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Mineral Oil – Do or Don’t

Author: Ron
02/20/2020

Straight off the bat: it’s a don’t. Mineral and petroleum products come from the distillation of crude oil (which winds up in your  gas tank). It is used frequently in many inexpensive products because it is cheaper than plant based oil and its clear and odorless. It is commonly found in moisturizers for the protective residue it leaves behind on the skin, keeping toxins out and moisture in.

The downside is that mineral oil can very easily clog pores and lead to breakouts. In many cases, it causes allergic reactions, psoriasis, or acne. Your skin is like a sponge. Over time, the mineral oil residue will be absorbed into your body. The Cosmetic Safety Database states that mineral oil is associated with cancer, allergies, organ toxicity, immunotoxcity, and skin irritation, among other things. Many people stopped taking mineral oil orally because of the associated risks. Remember, what goes on your skin will still get into your body.

The best type of moisturizers to use on your skin should be plant based and preferably organic ones that have been cold processed to retain their natural healing properties. Shea Oil is one of the best plant based oils available. Shea Oil is a byproduct of Shea Butter production, which produces fractionated oil. Shea Butter and Shea Oil are used to protect the skin from harsh weather environments. The oil offers benefits for skin problems such as dermatitis, eczema, burns, dryness and other irritations. Shea Oil can be applied directly to the skin as a moisturizer and it can also be used as one of the main ingredients in certain skin care products.  Below is a list of some of the common uses of Shea Oil and its benefits:

Common Uses of Shea Oil:
* Lotions and creams
* Soap
* Anti-wrinkle creams
* Lip balms
* Body Butters

Benefits of Shea Oil:
* Moisturizer
* Soothes burns
* Effective in treating dermatitis and eczema
* Promotes elasticity in skin


If you’re like me, your cuticles can get very dry after doing housework such as laundry, dishes and bathroom cleaning. I could use gloves but I hardly ever do and even when I do, the gloves make my hands itchy anyway. When the delicate skin around your cuticles is dry and they look rough and ragged, you can use this oil-infused nail soak twice a week to make them beautiful and healthy looking again.

Add 1 tablespoon almond oil and 1 tablespoon jojoba oil into a microwave safe bowl and heat for 5 – 10 seconds. The oil should be warm but not hot. Soak you nails for 5 minutes and then rub the excess oil into your hands, especially around the cuticles.

Jojoba oil contains wax esters that are similar to the natural oil your skin produces to replace lost moisture. strengthens your skin to prevent future hangnails. Warming the oils before beginning lets them absorb into your dry skin more easily.


The Best Carrier Oil

Author: Dr. Larita
01/28/2020

Almond oil, also called sweet 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.


Using massage is an excellent way to apply aromatherapy essential oils to the body as part of an alternative healing process. It is not hard to do and anyone can do it for family, friends, even for yourself. There are several different methods you can use to massage in your aromatherapy essential oils:

  • Effleurage – this is a series of gentle, soothing strokes which allow essential oils to penetrate your body and help you to relax and become calm. For this method, use your whole hands in  either long or short strokes that can be either firm or gentle.
  • Petrissage – is similar to gently kneading dough. Use the palm, finger tips and thumbs to slowly and gently knead the body. Petrissage is most helpful when used on fatty areas and on backs.
  • Head massage – put the essential oils  on your fingertips to massage the scalp. Work the fingers all over the scalp.
  • For migraine and headaches – massage around the base of the neck and work your way up to the base of the scalp. Massage in this manner for a few moments with firm effleurage strokes.
  • For the neck – massage the neck using small, firm circular movements from the base of the neck, up either side of the vertebrae to the base of the scalp. Massage the sides of the neck and repeat these movements in a more gentle fashion and work your way down the neck. Repeat several times using appropriate essential oils.

 


Aromatherapy massage or aromassage is an excellent way to apply essential oils as part of an alternative healing process. It is not hard to do and anyone can do it to family, friends, even to yourself. There are many different ways to apply aromassage:

  • Effleurage – this is a series of gentle, soothing strokes which allow essential oils to penetrate your body and help you to relax and become calm. For this method, use your whole hands in  either long or short strokes that can be either firm or gentle.
  • Petrissage – is similar to gently kneading dough. Use the palm, finger tips and thumbs to slowly and gently knead the body. Petrissage is most helpful when used on fatty areas and on backs.
  • Head massage – put the essential oils  on your fingertips to massage the scalp. Work the fingers all over the scalp.
  • For migraine and headaches – massage around the base of the neck and work your way up to the base of the scalp. Massage in this manner for a few moments with firm effleurage strokes.
  • For the neck – massage the neck using small, firm circular movements from the base of the neck, up either side of the vertebrae to the base of the scalp. Massage the sides of the neck and repeat these movements in a more gentle fashion and work your way down the neck. Repeat several times using appropriate essential oils.

We will continue this blog tomorrow with more areas for you to massage.


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
08/30/2019

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.


Crying is the only way babies have to let us know something is wrong. The ear splitting cry of a hungry baby is transformed into the contented sucking sounds of a nursing baby in seconds when the breast or bottle is presented. When your baby is crying and hunger is not the reason, then colic is the probable cause. Colic can be helped by rubbing the tummy gently with baby massage oil. Turn baby over and rub the middle part of the back in a gentle circular motion. If the colic is more serious, use the following formula in the same manner.

Severe Colic Remedy

Fretfulness Remedy

Formula 1

  • Chamomile – 3 drops
  • Lavender – 4 drops
    Diluted in 2 tablespoons sweet almond oil

Formula 2

  • Chamomile – 4 drops
  • Geranium – 3 drops
    Diluted in 2 tablespoons sweet almond oil

Massage the fretful baby’s feet in the following way: do both feet at the same time, rub your thumbs from the center of the sole of the foot towards the bottom of the toes, over the ball of the foot, in gentle rhythmic movements. You can massage using the oil or just massage through the baby’s socks. The baby may wiggle at first but if you can hold both feet firmly between your thumb and fingers, soon the baby will become quite still. This foot massage elicits a very calming response from a formerly inconsolable baby.


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.


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.

 


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