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Coriander essential oil has been used for thousands of years in Asian countries and is composed of over 65% linalool which makes it great for the skin. It stimulates the appetite and is wonderful for relieving occasional digestive issues. Coriander and cilantro come from the same plant and go together well as essential oils and when used in cooking. When using coriander oil on the skin, use it with a carrier oil such as jojoba oil if your skin is sensitive.

Seven Super Uses for Coriander

  1. Blood Sugar Balance – coriander contains properties that can assist with balancing cholesterol, blood pressure and blood sugar levels. To support healthy blood sugar, take 1 drop internally as needed.
  2. Gas, Nausea and Bloatingcoriander’s digestive support properties assist in relieving gas and nausea. It also helps relax the digestive system and can ease unsettledness that often leads to nausea. Apply 2 to 3 drops topically to the abdomen or take 1 drop internally.
  3. Skin Health – coriander is an effective Ayurvedic remedy for rashes and itchy skin because of its anti-irritant , soothing, inflammation – cooling and antiseptic properties. Apply 2 to 3 drops topically to the irritated area.
  4. Anxiety – coriander oil is a mild stimulant and is capable of relaxing the mind too, thereby reducing feelings of stress and nervousness. Diffuse or apply a blend of coriander, lavender and chamomile topically to the soles of the feet and the back of the neck.
  5. Muscle and Joint Discomfort – because of its inflammation-cooling and spasm-soothing properties, coriander oil may reduce pain associated with muscle and joint issues. For soothing relief, apply it topically to the area of concern.
  6. Adrenal Fatigue – to support the adrenals and promote proper function naturally, apply coriander to the back of the neck or the soles of the feet.
  7. Appetite Stimulant – to boost the appetite, take 1 drop of coriander oil internally or apply 2 to 3 drops to the palms, cup the nose and inhale deeply for 5 minutes.

Lemon Essential Oil

Author: Dr. Larita
05/02/2019

The lemon fruit was first cultivated in Asia and eventually found its way to America by way of Christopher Columbus who brought lemon seeds with him and planted them. The lemons were used in Asian society as an antidote for various poisons and because they had discovered its antibacterial properties. Seamen learned that fresh lemons saved them from getting scurvy. Because of its very distinctive sour taste, lemon juice and lemon rind (zest) are now commonly used in cooking and baking worldwide.

Lemon essential oil should be added to your aromatherapy pharmacy because of its antiseptic and antibacterial properties. Purify your drinking water by adding a drop of lemon essential oil. Put it in diet drinks to help counteract the effects of artificial sweeteners. It can also be used to treat verrucas (plantar warts,) insect bites and tension headaches. Lemon essential oil has a tonic action on the lymphatic system and a stimulating action on the digestive system. It can be used to help with weight loss, to disperse cellulite, and to keep your skin smooth. It is an excellent ingredient for synergistic blends and as a fragrancing and flavoring agent.


How would you like to get rid of that nagging headache without taking over the counter medicines? All you need to do is inhale peppermint infused steam. Peppermint essential oil contains menthol, a compound that relaxes muscle spasms in the scalp and also calms pain nerves.  Breathing in the peppermint steam can open sinus blood vessels, improve drainage and also reduce painful pressure. All you need to do is mix 8 drops of peppermint essential into 4 cups of hot water, and then lean over the pot with a towel over your head and breathe deeply for 10 minutes.


aromatherapybathSage has been considered a sacred herb and a cure for many ailments for hundreds of years. It eventually found its way into the kitchen as a flavoring for meats and other dishes. As an aromatic, sage has a wide variety of therapeutic uses on a continuum from promoting respiratory health to strengthening memory.

Sage is used extensively in perfumes and colognes, especially in men’s fragrances. It can also be found in soaps, antiperspirants, detergents, mouthwashes, gargles and toothpastes. To top it all off, sage is also a source of natural antioxidants but ingesting it by mouth is discouraged. Even though you should not drink sage essential oil, there are many therapeutic uses for it.

Sage Essential Oil Applications 

  • To bring back appetite, use 2-3 drops in a diffuser.
  • For arthritis, strained muscles and rheumatism, use 2-3 drops in one ounce of liquid shea butter and massage it on affected areas.
  • For colds, bronchitis and other respiratory ailments, use 2-3 drops in steam inhalation or in a diffuser.
  • For constipation, use 8-10 drops in your bath water.
  • To relieve fluid retention, use 2-3 drops in sweet almond oil and massage it on the affected areas or use 8-10 drops in bath water.
  • For flatulence, use 2-3 drops in steam inhalation or a diffuser.
  • To fight low blood pressure, use 2-3 drops in a diffuser of steam inhalation regularly.
  • To ease the discomforts of menopause – hot flashes, night sweats, nerves – use 2-3 drops nightly in a diffuser.
  • To help with scanty periods and painful menstruation, use 8-10 drops in your bath water.
  • To bring back a sense of balance and calmness after trauma, especially if it continues to bother you after a long period of time, (commonly known as post traumatic stress syndrome) use 2-3 drops in a diffuser nightly until a sense of balance is restored.

You can have healthy teeth and gums without using commercial toothpaste that may contain harmful chemicals and preservatives. Many primitive societies had pearly white teeth and healthy gums without using toothpaste. They used certain sticks and rock salt to make a very effective dental cleanser. Essential oils can provide a natural alternative to commercial toothpastes, of course, it also helps if you steer clear of sweets!

You can make an effective tooth powder with the following ingredients:

  • 4 teaspoons green or white clay
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 drops peppermint essential oil
  • 2 drops lemon essential oil

Mix the above ingredients well in a blender and store in a box. Dip your toothbrush into the powder and wet it with a tiny amount of water, then brush as usual.

