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Basic Essential Oil Kit

Author: Dr. Larita
02/25/2019

Many people are interested in using essential oils in their home because they are finding out that essential oils are the powerful medicines nature created to keep us healthy instead of the high priced chemically enhanced products we get from the drug store. If you want to start using natural essential oils in your home medicine cabinet as a natural alternative to chemicals, the ones I suggest for your basic kit are lavender, tea tree, peppermint, chamomile, eucalyptus, geranium, rosemary, thyme, lemon, and clove. These essential oils are chosen for their medical properties first and second for their ability to take care of a broad range of health problems. We will discuss all of these oils eventually but today, let’s look into peppermint essential oil.

Peppermint has been used by many cultures (Egyptians, Chinese, and American Indians) for thousands of years because of its healthful properties. It is a superb digestive, it helps the respiratory system and promotes circulation, it is an anti-inflammatory and it is an antiseptic. These qualities make peppermint oil an excellent choice to use in the treatment of indigestion, flatulence, bad breath, headaches and migraines, skin irritations, toothache, and fatigue. Peppermint oil is very strong so if you’re going to rub it on your skin, always use a carrier oil and do not ingest it. I have put ONE drop of peppermint oil in my green tea when I didn’t have any peppermint tea bags and I liked it just as well as the tea bag but it might be something you have to work up to. I’ve used it many times for upset stomach too but I never take it neat, always mixed in water or tea. Lastly, if you put 5 drops of peppermint oil on a cottonball and put it in strategic places in your home, it can help to keep pests like mice, fleas, and ants away. Talk about a versatile essential oil!


Children can get diarrhea for many reasons, such as physical problems like bacteria, viruses, flu and ear infections. Maybe the child has an allergic reaction to a medication or even a food. Stress from nervous tension can also cause diarrhea in children, maybe from a bully at school or from hearing parental arguments that he or she doesn’t understand.

Whatever the cause of the diarrhea, it is very important that you do not let the child become dehydrated. Replace the lost fluids with lots of liquids and if the diarrhea continues for more than 24 hours, consult your physician. Give your child diluted soups and drinks with honey in them. Do not force them to eat solid food and don’t give them any dairy products because that will only make things worse.

Use any of the oils below  in a massage oil to rub gently on the abdomen:

You can also use this massage oil formula:

  • 5 drops of ginger
  • 8 drops of sandalwood
  • 8 drops chamomile

Dilute these oils in 2 tablespoons of liquid shea oil.


Do you go to the gym a lot these days? It’s January and we all made resolutions to be healthier this year. While you’re becoming more healthy, remember to keep your feet healthy too and don’t spread athletes foot to your family if you contract it at the gym. Always wear flip flops at the gym – going to the pool as well as in the shower. There are sprays and creams containing chemicals out there that are designed to help with this, but there are also natural alternatives. In particular, athlete’s foot can be treated with certain essential oils.

Tea tree oil can help kill the fungus  that causes athletes foot from forming and help provide relief.

Soak – Create a foot soak by using a mixture of 3 parts almond oil, 10 parts tea tree essential oil, and a bowl of warm water. Then soak the feet for 30 minutes twice daily until relief comes.

Rub – Additionally, you can mix the oil with a carrier oil like almond or coconut oil and then rub it onto the affected area.

Peppermint oil contains menthol which can help provide relief for the inflammation this condition causes.

Mix a teaspoon of the oil with a half cup of rolled oats and ¼ cup of sea salt. Massage into the feet twice daily to help add comfort to your feet while the condition heals.

Lemon oil helps combat infections and is great in fighting fungal infections in particular.

Mix 10 drops of lemon oil, 10 drops of sweet almond oil, and a liter of warm water and soak for thirty minutes.

Lavender oil can provide relaxation, improve stress symptoms and also helps with skin conditions.

Massage it directly onto the effective areas, or mix it with lotion and massage into the feet thoroughly. Then, wear socks and go to sleep. This keeps your feet wrapped in healing oil for several hours.

Eucalyptus oil has strong antibacterial properties that can help hydrate and replenish the skin while it helps to fight against athletes foot.

