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Making Foam Soap

Author: Dr. Larita
August 4, 2016

hand soap foamingYou can make foam soap for your bathroom, kitchen, or travel bag. Foam soap feels so light, airy, and silky on my hands. I just had to create a recipe for it with essential oils (to make it feel even more luxurious)!

My favorite way to make foam soap calls for castile soap, which is already in a liquid form. I don’t blend my castile soap with water to thin it out (but some people do, as it saves on the cost of the final product). Instead, I like to blend in a little aloe vera gel, for an extra skin-softening effect.

You can get foam soap pump bottles from Aromatics International. They have two sizes—one is just right for your bathroom or kitchen sink, and one is small enough to travel with. This recipe is for the smaller size, which holds 50 ml (1.67 oz).

I’ll be honest . . . I don’t actually measure my ingredients when I make foam soap! I just fill my bottle most of the way with castile soap. I add a little aloe vera gel, then I add about 30 drops total of essential oils. I always make sure to leave some space in the bottle, because once I screw the lid on, it will cause the liquid to rise a little. In other words, don’t fill it to the top.

Andrea Butje – Aromahead

Aromatherapy Cleaning Spray

Author: Dr. Larita
April 20, 2016

A Recipe for You: “Grime Go Away” Surface Spray 

 by Andrea Butje

Tea Tree and Lemon are some of the most trustworthy natural cleaners in the essential oil world. This recipe combines them in a base of Tea Tree hydrosol (which is a powerful cleaner all by itself) and a splash of vinegar.

  • 14 oz (420 ml) Tea Tree hydrosol (Melaleuca alternifolia)

  • 2 oz (60 ml) vinegar

  • 40 drops Tea Tree essential oil (Melaleuca alternifolia)

  • 30 drops Lemon essential oil (Citrus limon)

Make this blend in a 16 oz (480 ml) spray bottle. (I generally like using glass, but for cleaning products I usually suggest PET plastic—it’s known as a non-reactive plastic that doesn’t leach.) Spray “Grime Go Away” liberally on your surfaces. In areas that are especially grimy, you might want to let it sit for a minute before scrubbing it away with a sponge or rag.

I recommend making this blend fresh every few weeks.

Relieve Allergies 3

Author: Dr. Larita
April 8, 2016

natural cleansersToday’s blog is about 2 kinds of natural cleansers that will help you protect your vital energy naturally. The first is a hand cleanser that eliminates germs and keeps your hands clean without using chemicals. The second is a natural cleaning spray you can use to clean your sink, shower and bathtub. You will need a 1 ounce bottle with a flip top for the hand cleanser and a 4 ounce bottle for the cleaning spray. Aromahead’s leader, Andrea Butje calls the green cleanser the “Best Smelling Cleaning Spray.” After you try the green cleanser in the 4 ounce bottle you may want to use a 16 ounce bottle. If you do, just multiple the recipe by 4 or make the 4 ounce recipe 4 times.

Hand Cleanser Recipe

If you make the hand cleanser for children, cut the recipe in half.

Best Smelling Cleaning Spray

  • 3 ounces water
  • 2 teaspoons liquid castille soap (health food store)
  • 1 dash of vinegar
  • 5 drops peppermint
  • 15 drops lemon
  • 15 drops orange

Shake the bottle before using and test the spray on a small area first.

Remove Mold Naturally

Author: Dr. Larita
April 4, 2016

bathroomWould you like to get rid of mold in your home without harsh chemicals? You can use the natural cleaning power of tea tree essential oil, a really powerful natural antifungal. Tea tree essential oil promotes good health and immunity so you can clean your home and stay healthy at the same time. If you don’t have mold in your home, using tea tree once a week will keep it from ever developing. Believe me, keeping it from developing is a much easier than trying remove it.

Bathroom Mold Remover


  • 1/2 cup borax
  • 2 tablespoons vinegar
  • 30 drops tea tree essential oil


Mix the ingredients in a plastic container with a lid. The mixture is completely safe so don’t worry about getting it on you. The texture should be paste like. Simply apply a little to the mold, then scrape it off and rinse with water. For even more cleaning, spray the area with hydrogen peroxide after applying the mixture or you can let the bathroom mold remover sit on the mold for an hour  before you scrub it off. This natural method might not solve really bad mold problems, but it’s worth giving yours a shot. Thanks to Aromahead for the great recipe.