Myrrh essential oil can be used to treat mouth problems and also to keep your gums healthy. Make a myrrh mouthwash  by adding 2 drops of myrrh essential to 1 tablespoon of vodka and mix well. Add only 2 drops of this to each glass of water you use to rinse the mouth.

Here is another tooth powder formula that also helps keep your teeth white:

  • 1 tablespoon ground, dried orange peel
  • 2 teaspoons ground, dried sage
  • 2 teaspoons bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 5 drops lemon essential oil
  • 1 drop peppermint essential oil

If you have gum problems, you can add 15 drops of tincture of myrrh (purchase at your drug store) into which you have added 1 drop of myrrh essential oil to your tooth powder recipe. Mix this well in a blender and store in a box. Use it the same way as the tooth powder recipe above and here’s to a naturally bright smile!


Babysitting for my daughter is something I gladly do whenever she has weekend classes to get continuing education points or to update her chiropractic license. The last time I went to her home to babysit, she was all stopped up and had a sore throat but she went to the class anyway because she felt she had to. Well, a couple of days after I got back home, I started sneezing and my throat felt scratchy so I knew she had passed her germs on to me.

I started to treat my cold symptoms right away by using essential oils to raise my immunity levels and also fight the cold virus. First, I swished  5 drops of tea tree essential oil, 2 drops of lavender essential oil, and 2 drops of thyme essential oil into my bath water. When I got out of the tub, I massaged my chest, neck and back with 2 drops of tea tree essential oil and 3 drops of eucalyptus essential oil diluted in 1 teaspoon of sweet almond oil and got directly into bed.

To dispel cold germs in the home, I use a diffuser in the living area and also spray the bedroom with thyme and lavender. For the spray, add 8 drops lavender and 6 drops thyme to 1 cup of distilled water in a plant spray bottle and simply spray the air. Drink plenty of liquids and make a special tea by using 1 drop of clove essential oil and 2 drops of lavender essential oil blended with 1 teaspoon of honey in a cup of hot water. Sip this drink slowly to sooth your throat and help ease your symptoms. Colds have to run their course but you will feel much better and the symptoms won’t last as long if you follow this regimen.


Office Essential Oils

Author: Dr. Larita
12/21/2018

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.


There’s quite nothing like the feeling of coming home to the relaxing fragrance of your favorite essential oils and aromatherapy oils. Oil burners are a great way to get the easing smell of essential oils into your home, thus creating the perfect setting and ambiance for your well-deserved R&R after a long and tiring day.

Unwind with the relaxing scent of jasmine, lavender, lemon, or peppermint. Whatever your scent of choice, Oil burners are around to help lift up your mood, rejuvenate your spirit, and pave the way for a restful sleep. Oil burners have therapeutic benefits that can effectively take away the day’s stress and worries, allowing you to focus on getting that ‘me time’ you need. Compared to incense and candles, oil burners are safer to use and don’t present as high a risk of fires and accidents. But due caution is still advised to avoid any danger. If you still have misgivings, you can always go for electrical oil burners, which of course eliminates the need for open flame, thus reducing risks of fire.

With oil burners effectively dispersing the soothing smell of essential oils into the air, you can simply sit back and relax and feel the day’s worries waft away. Make a habit of making time for relaxation with oil burners. Giving your mind and body the time to de-stress will do wonders for your health.


The power of essential oil is amazing. I have been discovering it more and more. I can use essential oils to enhance any place where I spend my time. There are numerous therapeutic benefits to essential oils and it has been nice to take full advantage of them. I love to have all of the benefits for my daily living without having to resort to something unnatural.

The great thing about the diffusers that I use with my essential oils is that they look lovely in any space and they add a lot to the look, not just to the atmosphere. They are pretty decorations for end tables and for balconies and office tables. The diffusers are nice for keeping the mood festive and keeping me ready to focus.

I got the idea to use an oil diffuser at work from a coworker and I am so glad that he inspired me to try one out. The one that I have been using at work has a pretty design and it looks great near my desk. It fills the space with a pleasant aroma that my coworkers appreciate as well. I love coming into work in the morning and instantly feeling refreshed by the fragrance, not tired and groggy. Oil diffusers work their magic at my desk.


Essential Oil Uses

Author: Dr. Larita
05/24/2018

essential oils5There are probably as many uses for aromatherapy as there are essential oils, but research shows particular promise in relieving stress, stabilizing your mood, improving sleep, pain, and nausea relief, and improving your memory and energy level.

An important element of aromatherapy is synergy, which is why using a combination of oils often creates a much more powerful effect than any one particular oil. With a skilled aromatherapist, the possibilities are nearly endless!

In order to give you an idea of the versatility of aromatherapy, the following table lists some of the therapeutic uses of several oils for a few of today’s most common complaints. As you can see, there are some real “multitaskers,” like lavender and peppermint—oils that treat more than one problem.

Complaint Essential Oils
Stress Lavender, lemon, bergamot, peppermint, vetiver, pine, and ylang ylang
Insomnia Lavender, chamomile, jasmine, benzoin, neroli, rose, sandalwood oil, sweet marjoram, and ylang ylang; lemon can wake you up
Anxiety Lavender, bergamot, rose, clary sage, lemon, Roman chamomile, orange, sandalwood, rose-scented geranium, and pine
Depressed mood Peppermint, chamomile, lavender, and jasmine
Pain Lavender, chamomile, clary sage, juniper, eucalyptus, rosemary, peppermint, lavender, and green apple (especially for migraines)
Nausea and vomiting Mint, ginger, lemon, orange, ginger, dill, fennel, chamomile, clary sage, and lavender
Memory and attention Sage, peppermint, and cinnamon
Low energy Black pepper, cardamom, cinnamon, clove, angelica, jasmine, tea tree, rosemary, sage, and citrus

By Dr. Mercola


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