Massage it directly onto the affected areas, another option is to mix it with lotion and massage it into the feet thoroughly. Then, wear socks and go to sleep thus keeping your feet wrapped in healing oil for several hours.


coconut

My daughter is a chiropractic doctor and also very health conscious regarding how to eat to live well. She sent me an article from Natural News about coconut oil, the same coconut oil I’ve been praising for use as a massage oil and to use in hair products. The article states that coconut oil can be used as a natural treatment for Alzheimer’s symptoms. Of course, pharmaceutical companies do not want this information to come out yet so they have time to market their own medical remedy of an Alzheimer’s treatment.

Coconut oil naturally has MCTs (medium chain triglycerides) that the medical companies have had some success using in their chemical products. MCTs occur naturally in coconut oil. It can be used to cook with or taken orally. It is very simple to administer the coconut oil. Two tablespoons twice a day taken orally has been shown to be effective for treating symptoms of Alzheimer’s. For more details, see the video by Dr. Mary Newport.


350xAre you menopausal or post menopausal? Do you have hot flashes? They are truly uncomfortable and a real nuisance. I have them too but I promised myself I would not take the estrogen replacement medicine prescribed by my doctor because I read that they have been linked to other health problems. I decided to use clary sage, a natural alternative for estrogen replacement that I already have in my aromatherapy pharmacy.

Clary sage essential oil is mostly known for its use in fragrances and as a muscatel flavoring in liquers and other alcoholic beverages. However, it has been used medicinally for centuries and it is well known in aromatherapy circles for relieving depression, anxiety and fear and in the treatment of insomnia. What may not be as well known is that clary sage contains a hormone copier that balances both male and female hormones, thus keeping one’s estrogen levels up.

Essential oils are not stimulants, they help bring balance back to the body so it can do what it is supposed to do. Clary sage is an energy oil but that doesn’t mean it gives the body a jolt of energy. It means that this oil sustains energy. You can use the following aromatherapy recipe to balance estrogen for hormonal support:

  • 10 drops clary sage
  • 5 drops sage
  • 5 drops fennel

Mix these oils into 2 tablespooons of carrier oil and massage clockwise on the abdomen.

 


Aromatherapy at Home IV

Author: Dr. Larita
01/19/2018

Kitchen smells include everything from the wonderful aroma of freshly baked cookies to the stinky smell of burnt popcorn. Kitchens have a trash area where garbage is tossed, a spot for wet coats and muddy boots, and a corner for dog bedding and the cat’s litter box. Essential oils are a natural alternative to commercial air sprays because they cleanse the air for you instead of masking odors; they are harmless to food, humans, and the ozone; and many of them are antibiotic and anti-fungal so they may even help keep you from getting sick.

  • To cleanse kitchen surfaces add 15-30 drops of any one of the following essential oils to one pint of water: eucalyptus, lavender, lemon, lime, grapefruit, pine, or lemongrass. For a kitchen synergistic blend combine the following essential oils: 10 drops lavender, 15 drops lemon, and 5 drops eucalyptus. This mixture is disinfectant, antibacterial, and leaves a lovely fragrance when used on kitchen surfaces. You can add 8-15 drops of this formula to 2 1/2 cups of water in a plant spray bottle to spray the air or surfaces.
  • To kill germs on dishtowels soak them in a bowl of boiling water and 1 drop of eucalyptus, thyme, tea tree, or lavender. Let the towels soak until the water is cool then wash as usual. This will keep your towels germ and bacteria free.
  • To lighten the chore of dishwashing and uplift your spirits at the same time, add 5 drops lime, 3 drops bergamot, 2 drops lavender, and 1 drop orange essential oil to your dishwashing liquid. The natural aroma of these essential oils will make a boring task take on a much lighter note. If you use a dishwasher, simply add 2 drops of lemon essential oil to the detergent you use in your machine and stir it before closing the door.

Essential oils lose their therapeutic properties after about two years but do not toss them out! Put two drops at a time down kitchen drains to create a nice scent when hot water runs down. Also, use them in the water you use to wash windows and trashcans both inside and out. Essential oils make kitchen work safer and much more pleasant.


