant and can relieve some symptoms of respiratory issues. Dilute 2-4 drops and apply topically to your chest and the back of your neck. Or add 10 drops to boiling water, put a towel over your head and breath in the aroma for 5 minutes.
  4. Energy boosting – Because it is invigorating and stimulating, peppermint oil can help fight fatigue and improve focus and concentration. Diffuse it or apply it directly to your temples, wrists and the back of your neck. You can also inhale it directly from the bottle or add a drop or two to a tissue and sniff as needed.
  5. Allergy symptoms soother – Peppermint relaxes the muscles in the nasal passages and clears out mucus and pollen during allergy season. Diffuse 5 drops, inhale it from the bottle or a tissue as above or dilute 2-3 drops and apply it topically to forehead, neck and chest.
  6. Headache relief – Peppermint oil may improve circulation, soothe your stomach and relax tense muscles. It can also help clear your nasal passages when you suffer from a sinus headache. Apply it to your forehead and temples for relief.
  7. Digestive soother – Peppermint oil helps relax the muscles in the intestines and reduce bloating, gas and nausea. It can also serve as a natural remedy for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS.) Diffuse it, apply it topically to your abdomen or take 1-2 drops internally mixed with hot tea.
  8. Fresh Breath and Healthy and Gums – Peppermint  oil has anti-microbial properties that will freshen breath and may kill bacteria that lead to cavities and gum issues. Add 1 drop to your toothpaste or mouthwash or place one drop under your tongue before drinking a glass of water.


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.

 

 


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