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Trembling that is not related to a physical ailment like Parkinson’s disease can be helped with aromatherapy. I remember my Uncle Albert’s hands were always trembling, probably because he was an over the road truck driver. I bet this treatment would have helped him, had I known about it then. Yesterday, my husband did the yard trimming with a weed eater and we have a large corner lot so there was a lot of trimming to be done. When he came in, his hands and arms were trembling noticeably so I rubbed his body with the following essential oils: 2 drops of narcissus, 4 drops of nutmeg and 2 drops of lemon diluted in 2 teaspoons of sweet almond oil.

Since it was his hands and arms that were trembling, I rubbed the oil over his right arm, across his chest, down the other arm and over both hands. Within two to three hours, the trembling had lessened significantly. You can use the same treatment again within six hours if needed.  If the trembling is in the lower part of your body, rub the oil (use about the size of a quarter in the palm of your hand) over your lower back, hips, legs, and feet. You may need help with this part, but you should also rub it all down your spine and about a hands width on either side of your spine. If you don’t have anyone to help, just get as much of your spine as possible. Narcissus essential oil is very expensive and many places don’t carry it so if you can’t find it or don’t want to pay so much for the little amount you need to use, you can use chamomile essential oil instead. It is much more reasonably priced.

 


If your neck is showing signs of age, you might want to give it a special treatment of the following synergistic  blend of essential oils. Use 10 drops of rose, 7 drops clary-sage, 10 drops lemon, and 20 drops carrot essential oil blended well with 1 teaspoon  of evening primrose oil. Gently massage this mixture into the skin and leave it on for at least ten minutes before wiping off the excess oil.

After a long winter of turtle-neck sweaters and woolen scarves, the neck will benefit greatly if you slough off dead skin cells, brighten up and tone the neck and prepare it for a treatment oil as discussed in part I of essential oils for neck care. Mix 1 teaspoon of ground almond with 1/2 teaspoon of jojoba oil into a paste and rub it all over the neck and chest area in upward movements. Leave this on for 10 minutes then rinse it off with water followed by a rinse with the following tonic water: 1/4 teaspoon cider vinegar, 1 tablespoon spring water, 1 teaspoon witch hazel, and 2 drops lemon essential oil. Mix the lemon essential oil with the witch hazel and then blend that with the other ingredients. Rinse most of the paste off with water and then add the vinegar tonic water to the final rinse until all the almond paste is gone.


Have you ever seen a woman whose face was beautiful but when you glanced at her neck, it marred her appearance? No matter how much make up and concealer is on the face, if you don’t take care of the delicate skin on your neck, it will be like a lovely delicate rose on a stalk that can not support it. The neck is one of the first places the body begins to show its age.  Crinkled skin, loss of elasticity, wrinkles and double chins all lead one to look older even though great care is put into maintaining the good looks of the face. You can try to keep your neck covered with a scarf but that is not practical and, thankfully, the neck responds extremely well to essential oil treatments.

The essential oils to use for neck care are rose, geranium, clary-sage, lemon, lemongrass, black pepper, or carrot. Use any one of these oils added to a carrier oil like jojoba, evening primrose, or avocado to begin your treatments.  The neck is a very delicate area and must be cleansed with the same care you use on your face. Add one drop of one of the above essential oils to each 3/4 teaspoon of your usual cleansing cream. Then each night before bed apply the following blend: 8 drops of pettigraine, 3 drops of orange, 10 drops carrot oil, 14 drops palma rosa, and 5 drops of lemon blended well with 3 teaspoons jojoba oil, 2 teaspoons wheatgerm oil, and 2 teaspoons of avocado oil. Leave this on for a few minutes and then wipe off any excess with a tissue before going to bed.


Spa Day

Author: Dr. Larita
05/13/2019

imagesMy husband and I went for a couple’s massage today.  It is our gift to ourselves for our 52nd anniversary.  We had one when we went on a cruise and we thought it was time for another one. We had been talking about getting another one since that first time so I booked it as a gift for us both.

The time flew by and our massage ended.  Afterwards we were both so satisfied and relaxed that we wanted to book another appointment for the following week but they were all booked.  Then we went to the store and bought some massage oils similar to the ones used at the spa so we can give each other massages ourselves.  The clerk at Fragrance World of Topeka blended the massage oil with ylang-ylang for us. She said it’s an aphrodisiac. There’s nothing like a professional massage, but a massage from your loved one is a close second.