Friends are asking me how to treat their eczema with a more natural alternative to prescription medicine. First of all, eczema is often the result of an allergy. For children, this allergy is commonly to cow’s milk or eggs. My daughter was allergic to wheat when she was a baby but she got over it eventually and can eat it now with no breakout of eczema. I believe my eczema comes from chocolate. I still eat it, I just don’t eat it very often so that the breakout is minor and over quickly.

To ease the itch of eczema, apply this formula to the affected area twice a day:

  • Chamomile essential oil – 10 drops
  • Yarrow essential oil – 5 drops
  • Tagetes essential oil – 5 drops

Diluted in:

  • Almond oil – 2 tablespoons
  • Jojoba oil – 30 drops
  • Evening Primrose oil – 10 drops

If you get a more serious breakout of eczema you can get cortisone cream, an over the counter medicine that helps when used with the above. With severe cases, I suggest you see your physician.


Lemon Essential Oil

Author: Dr. Larita
01/26/2017

lemonsHow would you like to activate your metabolism, balance your PH levels and reverse inflammation? Just use lemon essential oil for the healthier living you want.  When taken internally, lemon essential oil contains  a powerful antioxidant called d-limonene and is believed to boost the body’s natural defenses. Lemon oil’s zesty, fresh scent is uplifting to both body and mind.

Topical Uses

  • place a drop on oily skin or blemishes to help balance oil glands and minimize oil production
  • massage lemon oil into cellulite to help improve circulation and eliminate waste from cells
  • soothe or prevent corns, calluses or bunions by rubbing some on the affected area daily

Internal Uses

  • add a few drops of lemon essential oil to water for a great antioxidant boost
  • substitute lemon oil for lemon juice or lemon seasonings to flavor seafood, vegetables, beverages and desserts

Cleaning

  • use one to two drops of lemon essential oil to remove crayon, gum, oil, grease spots, glue or adhesive from most surfaces
  • put four to six drops in a plant spray bottle with 1 cup of water and spray the room for a light lemon scent and to cleanse the air


4 organic oilsSometimes people just aren’t aware that there is more than one way to do things. For example, essential oils are great natural remedies that aren’t as widely known as more common medicines you can find in or near a pharmacy. You can use essential oils for a lot of different things as well, as they are great for many different kinds of situations.

For example, lavender organic oils are calming and soothing oils that are great for helping people get to sleep. If you’re having a restless night, just try some lavender organic oils and see for yourself. And there are other organic oils that help you feel more awake and energetic. Instead of going for a caffeinated beverage, perhaps an essential oil can help pep you up.

All in all, organic oils are there to help people. I think more people should give them a try. They’re natural remedies that can make people’s lives better in a very positive way. They smell great too, so it’s recommended you try different combinations to give your nose a treat. I like using essential oils to make my house smell nice to both me and the guests that come through the door.


Constipation

Author: Dr. Larita
09/21/2016

constipatedConstipation is often caused by a weakness in the anal area and it can become so bad that the feces become impacted and must be removed by a doctor. Feces left in the rectum become dry and hard and as time passes, they become more and more difficult to pass.  Before it gets to that stage, you can try some diet changes as well as adding bulking agents like fiber to meals. It will help if you insert a tiny sliver of soap into the rectum or you can purchase glycerine suppositories. Drink plenty of water and eat dried stewed fruits.

Massaging the lower abdomen following the intestinal tract often helps to shift impacted feces allowing the bowels to move easier. Before massaging it is very helpful to drink a cup of hot water with 2 teaspoons honey, 1 drop ginger and 1 drop fennel essential oil added. Sip the drink slowly, wait ten minutes, then massage with the following oils in a clockwise manner over the stomach. Massage as deeply as possible without making it uncomfortable and then massage over the hips, lower back and down the spine  to right above the anus. Do this three times a day until your bowel movements become regular.

Essential Oils for Constipation

Formula for Constipation

Dilute the formula in 2 tablespoons sweet almond oil or another high quality carrier oil.


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