Natural Cleansers

Author: Dr. Larita
August 21, 2015

bathtubAll week we’ve talked about natural skin care, but today we’re going to talk about a different kind of natural cleanser. This cleanser is for your home, not your skin (although it will treat your skin well when you use it in you home.) To make this amazing natural cleanser, combine the following ingredient in a 10 ounce container:

  • 1 cup baking soda
  • 3 tablespoons castile soap
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 15 drops Siberian fir
  • 15 drops lemon
  • 10 drops cinnamon

Combine the baking soda, castile soap and white vinegar in the 10 ounce container  until you it forms a paste. Add the essential oils to the mix. Use this formula on any surface in your home that needs cleaning.


Eliminating Dry Skin II

Author: Dr. Larita
April 10, 2015

handwashingNothing removes moisture from your skin quicker than cleansing. Whether it’s your hand soap, body soap or facial cleansers, the ingredients in your skin care cleansing products could be leaching the moisture from your skin. It’s very important that you steer clear of harsh detergents if you have dry skin. Use a gentle moisturizing soap to prevent and treat dry skin.

Constant hand washing will dry your hands quickly. Some people, like doctors, nurses and teachers must wash their hands continuously to guard against the germs in their working environment. To ease the effects of continuous hand washing, use lukewarm water, natural soap and a good skin moisturizer.


Dewy Skin

Author: Dr. Larita
April 11, 2013

Your skin is a living breathing organ and to keep it looking fresh and dewy, you must keep it hydrated along with the rest of your body. To improve the condition of your skin and delay or even reverse the aging process, do the following:

  1. drink plenty of water
  2. eat a diet rich in antioxidants
  3. wash your face with a gentle natural soap
  4. use a good moisturizing cream

Be gentle when you wash your face and don’t scrub too hard because scrubbing is not good for your skin. I splash lukewarm water on my face and then make a soapy lather in my hands but you can also use a soft cloth to wash your face. After rinsing well, I use an astringent like witch hazel on a cotton ball before moisturizing with 30 second face lift.

Clear Skin with Natural Skin Care Products

Author: Natural-Beauty
April 5, 2013


High school was a rough time for me. Throughout my time there, I suffered with acne problems, and it did not let up when I went to college; people just stopped outwardly making fun of me for it and started pitying me. I had really low self-esteem because of my acne for a long time and tried many different products trying to get rid of it.

Things finally started to let up once I switched skin care products and started using natural black soap and a good moisturizer. I almost immediately noticed a change in my skin. Suddenly, acne was something I no longer had to worry about, and I owe it all to using natural skin care products. If only I had discovered them back when I was in high school.

Essential Oils in the Laundry

Author: Dr. Larita
March 22, 2012

Before washers and driers, our ancestors laid their clothes on lavender or rosemary plants to dry so that the scent would permeate the garments. Today we can use essential oils in the washer, dryer, drawers, and closets to keep our clothes smelling nice and to receive even more benefits.

Add 3-5 drops of lemongrass or lavender to your rinse cycle water for wonderfully fresh smelling clothes. For a more alluring fragrance, add ylang-ylang essential oil to the final rinse. During the cold and flu season rinse your bed linens with eucalyptus, rosemary, or pine essential oil to relieve coughs throughout the night. Use a rinse of peppermint essential oil when your children have whooping cough. If insomnia is a problem, rinse linen and nightwear with marjoram, chamomile, or sweet orange blossom essential oil to aid sleep.

Add 2 drops of essential oil to a 4 inch square piece of material and put it in the dryer with your clothes. To infuse your garments with a fresh scent use lavender, rosemary, or bergamot; for a floral scent use geranium, or palma rosa; for a romantic or exotic scent use ylang-ylang, jasmine, or rose essential oil.

Other uses for essential oils with clothing include:

  • Making a natural moth repellent by placing cotton balls with lavender, lemongrass, camphor, or rosemary essential oil on them between clothes in drawers.
  • Making fragrant drawer liners with no chemicals by cutting blotting paper to drawer size and dotting it with essential oils. Brush the paper with orris root powder which acts as a fixative and then shake the powder off and place the liner in your drawer.
  • Making a synergistic blend of 3 drops lavender, 2 drops sage and 5 drops of rosemary essential oil to add to sneakers and repel odor. Add this blend to a tablespoon of bicarbonate of soda and mix well. Sprinkle the mixture into sneakers and leave overnight for fresh smelling shoes the next morning. Don’t forget to tap the soda out in the morning or you will be walking around with puffs of smoke coming out of your shoes.

Essential Oils in the Kitchen

Author: Dr. Larita
March 21, 2012

Kitchen smells run the gamut 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 antifungal so they may even help keep you from getting sick.

  • To cleanse kitchen surfaces add 4-6 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 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.

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