Baby’s Massage Oil

Author: Dr. Larita
05/09/2019

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.


aromatherapy massage oilsOne of the things that I really enjoy doing is going to get a massage on a regular basis. It is so wonderful to be able to get a massage as these are always so very relaxing for me on the whole. I really enjoy being able to have the right kinds of massage oils that can make the experience even better. The right kinds of oils can really help to make a difference on the whole.

When I am receiving a massage, I really can get deeper into relaxation if the person giving me a massage is using the right kinds of oils. There are many fantastic oils that are ones that are perfect to use to make sure that I can stay a lot more comfortable. With the right kind of aromatherapy massage oils, getting a lot more relaxed is something that will be much easier.

The oils that I use whenever I am getting a massage are ones that definitely help to make me feel a whole lot more comfortable. Picking the right kinds of items to use when I get a massage isn’t always easy, but having the right kinds of oils to use is always so wonderful and so relaxing.


Sore Muscle Massage

Author: Dr. Larita
05/03/2019

Massage is an excellent treatment for a plethora of conditions. It really makes sore muscles feel better in a very short time. Using essential oils with your massage turns it into an “aromassage” and that will benefit your body, mind and spirit. The best essential oils for sore muscles are eucalyptus, oregano, peppermint, rosemary and vetiver.

Most of you know that essential oils must be used with a carrier oil for massage. We usually talk about using sweet almond oil or jojoba oil for your massage carrier oil. Today though, I am going to promote the use of shea butter cream for your massage. You can use it with or without the essential oils and either way, it will be a very beneficial massage. Shea butter itself is a wonderful emollient for your skin. Adding massage to the application of shea butter makes your muscles relax and if you add one of the essential oils above you will feel great.


Cellulite 2

Author: Dr. Larita
03/28/2019

massage fat blasterHere are some strategies to help you on your journey to get rid of cellulite:

  1. Use a brush of real bristles to increase blood circulation by brushing in upward movements all over your body. When you finish with your shower, turn on the cold water (I use a hand held shower head) and use upward movements on the hardest setting especially on your thighs and upper arms.
  2. Perform exercises that specifically work the areas where you have cellulite. These are often places that don’t get much exercise and therefore they gather toxic waste in your body like stagnant water.
  3. Massage your whole body every day, not just the cellulite areas. Cellulite may only show in certain areas but it is a whole body problem.
  4. Use essential oils in your bath, they enter your skin by osmosis. While you are soaking in the tub, thump and bash cellulite areas to help break down those fat deposits.
  5. A healthy body needs oxygen so breathing deeply is very important. Breathing exercises actually help shift cellulite and can make an impressive difference.
  6. Take time to relax as relaxation is needed to let the body shift waste and fat deposits. In contrast, stress causes cellulite to stick around.

 


Almond oil is the most popular carrier oil used for facial and body massage because its excellent emollient properties help the skin to balance absorption. It is a great moisturizer that is suitable for all skin types, helps relieve irritation, inflammation and itching, and is fantastic when used for lubricating because it penetrates slowly.

Almond oil is a good massage medium to use to assist the spread of the carrier oil and essential oil mixture, while still allowing you time to do a good massage before it is absorbed by the skin. Not only does almond oil help protect the surface of the skin, but it is a wonderful emollient, skin soother and softener, conditioner of the skin, and it promotes a clear, young looking complexion. Almond oil is suitable for all skin types but is especially good for dry or irritated skin.

Other natural carrier oils include aloe vera oil, avocado oil, coconut oil, evening primrose oil, grapeseed oil, jojoba oil, liquid shea oil, red turkey oil, sunflower oil, and natural vitamin E oil. Some of these oils are thin, some are thicker. They range from clear to yellow in color and the price ranges from $4.00 to 100.00 depending on the number of ounces you get. My favorites are sweet almond oil, jojoba oil, liquid shea oil and red turkey oil. I especially like the red turkey oil because that is the one I make my bath oils with because it actually dissolves in water.


The next aromatherapy alternative is topical application to the surfaces of the skin and mucous membranes using compresses, baths, and massage. Compresses are made with a bandage or piece of material folded to form a pad and firmly wrapped over the area to prevent swelling. A hot compress dilates the capillaries and increases blood flow which can accelerate healing and reduce pain while a cold compress causes contraction of capillaries and decreases blood flow thereby reducing inflammation, swelling, and pain.

A total of eight drops of  essential oils on a hot or cold compress during the acute stage of an injury is an excellent alternative remedy. For massage oils, use five drops of essential oil in a teaspoon full of carrier oil. If pain continues, soak as long as possible in a hot bath using five drops of essential oils. Natural remedies are not intended to replace standard methods of treatment but serve as an alternative for many injuries and ailments.


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