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What is Aromatherapy?

Author: Natural-Beauty
January 2, 2019

There are many uses for aromatherapy. Some people use it to put themselves in a better mood; others use it for health effects such as warding off infections, while some other people use it to improve their cognitive functions. Other uses include preventing hair loss, itching, and reducing anxiety.

Aromatherapy typically involves using a variety of aromatic essential oils and other products such as herbal distillates and phytoncides, though the essential oils are the usual focus of aromatherapy. Sometimes the oils are vaporized or merely applied to the skin; lemon essential oil in vapor form, for instance, has been known to relieve stress.


Aromatherapy for Hangovers 3

Author: Dr. Larita
December 31, 2018

hangover2Today’s blog is the last on hangovers for a while and it is for those of you who party a little too much on a night when you have to go to work the next morning. I have an aromatherapy formula that will give you the stimulation you need to get the children off to school and get you to work. This formula has a diuretic effect. Use this formula like the one in the last blog; put 8 drops in a bath, rub 2 neat drops around your liver area and 2 neat drops on the back of the neck. Also, like with yesterday’s formula, drink plenty of water and take honey in it too.

The Aromatherapy Hangover Formula for Workers

Blend together and bottle in these proportions.


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!


Aromatherapy for Hangovers 2

Author: Dr. Larita
December 28, 2018

hangoverThe best remedy for a hangover is sleep and some extra rest and relaxation. If you can sleep late and take it easy the next day, here is a relaxing blend of essential oils that will help your body deal with what it went through the night before in the name of fun.

The TLC Hangover Cure

  • 5 drops fennel
  • 3 drops lavender
  • 5 drops sandalwood
  • 10 drops lemon

Blend these in an amber colored bottle to have ready for the next emergency. Use 8 drops in a bath, rub 2 neat drops around your liver area (the right side of the body near the diaphragm and stomach) and 2 neat drops on the back of your neck. Drink plenty of water with honey dissolved in it and also eat a spoonful of honey into which you’ve blended 2 drops of carrot oil.  Tomorrow, I’ll have one more blend for the days you have to go to work after that fun night out that resulted in a hangover.


Hangover Aromatherapy

Author: Dr. Larita
December 27, 2018

It’s New Year’s Eve, one of the biggest party nights of the year and many people are planning to drink in the new year. Too much alcohol leads to dehydration and most of us have suffered the other yucky sensations like nausea, headache, and dizziness. I don’t drink anything stronger than sparkling cider or sparkling grape juice but I remember those sensations as if it was yesterday.

If you plan on drinking for New Year’s Eve or any other time, you can take some preventive measures such as drinking a higher quality liquor, drinking plenty of water before you drink alcohol as this slows down the absorption rate and helps the body to cope better. You can also take at least 1000 mg of vitamin C before going to sleep. People always say to drink black coffee to help you sober up but that only makes things worse. Drink plenty of water after drinking alcohol too because that will help to flush the toxins out of your body. Unfortunately, you’ll feel tipsy again until you go to the bathroom a couple of times.

These morning after essential oils will help return your body to its pre-alcohol state: juniper, sandalwood, grapefruit, lavender, carrot, fennel, rosemary, and lemon. Make your own blend from this list, using  a total of 6-8 drops in a bath or 4 drops in an inhalation.


After Christmas Holiday Relief

Author: Dr. Larita
December 26, 2018

You have been running at full speed for the last month trying to get it all done before December 25. You have worn yourself to a frazzle and your body is about to go on strike. Maybe you made it until you picked up (or at least supervised the kids picking up) the wrapping paper on Christmas morning. Now that the kids are playing with their new toys and before you reach full burnout, let me tell you about an essential oil blend that can help you relieve the holiday stress you may be suffering.

It is very important to build up your energy with exercise to avoid exhaustion. Exercise helps you to fight fatigue, strengthens your heart and  sends endorphins from your brain into your whole physical system, thus empowering you with a sense of well being.  Rub the following synergistic blend of essential oils all over your body before exercise.

  • 5 drops grapefruit
  • 4 drops cypress
  • 2 drops geranium

Mix these oils together in these proportions and then use 5 drops per 1 teaspoon of jojoba oil or sweet almond oil. The next blog will extend this information with another blend that will help you to relax.


Aromatherapy Gifts Create A Relaxing Mood In A Home

Author: Natural-Beauty
December 24, 2018

I love to use aromatherapy products to create a relaxing mood in my home. Having these products around is just what I need to let go of of my stress and worries and get into a relaxed and calm state of mind. Ever since I discovered the power of aromatherapy, I have been enjoying its benefits for my life and my health every day.

There are a lot of awesome aromatherapy gifts out there, like the oil burners that I like to use myself. These burners, also called diffusers, make it easy for me to have a relaxing or energizing fragrance throughout my home. I love to use them on a daily basis when I get home from work and on the weekends as well. They really put me in a great mood.

When I want to give someone a meaningful aromatherapy gift, I go for oil burners because they feature an elegant and classic design plus they deliver  fragrances that can energize or relax me and also lift my spirits. These gifts are unique and always appreciated. They are great to give to a friend or a family member for a special occasion like a birthday or a holiday like Christmas.


Office Essential Oils

Author: Dr. Larita
December 21, 2018

I work in an office with hundreds of other people. It is a large open building with lots of cubicles. There are lots of sneezes every day. One lady sneezes 4 times every time she sneezes. We all count them and then say, “Bless you!” The guy in the cubicle next to mine only sneezes once but, gosh, it sure does sound wet, if you know what I mean. I know he doesn’t have any tissue because he often borrows one from me. I don’t mind that but what about when he doesn’t borrow one? I wonder if he is covering his mouth – it really doesn’t sound like it.

