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100% Natural Deodorant

Author: Dr. Larita

Our body controls temperature and eliminates toxins by sweating, so stopping underarm sweat with antiperspirant is not healthy and is often thought to be one reason for the rise in breast cancer. The  medical profession does not support this idea and considers it a myth but it just makes sense that if toxins are trapped in your body they can lead to health problems.

If you are not willing to take a chance with your health, it is worth your while to try Crystal Deodorant in either a spray or roll on bottle. It is 100% natural and contains potassium alum mineral salts. It is non-aerosol, ozone friendly, hypoallergenic, unscented, non-staining, contains no alcohol, and kills odor causing bacteria.  Do antiperspirants contribute to breast cancer? Myth or fact, you decide.

A friend of mine who had breast cancer tells me that she believes she got the disease from using over the counter deodorants all her life. I don’t know if this is true or not but I’ve heard it before and I’m not willing to take any unnecessary chances  with my health so I use all natural deodorant products. You can get a pre-made natural deodorant but below is a recipe for a natural deodorant you can make at home using essential oils. This product is all natural and smells wonderful.

Natural Deodorant Spray

  • 4 drops black spruce oil
  • 4 drops cedarwood oil
  • 4 drops cypress oil
  • 4 drops lemon oil
  • 2 drops petitgrain oil
  • 4 fluid ounces aloe vera gel
  • 4 mls solubol (dispersant)
  • 1 size 4 ounce pet spray bottle
  1. Combine the essential oils, aloe vera gel, and solubol in the 4 oz spray bottle.
  2. Gently shake the bottle back and forth until blended.
  3. Spray under your arms up to 3 times a day or as needed.

For safety’s sake, patch test your blend on a small area of skin before using.

Kid Safety: This blend is safe for kids 5 and over.

Aromatherapy essential oil diffusers are the practical, effective, and convenient way to disperse the curative properties of essential oils. In the past, the practice of diffusing essential oils was a difficult procedure but with the development of diffusion accessories and tools it is now a simple process to diffuse your essential oils for aromatherapy. These versatile tools can be used in homes, offices and professional practices for diffusing the healing properties of aromatic essential oils.

There are several models and styles to choose from depending on your preferences and tastes. You can select from a diffuser that emits essential oils into the air using ultrasonic technology or if you desire something with more style you may decide to invest in a carved Soapstone diffuser that simply uses a tea light candle. Either way, an aromatherapy diffuser is a natural alternative to synthetic air fresheners.


Author: Dr. Larita

Constipation 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.

I know some of you may be really tired of me and my aches and pains but I like letting people know what helps me because it might help them too. Yesterday, I went to the grocery store and everything was fine. When I got home, I had to lug all the bags upstairs and when I was done, my knee was was aching terribly. I still had to put away groceries and make dinner so I couldn’t stop and rest yet.

After dinner, my husband saw me limping around and asked me what I had done to my leg. He told me to put some shea butter on it. Well, I said I would but I still had lots to do before I could sit down and rest. He asked me again a couple more times before I actually went to the bedroom and put the shea butter on my knee. By the time I went in there, I was limping badly but the warmth of massaging the shea butter in my skin actually made my knee feel better right away. I didn’t stop limping right away but this morning my knee felt fine and I didn’t have any problems with it today at all. (Does this mean I should listen to my husband more often?)

The coronavirus pandemic is here. If you are not affected yet, you probably will be in some way or another before it’s all over. One of the ways for you to stay safe from this virus is to wash your hands frequently and if you can’t do that, use hand sanitizer. If you’re looking for hand sanitizer in the stores, you won’t find any right now. I have no cure (and neither does anyone else as of yet.) I do have a way to help you stay safe by making your own hand sanitizer.

Please carry this aromatherapy hand cleanser with you to stay safe from germs naturally without alcohol. You can make this essential oil hand cleanser and keep it in your pocket or purse for anytime you need to clean your hands. It’s also good to have a supply on hand while you’re cooking for your family. You don’t want to pass germs to your family.

Natural Coronavirus Hand Cleanser

  • 1 oz (28 g) aloe vera gel 
  • 8 drops oregano
  • 5 drops tea tree 
  • 5 drops lavender

Make your blend in a 1 oz (30 ml) flip-top bottle. (Sometimes this is called a “disc-top.”) Combine all of your ingredients in the bottle, and you’re done. Be sure to shake it before you use it


Aromatherapy at Home IV

Author: Dr. Larita

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.

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.


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:

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.

DIY Hangover Antidote

Author: Dr. Larita

Did you party a little too hearty last night? I bet that was fun but now don’t you need to calm the lingering after effects of all that fun? Here is a blend of essential oils that is an antidote for headaches and also helps you to detoxify. It calms inflammation, reduces muscle spasms, releases tension, encourages circulation, and cools heat.


  • 3 drops of Lemon Oil (Citrus limon)
  • 2 drops of Juniper Berry Oil (Juniperus communis)
  • 2 drops of Lavender Oil (Lavandula angustifolia)
  • 1 drop of Peppermint Oil (Mentha × piperita)
  • 10 ml of Jojoba Oil (Simmondsia chinensis)
  • 1 – 10 ml Glass Roller Bottle

How To Make It

Make your DIY hangover oil in a 10 ml roll-on bottle.

Pour the jojoba into the bottle, and add the essential oils. Snap the roller-ball top into place. (If you have trouble pouring the jojoba oil directly into the small 10 ml bottle, try a funnel.)

Rub your DIY hangover oil into the back of your neck.

It really does help—a headache is basically inflammation and tense, spasming muscles. If you can relax the muscles in your neck, the relief will radiate up into your scalp.

You can massage a few drops of this hangover oil directly into your scalp if you like, but you don’t want to get your hair too oily. (Also, we like to keep essential oils well away from our eyes, so keep that in mind.)

Thanks to Aromatics International for today’s blog.

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May 2022