That just goes to show that working in an air conditioned office can be hazardous to your health. The “Office Environment Survey” sponsored by the Health Promotion Research Trust, reported that 80% of the 4,000 workers surveyed stated that they felt sick when they worked in a particular office. Below are some of the most common illnesses and the essential oils to use to dispel them:

  • Lethargy/sluggishness – grapefruit, eucalyptus, lemon
  • Stuffy nose – tea tree, rosemary
  • Dry throat – grapefruit, lemon
  • Dry and itchy eyes – tea tree (in a humidifier)
  • Headaches – lavender

While I can’t have a humidifier or diffuser in the office, I’ve been using a plant spray bottle with 10 drops each of  lemon, grapefruit and tea tree blended in 2 cups of water. When someone close to me sneezes, I spray one squirt in my cubicle. I don’t do it every time because I know that tea tree is not a wonderful smell but I think I will start spraying more often, now that I have read the study mentioned above.


Your Good Health is Important

Author: Dr. Larita
December 18, 2018

I read an article in a health magazine by Elizabeth Agnvall today and she confirmed something I’ve been saying all along. Agnvall’s article listed seven medical procedures you don’t need. I won’t go into all seven, but the third procedure on her list is the prescription of antibiotics for mild to moderate sinus infections. I know several people who run to the doctor at the slightest sign of a cold or the sniffles and demand a prescription for antibiotics. I told one friend that when she really got a bad sinus infection the antibiotics are not going to work for her because her body has gotten too accustomed to them.

Most sinus infections are caused by viruses and the drugs only work against bacterial infections. Using them too often will make you susceptible to more virulent types of drug resistant bacteria. My recommendation is to use natures’s own medicines, essential oils. The next time you have sinusitis, use essential oils in any of the following ways.

To really open your sinuses, use 3 drops of rosemary, 1 drop of thyme and 1 drop of peppermint in the steam inhalation method. If you have to go to work, make a blend of 2 drops rosemary, 1 drop of geranium and 1 drop of eucalyptus and put 1 drop of this blend on a tissue and inhale the aroma throughout the day. Lastly, blend together 5 drops of rosemary, 5 drops of geranium,  2 drops of eucalyptus and 3 drops of peppermint. Then use 5 drops of the blend per 1 teaspoon of sweet almond oil and massage around your neck, in front of and behind your ears, over the cheekbone, the nose and the forehead. I do this before going to bed and it makes for a very restful sleep.

 


Seasonal Affective Disorder

Author: Dr. Larita
December 17, 2018

The winter months often make us feel sad. Classic (winter based) seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a mood disorder, affecting people with otherwise normal mental health. Symptoms include difficulty waking up in the morning, nausea, tendency to oversleep and overeat, cravings for carbohydrates, lack of energy, difficulty concentrating or completing tasks, withdrawal from friends, family and social activities and decreased sex drive. While sharing many symptoms with clinical depression, the main distinguishing factor of SAD is its seasonal character.

Studies on depression and the sense of smell show that clinical depression is associated with reduced olfactory sensitivity (Negoias et al 2010, Schablitzky and Pause 2014). However, this may not apply to SAD, where researchers find the opposite – an increased olfactory sensitivity, especially in the right nostril, which corresponds to the right side of the brain (Postolache et al 1999). This increased sensitivity suggests that people with SAD may be especially responsive to aromatherapy.

It has long been claimed by aromatherapists that essential oils can positively affect mood, and scientific studies are now providing significant evidence for such effects, as well as explanations of how they work. Inhalation is a very efficient mode of administration for affecting neurological function, as the smell receptor sites in our nasal cavity have a direct link to the brain, via the olfactory bulbs.

Many studies have found that vaporized citrus oils are particularly effective for mood enhancement. In one, a mixture of bergamot, orange and lemon (with lemon predominating) was slowly vaporized throughout the day over a two-week period, and depressed patients exposed to this fragrance were able to reduce their dose of antidepressants (Komori et al 1995).

Bergamot and lemon oils are among the most widely-researched for positive effects on mood. Rodent studies show that lemon oil is antidepressant (Komori et al 1995) and invigorating (Komori et al 2006). It also reduces anxiety and boosts both serotonin and dopamine (Komiya et al 2006), two neurochemicals that are often reduced in SAD. In addition to lemon oil, other essential oils that positively impact dopamine and/or serotonin, and are also antidepressant, include clary sage, Atlas cedarwood, eucalyptus globulus and orange (Costa et al 2013, Kako et al 2008, Martins et al 2015, Seol et al 2010).

The citrus oil that has been most widely researched for mood effects in humans is bergamot. Bergamot oil inhalation, from diffusion or water-based sprays, has shown significant effects in the following conditions:

*Reduction of work-related stress in a total of 83 elementary school teachers (Chang & Shen 2011, Liu et al 2013).

* Reduction of anxiety in 53 patients awaiting surgery, compared to 49 control patients (Ni et al 2013)

* Reduction of stress hormone cortisol, along with reduction in self-reported fatigue and anxiety in 41 healthy women, within 15 minutes (Watanabe et al 2015).

* Changes in heart rate variability that indicate relaxation in 25 healthy females compared to 22 controls, within 15 minutes (Peng et al 2009).

Many other essential oils are said to be uplifting – some of these are more stimulating, and some are more calming (see below). However, note that a “relaxed alertness” is also described for some essential oils, as is as an antidepressant effect.

 

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 Essential Oils and Seasonal Affective Disorder – by Robert Tisserand


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